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I really really hate Urban Outfiiters. They are more like Urban Counterfitters. This doesn't really have to do with hipsters as much as one thinks it does (even though I hate hipsters so much...but I also find hipster chicks attractive). Why do I hate Urban Outfitters so much? Well for one it's corporate and since I'm young and stupid I have to hate something corporate.
Not but seriously I have valid reasons to dislike Urban Outfitters.Please note that I do not hate all corporate stores. That was a joke. I sometimes shop at Sears, JC Penny, and random independent stores I find. Occasionally I shop at Hot Topic but that rarely happens. I can't stay in that store for more than 5 minutes. Hot Topic does have awesome shirts. And mostly all the shirts I wear are all super hero shirts, and some local business shirts. But let's get on to my reasons as to why I refuse to buy from Urban Outfitters and why everyone in the world should too.
1. Urban Outfitters steals designs from Independent artists. The internet is full of proof to this statement. There's an article online (I shall list the link on the bottom) that clearly exposes Urban Outfitters stealing ideas from a jewelry designer. Sad thing is. they don't stop there. See I was informed about an event called Arts & Crafts that is held (it's my understanding that it is) in Chicago. What this event offers is individuality. What do I mean? Well it's simple. Artists of all types are in this event. People who make pursues made out of books, people who make their own t-shirt designs (usually just one design, one t-shirt), and other neat little knick knacks all congregate in this event to express individuality and the freedom to make what ever the hell they want. It's a DIY attitude (DO IT YOURSELF).
However corporate tycoons with no creavity and respect from the DIY and Indie culture come to these events with the mentally to exploit and steal the designs these great people make. Thus they copy and mass produce things that don't even belong to them. Which brings me to point number two.
2. Urban Outfitters exploits the real Indie culture. When most people think about Indie culture and Indie music the first thing they think about are hipsters. These annoying people are everywhere! Hipsters claim to be indie (indie means independent if you didn't know), when in reality they are not. Ironically, hipsters where created by the mainstream culture, when the mainstream culture decided to exploit Indie. See in my humble opinion hipsters and indie people are completely different. Indie people are the people you see doing they things they enjoy simply because they enjoy doing it. No body pushes these guys to do something. They simply do it and then they share it with the world. Examples include music bands, artists, zine writers, bloggers, some fashion designers, and some writers. They take from the Indie community but they also contribute to the community. Hipsters are the complete opposite. Hipsters are selfish, snobby people who do nothing and yet try to identify with Indie culture. Hipsters do not contribute to anything, all they do is consume and try really hard to be different from everyone else. That makes them like everyone else. They think they are better than everyone. They usually do things because their friends are doing it, not because they want to do it. And they shop at Urban Outfitters thinking it's vintage. LOL.
Urban Outfitters just usually shows young hipster people in their advertisements wearing garments that are clearly stolen ideas from real Indie artists. That gives the wrong impression to the world. Hipsters are not Indie. Then there's the music you find there. You add music from the Indie culture and bam! Consumers quickly identify indie music with hipsters and the line between hipster and indie is lost to the world. It's really sad.
3. Young and inexperienced get their hands on great stuff. This next point is mostly my own opinion and it's a really stupid and silly opinion but an opinion nonetheless. This has to do with vinyl records and record players. The other day I was in that store because a friend of mine took me to the mall. You can't really complain if the person who takes you somewhere you don't like since they are your ride, or else you can take the bus home! But I was in there and I decided to check out their vinyls. I don't really know why but I got super pissed when I saw vinyl records from The Velvet Underground and Joy Division (two out of four of my favorite bands/ artists, the other two are Cold Showers and David Bowie. Lou Reed is squeezed in there too). The thought that some teenage hipster bought these vinyls simply to pretend they know about music and are so different from everyone else really got me mad. I'm not saying that all teenagers or teenage hipsters, or hipsters do this. But I feel that most of the consumers (most of the buyers are teens) simply don't know the value of these bands. To those who do, tip of the hat to you. But to me, bands like The Velvet Underground and Joy Division all have a special place in my heart because I remember listening to them when I was 10 years old and thought I was in love. I don't know. Like I said, it's a silly reason. I hope that you sort of understand where I'm coming from.
Shopping at Urban Outfitters does not make you a bad person. I am not saying that. Nor am I saying that it makes you a hipster if you do. I think it's funny when hipsters buy from there. People and friends I know who shop at Urban Outfitters simply don't know that Urban Outfitters does the things I mention above. And some simply don't care because the clothes and merchandise they buy there makes them look good. Like I said I find some of their stuff really cool (well the record player does). The only way you'd see me wearing a shirt or using any clothing or merchandise from Urban Outfitters is if a friend bought it for me or if it's the end of the world and there's zombies everywhere and my clothes are ripped up. Usually if a shirt that I'm wearing looks like you can find it at Urban Outfitters, I can guarantee you it's not. I would have bought it from an original Indie artists, and not those Urban Counterfeit douche bags. Sorry about this long rant guys. I had to get this out of my chest somehow. I simply wish to inform those who don't know about Urban Outfitters and giving my own opinion as to why I don't shop there. This is just my opinion and my choice. I don't wish to offend any people who like to shop at Urban Outfitters. Except hipsters. You guys kill my vibe. But other than that. I hope you guys enjoyed this rant. And sorry if I got you mad. Not my intention.
Here are the links you crazy cats:
The link to the blog
The link to the Art's and Craft event in Chicago
There's a whole book about the culture of Indie. If you are interested you can check it out. The book is called Slanted and Enchanted: The Evolution of Indie Culture by Kaya Oakes. Really great read you guys. Try to find it at your local independent bookstore and if you can't try Amazon. (See I don't hate all corporate. Eventhough Amazon does have bad things to them. But that's another story for another time.)