Best Mullet: Luke Kimmes and Jesse Kurk (tie)
History is replete with famous people who wore their hair in a mullet, from King Arthur to President James K. Polk right on up to Billy Ray Cyrus and Andre Agassi. So, it’s about time that the preferred haircut of manly men —business up front and party in the back — makes a comeback in Northwest Colorado.
We give you the best mullets of the ‘Boat – meet the tonsorial splendor of co-winners Jesse Kurk and Luke Kimmes.
Kurk, a mechanic at Steamboat Powersports, grew up in Minnesota, but never played hockey until he came to Steamboat. And it was the hockey schtick, famous for mullets like that of Barry Melrose, that inspired Kurk’s award-winning hairstyle.
“I started playing hockey just two or three years ago,” Kurk says. “I thought that if I grew a mullet, I’d get better.”
Kurk plays goalie, relies on Redken Dishevel to keep his mullet groomed and confirms that yes, females approve of his hairstyle.
“It gets the ladies to look,” he says. “They’re very interested…you have to stand in a doorway when there’s a good breeze blowing. That’s a really good move.”
Hockey also factors into Kimmes’ fascination with the mullet (aka Canadian passport). He counts the hairstyle that actor Patrick Swayze rocked in the motion picture “Road House” as one of the best mullets of all time, but also reserves a spot of honor for the best hockey player of all time.
“I have to go with Patrick Swayze for sure,” says Kimmes, an outdoor education teacher at Colorado Mountain College. “And then Wayne Gretzky as well – I’m a hockey fan. I get the nickname Road House or Gretzky a lot.”
Kimmes’s penchant for long hair was repressed as a youth: “I went to a Catholic high school in Des Moines, Iowa, and hair that touched your collar meant detention,” he says. Set free, he’s worn his hair long hair for a decade.
But it wasn’t until Kimmes was preparing to take part in the 2010 Kickball Classic in Steamboat six years ago that he cut it into a mullet and left it that way for Halloween.
“The next thing I know, I’d had it for six months and I thought I might as well keep it for two or three years,” he says.
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