The “Herbivore Men” of Japan are the men who have basically given up on marriage and love. They often can’t afford it, and they don’t want to work to death to raise a family, instead they have hobbies or anime or the internet to fill up their time.
There is a strange subculture of Craigslist art, which involves artists posting offbeat requests on craigslist and seeing what happens. Some examples:
Kenneth Tam offered cash to any couple who would let him observe, and film, an ordinary dinner in their home while he sat, silent, in the background.
There are a class of people in Japan referred to as Cyber Homeless who live at cyber cafes because they are a cheaper alternative than an apartment. The cafes offer free showers and sell underwear.
A youth subculture from the late 1940s until the early 1960s in the Soviet Union used to dress like Americans in order to express their apolitical views, neutral or negative attitudes toward Soviet morality.
A new trend has emerged in Bangkok where young Thai men are identifying as “Mexican gangsters” and sporting the clothes, tattoos, and hairstyles of the gangs that inspire them.
There’s an entire subculture convinced that people shift around between “alternate realities” to explain why they remember things that didn’t happen.
The Mexican party scene has fully embraced ridiculously long pointy boots. Known as “botas picudas,” the Mexican fashion of pointy boots has started with the tribal music. In the beginning, people were using regular boots. Then they started making them pointier and pointier, until it got out of control.
The term “hipster” originated in the 1940s, and was used to describe jazz aficionados, characterized by their “dress, slang, use of cannabis and other drugs, relaxed attitude, sarcastic humor, self-imposed poverty and relaxed sexual codes.”
Boomer the Dog, a man with a canine soul, often roams the streets of Pittsburgh in a large dog costume, barking at every passing car and digging holes in the backyard. Boomer takes his persona very seriously and wishes everyone would treat him like a real dog. People like him are called furries and are a subculture first recognized in the United States in the 1980s. Furries believe they are anthropomorphic animals with human characteristics such as high intelligence, the ability to speak and walk on two legs, facial expressions and so on. Dressing up in animal costumes is a hobby to most of them, but Boomer has taken it to the extreme, making his furry fandom the focus of his life.
There is a subculture of people called Otherkin who genuinely believe they are not humans, either in a spiritual sense or a physical sense. These people may believe they are mythical creatures (elfs, vampires, etc,) animals trapped in human bodies, or a living incarnation of a fictional character, among other things.