Orewa Beach panel-beater Wayde Franklin’s rugged appearance has attracted unlikely praise on his irregular visits to the streets of the inner-city – although he’s at a loss to explain why. His Dunlop sneakers have been singled out for special commendation from passing youth, as has the shapeless cap he wears, proudly promoting Double Brown beer. But nothing has attracted the attention of the citizens of the metropolis more than resplendent mullet haircut.
Chosen for utilitarian, rather than aesthetic reasons, (his local barber is partly blind and can only competently cut a ‘business at the front, party at the back’ do), Franklin’s hairstyle nevertheless has passing fashionistas enraptured.
“These chicks keep coming up to me and asking ‘where’d ya hair cut? It’s so cool!” said Franklin. “You’d think they’d never been to JustCuts.”
Franklin was equally dumbfounded that his greying Megadeth “Hangar 18” t-shirt has drawn admiring glances, largely from those mistaking it for an ironic salute to heavy metal culture, instead of the un-ironic tribute to the music of Megadeth its owner intended it to be.
Style doyen Ulysses Preskipus says bogan fashion is being embraced by poseurs in a quest for the authenticity they otherwise lack.
“This kind of thing can happen when celebrities embrace a down-and-dirty brand like Von Dutch,” he said. “Although in this case, it’s unlikely Ruggers will follow suit.”
Vapid Fairfax fashion editor Fernando Frisoni went as far as featuring a colour photo of Franklin in his “S” style lift-out, something Franklin found out about through an anonymously sent clipping. He was outraged. “Mate, I’ve never been to Morocco. Those sunnies came from a servo.”
Preskipus reassures Franklin the trend will be temporary. “His unintentional fashionableness will only last another 6 months,” he said, “until inner-city hipsters demonstrate their abject shallowness through the ironic adoption of a different aesthetic.”
“C’arn the doggies,” he added.