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    27 Ways Russia Was Hipster Before Hipster Was Even A Thing

    My fellow Americans... From Brooklyn to Portland we're insufferably smug and terribly unoriginal.

    1. Russians have been drinking your kombucha for years.

    Via avito.ru

    Ask any Russian and I'll bet their that mom has a 5-liter jar of the stuff sitting on top of her fridge. She didn't pay $50 for it and it isn't ginger-goji-lavender-guaraná-flavored, either. It's called grib and it's good for what ails ya. No yoga retreat necessary

    2. We can pickle that.

    Via liveinternet.ru

    Your artisanal canning hobby is awesome and all but it’s something Russians have always done to get through the winter. It's called zagotovok. Plain Russian canned bilberries will kick your elderflower-mango marmalade’s ass anyway. Bilberries are dope; you’ve probably never heard of them.

    3. The banya

    Via vilingstore.net

    That bro thing you do behind the Diamond Bar in Greenpoint to “detox”? Russians call it bathing and it’s a hot-as-fuck steam session that includes the flapping of birch branches. I double-dog-dare-you, Brooklynites.

    4. A Week of Eating Pancakes

    Via rebro-a-dama.livejournal.com

    Mardi Gras is played out. We know you like to drink, so of course you don some beads and hit the bars on the night before lent. But think of how much happier you would be if, instead, you ate pancakes all week? Oh, and don't worry. You can drink while you eat the pancakes.

    5. Here's another pancake photo because cats.

    6. Beards. Clearly.

    Via nsad.ru

    So ubiquitous that Peter the Great tried (yet failed) to eradicate them. God bless 'em.

    7. The Shot Shop

    Via bmwclub.ru

    You don’t actually need a mixologist. We drink for a reason, don’t we? So stop into a ryumochnaya and order up a vodka shot and a herring chaser. That’s pretty much all there is at a ryumochnaya, which is why there are no seats. If you can’t stand anymore, it’s time to go home.

    8. I love you, man.

    Via apeha-smiles.clan.su

    Russian men have never been afraid to show affection for their buddies. In fact, the term “buddy,” doesn’t even really apply to male friendships in Russia. If you’re a friend, then you’re there for each other during famine, war, and even divorce.

    9. Green Commuting

    Via proboknet.livejournal.com

    We all eschew petrochemical-based transportation methods, but that doesn’t mean you have to ride a fixie. Muscovites are way ahead of you—they’re commuting by scooter.

    10. Who needs Starbucks?

    Via ntv.ru

    Mostly we use Starbucks for the free wifi. But that’s not necessary in Moscow, where you can just ride the wifi-enabled metro for hours while you update your Vkontakte profile, leave a note on your livejournal, or check your yandex mail.

    11. Knitting Champions

    Via crochetgames.ucoz.ru

    Any Russian babushka can keep an entire family warm faster than you can knit a set of underpants. Or arm-warmers. Or a moustache-beard balaclava.

    12. But knitting is just her side-gig now.

    Via ukhtoma.ru

    She mostly spends her time cooking enough to feed your family of twelve (four humans and apparently eight other invisible eaters).

    13. She is really enjoying the leisure of her old age.

    Via ped-kopilka.ru

    Her youth was spent saving you from the Nazis.

    14. Russians Are Tsars Of The Burn

    Via auto.tut.by

    This nation can curse better than any other. For example, imagine getting this shade: “Go masturbate yourself by means of your asshole on the side of a building.” Or this one, addressed to a cell phone: "You boneheaded, hypocritical thing, you miserly gizmo, you fat-assed, lard-transporting, shit-containing, non-descript device!"

    15. Hipster Cop

    Via kp.ru

    The tale of the mustachioed police officer seems to keep coming around.  But it's the Russian policewomen who are the most impressive, fashion-wise.

