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Word du Jour: Trustafarian

A trustafarian is someone who wants street cred by living in artsy, pre-gentrified (or recently gentrified) neighborhoods and who pretends to be struggling while secretly living off a trust fund.

It seems that the recession is taking a toll even on the trustafarians hipsters at Ground Zero for hipsterdom, the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, NY.

The New York Times reports today that parents hit with hard times are starting to pull the plug on the trust-funders. Twenty-something creatives, who never had a paying job before, now have to look for work that will pay the bills. Gasp!

That's OK with Williamsburg's more "authentic" — and unsubsidized — residents. One actually-struggling artist told the Times: "It does make me feel a little bit better. It’s bringing a lot of Williamsburg back to reality.”


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dikke-kus dikke-kus 8 years
Oh well. I actually wanted to be one of those trustafarians. As an artist I often dreamed of having one of those NY lofts with giant canvases spread on the floors and walls and paint themes with important political statements all day and be self absorbed at the bars all night. Then having some big magazine come around and say you're the up and coming as you gaze on with a black turtleneck and sloppy jeans in the photo. However as an artist when I did see these types I knew better. Trust funds for sure backing that one up. I know just how much those lofts cost, the brushes, the canvases. Everything. Anyway there's worse things people can do than try to be Pissarro, or Hemingway in Paris or something.
dm8bri dm8bri 8 years
I do not appreciate the hipster "movement" in general. At first it was cute, quirky and kind of cool when the random guy in my college english course wore thick rimmed glasses and a skinny tie w/ a tshirt. Now that every trustafarian and wanna be is copying the style, it's obnoxious. Get a real job and a life. Thanks.
French-Kiss French-Kiss 8 years
I absolutely didn't understand anything of that article XD Sometimes (often) I wish i could speak fluently (one day i will !! cause I just LOVE english lol)
Love-and-Sex Love-and-Sex 8 years
I speak on behalf of all word-a-holics, Phil — thank you!
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
The picture reminds me of another thing these folks do that pisses me off: Wear glasses without needing them (why is it "in" to fake poor eyesight?)
Phil Phil 8 years
Interesting word that, on the subject of, should be added to (the most awesome lexicographer since Samuel Johnson) Erin McKean's new online dictionary, Wordnik ( It's like OED+Wiktionary+Twitter+Flickr all in one!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
we have those around here we call them "gutter rats" the kids who live downtown in terrible run down houses and claim to be poor, when they arent.
earthgoddess earthgoddess 8 years
This reminds me of when I lived in Ashland, Oregon and I would watch the teenage hipster hippies get dropped off by their parents (who obviously had money, and were driving brand new BMWs) downtown. Despite their designer hippie clothing, they would spend the rest of the day panhandling and trying to look as down and out as possible.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
I hate the overall sense of entitlement. I am so lucky that my mom is there as a safety net if I really needed her, but when I graduated college, I got my own job and paid for things myself. I'm doing it myself and that's something I'm proud of. sure, I might be slightly broke living in Manhattan, but I the money I pay for my rent I earn! and I am thankful every day for the opportunities my parents gave me to get to where I am and that I am equipped enough now to do this on my own. that's what is sort of sad for me with this whole trend - does nobody have goals? does nobody want to accomplish anything, or stand by it and say "yes, I did this!"
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
Being fake about anything is just so dumb. No one cares if you are poor or rich, and if there are people who do, then they are not the people you want to hang around! I don't want to have to abase myself in front of others to make friends or to be more likable. I also don't want to have to aggrandize myself for the same reasons.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Ugh, I really dislike these "No, I'm really actually poor!" folks who spend $100 on t-shirts that look like you paid $0.75 at the Salvation Army. They have no jobs (and don't need/want one), but always find something to complain about (they haven't had a chance to buy the latest tech gadet or whatever). They think they have street cred because they know some hole-in-the-wall place (and are really smug about it) while simultaneously pushing out people that have been living in those neighborhoods for decades. But these are also the people who don't realize how dangerous some neighborhoods really are (like the Lower East Side in NYC. Some girl and her bf were getting mugged by a group of thugs. They pistol whipped the bf and this chick goes up to the guy with the guy and starts pushing him around in front of his crew yelling "what are you going to do, shoot me?" Yeah, hate to say it but guess what happened? Then all the papers run stories about how LES isn't really safe. Duh!) Sorry for the rant, I just have a very strong dislike of these types of fake-people.
kia kia 8 years
I generally don't associate hipsters with trustafarians. In my mind it is usually the trust fund kids around hippie/college/liberal towns. The ones in school (or who live around schools) who grow their hair and dread it during the school year, but shave it when they have to go back home to see their folks in the summer, or whenever. There is a certain element of a psuedo-Jah, natural lifestyle with this moniker. When I lived in Missoula way back in the day the tell tale trustafarian sign was getting a cereal from the Poverello (food bank) that was like Brazilian Lucky Charms. Every trustafarian seemed to have this darn near status symbol in their home.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Also known as the most irritating variety of the generally somewhat irritating hipster movement.
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