Can you believe it’s been almost 3 months since I first grappled with “The Strange Case of the Hipster Headdress?”
Since then, I’ve definitely been shocked by just how much the trend has invaded indie/hipster culture, as well as more mainstream outlets (like Ke$ha on American Idol
). Two weeks ago, the Coachella music festival was held in the desert of Southern California, and it seems like the go-to outfit of choice for attendees (and even some performers) included the now ubiquitous headdress. Abundant evidence below:
A commenter on the Coachella.com
forum asks: “Why was every other douchebag at this year’s festival dressed in a colorful Native American Feather Headress with neon paint all over their bodies?”
Twitter user evlauren
tweeted from the event: “Coachella Indian head dress count so far=2″ (she got up to 4)
reported that “The official uniform of Coachella is cut-off jean shorts, a drape-y, belly-baring white tee, and an Indian headdress
Twitter user krishaleanne
tweeted, the day before coachella: “packed for coachella. but still needed: an indian headdress
, more confetti, light-up toys . . .oh and a ticket to coachella.”
Then there was Icelandic artist Jonsi, who performed his set in a full-on warbonnet-type thing:
Which even made it to the bbc.com article on the festival:
These are by no means exhaustive, there was a ridiculous amount of material to draw from. I just wanted to use this post to point out how prevalent it was, but look for a follow up that will offer a primer on just why and how this trend is harmful, hurtful, and effed up.
UPDATE 4/27: Here’s the follow up post–But Why Can’t I Wear a Hipster Headdress?
(Thanks Jesse, Lici, Lisa and anyone else who sent me links!)