    16. Your ukulele is pathetic.

    Via rg.ru

    It's time to come to terms with the fact that a tiny guitar is twee, not cool. When you're looking for a somewhat obscure instrument to master, pick a real one, for goddsakes. Pick the accordion. Russians know this instinctively.

    17. Best Adaptations to Small Living Spaces.

    Via ngapartments.ru

    Living in a one-room apartment can be difficult.  But forget your Apartment Therapy, New Yorkers.  You just need some Russian sofas.  American hide-a-beds are so terrible-- they have that weird spring situation and the bar that juts into your back.  Futons are not the solution, either, because they are just uncomfortable sofas that make themselves into uncomfortable beds.  What the world needs is that sofa in the photo.

    18. You can even get a narrower one for use in the kitchen.

    Via 2009-2012.littleone.ru

    Why have an entire room devoted to just sleeping, anyway? It's truly a waste.

    19. And while we're at it, why have a dish-drain and an entirely separate dish cabinet? The two are naturally married in form.

    20. Homebrew

    Via mp3you.eu

    Oh, you make craft beer? How quaint. But beer won’t make you go blind if you do it wrong. Why don’t you grow a pair and make some samogon? Homemade spirits take knowledge and patience, both of which Russians have in spades. The true samogon master bottles a variety-pack of flavors: cherry, horseradish, plum, etc.

    21. No more Dry soda.

    Via vk.com

    No more Jones soda, either.   If you're Russian, you can just go into any regular grocery store and pick up tarkhun, a shockingly-green tarragon soda, or Baikal, a soda made with eucalyptus, bay leaves, and fir extract.  If neither of those float your boat you can buy sayani, flavored with maral root, or dyushes, the duchess pear soda.  I don't even know what maral root is and I still like it better than that peanut butter and jelly disaster.

    22. Salo is the new bacon.

    Via newspaper-sn.com

    Salted pork fatback-- for the true saturated fat aficionado. It melts in your mouth, makes you feel warm, and is a natural chaser for vodka. You can also pickle it, fry it for cracklings, and even cover it in chocolate. In terms of salty, fatty goodness, bacon is not even a close contender.

    23. Go to the dacha for all your natural, organic, sustainable, locally-grown, non-GMO, heirloom, heritage, buzzword produce.

    Via 7dach.ru

    Urban Russians spend their weekends outside the city visiting their dacha, generally a sort of ramshackle building with an outhouse. The fresh air fills their lungs as they work their garden plots bringing cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, onions, dill, and cabbages in to the city.   It's cheaper than buying vegetables in town and families love having time to dig together in the dirt.   And there's not a leaf of kale in sight.

    24. No more reclaimed wood.

    Via cheberry.com

    Somehow Russians all live under the strain of never-ending home improvement projects. When an apartment has been completely rehabbed, they apparently just start all over again. But rather than going for a rustic, shabby-chic kind of aesthetic, Russians favor modern looks. As a friend once said, "Why would you want to make something look old right from the beginning?" But DIY is the Russian ethos to the core.

    25. Flowers For All Seasons

    Via kbrria.ru

    One hot take claims that bespoke flower arrangements are currently of the moment among the young and alternatively-employed.  But in Russia, flowers are, and have always been, everywhere.  A young man would never think of going on a first date without buying some for his lady friend.  Dinner guests would never show up without a bouquet, and even a political assassination requires a fair number of them.

    26. Itty Bitty Hip

    Via sozhnews.info

    There are rumors that hipsters dress their children inordinately well.  Nevertheless, the Russian Schoolchild is the best-dressed little citizen on the planet.  Do the white bows get larger every year?  They just might.

    27. Pie Delivery

    Via evgenykozionov.com

    There are many outlets in the States that offer food delivery for the meticulously image-conscious.  From a place that'll bring you caveman food anywhere in the U.S. to an app that'll deliver a bearded man and some food right to your Park Slope Co-Housing Community.  Fuck all that.  Russian Pie delivery FTW. Because when you're too lazy to get off your ass, what you actually need is pie.