Chile: land of the mullet

3 02 2009
The ever present mullet

The ever present mullet

OK, Chile is a great place, the food is good, the country is fascinating, and we’ve only just scratched the surface.  The biggest cultural shock we’ve had here is the prevalence of the mullet haircut (short on top, long in the back).  You know, business in the front, party in the back as the bad 80’s saying goes.  

Dreaded mullet

Dreaded mullet

At first we thought we had missed some kind of fashion memo that went out about how the mullet was back, maybe during the presidential election or while we were trekking around in Peru.  But after a little research on the internet, we discovered that mullet shock is common for foreigners traveling in Chile.

Colorful mullet

Colorful mullet

Here they have taken it to a new extreme, it’s not just the old white bread mullet (think Billy Ray Cyrus).   Here we have seen all kinds of adaptions of the mullet: some with dreads, greased back, braided, others look like a faux-hawk (but only in the back),  some even do the rat-tail thing, with a short haircut and a long scrap of hair dangling off the back.  Others go for the skullet (shaved head, with only long hair out the back) and there are plenty of fullets (mullets for females).  It’s out of control.  Everyone cool here has one and we are starting to feel inferior.  Maybe we should both think about a new hair style to fit in with the locals. Or maybe the Peace Corps could think about sending down some decent barbers to help them get out of the extended bad hair decade of the 80s…..

P.S.- As I am writing this post, the internet guy is rocking Guns and Roses in the internet cafe.  Do you think he has a mullet too?

Darn right he does.

They just don´t stop

They just don´t stop

Cool fullet

Cool fullet

Keep rockin'

Keep rockin'


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11 responses

3 02 2009
alicia

wow pretty funny – you should probably both get mullets to fit in!! 🙂

6 02 2009
Jason and Alexa

I have a better idea. Why don´t you get a mullet and see if you can start the trend in the US

5 02 2009
Stephanie K-S

That is so funny that everyone has mullets! I want to see some pictures of you guys with mullets! haha

6 02 2009
stephanie

i keep telling tim to grow a mullet but he insists on the shaved head ;0) Mullets are HOT!!

7 02 2009
Jason and Alexa

Now you have a selection of photos you can use to show him different styles. Remember, he could have the best of both – the skullet. He could keep shaving his head and just grow out a fine squirrel pelt in the back. Totally Awesome!!! We´ve seen plenty here, and trust us, they´re rad.

6 02 2009
louise

Not so much, if you lived through the 80’s!

7 02 2009
alicia

How funny is it that Europe is way ahead of our trends and S. America is way behind…what do you think – they are in the early 90’s right now? So funny! Are you guys still hanging by the beach?

28 03 2009
julian

SERIOUSLY!!! I have been living in Chile for 6 months and I can not get over this fascination with mullets. Its ridiculous. They need to send out a new memo telling people they look like idiots! I have seen the weirdest mullets here too. i have since decided that I am just going to take mullet pictures and create some sort of video or website. My current favorite mullets is the dreaded mullet. how sweet are those?!? And faux-hawk mullets too, cause they are a double douche bag sin!

29 03 2009
Jason and Alexa

julian, you should really make a blog with all the mullets you can photograph, there is just so much good material down here. Someone should really document all these horrible fashion crimes for some kind of tribunal or something. I am always trying to get a good shot of the shaved head with the dreaded mullet, but I seem to always be too slow with the mullet cam. I was able to get most of these because there was a parade, so it was more covert and they just didn’t know I was more interested in the goofy hair than the parade. And the rats tails with the beads and thread, they really have it all down here… And all the Iron Maiden shirts?, but rarely with a mullet. They seem like they should go together more than they do.

24 06 2009
Nemo

I dont think that mullets are fashion only in South America, what about football players in europe, think ronaldo, casillas, etc … then what?

26 01 2010
leanne

I have a mullet…it’s really not a bad hair style if you know how to style it.

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