Apr 112010
 

When I write this I am sitting on a train going south, trains are amazing in the way how I can see the landscape fly by outside and still walk around and have my own little space. X2000 is the fastest train of Sweden, and that is where I am, in the distant north where I was born. I flew from a sunny glammed out LA, a packed Doll Factory, skating my little Legit heart out against the banked girls of LADD to a Sweden, where the spring slowly is hesitating, one step forward, two back. Yesterday it snowed in Stockholm but today I could lace my skates on and skate down to the station to hop on the train to head towards the third largest city of Sweden called Malmö. Malmö just started Sweden’s fourth roller derby league, and I am there to meet with some of the girls and talk derby. It has only been two years since I skated my first bout, but the two best years of my life…

I found derby a little over two and a half years ago, and it was not in Sweden at all, I found it when I was just returning from a very crazy summer in Berlin, I needed some substance in my life, I wanted to find a passion that was filled with more than just words and no action. I needed to find something that made me smile with my eyes and that wasn’t about getting myself too drunk or writing self-loathing poetry.
In the middle of all this I had a great neighbor who was friends with Deadly Aim (former Rat City now Oly Roller) and asked me why I just did not try Roller Derby. Without even knowing what roller derby was, more than girls on quads knocking each other over while wearing short skirts, I bought a rookie package from some online shop. From that day and on I rarely drank, I quit smoking (and I had smoked for almost 14 years) and I went vegan. I tend to do things to extreme when I fall in love, and I fell in love with roller-skating, and later on with roller derby. After two months of going to all of the skate rinks of the Seattle area and mimicking the moves of random girls with striped socks, I found Jet City.
I was scared and shy; I was sure I would be laughed at and fall flat on my face. I wore stretch jeans and an oversized Misfit t-shirt, and I think I might have fallen on my face, but I ended up being accepted to Jet City’s booty camp and later trying out for the league.. Trixxie Trah’em, one of the best and scariest blockers of the league, always used to practice hits on me. I was always that scrawny and tall girl, I never imagined that I one day would be feared as a blocker on the track. I jammed my little heart out that first year, and I don’t think I ever really considered being a good blocker until I got on Rat City a year later. But I believe you can become anything if you really put your mind to it, it is all in the hard work and passion.
And it is not easy, I have fallen asleep some nights crying, feeling like I am not good enough, but when my jammer tells me she feel safe with me in the pack, I know it is all worth it. I feel good about being me, I feel good about wearing my team’s color on the track, and I feel good about roller derby. All the strong women that makes me believe that I can be what I want and strive to be, women I love on and off the track. I love how I can shit talk with Krissy Krash on the track just to lean my head against hers afterwards, because I know she is one of the good people. We all belong together, they love me for who I am just in the same way I love them. What is there not to love??

Oh and by the way, the Malmö girls got me real drunk after a little skate session.

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Apr 092010
 

Well, well, well. Aren’t you lucky? You are about to embark on a derby journey of epic proportions with the livest bitches in the land. I am proud to present the groundfloor girls of LDG and they are going to rock your world right down to your custom R3s.

trAC/DC

trAC/DC runs shit. She is a writer and the creator and co-editor of Live Derby Girls. She took up the skates in October, fell in love, and kissed the rest of her life goodbye. She bouts with the Red Stick Roller Derby in Baton Rouge, LA, and while no one knows yet whether she’s really a blocker or a jammer, once she figures it out you best get out her way. trAC/DC loves metal, crop tops, bourbon, feather roach clip earrings, and other pimp shit. If you want to buy her presents and stuff, she will gladly send you her mailing address, but otherwise you’re gonna need to take a step back. Now.

trAC/DC

Rock Bottom

Rock Bottom is the co-editor of Live Derby Girls and the happiest ho in this universe. Her ass is hard, but her heart is not. A lover of gas station-purchased hats, bad rap, and spandex, she is happiest on skates or in the arms of her best friend, Sassy Samatha of the South, her beloved Labrador Retriever. Labels that apply to her: conservative catholic, former sorostitute, retired basketballer, aspiring rap star, and resentful student. But don’t be fooled. Rock knows a good time. In fact, she’s known for her impromptu rap concerts, cutthroat dance-offs, and fabulously heavy drinking. She’ll probably like you, as long as you like fuzzy animals, poetry, going commando, or smoking your neighbor’s stale cigarette butts. If you’d like her to crowd surf at an afterparty near you, contact her at rockbottom@livederbygirls.com.

Rock Bottom

Krissy Krash

This 6’1 Amazon will knock you flat on your ass, steal your woman and your car. Krissy was genetically engineered for the sport of Roller Derby. Combining her mother’s take no shit attitude and her Dad’s pro-linebacker DNA resulted in a roller girl of epic proportions . Spending the majority of her life diving for soccer balls as a goal keeper has given her the timing needed to crush any skater that dares cross her path. This heavy hitting goddess has been known to run a half marathon in the AM and head right to the track to lay the smack down against the best of the best that very night. How does she do it? Krissy is the Jane of all trades when it comes to derby training and nutrition. You want to know how to hit harder, skate faster, or look hotter in your hotpants? This is your go-to gal.

