Monday 20 June 2011

Roller derby helmet

Best roller derby helmet in the world? Maybe..

The detail is amazing! & yes, ARRG rules 

This was painted for me, by the very talented KillaWatts (who also skates for Auld Reekie Roller Girls). It's incredible!

Front of helmet
I hadn't been entirely sure what I wanted (she's been painting a few ARRG helmets lately, so I had been wracking my brain trying to think of something cool), but I eventually decided that I wanted a traditional tattoo style (purely so I could have swallows on it!) and this is the creation.

Miss Chief! That's me

It's amazing!


I had a bit of a mad dash across town tonight after work to pick it up, then rushed off for a sneaky Monday night practice. I wanted to work on transitions as I am RUBBISH at them, so my lovely pal Stitches basically spun me around for 10 minutes, until I was confident enough doing it myself (at very slow speeds). I found it really tricky at first, but slowly I realised that if I stopped thinking about what my feet did, and instead just moved my body to the direction I wanted to travel, then my feet would go to the right place!

I'm still falling over when I try them with speed, but it's just a case of practice, practice, practice until it is drilled into my head! A really successful Monday by all accounts!

& for good measure, here's a photo of me, derbied up. Trying to do a tough derby face. & smiling politely instead. Hmm. (practice, practice, practice).

Thanks Watts, I love it!


  1. That's a fabulous helmet! May I ask if KillaWatts put any kind of protective coating over the painting? It would probably still look beautiful with a few scrapes (as do we all) but it would be a shame to lose that colour to a rink floor.

    I'm working on transitions myself and still trying to figure out whether a smooth glide or a quick-step leads t me falling down less.

  2. Yes, it's got a shiny acrylic sealer to protect it from knocks! Her new website is here & is worth a look!

    It's hard, isn't it! I think I've almost got the knack of gliding round... just need to work on getting my turning circle much smaller.


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