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Dolores Park Etiquette – Part 2 – Hipster Hill

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Welcome to the second installation of our three part series, Dolores Park Etiquette.  This week we are focusing on Hipster Hill:

Dolores Park used to be for everyone. A place where hippies, junkies, hipsters, moms, kids, dogs, tennis players, garbage collectors, creepster wack job drum circles and everyone in between used to be able to hang out. And its not that they don’t anymore — trust me, I’ve seen more baby children get exposed to shit even I’ve never seen happen on any given weekend.

But truth be told, the hipster army has moved in, just like everywhere else in the Mission. But somehow, they can’t seem to take their bad and disgusting habits with them. Hipster Hill has become famous — it has been talked about, written about, visited and seen by just about every person in the city. Some may even contest it has become a bigger attraction than its Hippie ancestor. Nonetheless, this eventual toxic waste dump is a huge eyesore on the weekends, filled with stick thin trick cyclists, chubby bacon and Pabst enthusiasts and more crushed beer cans than any cleanup team could handle.

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So, in order to fully experience Dolores Park in true trashy hipster fashion, here are a few guidelines we’ve set as a general bar. Whether you run under it, over it or into it is up to you.

–Bring lots of canned beer, particularly PBR or Bud.

–Buy one of these to totally make your cheap beer ironic…again.

–Never bring food. You wouldn’t want to gain all that weight back from the coke binge you had at Pops the other night.

–Keep your fixie close by; you just got those new, bright pink Fyxation tires put on and you’re trying to keep them as clean as possible.

–Bring an old boombox that you’re pretty sure doesn’t work, sounds horrible, but will look REALLY COOL. Your eardrums may start randomly bleeding when you’re 35, but who gives a shit, right!?

–Blast some Beastie Boys or anything equally as annoying coming out of blown out speakers.

–Randomly yell at girls and guys walking by, classifying them by the first thing you see through your drunken haze. Example: “Hey fixie!”

–Some topics of discussion: Veganism, your band’s big break [no, for real this time], the latest reviews on Pitchfork, how good your hipbones have been looking lately, the Ksubi sale on Haight.

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–Make a slip and slide out of plastic garbage bags, create toxic sludge from sliding in beer, vomit, coke, shit and whatever else is out there already. But don’t clean it up — why in the world would you want to do that?

–Anytime you see an Asian person, just throw your recyclables at them. They collect that shit, right?

–Be sure to bring lots of condoms in case you hook up with some beezies — I hear they’re biodegradable.

–Whatever look you’re going for, don’t half-ass it.  This guy sure didn’t

Will Hipster Hill always be a trash heap of too little clothes and too much Aquanet? Or should we all just join in and do bumps off each other’s knuckles and call it a day?

Additions to this list are greatly appreciated. We really want to know what you’re doing over there to make green grass look like the entire state of Texas took a shit on it.

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  1. August 11, 2009 at 10:34 am

    You nailed it. Jesus. LMFAO.

  2. Sam Chase
    August 11, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Talking shit about hipsters makes you a hipster. Pretty sure that is an essential part of maintaining your hipster authority over lower hipsters. You obviously know enough about hipster culture. It is hard for me to believe that you are a non hipster spy who has infiltrated the hipster society. Just admit that after you wrote this pretentious blog at a coffee shop on your macbook that you most likely put it in your timbuktu shoulder bag, got on your fixie/moped/ironic meter maid vehicle that you got on craigslist etc and booked it over to Dolores park just in time for “hipster happy hour.” I’ll be there to greet you with a can of Pabst, the news that Wolfmother is actually back in the studio, and ready to talk shit about how everyone here is a dumb hipster. K, I’m done. Now back to facebook (which is way cooler than twitter because twitter is full of hipsters).

  3. Monica Miller - The Intern
    August 11, 2009 at 11:11 am

    thanks erik. i try. ;]

  4. Monica Miller - The Intern
    August 11, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    sam —
    try getting laid sometime. i hear it works wonders for passive-agressive types. ;] you might actually get off facebook once in awhile, too. :]

  5. August 11, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    my take-away here is that I hope my eardrums don’t start randomly bleeding when I turn 35.

  6. Shameless
    August 11, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Totally know someone: Never go to hipster hill unless you’ve gotten texts from at least three groups of friends saying that they’ll be there first. That way you can randomly yell when they “happen” to walk by. Then stand up and show off your hipster hug of the week. (Bonus points for covered mouth jaw drop and head shizzle) Also, you can bolt from your boring friends because you gotta hang with someone cooler down the hill.

  7. August 11, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Sam Chase is an asshole.

    This made me ‘LOL’. Kudos on the Dolores lists. But I don’t think the asshole Sam Chase appreciates it as much as we do. (I have a firm belief he is exactly the type of Hipster you are writing about)

  8. August 11, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Oh shit!!! What was I thinking?!?


  9. August 11, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Link to Sam Chase picture

    Sam Chase is not happy he was a laughing target on LATFH, and now on … Hopefully he’ll drown his sorrows in an 8 ball, and some Grizzly Bear.

  10. August 11, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    indeed. i love this series! I especially enjoy the attention you bring to ‘hipsters’ NOT cleaning up after themselves. i mean, at least hippies throw away their roaches & give a shit about the community space they occupy. or at least I’d like to think so….either way people, please be aware of your surroundings & respect the spaces you use. is that such a difficult concept?

