The mullet, a hairstyle often mocked and scorned by the “East Coast liberal elite” for its “low-brow” cultural associations, is elevated to the realm of art in this portraiture photo series by Stefan Ruiz. Along with journalist Rainbow Nelson (side note: that’s a pretty sweet name!), Ruiz highlights and celebrates in “The Mullets of Medellín” the intersection of two ubiquitous aspects of Medellin culture: the stylistic pervasiveness of the mullet and the religion of soccer, starring the above subjects, held in the city’s stadium Estadio Atanasio Girardot. This presents a refreshingly updated look at a city known more for its association with Pablo Escobar, drug cartels and the related shocking violence of the 1970s through the early 1990s. Pop culture references like “Entourage” and its plot line involving a biopic of Escobar, has made it difficult for mainstream perception to move beyond the city and country’s past despite positive trends.
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