The mullet is back, baby. Booming in the 80’s and at one point banned in Iran, mulleteers are popping up once again across our school, so let’s take this opportunity to explore a brief history of the mullet.
The mullet’s influence started in the 70’s by pop culture icons including David Bowie, Paul McCartney and Rod Stewart, planting the seeds for the soon to be cultural icon.
By the 1980’s the mullet style exploded in popularity. All over the U.S, to the U.K and Australia, the mullet was sported by men across the globe, from Metallica to the high school cafeteria. However, mullets weren’t exclusive to men. It was rocked by Joan Jett and Cher, and by end of the decade it was adopted by lesbian culture.
In the 1990’s the mullet had started to fade, however it was still sported by country singers, professional athletes, and Superman in Reign of Superman in 1993.
In the 2000’s the mullet frenzy had faded out, but the cultural impact it had wasn’t forgotten. It was called back by Joe Dirt, The Mullets, and a documentary titled American Mullets. The style was also still prevalent in NHL and NFL teams., but the mullet was just a funny memory to most.
With the onslaught of Covid and barbershops closed across the country it brought the opportunity (and hair length) to have fun with your hair while you didn’t have to show yourself in public. Even after reopening society the mullets remained and even evolved from the 80’s nightmare it was known as. The mullets now serve as an opportunity for everyone to get a piece of the action. If you’re shy about looking like an 80’s Halloween costume, love the irony of sporting an ‘outdated’ haircut or genuinely like the way it looks on you, there’s a mullet for everybody.