A Sitting Duck Mullet

April 23, 2007 at 9:30 pm 4 comments

Sweet style

No, I wasn’t lucky enough to witness this hair-do in person. It beckoned me from a family scripture study portrait hanging on the wall in the D.C. Temple Visitors’ Center this weekend. It’s not quite a mullet, but so far from classification I don’t know quite what to call it. Ideas? Based on the lad’s acid-wash shirt and pants, this photo was taken a long, long time ago and begs to be updated. The son’s hair is so distracting in the picture that it defeats the purpose of the unity that the picture is trying to project: if this family truly loved their son, they would have grabbed the razor after trimming the sideburns and gone straight on ’till morning.

The mullet is not uniquely American as Wikipedia kindly notes. The cultural breakdown is as follows:

Portugal and Spain: Associated with young gypsies and separatists from the Basque Country

Czech Republic: Highly popular with the 18-34 set

Canada: Blue collar, fans of country music, ice hockey players

Great Britain: Synonymous with thugs

Despite this fine showing in these other countries, the United States still is overrepresented in the field of mullets with Pittsburgh leading the charge as the mullet capital of America. Perhaps that’s where this guy comes from:

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…the official picture provided on Wikipedia to define “mullet.” Ten dollars says this guy has no clue the heights to which he has scaled in Mullet history.

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Entry filed under: JL's Posts, Living History, Random.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. lemare  |  April 23, 2007 at 9:36 pm

    Thanks for this post, JL. The mullet is very much alive and well and I noticed a couple of them this weekend. I was floored (pleasantly) to see one on Michigan Avenue!

    Any readers who have had a mullet at some point in their life are encouraged to send in their yearbook photo so we can publish online and celebrate the movement.

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  • 2. Joe Lowry  |  April 24, 2007 at 9:58 am

    I saw an awesome mullet in Atlanta a while back, and being in North Florida, where there is a population of redneck folk, a sighting is not uncommon.

    Thanks for the history lesson. It reminds of those websites that were so big back in the day (MulletJoe etc.)

    Reply
  • 3. Ricardo  |  April 25, 2007 at 12:55 am

    Thats it, the Church isnt true! No institution claiming moral insight would dare permitt such a thing in its most holy cathedral.

    Reply
  • 4. Carl  |  April 25, 2007 at 9:41 pm

    That Wiki article is sorely lacking in mullet variations. There are a multitude of other variations (perm-utations?….) I highly suggest http://www.mulletsgalore.com/

    Reply

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