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The tellum or reverse mullet is a hairstyle similar to the mohawk. "Tellum" is "mullet" spelled backwards. In a tellum, the hair is grown long and the sides are shaven. Then the hair is pulled into a pony-tail.

This style of hair was very popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s with skateboarders and punk rockers.

The hair is longer in the front (usually straight cheek-chin length hair), and is very short/buzzed in the back. The back is often spiky as well. It’s not uncommon that the back layers of hair are dyed a different color than the front, or that there are drastically different colored streaks (highlights/lowlights) running through the front of the hair.

While a mullet is short in the front and long in the back, the opposite is true for a tellum. Just as mullets are "Business in the front, party in the back", tellums are sometimes considered "Party in the front". The tellum is often associated with "emo style" and is often, but not always, worn by those who could be stereotypically called “emo”.

Another interpretation of this term is the devilock made famous by The Misfits. The Misfits style has the lock is centered on the eyes and gelled in place. The "emo" style has the hair straight ironed with the lock off to one side and usually over an eye.


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