  11. August 11, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    […] pm Monica, over at Broke-ass Stewart’s hilarious yet some how helpful web-site, has done her bit to update us on what is the latest in proper behavior when visiting Dolores […]

  12. Luke
    August 11, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    brokeass stuart youre totally right, i avoid dolorespark like a case of N1H1 flu, im glad there are still some humans not hypnotized into this hipster zombiedom in this city

  13. Sam Chase
    August 11, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    haha. Jesus Christ guys. It was just a joke. Lighten up. You all are like a freakin sewing circle.
    *looks sad like this guy:*
    It was a funny article. I liked it. Just a bit pretentious. Well, back to my sad little hipster world where I obviously don’t get laid and feel bad that you all think I am an asshole. wah.

  14. HG
    August 12, 2009 at 5:43 am
  15. md rutherford
    August 12, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    I’m with sam. sorry guys.

  16. Broke-Ass Stuart - Editor In Cheap
    August 12, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Maybe the only way to not be a hipster is to call yourself one. Kinda one of those “The Truth Will Set You Free” scenarios.

    Honestly, do I fit in the “hipster” category? Probably. Do I care? Not really. It’s just like one of those Chinese finger traps, the harder you try to pull away, the more it has you.

    My real problem with hipsterdom is the holier than thou mentality that comes along with anyone who gets WAY too into being part of a scene. Just look at religion for example: Jesus, Mohammed and Moses were probably pretty cool cats. The problem is that the people who get way hard into their respective scenes (religions) are just like hipster assholes. It’s like, “If you’re not into what I’m into then you must be a fucking infidel”.

    Another thing I notice is that a lot of the younger cats have more helpings of the bad attitude associated with hipsters. When I was in high school, looking different and being into non-mainstream things was an act of bravery. The younger cats take their “rebellion” for granted. These days being into hipster type shit is only a half step away from being in the mainstream.

  17. Luke
    August 12, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    the lamest thing a bout the hispter folk is their holier than though attitude, if you dont look exactly like all of them (tight pants, greasy hair, dirty beard, fixie bike) they automaticaly think they are cooler than you, wtf? they think everyone wants to join their scene, so they are rude and impolite, usually they stare you down for no reason and have no sense of respect, but , overall , it is a new generation, so its fine, it is their scene so they can go hog wild, just as long as they dont disrespect those of us going about our merry way, i cant tell you how many times hipsters dash in their stupid bikes pass red lights almost knocking walking folks over

  18. one
    August 12, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    dirty fucking hippies.

  19. Broke-Ass Stuart - Editor In Cheap
    August 12, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    I was just in the Park. Fucking cigarette buts everywhere! Then, on the walk home, I saw a girl letting her dog shit in the middle of the street, and not cleaning it up!!!

    I looked at her and said, “Are you REALLY not going to clean it up?” and her reply was “Well I don’t have a bag for it. Do you?”

    my response was, “No, but I don’t have a fucking dog”


  20. Doc Sportello
    August 13, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    This article is pulling the same holier-than-thou elitist bullshit that people claim to hate hipsters for.

    You don’t like people because they dress a certain way? ride a certain kind of bike? drink a certain kind of beer? listen to certain bands?

    That’s a bit lazy and hypocritical, isn’t it?

    Instead, let’s dislike people for leaving trash in the park, not picking up their dog shit, and being shallow and judgemental. We don’t need a played out word that vaguely describes half the city’s residents under 30 for it.

    We can just call them assholes, regardless of how they’re dressed.

    • John Bähr
      June 17, 2011 at 10:52 am

      This is genius. Summed up perfectly. And is this article stating that the Beastie Boys are “annoying”?? What the fuck…  I’d say they’re some of the greatest musicians of the past 30 years.

      Anyways, the hipster label is so silly. I’ve worn tight pants, had shitty long hair (or a buzz cut lol), small band shirts, and whatever else hipsters wear since my voice first cracked. My friends and I all dressed like this, but we called ourselves punk rockers…what happened to that label? It wasn’t cool to be punk. You just liked getting fucked up on whatever, playing house shows, and making minimum wage.

      Sure call me and everyone who is skinny and wears tight pants a hipster, but that doesn’t mean I’m a fucking idiot who disrespects a park and doesn’t know its history. I’ve seen some embarrassing shit go down here. 

      Just get high, be nice and respectful to everyone, have a good time and clean up after yourself!

  21. Monica Miller - The Intern
    August 15, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    hey doc —
    here’s a prescription for a chill-the-fuck-out. its satire. anyone who takes this shit seriously [IE: you] has bigger problems on their plate.

  22. Monica Miller - The Intern
    August 15, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    and HG, if you were looking for a free promo for that lackluster comment, forget it.

  23. September 5, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Hipsterz?! WhatEver!

    Delores Park WARNING!

    There is NO free WiFi. Anywhere.

    You want WiFi?

    You come to Me.

    You wanna e-mail Bipsy by the J-Church?


    You come to me.

    I deliver.

    seth maxwell malice
    Messenger of Death
    -delores sector-

    -tips expected-

  24. September 5, 2009 at 5:31 pm


    messenger of seth

  25. Doris Gonzales
    December 31, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    The term “hipster” itself is gross.

  26. Doris Gonzales
    December 31, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Who’s got a cig?(preferably AMERICAN SPIRITS)

  27. Sethmalice
    May 10, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    So what happened with the Park? saw a bunch of Hipsters jogging earlier today, but then I saw that they wee being chased by a homeless guy with a greasy taco. Now Ive been chased by Greasyer Taco’s then thsat, but really…what the fuck???

  28. April 26, 2013 at 8:48 am

    […] multiple hours sitting on a blanket in the “sun” drinking mimosas, watching hipsters and gossiping about the scandal brewing, I want it to be done in Dolores […]

  29. Dolly Fine
    May 15, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    As a Mission High student back in the day, we hung out at the top of the park. It was cold and windy and lonely. We were a bit young to be hippies but we made the scene. The thuggish school security guards would stalk us and try to bust us for smoking pot. I prefer that scene to a crowd.