Hipsters, am I right? Constantly ruining everything they touch, with their food trucks and their fixies. Their giant beards and their selfless military service. Wait, their what? Yes, as if to prove that people are more than their stereotypical beards, DNA Info found a veteran who returned from Afghanistan who hangs out in McCarren Park, owns a fixed gear bicycle and has a cousin who ran the Endless Summer truck. Even worse, you guys, he’s not even originally from here. The noive, right?
Dennis Tierney is just your average young person who lives in Greenpoint. He has a fixie, he has a beard, he likes hanging out at Skinny Dennis and he’s originally from Virginia. Except he’s not like your average young person in Greenpoint because he also just came back from an eight-month tour in Afghanistan with the New York National Guard, helping to train the Afghan police . You know those hipsters, always traveling the world, trying to get authentic experiences on their parents’ dime.
Tierney told DNA Info that his unit nicknamed him “The Hipster,” owing to the fact that he came from Brooklyn, and possibly because his cousin owns the Endless Summer taco truck, one of his friends runs the company that does the $65 brunch tour, another one has her own handbag company and he does things like stretch out in McCarren Park’s grass while wearing jeans. All hipster hallmarks, of course.
To his credit, Tierney doesn’t go around using his military service time to pick up chicks with adorable pixie haircuts and sleeve tattoos, and is planning on staying in the Guard and going to school for his MBA. But just remember next time you see someone with a huge beard and ridiculous hat, that they very well may have seen much, much worse shit than you ever did.