Mul­let win­ner sports 30 year work of art

The Leader (Tasman) - - SHOW US YOUR MULLET - JESSICA LONG

Over 30 years of crafts­man­ship went into the win­ning hair­style of the the Show Us Your Mul­let com­pe­ti­tion.

War­wick Barker of Stoke has been sport­ing a mul­let since he was 20 and this week he has won a steak meal for two for his ded­i­ca­tion to the do.

He says he’s tried many dif­fer­ent com­bi­na­tions of colour and lengths over the years but he has never touched the back.

Short and sharp on top, the back is now at shoul­der-blade length. ‘‘Any longer would be a prob­lem. You’d have to tie it up.’’

He said he ’’most def­i­nitely’’ had an out-of-date style but pre­ferred be­ing a part of the ‘‘one per cent of peo­ple who are dif­fer­ent’’.

‘‘[It’s about] busi­ness in the front, party in the back,’’ Barker said.

‘‘I just haven’t found a hair­style that I like bet­ter. Why change it?’’

In the be­gin­ning the mul­let was about a low-main­te­nance that was the ‘‘right style’’ for the time dur­ing his young adult years.

‘‘It was just a bo­gan thing. You know, black jer­sey bri­gade when you’re young ... I just stayed with it and I pro­mote it,’’ Barker said.

‘‘[I’m] just try­ing to keep the hair­cut alive.’’

Barker is stopped fre­quently by passers in the street, but he

‘‘I just haven't found a hair­style that I like bet­ter. Why change it?’’

War­wick Barker

said the feed­back was pos­i­tive, es­pe­cially among young males who told him the mul­let was ‘‘cool’’.

When it comes to main­te­nance Barker makes sure the front is al­ways short and trims any strag­glers that hang around his eyes and ears.

He learnt quickly about the need for con­di­tioner for the flow­ing locks at the back and to this day makes sure main­te­nance is car­ried out every sec­ond day. ‘‘Oth­er­wise you can’t get the rake through it.’’

Other than that he said so long as his hair was clean and combed ‘‘it’s good to go’’. ‘‘Just pull your fin­gers through it.’’

Barker’s daugh­ter is a hair­dresser and helps him out with any trims. ‘‘She’s into it,’’ he said.

‘‘I’ve al­ways done things with my hair had it pur­ple, red, blue and blond and had it streaked since I was a teenager.’’

In win­ning the Show Us Your Mul­let com­pe­ti­tion War­wick Barker has won a steak meal for two cour­tesy of the New Street Steak House as part of the Nel­son and Tas­man Leader com­peition.

PHOTO: MARTIN DE RUYTER/ FAIR­FAX NZ

War­wick Barker win­ner of the Show Us Your Mul­let com­pe­ti­tion.

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