Question of the Day: Who is “Mullet Man”?

When people are starting out their modeling careers, they have to take whatever gigs they can get. They’re the people you see smiling in photo frames at Walmart or looking ravenous (or perfectly satiated) on the cover of waffle iron boxes. Even Fabio paid his dues on the cover of a Nintendo game. Some product models go on to celebrity status. Others fade into obscurity. But not this guy. We’ve all seen him at our local gun range: the angry fellow menacing us with his revolver. It’s a picture taken decades ago. I’ve often wondered who the fellow in the picture actually is . . .

I imagine the gentleman in the photo was lured into the target business. “I’ve got a gig for you. You need to show up looking real tough, like a bad guy,” said his agent. “No, it’s not a movie. But you do get to hold a gun.” Mullet Man probably had to wear his own clothes for the gig; fashionable at the time. He probably never imagined his tough-guy visage would become a frozen relic. How tiring to be forever stuck in late 1980s fashion.

To my mind he’s not trying to mug us, but coercing us into putting him out of his misery. A poetic “suicide-by-cop.” To put me out of my misery, I placed a couple calls to distributors enquiring about the subject in the photo. I was curious as to his real life ID and if his career went beyond that gig. Nothing. So ask you, TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia, do you know this man?

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  1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Fairly resembles Dog Chapman.

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      Speaking of Dog, I haven’t watched his show since the first or second season, so I had only a recollection of his appearance. He had a short cameo in one of the last couple episodes of Hawaii Five-0, and boy does he look rough. He was never a prize, but the last decade has not been kind to that guy.

  2. avatar dh34 says:

    That’s what I was going to say!

  3. avatar s&wfan says:

    Looks a little like James Hetfield.

    1. avatar Robb says:

      James NEVER had a mullet. No real metal head ever did. Yep, I said it.\m/

      1. avatar peirsonb says:

        Maybe not, but I can definitely see the resemblance…

  4. avatar former water walker says:

    Hope he got paid. He’s a slightly more ugly version of Joe Dirt LOL. BTW I’ve never seen this image in any range in Illinois or Indiana

    1. avatar Stinkeye says:

      That’s because it’s a little “too close to home” in IL and IN… Half the people walking the streets there look like this guy.

      1. avatar Nigil says:

        Can’t say I’ve seen a single individual with such an 80’s buddy cop bad guy look in Illinois in my 28 or so years here.

      2. avatar JamesG says:

        Stereotype much?

        1. avatar Stinkeye says:

          Calm down, guys, it was a joke. I grew up in Illinois, lived in Indiana for several years. Left for warmer climes a long time ago, but I still visit family there frequently.

          However, I don’t know where you guys are in Illinois, but in central IL, I’ve definitely seen this guy. Recently. He’s not wearing acid-washed jeans with an elastic waist anymore, but that haircut is definitely not extinct in that habitat.

  5. avatar DBM says:

    looks like Hillary Clinton to me.

    1. avatar Mr. Pierogie says:

      I can’t stop laughing at this. Bravo sir, bravo.

    2. avatar Ah Clem says:

      He kinda reminds me of Nancy Pelosi, before her “work” was done. Maybe it’s just the eyes though.

      1. avatar Stinkeye says:

        You know the thing about Nancy, she’s got lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll’s eyes. When she comes at yer second amendment rights, doesn’t seem to be livin’. Until she votes to take yer guns away and those black eyes roll over white…

        1. avatar WRH says:

          That’s hilarious. Great reference.

        2. avatar New Continental Army says:

          ahahahahahah! yes! I just watched that today!

        3. avatar Dan A says:

          That was awesome, I lol’d

    3. avatar GuyFromV says:

      I was thinking he looked like the “basic pleasure model” replicant version of Leon (Brion James) from the beginning of Blade Runner. “Let me tell you about my mullet.”

  6. avatar Bigred2989 says:

    He’s not the target we want, he’s the target we NEED.

    1. avatar Daniel Silverman says:

      Just remember always be BATMAN!

  7. avatar Doc_Samson says:

    That mullet is the paragon of mullets. In 1988, I would have been quite envious. Nowadays? Not so… well, okay, maybe still a little jealous but only because I don’t have enough hair left to grow a mullet if I wanted to.

    1. avatar Gunr says:

      Maybe Rhea Perlman in drag?

    2. avatar lolinski says:

      Bad photographs…Bad photographs never change.

      1. avatar Lord Wulfgen says:

        Since the dawn of photography, when our ancestors first discovered the photo-sensitive power of silver halide crystals and light waves, awful photographs have been spread in the name of everything: from school memories to justice records to simple, narcissistic selfies.

  8. avatar William Burke says:

    I’m more interested in your fascination with him, Michael.

  9. avatar Charles5 says:

    I always figured it was Joe Biden before he jumped on the double barrel shotgun wagon.

  10. avatar jamesii says:

    Target comes from letarget.com

  11. avatar Brian says:

    Not all that menacing with an empty revolver. Whoever he is. “If I had a son he would look like mullet man.”

    1. avatar Gunr says:

      Maybe it’s loaded with Black Talon’s

    2. avatar Russ Bixby says:

      Zoom in; thar be bullets.

  12. avatar jamesii says:

    Go to b27 scoring targets. Does not reveal who he is.

  13. avatar SouthernPatriot says:

    I think I know this guy. Never saw him at my shooting range, but I did see him at WalMart recently. He is now bald and has a full beard. He paid with an EBT card.

  14. avatar C says:

    Info’s right in the image. Call up LE Targets, inc. See if they have a record of his name.

  15. avatar CJ says:

    He’s from Cudahy, WI. Photo was taken last year.

    1. avatar Hannibal says:

      Somebody is being mislead by EXIF.

