and your arrowhead necklace

White Hipsters

Let’s “beard and handlebar mustache” face it
you’re a hipster
But by literal definition
hipsters never called themselves hipsters
you’re too urban outfitters cool for dat
but come on now
Everything about you hipster
you dress hipster
you go to hipster ass places
You act like you’ve been thiftshopping and
going to flee markets well before immigrants and poor people did
wearing yo lumberjack flannel and skinny jeans with the holes right above the knee caps
All hipsters know how to accessorize
So you rock out with your yarn threaded friendship bracelet
that you got volunteering in Ghana
Matched with your fake gold plated arrowhead necklace from Forever 21
You must all your hipster superpowers from dem energy crystals

you do to culture what you typically do with jewelry
Try too much of it on
Wear once or occasional
dispose when out of fashionable trend
You make it seem like culture
Is a dream that you can catch
So you get a forearm tattoo of it

You must understand this horrid but fundamental truth
your ancestors colonized mine
so inescapably, you are accountable
stop appropriating the riches of third world peoples
allow the silk in our swag
The majesty in our weave and braid
The complexity in our patterned step
Remain sacred to us
You have the privilege to
Dress up culturally for sense of fashion
but never for a sense of identity
Know we bear these threaded beads for survival
Cause everything around us
tell us to slaughter ourselves
mare down and gouge out our ancestral roots
Tells us that we are inadequate

And please
I don’t care how many times you traveled to Vietnam
don’t ever tell me how to eat my pho
The stab wounds of telling myself
That I’m not Vietnamese enough
Already burns deep
without you squeezing your
Trader joe’s sriracha sauce on top of it
You take time to afterschool tutor me
Give me lessons on my own history
Gentrify my language
And tell me how my accent tones are not sharp enough
You seem so sure of it
Hip hop probably called something like that
“Macklemore it”

Our culture is not yours to possess
Not for you to dictate authentic
Authenticity lives in between the loud banter
Of aunts from Hue and my mother from Saigon
Arguing the proper herbs in canh chua and banh tranh
There is no one way to do it
But authenticity is knowing that it is ours to claim

Whenever I go to a white own ethnic restaurant
I always feel like I got the wrong order
Me: “Hi, sorry but I asked for the spicy Pad See Ew”
The waiter says,“Sir, there’s already spice in your pad see ew
And I’m like “hmmm…What kind of spice? like Pumpkin Spice”
US appropriation has properly conditioned Ethnic people
To always ask is it hot or like white people hot

as much as I want to pour that mircrobrewy beer down your head
And slap you with organically grown kale
I have to admit
I’m just like you
I mean, look at my thick frame glasses
I’m basically asking someone to hand me a mason jar
So if there’s anyone to give you advice
its me
your very very very distant cousin related to you
by pure oak coffee tables and boats shoes
As much as I’m annoyed by white hipsters
I know the movement will need white allies
But I need you to be better
you are special by nature
And not by whatever contrived counterculture design
that you think you’re undermining
stop acting like a unicorn

I get it, you don’t wanna be mainstream
But it’s far more necessary to critical
Then just to avoid conformity
It is not coincidence that
In these dark times of denying water and life
and ugly orange hair presidents
We are in the era of hipsters
Young people that want be something different
We are the reaction to what this world needs

But there is a careful line that we tread
A line that separates of what’s hip
to what’s just basic to whats subculture
To what’s just appropriating it
To what’s just a selfie to what could be a political statement

That line for me is to simply ask myself
Is it just about me
Or is it really about everyone else
do you want to just be different
Or do you want to make a difference

White Hipsters
by Fong Tran

Lily Calloway and Loren Hale Aesthetic

since I still see edits here that add Lily and Lo’s vices as part of their aesthetic and not in a this-is-my-character-development kind of way but in a this-is-what-represents-me-until-now, I decided to list some ideas for your edits without having the need to use their addictions. also, please check this post that discussed this certain subject.

Loren Hale

  • SUPERHEROES
  • comic books (just make it Marvel)
  • vans shoes (he’s got a rack of them)
  • tacos and burritos
  • tea (he likes tea, Krista and Becca said it’s a “true fact since January 2015″)
  • an Audi car (he drives a black Audi and just imagine Loren Hale driving such a hot car wouldn’t that be a beautiful thing to add in your aesthetic)
  • arrows (specifically an arrowhead necklace like Lily’s gift for him)
  • sci-fi stuff (he’s fond of those and look, his office walls have sci-fi posters on them)
  • ice (he’s ice in a metaphorical sense - “Lo’s ice in the winter snow. He won’t melt.” - but we all know he melts when it comes to his family)
  • black shirts and jeans (the Loren Hale signature outfit: ALL BLACK.)
  • Slytherin House (you gotta pay tribute to his house)
  • inspiring quotes and a sprinkle of sarcasm on the side

Lily

  • SUPERHEROES
  • comic books (DC or Marvel)
  • baggy shirts/sweaters paired with leggings (a Lily Calloway look)
  • Wampa Cap (an addition to complete the look)
  • stars stars stars (shining shimmering splendid for this cutie)
  • fairy lights (for her iconic “You just need to believe in me. You know, like a fairy.” line)
  • fangirl-related stuff
  • magic (be it pixie dust or glittery things or wands)
  • photography/camera (tbt to ATY when Rose gave her a camera and she thought taking pics could be her new hobby)
  • dancing (she’s good at it and she loves it)
  • the ghost emoji + BOO (it’s a Lily Thing)
  • baths (she said she broke up with the bathtub but picture this: a tub filled with water with flowers in them)
  • pillows/bed (she likes rolling between the sheets and comforter and becoming a human taco)
  • Hufflepuff House (and she’s a proud - “Little Puff”, “Lil Puff”, “Puff”)
  • inspiring quotes as well, with a sprinkle of magical-related lines

and I think there’s more to add in the list that doesn’t require a bottle or glass of alcohol or anything about sex even though Lily isn’t afraid to admit she loves sex but she also said that she’s MORE THAN SEX, so there’s that. I hope this is helpful to those who want to make graphics and let this be a guide when picking things to put in their aesthetic.