Art Lies, Volume 61, Spring 2009 Page: 22
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Checks and Balances
text by Germaine Koh
As an artist, almost everything I do contributes to the "brand" associ-
ated with my name, but when I'm playing roller derby I'm known only as
PLAYER 1. I am currently in Fresh Meat (rookie) boot camp in Vancouver
where-unless I get hauled off on a stretcher-I hope to jam this season
for the Terminal City Roller Girls.
Roller derby is a full-contact sport played by women wearing quad
roller skates, mouth guards and crash pads over fishnet stockings and/or
retro tube socks. It's a sport for this age, featuring extreme athleticism and
a DIY ethic overlaid with a measure of showmanship, role-play and third-
wave-feminist sex appeal. The players are audaciously dangerous charac-
ters: Pia Mess or EightMean Wheeler or Tara Armov, who crush each other
on the track then go out for beers afterward.
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