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Gifts for your Pretentious Hipster Brother

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SUPER iam8bit: More Art Inspired by Classic Video Games of the ’80s ($24.95) If your brother has been kicking around the idea of starting a chiptune band, here’s the proper motivation. Atomic Books, 3620 Falls Road, (410) 662-4444,



Burroughs beard oil ($28) Because no hipster beard is complete unless it is long and ironically shaped like something out of the 19th century. Sixteen Tons, 1100 W. 36th St., (410) 554-0101,



Ben Sherman messenger bag ($150) Getting around town by bicycle can be hard and downright dangerous. But, hey, your brother can have a bag that is both stylish and convenient while he dodges Baltimore’s oh-so-friendly drivers and MTA buses on his track bike. Sixteen Tons, 1100 W. 36th St., (410) 554-0101,



Aero-Press coffeemaker ($30) When all the choice coffee shops are closed, this coffee press, which sits right on top of your favorite mug, is perfect for those who need something a little snazzier than Mr. Coffee. Spro Coffee, 851 W. 36th St., (410) 243-1262,


Goorin Brothers charm fedora ($45) Turns out that that time your brother went around quoting film noir and talking like Edward G. Robinson wasn’t just a phase. Why fight it? In the Details, 813 W. 36th St., (410) 889-0380,


“I Pull Out” T-shirt ($20) Ahahaha, it’s a double entendre, you see. Even a sense of ironic detachment is best paired with a little bit of wit. 9th Life, 833 W. 36th St., (410) 534-9999,


Wu-Tang skateboard deck ($65) Bring the ruckus when you enter 36th Street on this sweet deck. PEDX, 1715 Aliceanna St., (410) 276-0038,


Habibi ($35) Graphic novelist Craig Thompson has won tons of awards. So even if your bro doesn’t really know about this book, he’ll pretend to. Gorilla King Comics, 1711 Aliceanna St., (410) 327-0181



Starbuzz hookah tobacco ($19.99 per can) Perfect for those nights when your brother wants to chill with his friends and discuss Sartre. Karmic Connection, 508 S. Broadway, (410) 558-0428,


Mya glass hookah ($89.99) Don’t forget the hookah your Starbuzz in. Karmic Connection, 508 S. Broadway, (410) 558-0428,


Attica Jailhouse hat ($30) Because “irony.” Cult Clothing, 817 N. Charles St., (443) 637-2858,


Baltimore map cuff links ($40) That vintage French-cut shirt isn’t going to cuff itself. Your bro might as well show some hometown pride when he’s wearing it. Juanita’s Adventures on Etsy,


Urban 550 front bike light ($159.99) After a late night at the H&H, your brother is going to need to bike home safely. Joe’s Bike Shop, 723-B S. Broadway, (443) 869-3435 and 5813 Falls Road, (410) 323-2788,



Hardcore spray paint ($8) Perfect for tagging in Graffiti Alley or creating street art just about anywhere. PEDX, 1715 Aliceanna St., (410) 276-0038,


Baltimore Sounds ($28) This illustrated encyclopedia of Baltimore music, by Joe Vaccarino, is a must-have for any modern-day versions of Levinson’s musical-trivia-obsessed Diner dudes. Normal’s, 425 E. 31st St., (410) 243-6888,

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