**The views and values on this site are those of the author and are in no way affiliated with the views and values of any league**

Krissy Krash

Julie Kablooie
Julie bought her first pair of big girl skates in January 2009 so she could stay in shape by doing something fun. She joined Red Stick Roller Derby in April 2009. On the track, Julie is a blocker and off the track she maintains the league newsletter. When she’s not blocking on the track or being chased by the intergalactic police, Julie Kablooie enjoys a not-so-quiet life managing a local game shop with her husband. She puts her dual degrees in Mathematics and Chemistry to good use, discovering the exact relationship between number of gamers in the store and personal volatility. Between keeping her beloved nerds stocked up with games and goodies and occasionally brokering an international dragon sale, Julie stays pretty busy. She enjoys knitting (but never sewing), singing at the top of her lungs while driving, British science fiction, and Belgian beer. She can often be found leaving the afterparty early in order to get home in time to feed her three cats and three rats. Although, if you buy her another beer, she’s pretty confident that the problem will work itself out.

Julie Kablooie

Heidi Volatile
Heidi Volatile is the blammer with the glamour! Whether jamming or blocking, she makes her explosive presence known–and you’ll still feel it days later. The only thing louder than her mouth is the red lipstick that she constantly applies to it (she finds it coordinates nicely with her eyes and your bruises). You’ll hear her coming, but it really won’t do you any good. Ms. Volatile occasionally pauses in her quest for worldwide domination to blog at LiveDerbyGirls.com, where she shares wit, wisdom, and musings about how to Better Knock Down Bitches (BKDB). She also loves long walks on the beach, drinking the tears of her enemies, and receiving email at blammeration@gmail.com.

Heidi Volatile

The Swede
Swede Hurt was born in the distant Northern Europe. Being the offspring of an Amazon and a Viking it seemed to be in her blood to spend most of her life traveling and seeking adventure. Swede formerly pursued a career in snowboarding, but the snow grew too cold and her knees to oweak. So she decided on an exercise of the brain, went to University in Seattle where she was introduced to ROLLER DERBY and unicorns. Jet City Rollergirls was the first league to take her in, and in a very short time she became one of their star jammers. After a season, Swede felt ready to venture to Rat City Rollergirls to claim a spot on their 2009 All Star team. A year went by and Swede felt that even though she loved Seattle, it was time to leave and headed for NYC where she was welcomed by Manhattan Mayhem of Gotham Girls. Swede can also be spotted in purple on the banked track under the Legit name Berglöf or in grey representing Team Vagine. There can never be too much derby in Swede’s life, and her mission is to spread roller derby worldwide, inch by inch, country by country. She jams and blocks and sometimes she even talks shit, but most of the time she’s just the Swedish Viking Amazon you wanna be friends with. Oh, and don’t be surprised if you see Swede on a unicorn, it’s here favorite means of transportation, next to roller skates!

The Swede

Madie Sans Merci
Madie is a New Orleans, Louisiana native but after moving to Baton Rouge for college she was assimilated by the ladies of Red Stick Roller Derby. Derby brought out her streak of vengeful violence. After adopting her name from John Keats’ famous “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” she proved to be truly merciless on the track. She has the deameanour of a sweet girl, but that sly smile is just an indication that she’s planning something devious for you. She thrives on a diet of cyanide, bullets, and Jager. What doesn’t kill her makes her stronger, and that’s a lose-lose situation for the ladies she encounters on the track.

Madie Sans Merci

Raven Von Kaos
Raven Von Kaos has been booty deep in derby since 2007. She hails from the beautiful and scenic Santa Cruz, California where she skates for the Santa Cruz Derby Girls. When Raven is not on the track she can be found reading, writing and living the derby life. Raven has been an active blogger since 2008 and started the Derby Hurts site / brand in late 2009 after undergoing surgery for an ACL injury caused on the track. With all that is going on in the derby world, Raven tries to keep her finger on the throbbing pulse that is America’s favorite underground sensation.  This girl never leaves her skates or her wit at home. On the track Raven is known for her signature booty block and delivering hard hits, but the self-declared after-party champion loves to bust a move and enjoy a tasty beverage with her competitors after every game. Be sure and stay tuned for Raven’s reviews, write-ups and reports on everything that is derby-fabulous.

Raven Von Kaos

Ms. Kittie Fantastik

Wife and mother first, roller bitch next, Ms. Kittie Fantastik’s priorities are straight. Kittie is a transplant from the cornfields of the north and is happy to school you on either your housekeeping or hip checks. She showed up to practice in October of 2009 and we haven’t been able to get her our of her fishnets since, much to the gratification of her husband. By day, she works 9 to 5, dreaming of skate glory. By night, she pours her heart out on the track in the form of tomahawks, full body checks, and “packin’ it up” until she goes home to tuck in her daughter, make lunches for the next day and kiss her husband good night.

Ms. Kittie Fantastik

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