And yet, do we merely possess this ability– this space to breathe our particular brand of air– because the parodies of us in the previous generations have let us? Fashion magazines proclaim to have the answer to your hipster look. Apple Macs are as plentiful with the penniless bohemians as cheap, roll-up cigarettes. The tattoos on the long arms of these rogues come from a catalogue. We have been assimilated into the collective consciousness that is British Society, so that we can all be Kerouacs, we can all be Schaunards, we can all be Picassos. Is this true bohemianism when the rebellion against the system can be summarised by a fashion decision from the new Topman range?


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