a hairstyle created originally by ancient aboriginal, native american, and african tribes, including the (Native American) Iroquois Nation, The Sudanese, and a few other Native American and African tribes.
This hairstyle today in urban culture is used mostly by music inspired subcultures, and has been brought to the public eye at large by such celebrities as Mr. T, Robert Deniro (In the movie; "Taxi Driver"), P. Diddy, Grace Jones, Music Video Director Bryan Barber, World Cup soccer star Clint Mathis and others.
The mohawks used by ancient tribes ranged from a simple strip of hair from the forehead to the nape of the neck, with the rest of the head shaved, to a tiny thin strip, from the forehead to the middle of the back of the head, with the rest shaved.
Modern incarnations of the mohawk used by subcultures are typically shaped into spikes or a "fan" shape, and held together with Knox gelatin, glue, or "freeze gel".
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