Jul 132010

Granted I have only been to RollerCon once before, I am definitely expecting to see some core derby essentials sported around my favorite desert oasis. These are the best and must have fashions of RollerCon. So get your checklist out and your suitcase open – We’re packing for RollerCon!!

*Bandannas Galore – worn around neck, on the head and occasionally even the wrist (that’s one of my favorites). The derby bandanna is like derby fashion 101. It ranks right up there with booty shorts and knee socks. I will be packing more bandannas then I will be bringing underwear – he he.

*Awesome Scrimmage Shirts – The RollerCon challenge bout is sorta the heart of the festivities that go on at the convention. They bring together guys and girls of all skill levels from around the globe to participate in great match ups like: Bacon vs Faken Bacon, Android vs iPhone, Team World vs Team USA and the highlight of my personal RollerCon: Star Wars vs Star Trek.

One of the best things about these challenge bouts is the shirts! Wicked Skatewear (as usual) is producing a few of the scrimmage tees and highly recommend visiting their site to check them out.

*Hot Booty Shorts – Dang Vegas is HOT. RollerCon is the best excuse to trot around in booty shorts for a week. I expect to see some cheeky-humor (I’m hilarious – just admit it) great displays of derby names, nicknames, favorite sayings and whatever else you can fit on that round bum.

*Great Displays of Socks and Leg Wear – Sure it’s 100 degrees outside, but what would derby be without a great pair of socks and some killer tights? I will officially call anyone my personal hero if they have enough resistance to the heat to sport a pair of leg warmers! I might squeeze a pair into my suitcase, but I have no delusions of actually being able to wear them.

*Headbands – This is newer, but growing trend I have noticed in the last couple years. I bleeping love the narrow 70s style headband!! I would wear one and booty shorts to work if I could. It’s my required after party accessory – It holds your hair in place while you get down.

*Mustaches – Last but certainly not least is the derby mustache! As I reported in an earlier column mustaches in general are all the rage, so I am forecasting the appearance of mustache everything: Actual fake mustaches, mustache socks, necklaces, tattoos . . . whatever else you can think of.

*Honorable Mention: the Fanny Pack – My pal Lulu recently enlightened me as to the benefits and convenience of sporting the fanny pack: it frees your hands up! Great for after party dancing and RollerCon amazingness.

So that about covers the basics. Drop me a comment if it looks like I forgot anything. Next up: fitting it all (and my gear) into my suitcase!

May the Con be with you : P

Images courtesy of: RollerCon, Wicked Skatewear, Roxy Scarmichael

Jul 042010

RollerCon – the majestic time of year when hundreds (maybe even a thousand?) derby girls from around the globe flock to the dessert known at Las Vegas to get down, play derby, party like it’s 1999 and swap and share skating skills, tips and tricks.

Oh YES sister! It is a few mere weeks away. I’m so excited I might pee myself. I have not gone to the holy con since 2008 and this year will be EXTRA special as it will be my last roller-trip before I walk down the aisle on September 4th.

But enough about me! Let’s talk RollerCon.

So big changes this year – no more Imperial Place (oh how I will miss those Dealertainers). From the website it looks like girls are either staying at The Palms, Hooters or the Tropicana. I’ll be at the Tropicana from late Wednesday until mid Sunday. I was pretty conflicted as to whether I wanted to go earlier and be in Vegas for the whole week or do the budget thing and just go for the weekend. So I compromised.

The good folks who plan Rollercon discounted the passes by over 50$ this year – I think this will be a huge factor in attendance numbers. The more the merrier, right? Also, just from looking at the schedules it looks like there are more skating classes verses seminars. Which I personally think is better choice . . . it’s hard to want to stay inside off skates to talk business. I pretty much plan on being at the LV Sports Center all day, every day. But, on the rare occasion I do detach from my skates I’ll be at the pool . . . it is suppose to be somewhat of a vacation too  . . . I think it is easy to forget that since we are all hardcore derby addicts and Rollercon is like a drug den of quad wheels, hot pants and derby icons.

Challenge bouts I have signed up for:

For sure I know I’ll be in the Star Wars verses Star Trek bout. I have also signed up for Bacon verses Fakin Bacon, iPhones verses Androids, Celebrities verses Animals and I think a few others. I need to check on the status to firm those up before I leave.

The last time I went to RollerCon I was so intimidated by everything (since it was my first time) that all I did was a few skating classes. This year I hope to skate my feet off, play in a lot of scrimmages and have a roller-riffic good time!!

Getting ready for RollerCon:

One thing I need to purchase before I go (or borrow from someone not going) is a bag I can cram all my gear into, including my helmet, that I can also wear as a backpack and is checkable for my flight.  Hit me up if you have any links to good bags – that don’t cost a million dollars.

Packing for RollerCon is not as easy as it sounds. One must bring an assortment of booty shorts, scrimmage tees, a hot dress for the Black & Blue ball and few Vegas-specific outfits. Not to mention: bandanas, swimsuits, hats, make up and random miscellaneous items: Socks, Band-Aids, moleskin . . . all the lil items that live in my regular skate bag.

I’ll also be toting my camera and flipcam so I can get some footage and interviews for Live Derby Girls while I’m there. Keep your eyes peeled, I’ll be all over the place trying to get pictures and the perfect quote from YOU!

Be sure and drop me a line (derby.hurts@gmail.com) if you think there is anything specific going on that absolutely cannot be missed.


Woot Woot!!