Manicured hands up, who doesn’t remember/know what a typewriter is? Totes sure that this demographic has yet to reach maturity – if this happens at all, given the retro-trend for typing.
Although you may swoon at brand names such as IBM, Imperial, Olivetti, and Smith Corona, manual typewriters are not a common sight – unless you are a hipster.
Typewriters have become the writing tool of choice for this stylish subculture of educated 20 – 30-year-olds that swims against the mainstream (as long as it doesn’t ruffle their über-cool exterior) – this politically progressive cadre of art and indie-rocksters overflowing with creativity, intelligence and scintillating badinage.
Manual typewriters look good, are portable, and are not dependent on a power supply, other than calorie-driven digits. As long as the mechanics are oiled and the ribbon inked, they function in a bar or on a park bench; on a mountaintop or in a bathysphere at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. The overall package is wistful, romantic even; reminiscent of the Beat Generation of the 50s and 60s – arguably the first hipsters.
In common with their US counterparts, UK typewriter-toting hipsters are an urban phenomenon that congregates in cool City hotspots. If you fancy bustin' a moby, check out these images – totes adorbs!
Unsurprisingly, none have been spotted here, in Bitterne. And there certainly aren’t any at bandv, where Macs and PCs win the Internet when it comes to digital communication. Maybe a beard or two, but strictly no typewriters.
Now, isn’t that a relief?
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