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We figure there were lots of media outlets that called NYPD Det. Rick Lee, also known as the Hipster Cop, looking for an interview (including us), it looks like he settled on GQ for a very specific reason. You see, the Hipster Cop does not view himself as a hipster cop at all. The New York Times's City Room got a few quotes out of him on Tuesday, but in a longer Q&A piece, he tells Gentleman's Quarterly that he has a totally different fashion sensibility.
GQ: It's funny because you've been anointed "Hipster Cop" now, but looking at all your pictures—I'm not sure that's the right descriptor.
Rick Lee: I agree! I don't have a beard. I don't live in Williamsburg. Though off-duty I may look a little bit more hipster. I'm thin, so when I'm off-duty I like skinny jeans. And, well, I have about five pairs of Converse sneakers, but I've been wearing Converse sneakers since I was in junior high school. I've always worn Converse sneakers, they're not just a fashion trend with me. I've always liked them. So off duty, I throw on skinny jeans, a T-shirt, and a cardigan. I guess you could say I look more hipster on the weekend. Or in the summer, I'll wear my jeans cuffed, with wingtip shoes and a t-shirt and a vest. Unfortunately, I can't wear jeans to work.
GQ: If "Hipster Cop" is inaccurate, what new fun cop moniker should we use?
Rick Lee: Uh..."Country Gentleman." Or the "Gentleman Police Officer."
That whole "don't call me a hipster" could be construed as classic hipster-talk, but no true hipster would call himself a "country gentleman." While Daily Intel is sticking with the Hipster Cop moniker for Lee, we're going to have to start going with Dandy Cop.
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Adam Clark Estes
is a former writer for The Wire.
He has also written for The Huffington Post