This weekend Ethan and I made good on something we've been wanting to do for years. Years! It's an abomination that we haven't been to a roller derby game in our city for as long as we've lived here. We've never seen roller derby in person, so needless to say, we were excited. And it was SO much fun! Ethan loved it, too, which made me happy! We're already planning on going to another game in September. We might try and take Cooper with us (Campbell is still at that squirmy age.) It was fun to have something different to do for a change for date night other than dinner and a movie.
And apparently I've been living under a rock because I had no idea that Roller Derby was originally a sport popular in the 70's... WHAT?! How did I not know this? So I did some googling and look at these gems I found. Of course, Ethan being the cool cat he is, knew all about it. He said they used to air derby games on TV and the summer between his senior year in High School and freshman year in college, he rented hundreds of movies from the library, including a roller derby movie or two. Needless to say, I'm hunting down these movies so we can watch them.
The crowd was awesome. A totally diverse group of people. You had hipsters, moms and dads, grandparents, punks, your average joe, and misfits. When I left I craved my bright pink hair again and the urge to get that tattoo I've been wanting, came back with a vengeance. ; ) The place was packed and the energy totally contagious.
They have the games at the Yaarab Shrine Center and the building is a spectacle in itself. Next time we go I'm going to take more photos. It's a really beautiful, if not slightly kitschy, place. I kind of think it's pretty cool that they skate in a Shrine Center. All I can think about are those little old men in hats standing at intersections. ; )
I found another movie while googling 70's roller derby called Kansas City Bomber with Raquel Welch. As if this lady could get any hotter.
I'm kind of coveting those socks. need.want.need.
Oh, and there was a disco ball hanging from the ceiling at the Shrine Center. Just more awesomeness.
And speaking of socks, I fell in love with that hot pink and black combo worn by the Apocalypstix. And, yes, I just now got that double entendre, heehee.
And check out these pics! This looks way earlier than the 70's. Not sure when, 50's? Couldn't find a date on the website where I found them.
I was really intrigued to find out how you actually play the game! What the rules were, what the goal was. You can read more about it here if you're interested, too. I love the whole concept behind the game.
And it was BYOB. Yes.
This was the end where all of the players slap the fans' hands. Awe.
Afterwards, the team members hung out outside in the courtyard and signed autographs. I think they're all pretty darn cute. And I kind of love their helmets.
And Skatetown USA! .... OMG. Is that, Patrick Swayze, Scott Baio and.... Marcia Brady?!?!!!
GET OUT. Check out that jumper she's wearing! Lawd. The love.
The late 70's disco era was such an bizarre time. It's like you LOVE it but then it just makes you go "this is just weird." Ha. I'm sure these movies are pretty horrible. But I must, must see them. It kind of reminds me of when I watched Logan's Run for the first time. It's so awful and weird but yet... you can't... quite... take... your eye's off... it.
Are you a Derby Girl? Do you skate? If so, please share a link to your team, I would LOVE to see! :D
If you have a Roller Derby in your town, I definitely recommend going. I can't wait to see another Atlanta Derby Girls game and maybe even become a fan girl of one of the teams.
I bought a t-shirt after all.