It’s hard to be cool when you’re old and don’t live in Bushwick. That’s why one suburban mom found a way to live the hipster dream by repurposing a Bushwick artist’s Facebook profile for herself. Harriet Desperada, a 54-year-old resident of Darien, Connecticut, stumbled upon a loophole that would give her the Bushwick experience without ever having to leave the comfort of her own home.
“I was trolling eBay one night for shapewear and somehow happened on artist Dick Slick’s auction of his Facebook profile. Reading the bulleted benefits of purchasing the item, it dawned at me that this was my chance to transmute into a Bushwick artist. Sure, I’d seen what the lifestyle was like on Girls, but now I could actually be a part of it.”
Desperada plans to keep Dick Slick’s profile name the same, while posting images of her own artwork–she specializes in cereal collages–in lieu of his. She also hopes to receive frequent Facebook invites to local gallery openings and drinking events. “Who knows? Maybe I’ll even catch another man’s interest on it, too (I’m assuming Slick is gay).” For the price of $600 to take over someone else’s internet identity, it seems like a fair trade.
Written by Genna Rivieccio