    2. avatar cmeat says:

      essential listening: ‘you must be from cudahy’ by couch flambeau.

  16. avatar NotoriousAPP says:

    Kenny f*cking Powers!

  17. avatar Model 31 says:

    Jack Bauer

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      You wouldn’t tell Jack that to his face!

  18. avatar TTACer says:

    I think he is/was NYPD back when that hair style was in fashion.

    Any of you guys try to run down that sweet shirt and magnificent hair-there are either pictures of you from the time where you don’t look half as good, or in 2034 your kids will be laughing at how bad the clothes and hair you are rocking now look.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      My kids ALREADY laugh at the clothes I wear and my (lack of) hair!

  19. avatar Dale says:

    Seriously, I always thought this was Brian Thompson.

  20. avatar Ralph says:

    If the “model” was also wearing skinny jeans, his photo would be a monument to forty years of stupid.

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      Based on what I can see of that photo, I think he’s wearing elastic-waist parachute pants in one of those hideous patterns that were popular in the 80s.

      1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

        Haha
        Nailed it! M.C. Hammer pants!

      2. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

        With his tank top tucked into his Hammer pants, no less.

        I bet his name was Earl.

        1. avatar Ing says:

          Earl is karma’s bitch now.

      3. avatar Ralph says:

        MC Hammer: “Can’t touch this.”

        Me: “Why would I want to?”

  21. avatar rosignol says:

    The story I heard was that it was the owner of the company that printed the targets.

  22. avatar caffeinated says:

    Don’t know who he is but this guy below is head of the firearms program at the SD state LE academy. I’m guessing there’s a good chance all their models are cops or in the LE training business.

    http://letargets.com/estylez_item.aspx?item=LDT-1

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      Wonderful! I like the zombie targets personally, first time I saw one I thought I would laugh myself to death.

  23. avatar Rick says:

    cuz it’s still okay to call white trailer trash criminals, but if ya put one mugshot of the typical inner city gang banger thug with his du-rag, Raiders cap on backwards and pistol held sideways, every nutball starts screaming “racism” and has any range that dared allow such a target branded “white supremacist”.

    So ranges around here allow NO human targets at all. Some allow zombies. But the county owned range? not even a silhouette.

    1. avatar Leadbelly says:

      One afternoon back, in the seventies, I was with friends at a range in Granite City, Il., while the security staff from Granite City Steel were qualifying. They had just taken on their first black armed security officer, and as he advanced to the line, he was handed a custom made white on black background silhouette, with congratulations on his promotion.

      The thing to emphasize is that the presentation was made with genuine good will, everybody cracked up, and nobody’s feelings got hurt.

      The question, then, I guess, is whether we were all just insensitive to what may have been an uncomfortable situation for the black gentleman – or are we all just kind of thin skinned nowadays?

  24. avatar Paul53, says:

    Man pig dog chupacabra zombie.

  25. avatar Pantera Vazquez says:

    Flashback!!!! Arrrgghh. Why??? The pain of recollection……..

  26. avatar Zachary marrs says:

    Guys, look at the forehead, its clearly Diane finestine

    1. avatar BillF says:

      First time I’ve seen her sans pearls.

  27. avatar GuyFromV says:

    I actually borrowed Wizards and Warriors II from a friend on the NES, wasn’t bad from what I remember. Fabio was a great visionary in the side-scrolling platform video game industry. His portrayal of Kuros on the front of the box was nuanced and evocative.

  28. avatar Magicmanmb says:

    Look close Fernando Lamas

  29. avatar fuque says:

    Ralph Hinkley from greatest American hero.

  30. avatar Roy says:

    I don’t know, but he looks like he knows how to party.

  31. avatar Dave Lewis says:

    I’ve shot 100 on him a couple of times. There’s now a guy who sort of looks like Prince Charles printed on the LE targets – maybe done by an Irishman?

  32. avatar Jake says:

    I’m pretty sure it’s Billy Ray Cyrus because he appears to have an achy breaky heart.

  33. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

    Shannon’s ex husband, Jayson Troughton perhaps?

  34. avatar rosignol says:

    One of the ranges I shoot at stocks Generic Purple Dinosaur™ targets.

  35. avatar Southern Cross says:

    I prefer the Figure 11 target.

    http://www.aihpa.com/targets/Target%20Figure-11.gif

  36. avatar Marine 03 says:

    I graduated high school in 1984. I’m not sure who he is but he’s in my yearbook!…..on every page!………atleast twice!!

  37. avatar bontai Joe says:

    First time I’ve seen this target. The local ranges I have shot at do not allow human image targets because they are not politically correct.

  38. avatar former water walker says:

    Hey Stinkeye I wasn’t offended. I’ve seen this guy in Hammond Indiana DOZENS of times! LOL

    1. avatar Stinkeye says:

      That’s funny as hell, because Hammond is where I used to live! Just off of Hohman Ave, couple blocks from the state line. Just looking at him, you can tell this dude is definitely from Da Region…

  39. avatar Bob in Washington says:

    Don’t know who that guy is on that target, but the woman on the zombie targets with the cell phone is my ex-wife…

  40. avatar VSN says:

    I always just referred to those as “Piscopo Targets.”

    1. avatar bontai Joe says:

      Piscopo targets…… yeah, I can see that. Ol’ Joe could probably use the money from royalties at this point in his career.

  41. avatar Cubby123 says:

    Is that Starsky or Hutch?

  42. avatar Michael in GA says:

    Sen-sei Rex.

  43. avatar Mike in NY says:

    Looks like a WWE wrestler… the Undertaker maybe?

  44. avatar Logan Miller says:

    My girlfriend and I wonder the same damn thing about target “models” when we’re at the gun shop. This post is too funny.

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