You’ve probably seen it for a while now. Statistically speaking, there’s a good chance you’re even wearing it. The high-and-tight. The side-fade. The haircut that is has been colloquially referred to, as a recent article in The Washington Post pointed out, as the “Hitler Youth.” Sadly, though, the colloquial moniker—once used jokingly—is starting to ring a little too true lately.

Promoters of white nationalism have recently made an effort to reclaim the haircut, in part due to its historical connection to Hitler’s Germany. According to the Post article, it’s now even being referred to as a “fashy,” short for “fascist.” (Supes cute, you racist fucks.) Needless to say, for hipsters who have long sported the ‘do, it’s a troubling turn of events.

As to the genesis of the haircut’s cultural significance, part of it has to do with Nazi propaganda posters of the 1930s and ’40s—where Hitler Youth were shown sporting the cut—and part of it has to do with basic utility. World War II-era German soldiers had an easier time wearing and removing their helmets when they had it.

Since around 2010, the haircut was popularized by non-fascists thanks in large part to the nostalgia-laden aesthetic of hipster Brooklyn, as well as its adoption by pop cultural figures like Macklemore and David Beckham. Since then, the hairstyle has skyrocketed in popularity. As the Post article points out, “The tidy, chic lines that appealed to the Nazis became the choice of fashionable young men, gay and straight, because it’s both business-like and brash.”


As Long Nguyen, co-founder of Flaunt magazine tells the newspaper, however, it’s likely not a coincidence. “We call them ‘nipsters’—neo-Nazi hipsters,” says Nguyen. “It’s really important for them to make inroads into young people’s culture, in order to expand their base. It’s a lot easier to do that when they’re stealing the look of a familiar hipster style.”

Basically it’s a warning to us all then: The next time a good-looking guy in a high-and-tight offers to sell you a craft beer, make sure he isn’t trying to also sell you a dose of unabridged hate.

Nipsters. It’s a great word, with wonderful, crisp, mocking snark. I suggest this gets used. A lot. Via Esquire.


  1. Saad says

    it’s now even being referred to as a “fashy,” short for “fascist

    That’s the worst kind of normalization: the college aged privileged racist ignorant assholes who think they’re part of some righteous brand new counterculture.

  2. Siobhan says

    College usually spawns norm-breaking movements, but it’s always worth looking at what norms are being eschewed. Bohemians and hipsters once upon a time rejected rigid gender roles and capitalism. Now it’s edgy to be a dick to people who can’t really fight back, at least on their own.

  3. dirtdoc says

    I’m only 30% salty because I have a toned down high and tight,

    but have these assholes ever once come up with an original cultural icon? There is not one single fucking fascist icon that they invented. Everything is ripped from some other history or culture. At least with Mussolini his shit was relevant to some mythical Roman identity, there was cultural continuity however tenuous. But Nazis? Not even close! Skinhead were original anti-fascists. Hipsters have always been tone deaf but they weren’t fucking fascists. I know it seems like I’m missing the point, since the fact that they are white nationalists is enough and better reason to hate them, but fuck these guys. If us white men are so goddamn creative create something you cultural bottom feeders.

  4. Kengi says

    I wary of using that word because of similarity to the ethnic slur that was often used towards people of Japanese (or even SE Asian) descent.

  5. says

    I’m glad that my intuitive suspicion and mistrust against people with that haircut is fully justified. If you look like a fucking Nazi I’ll treat you like one.

    *not serious complaint*Couldn’t you hid such pics below the fold? I was eating…

  6. says

    I’m not sure I buy the history, and I certainly don’t buy into the German soldiers and helmets idea, which smells rather of post-hoc-ness to me. Variations of the short back and sides were pretty much the standard man’s haircut from the Victorian era to the 1960s, came back as one fashion amongst many in the 1980s and have stayed with us ever since. That’s not to say that fascists can’t, or wouldn’t, appropriate it, of course.

  7. blf says

    I certainly won’t be using that name, or any other except the one which doesn’t hide the underlying nastiness: nazi. They are nazis. No point whatsoever to using any other name.

  8. rq says

    “Fashy”? Great, because there’s a purveyor of cheap swimwear paraphrenalia of that very same brand name; I will never look at it the same again.
    Anyway, I have two kids sporting the cut (or something similar right now) due to being inspired by Last Airbender characters; going to have to reconsider a bit.

  9. Czech American says

    This is trodden ground for me. I am a white guy who shaves his head occasionally. I don’t keep it shaved, and I don’t use product, so I’m never skinhead smooth, but lately I wonder if it is time to switch to just using clippers.

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