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Jerry Only sporting a Devilock in concert.

The devilock is a hairstyle created by Misfits bassist Jerry Only in the late 1970s.[1] In an early 1980s interview, Only claimed that the devilock was based on a "tidal wave" hairstyle seen amongst the 1970s skateboarding communities. In the same interview, Misfits vocalist Glenn Danzig explains that his version of the hairstyle developed from an imitation of Eddie Munster's hairstyle.

In a devilock, the sides and back of the hair are kept short, while the front is kept long and combed forward.[2] There are several variations; the most common version is worn with the front hair pinched into a spiked ponytail, save that the hair is usually styled in place with gel rather than with hair ties.

The members of Samhain sported devilocks that were spread out and looked more like an extremely long fringe or bangs. This separated style of devilock is known as a "deathlock". Other notable musicians who have at one time sported devilocks include Davey Havok during AFI's earlier years, Matt Skiba and Derek Grant of Alkaline Trio, Randy Blythe from Lamb of God, Fat Mike of NOFX, John Pettibone from Himsa, Frank Iero of My Chemical Romance, Phil Anselmo of Pantera, Liam Cormier of the Cancer Bats, Chad Gray of Mudvayne, Ryan Gunwitch-Black of The Ghostwitch Family Band and Kevin Von Doom of Psychoholic Slag, and members of Aiden.

In the late 1990s, the devilock experienced a resurgence of popularity in Asian markets that saw the hairstyle spread from punk rock to mainstream culture. Following popularization in Japanese and Chinese rock groups, the hairstyle's name was appropriated by Noriaki Endo in his chain of retail clothing stores.[3][4] The "Devilock" brand currently sponsors music events called "Devilock Nights" throughout Southeast Asia.[5]


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