So apparently there was some kind of race going on this weekend? I dunno. All I have on my mind is roller derby.
My third season kicked off this week and already I’ve garnered a new badge of honor:
We also got a small batch of fresh meat to add to the mix. Their first league practice was not unlike this.
So to all of you race fans sitting at home with a weekend’s worth of bad tan lines and bad decisions- take a deep breath. Roller derby season will be here sooner than you think.
last weekend, I was up at 4:30am. I packed my bag the night before. Here’s what it contained:
Our team assembled and packed a Jeep full of the day’s necessities.
What kinda trouble were we getting ourselves into? I’ll let the DWD website sum it up for me:
I’ll tell ya what it aint’, it aint’ no place for wimps and it aint a place for pansey, “don’t get my shoes dirty” runners afraid of a few roots and cliffs.
We got our hands dirty…
OK, so not just our hands.
By the end of the day, I was tuckered. out. Bruised, scraped, soaked to the bone… I’d run more miles in one day than ever before… up hills, down hills, through woods, mud, streams, rain and altogether treacherous terrain.
Was it worth it? Hell yes. The hardest things always are.
It must be the pink tights. I thought I’d share with you the adventures of my derby persona via kick-ass art. Thanks to the awesome artists who made my life-long dream of being a comic book heroine come true.
Here’s the latest one:
And of course, don’t forget this one by the lovely Danica McKiller:
And this bout poster from intrepid guest blogger Aaron:
Belles and Sirens brought home a double victory from Columbus Ohio. I’m so proud of our league!
Here are some pics from Dr. X:
When we play away bouts, we wear white jerseys.
Look at that fierce pack!
Here it comes…
Wow, what an intense and highly entertaining bout this weekend. NRG overcame Sioux Falls 100 to 89. A VERY close game and a sold out crowd.
Maiden America broke the NRG record with a 28 point jam! (That’s twice as many points as I’ve ever scored in a single jam.) That woman is a super hero!
And, the theme of the night was Star Wars. Great costumes.
Chewy! (photos via Marc L)
Please welcome my first guest blogger ever! I had the pleasure of working with local artist Aaron Scamihorn on the latest NRG bout poster. When I asked him about his process he humbly replied that it’s little more than ‘glorified tracing’. Whatever. Take just one look at his work and you’ll see Aaron’s got one hell of an artistic eye and an insanely creative mind. So, without further ado…
My name’s Aaron. Kate asked me to write a short blog on my process for the latest Naptown bout poster’s illustration and design.
I first saw the tweet from @NaptownRG calling for illustrators back in December. My wife and I have been attending Naptown’s bouts consistently for a couple years now, and I’ve always loved the bout poster artwork. I was extremely excited about the potential of working on one. After a few concept sketches, the marketing director suggested Dora The Destroyer and Noxious Donna to model for the piece.
I took some reference shots and got to work. See my process below:
It was a blast and is hands-down my favorite project to date. I’m really excited to attend the bout Saturday. After consistently dominating in the last few bouts, this one is sure to not disappoint as well!
Geek out over this- here are the ‘tools’ Aaron used for this project:
- I shoot a canon 40d with canon 17-85is lens and Canon speedlite 420ex flash.
- I start by taking the reference shots and blowing out the contrast. This piece in particular utilized a few of the photos spliced together to get the right arm positions etc.
- I work primarily in illustrator for creating the lines and shapes in layers over the reference shot.
- I then bring the illustration into Photoshop where I’ll tweak the colors and texture the piece with layers of paper and grunge brushes.
- I work with a Wacom tablet on my iMac & Macbook Pro.
- I listened to a lot of Pomplamoose during this project.
- I drank a lot Iced Quad Venti Skinny lattes.
You can see more of Aaron’s work here: www.ronlewhorn.com
hey… that one on the left looks familiar…
the story behind this poster is really cool, but for now just make sure you get your butt to the bout this weekend! Go NRG!
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I had an eventful weekend to say the least. It kicked off with my very first farm fresh delivery. Eating organic and local is something I really want to do more of.
I already eat mostly vegan, but for too long I’ve favored saving money over buying organic. FFD is an (insanely) easy step in the right direction.
kale, pears, garlic, apples, and a blood orange
Saturday was derby, derby, derby. This was my first home bout as a Tornado Siren. I only jammed once, but I scored 14 points! (photos via Marc and Tom)
The final score: Sirens win 225 – 18 over Derby City (Louisville, KY) Go Team!
Were you at the bout? What did you think?
…more bout photos from Ribbons ‘n Blows here and here.
for all you derby-curious people out there… learn everything you need to know in one day.
It’s a Hard Knock Life: Touretta Lynn and NRG Tryouts
Drew Barrymore and Ellen Page are doing it. So should you!
Your chance to join the ranks of Indy’s own roller derby superstars, the Tornado Sirens and Warning Belles, comes on Nov. 15, when the ladies of NRG invite any and all aspiring derby girls to lace up their skates and put their skills to the test in Naptown’s next round of tryouts.
Never even played the sport, you say? Don’t you worry.
To get you good and ready for the challenge, we’re throwing in a complimentary session of Touretta Lynn’s School of Hard Knocks. In two adrenalin-packed hours before tryouts, you’ll get individual instruction from one of Naptown’s leading ladies. You’ll find out how to execute a powerful crossover, how to run out of the turns, how to roll with the pack, and how it feels to get hit by 115 pounds of fishnet and fury.
from last weekend’s bout thanks to Tom Klubens
from flickr user dketchum
from flickr user dketchum
Hi, I play roller derby. If you wanna see me skate, then buy yourself some tickets.
this is not quite an accurate depiction of what I do: