With mullets suddenly becoming the must-have hairstyle of 2020, Jake Kinzett knew he had to step it up a notch.
A proud maverick who hates conforming to trends, the 23-year-old decided a standard mullet wasn't going to cut it.
Meet the afro-mullet. With a solid dose of peroxide bleach added in for good measure.
"I started growing it out with just a rats tail from the top of my head," Kinzett said. "Then I grew it into a mohawk, but everybody started getting mohawks, so I shaved the top of my hair to be different.
"People started getting mullets, so I decided to bleach mine blonde. I'm fortunate to grow a fluffy afro, so it stands out."
Kinzett can be seen gracing the sports fields of the NSW lllawarra region throughout the winter. The youth worker plays rugby for Tech Tahs and rugby league for Warilla.
Surprisingly, the mullet doesn't attract much extra attention from opponents or spectators, with the footballer revealing it has never been pulled.
But while the hair isn't a target on the field, the 23-year-old does get stopped on the streets on a regular basis.
"I get pulled over every day, at the shops people ask for photos and compliment it, they call it the best mullet ever.
"It can get annoying, but I asked for this. With a haircut like this, I'm not trying to hide."
A leader not a follower, Kinzett knows it won't take long before some people decide to replicate his unique style. And when that happens, it will be time for his hair to evolve to the next level of craziness.
As to what that will look like, well he's going to have to mull it over in the next few weeks.
"I want something that's different. I'm not too sure what I'll get yet, I'm keen for anything. If you have any suggestions, let me know."