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The online portfolio of Pacifico "PJ" Ortiz Luis, a storyteller utilizing different mediums of art including film photography, dance, and performance poetry.

I'm not a Hipster

photo by Doc Pop

For the first time ever, recently I was called a "hipster".  I've been jokingly called that before, and even called myself that sometimes...but its different when its coming from somebody you aren't close to/talk to regularly/just met and built a good rapport with.

There is nothing wrong with being a hipster.  I see them as this generation's beatniks.  However, I really really dislike being categorized or defined with single-word labels by other people.

Ever since I can remember, I have defined myself as an artist, and an individual.  I'm sure even people who only know me because they follow my youtube or twitter or instagram can vouch for that.  Or is it because I have a typewriter and shoot film?  

I've had an appreciation outdated technology for quite some time.  I still collect vinyl.  I have real boomboxes that I play my music through when I dance.  I watch VHS tapes of my favorite movies.  I'm more public about it now that I see people on social media using their phones to emulate stuff that has existed for years.

Everything that I've always been interested in is now considered "cool" in mainstream culture.  Am I mad about it?  No, definitely not.  I'm just glad that they've finally caught up.