What's the Difference Nowadays? I like to call myself a hippie, but my dad says that without Vietnam, there are no hippies. My friends call me a hipster in a derogatory manner to figure out why I love flowers, art, music, native American culture; or why I wear my hair shaggy and long, and wear baggy skirts and clothing.
hippie = small anti cultural movement (free love, back to nature, anti war, anti oppression) hipster = avant garde subcultural movement (mostly considering modern livestyle, art and fassion)
for both groubs: death through mainstream. you can´t be an original hippie or hipster nowadays. (well at least not if you are younger than ~45 years) allthough the term hipster is misused for certain fashion styles nowadays.
The way I see it, hipsters are the hot, modern version of hippies, and they try to hard to be all "look at me! im different! I dont care! I look like I slept on the street, but actually I used 3 hours to look like this!". And hippies are just having fun, smoking weed and trying to stand out too.