Brit wins prize for world’s best mullet hairstyle after having it cut as a joke03/06/2020
A British man has been crowned for having the world’s best – mullet hair cut.
Rob Ayton, 31, a graphic designer, got his first mullet cut three years ago while on holiday in Australia and at first he wasn’t keen.
He only had it cut for a joke, but over the years the style began to grown on him and he kept it long at the back – going past his shoulders.
Now, on a return trip to Australia, Rob, from Bideford, Devon, has won best international mullet at the annual Mulletfest, held in Kurri Kurri, New South Wales.
Rob said: “I was coming out here for a skateboarding competition and it just happened to time with me being out here for that so I could go out to Kurri Kurri and see the mullet fest itself.
“There was eight of us from all over the globe, it was good fun. A good laugh.
“Three years ago I came over to Australia got a mullet haircut, chopped it up in irony really.
“I’ve never been a fan of the mullet or the rats tail, but I have to say I do like the mullet now so my point of view has changed dramatically.
“It genuinely feels like it’s been a religious ceremony for me, Australia – you’ve been amazing.”
Rob said that his hair is currently down to his shoulder blades, and growing a good mullet takes: “Time and patience, and being able to handle a s**t ton of negative feedback.”
Mulletfest is an annual event that honours the best mullet cuts in various styles and categories, including everyday, grubby, vintage, and extreme, among others.
Their website states: “All competition entrants are judged on their haircut, overall presentation and stage presence.”
The winner of the illustrious ‘Best Mullet of them All’ category is crowned on the day.
Rob added: “It was actually amazing, I was so stoked. There were 12 entries, eight of which actually turned up.
“The standard was way higher than I had first envisioned.
“I won the ‘international’ category, so I have the best ‘international’ mullet.
“You couldn’t print a lot of the comments I get. The most PC one is ‘you look like an 80s pornstar’
“Generally feedback in the UK isn’t great for mullets however more recently I’ve had better comments about being an individual, whatever that means.
“I’ve had no problem getting work in the UK surprisingly. When I came back from Australia in 2018, I walked straight into a delivery job for one of the big retailers.
“I’m now doing publications for a well known agricultural retailer. Seems it must be 2020, where looks aren’t everything now, thankfully.”
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