Germany Hosts Hipster Olympics for All the Cool Kids
Meanwhile, in Germany...
A little bit of my soul just died.
Berlinâ€™s self-proclaimed hipsters took it upon themselves to organize their own competition to find the most athletic hipster in Germany, therefore providing us with the 2012 Hipster Olympics.
No, I'm not joking.
The event took place two Saturdays ago, and drew a crowd of over 6,000 hipsters to a club in east Berlin, for a series of nine ironic sporting events.
Ironically, there were a lot of applicants who wanted to join the game, but a panel of hipster judges had the difficult task of choosing only 60.
Alexander Bernikas, the 24-year-old head of the Original Hipster Olympics Committee stated, â€ťWe had to select the coolest ones."
The skinny-jeans-wearing, jute-bag-carrying contestants were split into twelve teams of five, and pitted against each other in ironic events like a horn-rimmed-glasses-throwing contest, a vinyl-spinning marathon or a skinny jeans tug of war.
In order to take home the title of 2012 Hipster of the Year, competitors needed to care enough to win, but be ironic enough to look like they didnâ€™t care.
Other challenges included confetti tossing, an Apple product â€śThe Price is Rightâ€ť game, a bubble tea dive, and a Club-Mate crate race, but nothing symbolized the irony of the 2012 Hipster Olympics like the jute bag race, which had competitors climb inside a hip cotton shoulder-bag and hop along a short track.
The grand prize was a gilded bottle of Club-Mate called Golden Club Mate. Club-Mate is a super hip "caffeinated carbonated mate beverage" which is very popular with hipsters and computer hackers, especially in Europe. The drinkâ€™s slogan is â€śYou Get Used to It".
I imagine the prizes also included a pack of American Spirits and perhaps a flannel shirt.