May 6, 2009
Sooooooo now let’s look at the kind of imagery and style that’s out there for Roller Derby, first with a cursory sweep of the mighty Google.
These ladies, though they appear to have had a terrible terrible collision with Photoshop (seriously, could they be any more airbrushed?) seem to be a nice example of the rockabilly/punk aesthetic that pervades Roller Derby. I think Roller Derby lends itself to the style because quad skates are so retro in themselves; there’d be a whole different look to the players if they wore roller blades, for instance. However, they’re a bit too overtly sexualised and perfect for my liking; one thing I liked about Roller Derby is the fact it seemed so inclusive and how it didn’t really matter about body shape. Quite amused by the single injury on each of them, too, including the obviously fake one on the lady in the bottom left.
This is an illustration by Christy C Road for BITCH Magazine; it’s good to get a feel for what illustrations are out there already out there, and I think this image is slightly more true to what I’ve seen of Roller Derby (though I’m hardly an expert, I will admit freely).
I’m a complete sucker for retro Americana, though I’d never usually admit it; I was in Florida not so long ago and was quietly ogling all the real estate signs. It’s the colour schemes and the clean lines. So I was immediately drawn to this. I think with the roots that the sport has, with the peak of its popularity being in such a picturesque era, this kind of design works well with it.
This is by Jeral Tidwell and I love it; a proper old school rock n’roll piece of design, like the individually printed concert posters you still get sometimes. Ngh. Great use of a restricted colour scheme, too.
A lot of posters have more of a scrappy punk aesthetic to them, which I enjoy too.
One thing I should note is that bouts generally have a bit of a tongue in cheek name, usually with some kind of pun in them, which echoes the names that the derby skaters give themselves.
…Art Deco? Why not? (Though I can’t really read the font on this )