|Image found via Cafe Press.|
|Image found via RevGirl.com.|
|Image found via www.GetDerbyFit.com.|
|Image found via Google Images.|
This shirt from Cafe Press isn't available anymore, but you can find similar items on their website at http://shop.cafepress.com/roller-derby.
|In hindsight, I should've added some cuts and bruises for effect. Maybe smiled less too. In case you were wondering, the tattoo is fake.|
I wore this costume to a pub crawl in Chicago (hence the beer in the above photo). I actually skated from bar to bar in skates that I purchased specifically for this costume (and then sold on Craigslist to a real derby girl). I did pretty well with the exception of one minor collision with a fire hydrant. The pub crawl was fun, but what I enjoyed most was skating alone in my apartment beforehand. I played "Monster Mash" on repeat and spent a good 20 minutes skating back and forth across my hardwood floors. No joke, it was one of the most fun times I ever had. Very silly whim-ish.
Something that is not so silly is a history lesson (snooze), but I was surprised to learn that roller derby has been around for more than 70 years. I won't bore you with more details, but if you're interested in learning about the history of roller derby click here http://www.rollerderbyhalloffame.com/id3.html. If you want to find a league in your area click here http://wftda.com/leagues. You may also be interested in watching the flick Whip It with Ellen Page, Drew Barrymore, and Kristen Wiig. Here's a clip:
Well, that's all I got for this post. Thanks for talking derby with me.