How to be indie

This is too funny. The author forgot, grow an Amish Beard:)

How to Be Indie

from wikiHow – The How to Manual That You Can Edit
Regardless of what others say, indie is not just an image — it is a lifestyle. Yes, you are definitely more indie if you dress and act the part, but you will only truly be referred to as indie if, and only if, you live it.


  1. First, you have to get the clothes. Seeing as you are probably not willing to throw out your entire wardrobe and purchase a new one, it might take a couple months to transition into this style of clothing. To start out, filter through your wardrobe and remove all sweaters, shirts, and sweatpants with gigantic brand names sewn into the front. This will make you look like a walking billboard advertisement, which is the exact opposite of indie. So go on, throw them out. Even better, give them to Goodwill. It is best that you avoid all brand name stores such as American Eagle, Aeropostale, Roxy, Quicksilver, American Apparel, etc. Also, get rid of Uggs or Emus. Now, visit your local thrift store. Some of the best indie t-shirts and vintage pieces can be found there. An indie wardrobe would never be complete without the following, so keep a checklist of these items, and go looking for them at the thrift stores or other, less brand name stores:
    • Tops: Vintage band t-shirts, Cardigans, Wife-beater tank tops,
    • Bottoms: Skinny jeans in gray or navy, A few pairs of coloured skinny jeans, Chords in any color, Neutral skirts with fine details, Bright leggings or tights,
    • Shoes: Old converse chuck taylors or hightops of any kind, Quirky flats, Knee-high boots, vans
    • Accessories: Pearl or stud earrings, vintage/different neclaces, Aviator Sunglasses or wayfairers, Buddy Holly glasses,
    • Outerwear: Trench coats, Shell suits, Peacoats,
  2. For your appearance, you need to have the right hair and makeup. Look as if you have spent no time at all styling your hair. Never straighten your hair, except if you have bangs. The more natural the better. Indie hair is usually either really long or really short. Popular hair colours are dirty blonde or a reddish brown. Try these hair styles:
    • Low ponytails
    • Messy buns and braids
    • Hair down and bangs in a twist
    • Undercuts
  3. For makeup, use a light foundation. The less, the better. Use a neutral brownish eyeshadow and, if you really want to, eyeliner. Red lipstick is as extreme as indie makeup gets.
  4. Now that you have the clothes and look, you need the music. If you want to be considered indie, you shouldn’t listen to anything mainstream. If your friends ever ask if you like a band, even if you do, never admit to it, always either say you don’t like them, or say ‘they’re alright’ in a very dismissive way’ If you have been listening to mainstream music for a while now, you probably won’t enjoy indie music because it is an acquired taste and probably too deep for you. You can ease yourself into it by repeatedly listening to very indie music until your senses adapt (burzum would be a good place to start if using this method), or you can start with less indie bands such as Vampire Weekend. Instead of following mainstrm charts, read pitchfork for ideas. Looking for music in different languages is also a good idea, french is very cool. Constantly be on the lookout for new bands and artists. If anyone asks you what type of music you like, you should list off some obscure subgenres, like avant-garde post-jazzcore and post-drone-noisecore. Wondering what indie music is? Here are some indie bands you should look into:
    • MGMT
    • The Killers
    • Death Cab for Cutie
    • Modest Mouse
    • Weezer
    • The Kooks
    • Tom Milsom
    • Stars
    • Le Tigre
    • Burzum
    • Molly Lewis
    • Whitehouse
    • The Hush Sound
    • Sunn O)))
    • Howling Willie Cunt
    • Sufjan Stevens
    • The Dandy Warhols
    • Bombay Bicycle Club
    • Cage the Elephant
    • Etc.
  5. Now that you have the clothes and the music, you need the attitude. I am not suggesting that you should immediately attempt change the person who you are, because being yourself is the most indie you can get. But you should try out these tips to help you become a more indie version of yourself:
    • Love who you are. Be happy and don’t be afraid to voice your opinion. Never be insecure about your beliefs or ideas.
    • Don’t be too loud. While you shouldn’t be insecure, you should never be over excited or hyper. Be quiet in class and do your work- or better yet, work on an artsy drawing instead. Act like it doesn’t matter to you whether you socialize or not.
    • Be mature. Always think before you act. Be calm and smart, and don’t make or laugh at gross jokes. If someone makes one, just shrug it off instead of squealing or going “Eeeeew!!!”
  6. Now for the lifestyle part. This is the broadest section of all. Here are some things you should try:
    • Bike everywhere on an old bike (not a mountain bike.) When people ask why, bring up an argument about conserving energy.
    • Always carry a shoulder bag or backpack containing the following:
      • A sketch book
      • Writing utensils
      • A camera
      • Other creative, artsy supplies
      • A pair of large headphones
    • Do everything the old fashioned way.
    • Get an artsy hobby such as photography, abstract painting, playing an odd instrument, etc.
    • Watch underground films.
    • Never do school work at home, always go to local cafés.
    • Read long and interesting books such as Jane Eyre.
    • Become a vegetarian. If your parents won’t let you, pack your own lunch, and pretend you are at school.


  • Never appear overly bothered about any situation, even if it is highly irritating! Take everything in your stride, but to be even more ‘indie’, secretly try hard at everything without others knowing. Therefore, if you get good grades etc. it appears natural; which is super indie!


  • Never tell anyone you are trying to be indie, because this automatically will make you look like a poser. So let’s keep this article our little secret, shall we?



About chrisfloyd1

Chris Floyd is an American Singer, Songwriter, Multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He has recorded with: Grammy winning Producer: Scott Mathews (John Hiatt, Rodney Crowell, Chuck Prophet, etc.) Engineer/Producer: Tom Leukens. (Kronos Quartet, Metallica, Sammy Hagar etc.) Engineer/ Producer: Dave Pensado. (The Black Eyed Peas, Elton John, Jamiroquai, etc.) Engineer/Producer/Multi-Instrumentalist: Scott Nuebert (Hal Ketchum, Trace Adkins) His songs have been licensed globally and were featured in the 2008 Beijing Olympic games. Chris Floyd has performed with: Gary Allen (J.J. Cale) Roger Miller (Oak Ridge Boys) Dave Payton ( Mylon Lefevre) Jay Weaver ( Dolly Parton ) Eric Heatherly, Randy Delay (Georgia Satellites) Rob Lumbard (Two Bobs and a Babe) T.J. Erhardt (The Nace Brothers) and Charles Williams. ( Col Bruce Hampton & The Aquarium Rescue Unit) Chris explains, “I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and back in the day, I bought this bass from Peter Stroud (guitarist for Sheryl Crow and Don Henley) and took his advice. Go west young man! I headed out to the Midwest and got a ton of playing experience.” Released: Floyd Mercy: 'Tiki Town Sessions' 2000 (Producers: Scott Mathews & Chris Floyd a.k.a Floyd Mercy) 2007 Produced Ronny Criss, 'Mercy Mechanics.’ April 2009 Chris Floyd released ‘For the love of the game’ and 'Nashville Co-writes: Songs of Chris Floyd, Ronny Criss, and Rebecca Hosking.' 2010 released 'Gravity & Divinity', 'Sightseeing', and 'It's the Holiday' remaster single. 2011 released: 'Momentary Zen', 'The Comeback Kid', and 'Tiki Town Sessions.' (with bonus tracks) It's all for the love of the game.
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