Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.
It's shaping up to be a big day in mullet news—first, the Pittsburgh Zoo offers discounted admission to mulleteers, and now the government of Iran has made headlines by officially banning the business-up-front-party-in-the-back hairstyle.
According to Gawker, Iran's Ministry of Culture has banned a handful of, what they're calling, "decadent Western haircuts" for men, including the mullet, elaborate spikes, and ponytails. Still legal, however, are Elvis-style pompadours, Simon Cowell short spikes, and, uh, goatees. Reports the Telegraph:
"The proposed styles are inspired by Iranians' complexion, culture and religion, and Islamic law," said Jaleh Khodayar, who is in charge of a Modesty and Veil Festival later this month at which the guide will be promoted.· Mullets are officially illegal in Iran [Gawker]
"We are happy that the Islamic republic of Iran's government has backed us in designing these hairstyles."
· Iran government issues style guide for men's hair [Telegraph]
· Pittsburgh Zoo discount for mullets and other questionable trends [Racked]