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The largest gathering of mule cuts in Belgium this Saturday: “More than a cut, the mule is a philosophy” (PHOTOS)

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Short on the sides, long behind on the back of the neck. That’s the secret of the mule: it’s not more complicated than that.“Like Albin, who came from Lille, there were nearly 500 of them this Saturday afternoon gathered in front of the Samme water tower (Ittre, Walloon Brabant). The goal: “celebrate the mullet cut“on the occasion of the festival”European” according to some, “global” according to others) dedicated to this typical hairstyle of the 70’s.

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The biggest gathering of mule cuts in Belgium this Saturday: "More than a cut, the mullet is a philosophy" (PICTURES)
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The biggest gathering of mule cuts in Belgium this Saturday: "More than a cut, the mullet is a philosophy" (PICTURES)
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The mullet cut is more than a cut: the mullet is a philosophy“, justifies Georges, one of the organizers of the itthree edition. And it is clear that this 2022 edition “is a success“: half a thousand participants, concerts, crowded food-trucks… and of course hairdressing workshops to make new followers. Noémie, from Rochefort, already wears the mullet… and has just encouraged her companion Thomas to do the same: “I love: now we are matched “, she tells us.”I waited in line for 2h30, but I’m happy with the result“, testifies the Rochefortois who has just changed his style.

The biggest gathering of mule cuts in Belgium this Saturday: "More than a cut, the mullet is a philosophy" (PICTURES)
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The biggest gathering of mule cuts in Belgium this Saturday: "More than a cut, the mullet is a philosophy" (PICTURES)
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“A big joke at the base”

This Belgian gathering around this Anglo-Saxon cup was however born on a whim. Xavier, saxophonist of the group Worship the Kick, recalls: “It was a big joke at the base“For a clip, the members let a mullet grow.”Then there was a rally, and one thing leading to another, it grew.”

The biggest gathering of mule cuts in Belgium this Saturday: "More than a cut, the mullet is a philosophy" (PICTURES)
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The biggest gathering of mule cuts in Belgium this Saturday: "More than a cut, the mullet is a philosophy" (PICTURES)
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The first edition took place in Hainaut in 2019.”Then, the covid put a brake. Last year, the concept was exported to Creuse and this year, we are returning to Belgium“explains Georges. But why Ittre? “A member of the organization owns the premises“, explains Edgard, also an organizer.

His hair partly dyed red and wearing a jacket with flames matching his hair, Jérôme came from Paris. The last kilometers from Mons, he did them without motorization, “on pilgrimage”. “I was made aware via the old editions. I really wanted to be present.” The reasons for his enthusiasm: “the mullet cut is above all about encounters. It allows you to start conversations. Sometimes people even ask me for a selfie.”

The biggest gathering of mule cuts in Belgium this Saturday: "More than a cut, the mullet is a philosophy" (PICTURES)
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“A community”

This is often what emerges from the speeches of the followers: “the mule is a community“, confides Georges. The festival is open to all types of hair styles, “which does not take itself seriously”. “It’s open: everyone comes with their style.” Light mules, more worked, degraded, more sliced ​​​​… and also a lot of wigs. Fake attributes that offend Xavier somewhat. “Some don’t take mule seriously and do it for disguise. But it’s more than that.”

Presenting himself as “the historian“of movement, the one nicknamed Bavar and who dresses as a druid even traces this hairstyle back to Mesopotamian civilization:”It is then found among the Greeks. The Romans don’t like it. More recently, it was fashionable in the 70s, then a return with the Tecktonik.”

The biggest gathering of mule cuts in Belgium this Saturday: "More than a cut, the mullet is a philosophy" (PICTURES)
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At 18, Sacha, a resident of Ath, has just taken the plunge. “At first, my mother wasn’t too excited. Now it’s OK. I even did my Rheto Ball like that. With a suit, the mule can be very classy.”

The biggest gathering of mule cuts in Belgium this Saturday: "More than a cut, the mullet is a philosophy" (PICTURES)
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