Category Archives: VINTAGE BANDIT

Miss Pamela – The Real Life Penny Lane

Every Bandit Babe idolizes Penny Lane, the stylish 70’s rock ‘n roll muse, free spirit, and star of our favorite movie – Almost Famous. She joined touring rock stars on the road to experience the magic of the music and had all of the long-haired hotties falling at her feet along the way.

Pamela Des Barres, better known as Miss Pamela, lived the real life Penny Lane lifestyle in the 60s and 70s and is said to be the inspiration for the character in this classic film. While she attended high school in Southern California in the 60s, she dreamed of meeting her favorite Beatle, Paul McCartney, and after discovering The Rolling Stones, she fantasized a sweet, happy go lucky life with the babein’ Mick Jagger. Once a school mate of hers introduced her to Captain Beefheart, who was also friends with Frank Zappa, there was no stopping that little heart-eyed groupie from making her presence known in the LA rock scene. Through these stars, she got to meet the Stones and started to party more on the Sunset Strip. Hanging with Gram Parsons and the rest of The Byrds, she made all the boys want her for her fun, carefree personality and her pretty little baby face. Miss Pamela dated and befriended rock gods, from Jimmy Page of Led Zepplin, to Keith Moon of the Who, manly-man Waylon Jennings, her idol, Mick Jagger, and even canoodled Jim Morrison. She got together her very own band-aid girl group called the GTO’s, Girls Together Outrageously, who hung around all the stars on the smokey Sunset Strip and in the hippie hills of Laurel Canyon. Miss Pamela and her GTO’s represented girl power in the dreamy music scene of the 60’s and 70’s, not to mention they had style for days.

“A real groupie is someone who loves the music …. someone who goes after what they want, so a groupie is a feminist thing. A woman who goes after what she wants is a feminist. So I’ve never been anything but a feminist. I took the birth control pill on the Strip in front of everybody and that was my statement. I control my body, I can do whatever the heck I want.”  Well said, Miss Pamela. We salute you.
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Bandit Mama

Happy (almost) Mother’s Day! Let’s give it up for our mamas because mamas know best! It’s the day we all get to show our mothas just how very special they are! Moms are heroes in every sense of the word. They make the ultimate sacrifices, they are strong, and they teach us how to be real bad ass Bandits.

We’re also doing a very special Mother’s Day Giveaway! Win an Annie Oakley Cuff and a Wrangler Cuff to share with your Mom! To win: 1. Post a photo of you and your mama on Instagram 2. Hashtag #banditmama and tag @the2bandits 3. Tell us what makes your Mom the ultimate #banditmama! Contest ends Monday night, so look through old scrapbooks this weekend and show your main lady some love! Scroll down for a little inspo from some of our favorite Bandit mamas lovin’ on their little babes! xo

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Bandit Boyfriend: Brian Jones

Our love for the Rolling Stones is everlasting. Mick, Keith and the rest of the boys send lightning down our bandit spines with their glam rock wardrobes and bad-ass attitudes. But, let’s all take some time to highlight the original founding member, Brian Jones, because man was he the ideal bandit boyfriend or what? It was Brian Jones who started the band and got all the boys together. He even named the band, inspiring them to emulate the rock n’ roll blues that were all the rage in America at the time. Aside from that, the whimsical outfits Jones rocked were everything a bandit babe could ever want in her closet! His leather pants, glimmering sequins, floral patterns (and his adorable blonde bob) took androgyny to a whole other level. Naturally, he attracted tons of babely chicks of the 60’s, including Marianne Faithfull, Nico, and Anita Pallenberg. Although he died in a very mysterious (and very questionable) way, his dreamy style, music, and legacy will live on in rock n’ roll history forever. Here’s a look at some of our favorite fashionable looks from the original Rolling Stone…

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Bandit Babes of the Wild West

