The Morning GIF: Put a bird in it

hipster goose

This goose was hip before it was cool.

Here at the Daily Dot, we swap GIF images with each other every morning. Now we’re looping you in. In the Morning GIF, we feature a popular—or just plain cool—GIF we found on Reddit, Canvas, or elsewhere on the Internet.

Hipsters are not sheep. The question is: Are they entirely human?

Snakes and snails and puppy dog tails probably make a thrash metal band. Sugar and spice and everything nice makes a hit show on the Food Network. But what really makes a hipster? Filmmaker David Packer of the British endeavor Sheepfilms thinks he knows. It’s not American Spirits, Pabst Blue Ribbon, or an esoteric taste in mandolin metal. It’s an ostentatious beard, a Euro scarf, and a precious, nerdy pair of specs.

Hipster goose has it all, including self-parody: retro, non-ironic facial hair (1812 called and wants its personal grooming back); greige, knitted scarf implying offstage, Etsy-centric girlfriend; and non-prescription Buddy Holly glasses, along with a strong dose of herd instinct. Animate it with a self-satisfied waddle, and you’ve got the hipster spirit animal. Tumblr, prepare thyself.

Lorraine Murphy

Lorraine Murphy

Lorraine Murphy is an Ottawa-based cybersecurity journalist and founding editor of the Cryptosphere. She has a keen interest in WikiLeaks and web culture, and her bylines have appeared in Salon, Vanity Fair, Serious Eats, and elsewhere.