It's a much-maligned hairstyle, yet the mullet continues not only to survive but thrive, with an annual festival dedicated to the divisive 'do.
And this year, a former Illawarra resident became the highest-scoring finalist and took home the title of best 'everyday' mullet from Mulletfest in Kurri Kurri.
Josh Hogg has sported the iconic hairstyle for about five years.
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Initially he grew it to annoy his girlfriend, Keri, but she came to love it, so it stayed.
This year was Mr Hogg's second time at Mulletfest, which has run for four years, but his first win.
He dressed as an alter ego, 'Mediocre Mullet Man' - complete with a green outfit, footy socks and a yellow cape - and "acted it up a bit".
"That's all that got me across the line," Mr Hogg said.
There were probably people who'd say mullets did not belong in society, Mr Hogg said, but trends came in and out of fashion, and the mullet was one that had returned.
"I'd like to think it's because I started growing one, but I have no idea whatsoever," he said.
Mulletfest attracts people of all ages, with competition categories including vintage - for the over-50s - junior, ranga, grubby, extreme, international, rookie, and everyday.
Mr Hogg said it was simply a feel-good event, with everyone cheering each other on.
The festival - which is going to every state and territory this year for the first time - also raises money for brain cancer charity, the Mark Hughes Foundation.
Mr Hogg is now in the running to compete in the national finals in November.
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