Thursday, September 9, 2010

Derby Dreaming - Installment 1: Team Logos

Back in June I decided to try out for Roller Derby. I have wanted to for years, but have always managed to talk myself out of it. When my friend Jen said she wanted to try out, it was just enough extra motivation to go for it! I made the League! Here in St. Louis there is a roller derby league which has 4 teams within it. So, I am officially an Arch Rival Roller Girl (ARRG), and it is so so exciting. Everyone is extra nice, and the practices are brutal but fun and GREAT exercise. I have yet to earn a derby name or get drafted to a team, but as long as I'm on skates, I'm happy. However, I can't wait to get cleared for contact... KABOOM! I'm gonna have some wicked bruises. I'm told when you wear fishnets (and I WILL wear fishnets) you are likely to get a "waffle bruise." Cannot wait :)

I wanted to post about the awesomeness of Derby on this space... the fashions, the culture, the posters, the design, the related crafts, etc. SO MUCH COOLNESS. But I've reeled myself in and decided to make it an on-going feature... "Derby Dreaming." Focus is good. Today's' focus is Derby team logos. There are some fantastic ones... most feature sexy pin-up ladies and some sort of badassness, be it a skull, brass knuckles, black eyes and whatnot. I've gathered some of the ones that caught my eye. I am going to be on the graphics committee for ARRG, so this is like studying.

Speaking of ARRG, here are 2 of the team logos from here in the STL! The Smashonistas logo is pretty and adorable, with just enough kick-ass. The M-80's one is just plain SEXY. Bombshell like whoa.

The Okanagan Derby Dolls logo is one of the more different, simple & modern one's I came across.

The Dixie Derby Girls from Huntsville, AL have this beauty. While there is a little too much going on, I love the skull and her lashes.

The Fargo Moorhead logo gets it right with a cute girl, a skate in your face, and subtle representations of the area's cold weather.

This logo from a Belgium derby team is so fantastic. Minimalist and artsy. I love it.

And here is one of the GoGo's posters. so mid-century. brilliant.

The Blue Collar Betties are part of the Central New York Derby league. It's so cute, yet slightly tough. Fun stuff.

How much do I love Humboldt Roller Derby's logo?! SOOO much. Who doesn't like some flying petticoat action? And side-boob!! This has great style.


  1. Cool!

    Rat City Roller Girls here in Seattle:

    Tilted Thunder Rail Birds, another local roller derby that my friend Jeri skates with:

  2. Excellent! Thank you for this. Our league ( has a couple teams within it and they were just named; so I'm looking for inspiration as well! Also, I'm skating but not yet on a team.

    PS. We bout against CNY Roller Derby. :)