Kenai man sporting the 19th best mullet hairstyle in the nation

Updated: Dec. 14, 2022 at 3:55 PM AKST
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Joe Malatesta III always wanted to grow his hair into a mullet, but the timing wasn’t right. But about four years ago he decided it was time and the Kenai resident let his inner mullet fly. How high? Well the State of Alaska employee just made the Top 25 in the 2022 USA Mullet Championships, coming in a respectable 19th place. The husband and father of two mullet-wearing boys says what started out as just a bit of fad for his head has turned into a bit of a lifestyle — and a lot of fun for the family. So what drives a man to the mullet — or better yet, does the mullet call to the man? Joe explains his transformation into the mullet world and why he decided to enter the prestigious pompadour retro hair contest.