Photo Credit: Dads Are the Original Hipsters
Back when I was growing up, my father was such a nerd, people routinely confused him with the dad from Back to the Future. He had thick, black, horn-rimmed glasses, a closetful of I-don’t-care outfits, and an extensive and seriously obscure record collection (you know, those black round things we used to play before there was iTunes and, if you're old enough, before CDs). After years of believing my dear old dad was the world’s No. 1 nerd (although turns out, this guy is) I’ve come to find out that he was actually the most happening dude on the block, thanks to Dads Are the Original Hipsters.
Like My Parents Were Awesome, this site celebrates the clueless coolness of fathers, who sported bowties and pea coats, frequented thrift shops, rocked out and flipped off the camera long before Brooklyn slackers turned those attributes into a lifestyle. One photo features a mustachioed, mulleted man proudly dressed in purple from head to toe. Another shot highlights a super-‘70s dude posing provocatively next to a very sexual-looking halved peach.
Visitors are encouraged to send in pics of their “bad ass” papas (or husbands) for consideration, along with some text. Although most of the photos need no explanation, the captions -- which always begin with “your dad was into fill-in-the-blank before you were” -- are pretty hilarious. The site’s creator is currently working on a book, so your pop or partner could end up in print. I'm not sure if my husband would make the cut (though he does only wear black, which amuses our all-pink-all-the-time 6-year-old), but I'm pretty sure my Dad would. I sent him the link as an early Father’s Day greeting, and here’s what he wrote back, in all caps, of course: “Sweetheart, it's spelled Tumbler. I don't get it. Should I know these guys?" Yes, Dad, you should. You’re one of them.