33 Signs You Might Be a Hippy
33 Signs You Might Be a Hippy

Before any hippy (also spelled hippie) gets offended, I will clarify that every single one of these things applied to me when I was in a certain phase of life I would call my “hippy days.” 

I’m allowed to make fun of hippies like Jeff Foxworthy is allowed to make fun of rednecks. 

You might be a hippy if…

1. You’ve had multiple conversations about what defines a “hippy.”

2. You own Tibetan prayer flags. 


Tibetan prayer flags. (Shutterstock)

3. You either currently have dreadlocks, have had dreadlocks, or have seriously considered getting dreadlocks. 

4. You have more than 10 friends with dreadlocks.


Man with dreadlocks. (Shutterstock)

5. You’ve considered living on an organic farm.

6. You know at least five people who have gone to the  Burning Man festival.

7. You have either gone to a Rainbow Gathering, seriously considered going to a Rainbow Gathering, or know a few people who have gone to Rainbow Gatherings. Probably if you even know what a Rainbow Gathering is, you’re in the realm of hippy.

Wikipedia describes Rainbow Gatherings as, “temporary intentional communities, held primarily in … outdoor settings, and supporting and practicing the ideals of peace, love, respect, harmony, freedom and community, as a consciously expressed alternative to mainstream popular culture, consumerism, capitalism and mass media.”


A man at a Rainbow Gathering in Russia, August 2005. (Wikimedia Commons)

8. Before Dec. 21, 2012, you had at least 20 conversations about prophecies surrounding that date, and at least one conversation about it afterward.

9. You’ve worn patchouli.

10. Your place smells like Nag Champa.


Incense burning. (Shutterstock)

11. You’ve worn socks with Birkenstock sandals.

OK, I’m going to take a moment here to explain why this happens. Yes, socks and sandals is a hippy stereotype—with good reason though. I have worn socks and sandals because: 1. Birkenstock sandals are very comfy, and they are really easy to slip on your feet. I would say hippydom includes lots of time out in nature. This footwear is excellent for lounging around a campsite or for nights on the beach; 2. Mosquitos and cold air make you want to wear socks with sandals.

12. You’ve had at least 20 conversations about living off the grid.

13. You’ve had more than 10 people call you a hippy.

14. You’ve read aloud with friends on multiple occasions.

15. You’ve strummed a banjo or ukulele. 

16. You’re not Australian, but you’ve been at multiple gatherings where someone was playing a didgeridoo.


Woman playing a didgeridoo. (Shutterstock)

17. You’ve played a djembe, especially as part of a drum circle.

18. You’ve read at least one of the following:
“Doors of Perception” by Aldous Huxley
Anything by Carlos Castaneda
“Siddhartha” by Herman Hesse
“Stranger in a Strange Land” by Robert A. Heinlein
“The Celestine Prophecy” by James Redfield
“The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran

19. You own Thai fisherman pants.

20. You’ve gone at least a week without showering on multiple occasions (Bathing in natural bodies of water not included). This isn’t meant to perpetuate the idea of the dirty hippy, it’s just that modern plumbing isn’t always a part of the alternative hippy lifestyle. Bathing in mountain streams can be a beautiful way to live.

21. You’ve tried all-natural shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, and other toiletries.

22. You’ve tried a raw-food diet.

23. You know Westerners who play the sitar.

24. It’s common in your group of friends to go on meditation retreats.

25. You’ve tried fire poi. 


A woman performing with fire poi. (Wikimedia Commons)

26. Your wardrobe is 80 percent secondhand, 10 percent handmade, and you feel guilty about the other 10 percent that was store-bought and probably made overseas.

27. You own multiple plaid shirts.

28. You’ve slept outdoors under the open sky multiple times.


Night sky. (Shutterstock)

29. You’ve owned a book on edible plants.

30. You’ve had beaded curtains in your home.


Beaded curtains. (Shutterstock)

31. You know at least a couple of dumpster divers.

32. You’ve lived or stayed in a commune. 

33. You wear hemp jewelry.


Hemp necklaces. (Wikimedia Commons)

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*Image of woman with dreadlocks via Shutterstock

  • majorwiblit

    “Siddhartha”,,,lol,,,,a dead giveaway huh?

    • rg9rts

      Steppenwolf

  • HeyJude

    I’ve always considered “hippy” to be more of a state of mind and a point of view and a philosophy on life. In that sense, I have never lost my 60′-70’s sensibilities. I’d hardly be identified as a hippy these days, but it’s there, man….on the inside. Peace. 😉

    • rg9rts

      The only thing hippie about you is…… Gotcha!!!!!

      • fumes

        HeyJude is ok rg. i remember him/her from our HuffPost days.

        • HeyJude

          LOL! Hi fumes :-) rg is out to get me….it is mutual though. If I can make him spit coffee on his keyboard, it is a day well spent. :-)

          • fumes

            hey HeyJude!

