The Winner Of The 2020 Best Mullet Competition Has Been Announced

The winner has a bizarre secret to maintaining his beautiful style

What you need to know
  • Australia's finest mullet has been chosen by the people
  • It turns out that being a diesel fitter is a huge advantage to growing a mullet

The mullet. It’s an Aussie tradition that dates back to the 1980s (probably). It’s the universally accepted hairstyle that reveals the owner is all business up the front, but all party round the back. It’s as iconic as Bob Hawke doing a burnout in a Ute whilst skolling a VB.

And now we can officially say that the country has found its best mullet, at least for now. The NT News, which happens to be one of the country’s most hard-hitting journalistic publications with previous headlines including “Best Man left bleeding after being hit in head by flying dildo” and “Why I Stuck a Cracker Up My Clacker”, has conducted a nationwide search for the country’s greatest mullet.

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The winner by popular vote was the mullet belonging to diesel mechanic Ash Gardner, who hails from Humpty Doo NT, receiving 15.4% of the vote.

Ash Gardner (on the left). The sheep probably came in second.

Speaking to the NT News, the winner said that his job gave his mullet a tremendous advantage. “Being a diesel fitter (my hair) loves getting bathed in oil and grease,” he revealed. “When I’m not at work it spends most of its time oily.” So there you have it, Grease is both the word and the secret to owning a fierce mullet.

But what prompted Gardner to grow out his mullet? It turns out it was mostly a lack of flexibility. “It mainly started because I cut my own hair and couldn’t reach the back,” he explains. A truly inspiring origin story.

Of course, this is not the first mullet competition to be run in Australia. Last year the Mulletfest in Kurri Kurri NSW was a special event designed to celebrate the iconic Australian hairdo. That event was taken out by Michelle “Darlzy” Gearin, who won the coveted Best Mullet of All Award.

Michelle "Darlzy" Gearin celebrates winning the coveted Best Mullet of All Award in 2019. (AAP Image/Perry Duffin)

That event attracted proud mullet-owners from all over the country and is due to take place again next month. The event recognizes children’s mullets in different age groups, as well as categories for Ranga, Vintage – Over 50s, Grubby, Extreme, International and Everyday mullets. Truly a category for everyone.

A beautiful participant at the 2019 Mulletfest. (AAP Image/Perry Duffin)

Sadly for Gardner, there is no Greasy category, but if he enrolls it’d be exciting to see how he fares against some of the country’s best professional mullet-growers.

If you or someone you care about would like to enroll, click here.