For fashionistas and bounty hunters alike, there is a thrill in the act of the hunt. Shoppers find an excitement in cheap deals, while bounty hunters get their kicks engaging in high-speed chases looking for criminals. What brings these polar opposites together is personal style.
A bounty hunter’s appearance is one of authority. It is a job that relies on aggressive and intimidating behavior that uses clothing to reflect it’s unorthodox manner. No matter how stylish, an eyelet dress doesn’t look as threatening as a pair of black leather pants.
Who Wears It?
The bounty hunter look isn’t uniform, rather it concentrates on their own personal style.
Former Hawaiian bounty hunter turned A&E reality star Duane “Dog” Chapman was iconic for his aggressive look. With sun-bleached skin, a peroxide dyed blonde mullet, leather vests, and 90s era sunglasses, Chapman’s look was a combination of biker and beach bum that was television gold for years.
Another is Domino Harvey. A former model and daughter of famous entertainers, Harvey formed her own presence through a shaved head and leather wares. Although a rarity in the field because of her gender, Harvey kept to the tough theme in a black leather jacket and jeans with a bullet belt wrapped around her shoulder.
So what about the girly girl? As heard in a description of Zora, a bounty hunter featured in “Superpowers,” an episode on the podcast This American Life, a sexy appearance can also be a characteristic of bounty style. “I notice this Amazon of a woman with huge blond and red-streaked hair and frosty lips,” Kelly Mcevers stated in the TAL podcast, “wearing a short red tank dress and at least 50 bracelets. She’s six feet tall and showing a lot of leg…”
Although not every bounty hunter is clad in leather or a sexy Amazon, the culture of style in the bounty community is brash and loud. It is a unique style choice that differs from its career peers, like the uniforms of police or mall security, that makes its own rules both on the job and in dress.