Everybody knows an indie kid when they see one, but there are so many different types of 'indie' that there is no one solid classification. Here I've classified a few different indie stereotypes, all in good fun. Hope you enjoy.
Tea Cosy Indie (Female): Favourite bands include Iron & Wine, Devendra Banhart and Bright Eyes. In fact, anything released by Saddle Creek Records qualifies as a 'favourite'. Usually seen shopping for vintage boots, floral granny dresses and slouchy cardigans at the local Goodwill. They love to knit, drink tea and bake. These granny-like interests coincide with their idolization of the free flowing days of yore a.k.a. the 1960s and 1970s. Generally vegetarian, always kind, never seen without her trusty bicycle.
Nerdcore (Male): Continues to dwell on the tv shows and video games of his youth, like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers and Super Mario. Most likely owns a synthesizer so he can recreate the theme songs. Eats pop tarts for breakfast and makes ironic movie references to the point of irritation. Attire is usually quite simple: striped t-shirt, blazer or cardigan, jeans, Converse and messenger bag covered with buttons that display his wide array of pop culture knowledge.
Artiste Indie: Pretends to appreciate the finer things in life but probably couldn't tell Baudelaire from Proust. Lives to be seen smoking a cigarette while reading something conspicuous at the local coffee shop, like William Burroughs or Allan Ginsberg, while constantly looking over their book to see if anyone is watching. Always poor and unemployed, but that just gives them more artist's credibility. They think they have enough talent to make it big, but would never ever sell out.
Party Indie: Personified by Cory Kennedy. Always wears outrageously outrageous getups just to get noticed. They live for drugs/alcohol and judge their quality of living by two things. #1. How bad their hangover is. #2. How many pictures were taken of them at the party. Listens to M.I.A. without realizing that her lyrics are political. Shameless exhibitionist.
To Kate, who is wondering where to shop: St. Vincent de Paul's is sketchy, but there's tons of great cheap stuff. Value Village is a classic, but I think they raised the prices so I don't shop there as much anymore. Boretski Vintage is expensive but so worth it. When in doubt, go to Old Navy. I promise I won't tell anyone. Whatever you do, don't go to Salvation Army. It's crappy around here.