Hipster Ariel is a variation of all the hipster memes that have sprung up around the genre of hipsters. Hipster Kitty
is one example, and Hipster Ariel combines the category with the Walt Disney character of Ariel, the mermaid from the cartoon movie The Little Mermaid. Why Ariel was chosen above all other Disney characters remains somewhat of a mystery.
Hipster Ariel began to show up in 2011. Blogger Braden Graeber is named as the blogger responsible for the creation of Hipster Ariel. He has also gone on to develop other hipster macros as well. But regarding the Ariel one, he simply took a photograph of the mermaid from the 1989 movie and photoshopped the hipster glasses
on her to create the meme.
The photo chosen captures Ariel in an expression of extreme consternation, which is perhaps why it was chosen by Graeber in the first place. Often, a pained, angst-filled expression is mistaken as a normal neutral hipster expression. It’s easy to get them confused.
Hipsters are often talking about how much cooler they are than other people, and how they have discovered interesting things way before anyone else has. It is important to them that they found (whatever it is) first. It’s also important to them that they remind people of how much less cool and hip they are than the hipster themselves.
The combination of mermaid and hipster has spawned notable meme variations such as “It’s a Dinglehopper, Eric. Nevermind, you’ve probably never heard of it”, and “The sea was just too mainstream”.