Derby Dolls from front: CC Quick-Kill, Mystic Rebellion, Rika Havoc, Joann Hackney, London Brawling, Pina Collison and Jaymi-Lee Austin.
Derby Dolls from front: CC Quick-Kill, Mystic Rebellion, Rika Havoc, Joann Hackney, London Brawling, Pina Collison and Jaymi-Lee Austin. Leigh Jensen

Derby Dolls' war paint on show

WITH names like Mystic Rebellion, CC Quick-Kill and Rika Havoc you’re bound to attract attention.

Known for their skating prowess, the Coffs Coast Derby Dolls are showing us their creative merits at an exhibition of craft inspired by the extreme sport.

The result – Roller Derby Warpaint.

Opening tonight at Open Studio from 6.30pm (Cnr of Duke and Vernon St), the exhibition will feature local and international entries, creating an eclectic collection of art forms: sculpture, painting, photography, fashion, jewellery, body art.

Mystic Rebellion created a huge collage of Rose Ruin, from the Sun State Roller Girls, who is an idol for many of the Coast Coast Derby Dolls.

“I love skating and I think this sport allows you to express your creative side and bring your character to life.”

Local band Smash Mystery will perform on the night, the Coffs Coast Derby Dolls will make an appearance and there will be live body painting by artist Trudy Smith.

Committee member and referee Zero TolaRants said the sport is becoming increasingly popular both locally and worldwide.

“Just four years ago in Australia there were two leagues and now there are 51 and through this exhibition, we want to share the range of what derby girls are about.”

“It’s not just girls bumping into each other, it’s about intelligent, creative and self-driven women expressing themselves through extreme sport and other creative forms like art, music and fashion.”

“The exhibition also exposes why the interest and success of roller derby as a sport and lifestyle, is increasing dramatically worldwide.”



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