          • HeyJude

            Nice to see you, fumes! Do you ever stop by the square? I haven’t seen you lately….although I’m not in there as much myself lately. I do try to pop in daily though, such a good bunch of people. :-)

          • rg9rts

            Been to allen yet?

          • HeyJude

            Nope. I nested at ET and never leave for other disqus sites. Do you go there?

          • rg9rts

            Oh yes…A lot of us flip from site to site. Disqus makes it easy to post on both and get mesages without having to be on site constantly. Winky is there alot as is Nick Vanocur and Marissa. Best part is no whiners. Try the Forum and the rec room. You’ll be greeted warmly and if you say I sent you they’ll stone you LOL You account on disqus allows you to comment there too just your count changes if that is important to you.

          • HeyJude

            Whiners, huh? Do you name names? LOL I have my own list…. sorta joking!

          • rg9rts

            You know they sit there and cry and complain how bad HP was to them and how to get back and what the ratings are and the feed off of one another ad nauseum. I called them juvenile and was savaged for that now I visit to comment on articles or speak to old friends like you and taps. Its like worrying what your ex is doing….a real waste of time.

          • HeyJude

            Oh, I don’t mind the HP whiners, actually I don’t even call them whiners….and most times they make me laugh. I’m not really involved in it though, because I don’t have the long and intricate history there with friends and fans that they had invested so heavily in. So I figure they have suffered more than I have. Now if something happened here at ET I would be the biggest cry baby you ever saw! LOL I have more friends and good times here than I ever had there.

          • rg9rts

            Understood that is why I go to all too. Like Winky said It gets old. As a matter of fact I was over there when you posted this message and came right over.

          • fumes

            square? i’m back on cnn where i was before huffpo. coinyer was on poynter for a while. forpeace was here for a while. deepthinkingman and kbeth are on allenall last time i saw them. weird what happened to huff. don’t really get it and don’t believe mcdonald’s reasons for doing it. cnn is pro-pot, anti-war and better now then when i left them for huffpo.

          • HeyJude

            I meant the Public Square here on ET…our special chat room. :-)
            Yes, I’ve seen forpeace pop in and out. Coinyer….ahhh, miss him. The King of Doobiestan will always have a place in my heart. I also miss Amelek and the tales of his days at Kandahar HS. LOL! I have not been to CNN. I don’t even miss HP anymore….the community was the only thing that kept me going there, and now I have that here on ET.

          • fumes

            zackly. and thx for clearing up that sq thing HeyJude!

          • eyelashviper

            Wondered where Coinyer went…wish we could corral all the good old members from HP and get them here, and at Rawstory…

          • fumes

            gone with the wind. all of them. the mods were/are the worst part of huffpo, not the posters and not even the trolls. what’s left there now is all vanilla all the time. bunch of headbobbers agreeing with each other. BORING

          • rg9rts

            You can be on the wanted list along with Taps who I try to tweak daily!

          • fumes

            ru a troll?

        • rg9rts

          Her the old muck raker!

      • HeyJude

        Hey….they are NOT! Hmmffft. My only saddle bags actually attach to the saddle. No trunk, no junk, no claim to the Kardashian bloodline. LOL

        • rg9rts

          Last time I saw ones like that they were on a harley

          • rg9rts

            Didn’t think of that interpretation till you mentioned it

          • HeyJude

            Well, I just naturally assumed you were alluding to my fat *ss! LMAO! ok, so now you have me so paranoid, I make my own jokes about it.

          • rg9rts

            Its true only if you wear the WIDE LOAD sign.

          • HeyJude

            Ahhh, no, luckily not my thing….genetics not dedication. My struggles are with being short, small, and can’t see over the steering wheel. LOL

          • rg9rts

            Pillows and a thick phone book

          • rg9rts

            Made that wide load comment to a woman on the trail that was pushing a stroller with twins…….then had to clarify I meant the stroller not her.

          • HeyJude

            If it was anyone else, I would assume it was actual leather bags. But since it’s you, I expect now to hear a story about the 450 lbs woman who was hanging over the seat…………..

  • majorwiblit

    glitch??,,I made a comment,,,and it went away?
    I saw someone else’s,,now it’s gone too?

    • rg9rts

      It takes a little while to show up some times…like the person typing goes away only to have the message appear later. I assume its the mods and when a regular conversation is going on there is no slow down at all. Okay?

    • fumes

      when she figures out what fos means that will be gone too lol.

      • rg9rts

        I was auto dele on HP for saying The Hague

        • eyelashviper

          LOL, it was Cheney for me…

          • rg9rts

            Makes you wonder “what were they thinking?” Then you realize they weren’t

          • fumes

            nailed it rg

          • rg9rts

            That was the beginning of the end for me

          • MaudeFrickert

            It was Palin for me. Apparently I made one too many jokes of the “Klondike Barbie, Wardrobe Sold Separately” variety.

