10/2 OT2: Mullets

Mullet (haircut) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 1992 mullet

The mullet is a hairstyle that is short at the front and sides, and long in the back.[1]



Ancient mullets[edit]

In the sixth century, Byzantine scholar Procopius wrote that some factions of young males wore their hair long at the back and cut it short over the forehead. This non-Roman style was termed the 'Hunnic'look.[2][3]


Paul and Linda McCartney in 1974

Mullets were sported by rock stars David Bowie and Paul McCartney as far back as the early 1970s.[4][5]


The zenith of the mullet's popularity in 1980s continental Europe has been described as an "age of singing tattooed Swedish Flokati Rugs".[6]


Superman was drawn as having a mullet from issue 505 (1993) to 544 (1997)[7] of Adventures of Superman comic and this look was released in action figure form by Mattel in 2009.[8] Punk rock band The Vandals sang of country music singers and Jerry Springer Show guests sporting mullets, and listed regional names for the style in the 1998 song "I've Got an Ape Drape".[9] Country Music singers Billy Ray Cyrus, Travis Tritt, and Joe Diffie were also known for their mullets. The German punk rock band Die Ärzte dedicated in their album "Le Frisur", in which every song is about hair, the song Vokuhila Superstar to the mullet (in German Vokuhila).Sanjay Dutt also wore a mullet in 90s.[10]


The mullet and its associated lifestyle have been central themes in movies such as Joe Dirt "business in the front, party in the back" (2001), and the television show The Mullets (2003–2004). The 2001 filmAmerican Mullet documents the phenomenon of the mullet hairstyle and the people who wear it.[11] Indie rock duo Tegan and Sara sported mullets during their "The Con" album era.


In July 2010, the Islamic government of Iran issued grooming guidelines to men supplementing the existing modesty stipulations to women. Among the new regulations is a ban of the mullet hairstyle. The ban on mullets is one of the measures that Iran has deployed to "confront the cultural assault by the West." The country aims to promote a set of new Islamic hairstyles that were unveiled at the Hijab andChastity Festival of 2010.[12][13]

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