This Saturday night, May 3 I went to the Doll Factory to see the LA Derby Doll All-Stars play the San Diego Derby Dolls. The game was exciting to be sure, lots of energy, lots of screaming and the fact that LA won by 115 points, well…that just leaves me speechless.
I’ll be honest, its not just the game or the rules or the uniforms that keep me going to roller derby, it’s the people. Never will you find an assemblage of more cool people per square foot than you do when you enter the Doll Factory.
If your only exposure to LADD is that you heard about it from a friend, saw a video or read an article about them in the paper, I’m sure you could make all kinds of snap judgments and analyses of what you think roller derby is and what you think the people are like but until you set foot in the building and feel the energy first hand, you really don’t know anything about what makes roller derby so cool.
Aunt Flo throws free tampons to the excited audience
While the rest of the Dolls hold out their hands to “five” the crowd, P.I.T.A. keeps her hands on her hips and gives her ass for “fives” maintaining true form to her derby name.
Myna Threat supporters (mom and grandma?) wait in silent anticipation to see if they won the raffle. They just might be eligible for a skateboard without wheels or an oversized VANS (off the wall) tennis shoe.
LA Derby Dolls Fear Leader. Pink flower in her flowing blond hair, scowl on her face and skull belt buckle on her waist.
Dr. Rick celebrates his birthday with the LA Derby Dolls
With an 80 point lead on the scoreboard, Mila decides to finish off the jam skating backwards. The crowd went wild, the screams were deafening.
Dolls jumpin’ over Dolls, all in the name of Derby
Even though I arrived at 5:30 to work the guest list and stood on my feet for five or more hours, this is what I feel like after a Derby Doll bout: Charged.