  • begabug

    there’s only one…peace.

  • fumes

    Hippy? seriously. and you claim to have been one and know all the signs? lol. here’s a sign that you can use to spot a phony: spelling Hippie ”hippy”.

    • rg9rts

      My nickname in the war

  • rg9rts

    You ignorance of what it was astounds the ENTIRE PLANET. Stick to Gen Xers which you would know best.

    • HeyJude

      Hey….you’re grumpy! Smile and be nice now. Jeeeez, I have to watch you every second. :-) BTW, when are you going to get a proper avi? Your no neck look is not making a statement! LOL

      • rg9rts

        That is where #2 stretched it

        • HeyJude

          Ha! From the ball and chain hanging around it?

          • rg9rts

            Yup

      • MaudeFrickert

        LOLOLOLOL! Thanks for taking poor rg9rts’ sad song and making it better, HeyJude!

        • HeyJude

          :-) Somebody has to keep an eye on him, and it’s usually me in the early mornings. Not that he listens, of course. I hand him off to Malta or someone for the afternoon shift. LOL! And hey, good to see you, Maude! I smile just seeing your avi, and it’s been a while.

          • Winky Cat

            I try to keep an eye on him over @ All-len-All, another place where a familiar bunch of Huffragees landed. You should stop by some time, just follow the loud music & laughing coming from the Rec Room!

            Hey Arianna, thanks for screwing up and letting me see there IS life besides and after HP!

          • HeyJude

            Good, I know he needs many handlers, and it’s comforting to know you are one of them too! LOL Wait til he reads this (and he will)…he’s gonna kill us! hahahaha

      • Winky Cat

        HeyJude, good to see ya! I keep asking him when is he going to give MONSTA a place of honor as his avi.

        • HeyJude

          We’ll have to start a campaign….I would love to see Monsta as his avi. I’ll bet monsta has a neck. :-)

          • Winky Cat

            {pumping paw in the air} Yes!

  • fumes

    say tara. question: how can you tell when someone is fos?

    • rg9rts

      The aroma

  • peterappleby21

    Blah!

  • shanti

    Funny article!
    Rainbow gatherings however, are full of Futi (spirit or animal possession), messed up things… beware of those.

  • Marc

    ¬¬

  • fumes

    real Hippies were right all along about corporate fascism, pot and that fn vietnam war. none of which ever occurred to our dear author Tara. and Tara dear, it’s Hippie NOT hippy. AND we weren’t about beads and vw’s. we were about life. and death.

    • eyelashviper

      nailed it…the beads, india print dresses, incense, etc. were just part of the fun.

      • HamletsMill

        #34 You are still on Tour in your Mind FOREVER on that Lockheed Constellation with Joe Cocker and Leon Russell and the Shelter People in 1971…

        Joe Cocker – Mad Dogs & Englishmen 1971 (Full Film)
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDePzNSvOx4

        Joe Cocker – Mad Dogs & Englishmen – With A Little Help From My Friends
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6splB7acXc

        My band in the 70’s and 80’s played allot of Leon!

        • eyelashviper

          Saw Joe Cocker at the Fillmore East in NYC, still love his music, along with all the others from this era….the music is always on at my house.

          • HamletsMill

            Never got to see Joe Cocker but my sister did in a venue in D.C. about 15 years ago where the promotion work was somehow all messed up and there were only about 300 people there. Joe did his whole show with everything he had. He gave everything he had 110% to the people that had come. She was stunned!

            Finally got to see Leon Russell in person in 2001 playing from the front porch of the YMCA in Kitanning, PA at an outdoor Arts and Crafts Fair. Maybe 600 people max. The Greatest Rock and Roll Act on Earth in 1973. I was maybe 30 feet from him sitting on the lawn. I have always been in awe of him. I was very reverent as was everyone there. The Master of Time and Space if you “get” Leon Russell.

            I wrote him a pre-prepared letter I took with me telling him how much I have appreciated him all my life and how I loved playing his music back as a young man with my band. I gave it to his roadies to give to him. I am sure they did.

            I used to sing this one myself in my band. I have always thought about writing a film script where the World Messiah on a Planet was a Rock Musician. The Model for that would be Leon Russell!

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hjy7RAu8TJ4

          • eyelashviper

            We share a common admiration for Leon and obviously, many others of the time…
            The ‘music” of today is just lacking, with a few exceptions.

          • HamletsMill

            As far as musicianship goes these days you have to love Keith Urban. A tremendous talent. There are still some great ones in every generation. But the 60’s was supernal! I was so blessed to have my band back then in the 70′ and 80’s! A tremendous experience full of joy!

          • FaunaAndFlora

            I saw Leon back in 1972. One of the best ever!

