Japanese fashion designer Kazuhiro Watanabe, 40, has held the record since 2011. His hairstyle most recently measured 3 feet, 8.6 inches tall, He said he has been growing his hair out for 15 years to protest conformity in Japanese society, the New York Post reported Thursday.
"It's all about how you feel yourself, not what others think, that's the good thing about mohawks," Watanabe told the New York Daily News through a translator.
"I always wanted to have the tallest mohawk," he said.
Watanabe is visiting New York to promote the latest version of the Guinness Book of World Records.