My abfave advice columnist, Cary Tennis over at salon.com wrote this really cool response to a LW: http://www.salon.com/mwt/col/tenn/2007/04/12/hipsters/index.html
My 2 cents--
"...beauty and the intoxication of (being) cool, the automatic, nonlinear, simultaneous cultural recognition that is an ancient phenomenon of tribalism, or belonging, or religious ecstasy."
Exactly what I felt when I walked into the Star Trek convention and a pimply guy with spindly arms wearing a stained t-shirt with cut-off sleeves and enormous Bermuda shorts pulled high up on his body grinned at me with chipped brown teeth and flashed me the Vulcan greeting.
I would've fucked him if he didn't have a girlfriend.