          • HamletsMill

            Truly!

    • probo

      Fumes !!!!!! ;-)- ~~~~~~~~~

      • fumes

        probo!!!! woohoo good to see you again. the huffpo diaspora is everywhere: coinyer can be found at poynter, forpeace at epoch times. kbeth and deepthinkingman hang out at all-en-all. heyjude and i are here though i jump around the disqus network: gothamist, alternet, and all the rest. yahoo and guardian are fun too but not part of the disqus group. so good to see you again. oh wait i already said that. ;-}-~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

      • fumes

        lol.. i thought this was cnn. heyjude and i are over there. i was at cnn before huffpo. they’re pro pot and anti war. turner is famous for smoking on the job lol. wonder if he lets others do the same? hmmm… hi to your mom and cats!

  • Pony

    I thought hippies died out with the invention of body wash.

    • rg9rts

      Brought back by popular demand because of too many baggers in the area

      • Pony

        you know that was a joke right ?

  • MaudeFrickert

    You might be a really old hippie if you truly believe with all your heart that the Vanilla Fudge cover of You Keep Me Hangin’ On was better than Diana Ross’ original; if you ever dropped Owlsey’s purple at Tracy’s Donuts; if you sat around on the floor at The Psychedelic Shop (before it moved to Market St., it goes without saying) waiting for the weekly Avalon Ballroom and The Fillmore posters to be delivered, if you ever supped on soup and wine with The Diggers; if you still grieve over the loss of Super Spade; if Richie Havens’ Freedom is still one of your all-time favorite songs, etc.

    • eyelashviper

      Watching “Monterey Pop” is a sacred act for me…what a time, the music, the possibilities, the energy, sigh.

      • HamletsMill

        Indeed. For several years in this nation of sheep and idiots, people lived with imagination!

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4vg2uOR3fk

        • probo

          So good to see you again Hamlet !!

          • HamletsMill

            probo!!! You have escaped from HP! I checked on you once in the Great Exodus and I saw you last posted on December 8th or 9th I think it was! So you got caught when the hammer fell on December 10th too. I could not leave an escape message under my fake “Samuel Clemens” FB credentials because I got banned. I am now on Epoch Times with many on the secret Base Camp thread they have given us.

            http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/464777-the-public-square-2/

            Many have made it out alive!

            AOL apparently tracked me down and banned me from HP for making the “Hitler-AOL” video so I left in a kind of infamy! Looks like the suits up on the 99th floor got really, really, really upset!

            http://tinyurl.com/kps8qy8

  • Tara MacIsaac

    Hi all, glad this got some discussion going. I’m 30, so my hippie (the dictionary lists both hippy and hippie as acceptable spellings, guess I haven’t written or read the word a lot… I’ll write “hippie” from now on since that seems to be the preferred spelling) days were in the 2000s, considerably different, I’m sure, from the 1960s/70s. Of course, I’m just having fun with this, not trying to seriously define the label or identity. It might be interesting to think about the comparison between the original hippies and what it’s come to mean today. As #1 shows, the definition is fluid. For me, a hippie is someone who is in touch with nature, open minded, striving to return to simpler days perhaps… but it means something different to everyone. Thanks for the thoughts!

    • HamletsMill

      Hi Tara,

      I for one appreciated you article very much! The Hippie movement was Spiritual. All the other things portrayed around it later by the MSM propaganda like drugs, sex, and Rock and Roll were just on the periphery. If you want to understand what happened in the 1960’s duirn the utterly insane Vietnam War, you have to study 1848 in Paris and pre-WWI 1900-1913 Germany.

      Every now and then a generation comes of age that knows everyone in their current civilization is completely full of s**t. When allot of people start to understand that, things start ti get very, very interesting. If you are 30 you will see it first hand in your lifetime because the next 911 will be nuclear and this whole civilization is going.

      We are in a very big 25,920 year Cosmic Cycle of (12) 2,160 year World Ages. Already two Big Time World Wars and nobody learned a thing. The Cosmic Passage from the Age of Pisces now ending to the Age of Aquarius now beginning is going to be a doozie.

      http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/hamlets_mill/hamletmill.htm

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlmanKoPLyo

      Good luck!

      HM

    • fumes

      bygones Tara! the original sixties Hippies grew up hiding under our desks as a response to nuclear attack. what crap. then our president got shot riding in a convertible with the top down on a beautiful day in Dallas. then a draft was born to whisk us away to fight a war against people who never attacked us. then two more heroes were effortlessly shot to death. all the while our government was telling us an herb that we enjoyed was eville and anyone with it was eville too. war lies, assassination lies, government lies, and kids weren’t falling for it. but yes we managed to have fun too. thanks for the article. but JFK, RFK, MLK and Vietnam are just history questions to you. we lived those days and nights.

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