*Tips Fedora*

*Tips Fedora*

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“Tips Fedora” is an online expression used in mocking response to a statement of opinion thought to be held by a young adult male who probably wears fedora as a fashion accessory. The phrase refers to the gesture of tipping one’s hat as an expression of recognition or acknowledgement between two persons.


On April 4th, 2012, the phrase was used in the /v/ (Video Games) board on 4chan[1] in a thread regarding white knight behavior.


In February and March 2013, the phrase spread to the /a/ (Anime and Manga)[6], /v/ (Video games) [7], /sp/ (Sports)[8] and /tv/ (Television and Film)[9] boards on 4chan. On September 15th, 2013, Tumblr user Nyehs made a post[4] under the tag “tips fedora” about being friend zoned by a “succubus.” On October 13th, YouTuber archivemind uploaded a Source Filmmaker video in which the Heavy from the online first-person shooter game Team Fortress 2 tips a fedora (shown below, left). On October 20th, YouTuber The Cheesy Banana uploaded a video in which he performs a fedora tip (shown below, right).

On November 12th, Redditor radarmaxx submitted a photograph of a man tipping a fedora to the /r/cringepics[10] subreddit (shown below), where it recieved over 1,800 up votes and 120 comments in the first two months. On December 23rd, the FedoraCoin[2]altcoin was launched, which are referred to as “TIPS.”

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Many reaction faces had been made with the caption “tips fedora”, many of which feature a person tipping a fedora or other brimmed hat.

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