This Bay Area bro wants to pay you to make his Tinder Halloween costume

He's swiping right on manual labor this Halloween. 


EJ Dickson

Internet Culture

Posted on Oct 28, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 7:58 am CDT

On the Halloween costume originality scale, dressing up as a Tinder profile falls somewhere on the lower end of the scale, somewhere in between going as a sexy cop and Snow Walter White.

But one Bay Area bro apparently didn’t get the memo that everyone and their brother would be dressing up like a Tinder profile this year. He’s already set on his costume, and he’s offering monetary compensation to whoever has a “creative/artistic background” and is willing to make it for him.

Here’s his ad, in the “gigs” section of Craigslist San Francisco:


The poster then attached a few photos of dudes in Tinder Halloween costumes, all of which look like they were made by the wearer, in under 20 minutes, for the cost of a Michaels Crafts Store gift card. Compensation is listed as “negotiable.”

You might be wondering, “Why would anyone with a creative/artistic background/personality deign to design this dude’s Halloween costume? Is an MFA in graphic design and/or an undergraduate degree in the arts a prerequisite for employment?”

But according to Alan, the original Craigslist poster, he’s actually gotten two replies so far: One from an artist, who offered to do it for $25, and one from a graphic designer, who offered to do it for $100. (He’s going with the lady who offered to do it for $25.)

“The costume isn’t extremely complicated as you can see, so I wasn’t really looking for any particular type of background,” Alan told me in an email. “As with anything free market/capitalistic, I just figured if I threw this out there, someone with a creative/artistic bent would hopefully respond.

“I’m typically really bad with planning ahead and thinking of creative costumes, and even worse at making these myself, so this seemed like a good way to get it done before Halloween this Friday.” 

Kudos on using the free market to outsource your costume, Alan. We hope it’s a hit, and some lucky SF lady dressed as a sexy bunny rabbit swipes right on you this Halloween. Best of luck to her, ’cause that cardboard screen is gonna be hella difficult to take off.

Photo by Tinder/Instagram

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*First Published: Oct 28, 2014, 1:07 pm CDT