Know your Dadster

Know your Dadster
Do you know a Dadster? Find out with this anthropological guide based on studies from the natural habitat.

This is the first and possibly last in an occasional series of guides to the anthropological subtypes of the urban New Zealander.

Dadster: 40-something male urban parent who behaves, and believes he still looks like, a 20-something childless urban male.

From dad + hipster.

You’ll see them sipping their long blacks at Saturday morning soccer in the better suburbs. Or loitering around Otis Frizzell’s Ponsonby Road taco truck on a Sunday afternoon.

During the week they hold down proper jobs and wear proper clothes. Come the weekend, though, it’s off with that 3 Wise Men shirt and on with the Dadster Duds.

Who knows - there could be a Dadster living in your home.

Find out for sure with this cut-n-carry guide to the Modern Dadster.

9 to 5: the Dadster at work ​

Thirty three percent “Working on a range of projects” 
Twelve percent “Looking for new opportunities” 
​55 percent “Accounts Payable” 

What’s on those headphones

Perception: rare unreleased Lorde demo 
Reality: Newstalk ZB Larry Williams podcast

I get around: how Dadsters roll

Sat-Sun: 1960s American V8, driven ironically
Mon-Fri: Mitsubishi Outlander, driven economically
Next level: small bicycle, ridden like a circus chimpanzee

That’s my bag, baby, what’s floating their totes?

Confiscated power cord from Mr 12’s computer: Minecraft that!
School trip permission form: must drop that off some time
Drugs: can’t leave them at work, not allowed them in the house, such a waste to throw them away

Gettin’ social: what Dadsters do online

Perception: post Instagram of new guitar; check in at Big Day Out
Reality: desperate quest for LinkedIn connections in case work restructures again

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