Here at 2BHQ, we are forever worshiping bad ass Bandit Babes of cinema. Therefore, we’ve made ya’ll a list of some of our favorite westerns filled with only the greatest of Bandit Babes. These straight shooters of film really perfected the Rodeo Queen look – complete with gun smoke, horses, and simmering scowls. Can we just go back to the ol’ wild west? Get ready to marathon and also, watch out boys…

Jane Fonda as Cat Ballou (1965)

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ddfcdd2828236858b6df9fca30ba5f33Brigitte Bardot is the ultimate Bandit Babe in Shalako (1968)d7d2ebc9e5ad955d1a518c04a7c43da1Sharon Stone being all kinds of bad ass in The Quick and the Dead (1995)cb248492b4e0d2a6741cb462490ea67cBrigitte Bardot photographed on the set of Shalako (1968)ca3771ff50cf7dc56997aca759b4421a028b579b5124d09ced1a4919f766d4f1Anna Karina is pure cowgirl perfection.bcc58e34503ec35d435e40d92219e5e4The smoldering Giovanna Ralli in A Professional Gun (1968)bba1105e04237389136afb99c3b1ef63Renegade, Raquel Welch in 100 Rifles (1969)b7a98c28b1866448f21cb566001a6fe1a65d271efaa5b039c7d9a4c54764bd72Jane Fonda still holdin’ em up in Cat Ballou (1965)
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228b7c3ad2350d648c40c89dfc9deb87Claudia Cardinale in Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)56d00a4696564de8ee47bf6ad860bcd9Literally The 2 Bandits, Salma Hayek and Penélope Cruz, in Bandidas (2006)Bandidas-268965828-largeMarianna Hill in Along the Great Divide (1951)08a4e1fada9d187c69d0ecffec5a4de3And finally, this mega girl-gang of Andie MacDowell, Mary Stuart Masterson, Madeleine Stowe and Drew Barrymore in Bad Girls (1994)bad-girls-744050l

Laurel Canyon: 1967

Picture it: The year is 1967. The place: Laurel Canyon. Tucked away in the hills of Los Angeles, bohemian bungalows fill the canyon inhabited by the coolest and most talented in the music industry. Marijuana smoke fills the air and Frank Zappa could take a stroll down the road and hear the tunes of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s guitars echoing through the hills. Graham Nash moved out to LA to stay with his lover, Joni Mitchell. All hanging out together, co-writing songs, taking drugs, and messing around.. David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Michelle Philips, Linda Ronstadt, Mama Cass, The Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa, and Jackson Browne were just a few of the groovy rock ‘n’ roll Bandits that were making history in the free love world of Laurel Canyon. Other stars from all of the world were known to have frequented the canyon to visit their famous friends, too. Here are some dreamy stills from the time we all wish we could go back to and be a part of…57e23985243da8211e7d5db8be0fe954 3ac8b3ea7d530dbee3a79d0c0d2bd7f4 5d4d4374a67a713d5d2c0d46b8c4aed0 6a61a67e8f7aa943b281f7695adda211 6bd9117fdc46844d043f32120c5c83a5 73e4743b5b6dbccc12e2490bface1140 392320d8c7758be1a6da5da4590af189 c0a8fc71cfe8b9dcf8650301d24f5e1a df94836453597c27a1c9b65602e0c43f f05c905c14859df38af336bba4d49be0-1 Screen Shot 2015-03-10 at 1.19.34 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-10 at 1.19.54 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-10 at 1.20.48 PM

Bandit Babe: Nico

For one album only, Nico sang with The Velvet Underground and it is, to this day, one of the most popular and instantly recognizable albums from The Velvet Underground. Nico, a tall, stylish, throaty Scandinavian was brought together with The Velvet Underground by Andy Warhol. Her low and slow vocals on the album, crisp white pant suits, and blunt blonde bangs are something that is wholly her own and we can’t get enough of it. This beaut has effortlessly cool style and mystery to boot… a true femme fatale.

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