Roller derby is not for the faint of heart. Don’t let the skates fool you, because the sport isn’t just some after school ring around the rink with your friends. While derby is a co-ed sport, it is safe to say that derby girls are some bad mamma jammas with punk rock attitude. Regardless of gender, a punk rock attitude likely comes with an array of punk rock tattoos, for better or worse. Roller derby players know how to take a beating. After coming home with 2-day bruises on the regular, tattoos are the least of their concern when it comes to pain tolerance. Here is a handful of awesome and raucous roller derby tattoos for when it’s time to unstrap the padding.
Roller derby players are often given nicknames, similar to stage names, to help them develop a bit of a persona on the track. This American traditional piece shows of this player’s name with a tinge of femininity.
Here is a brightly colored pair of derby skates with their laces tied in a knot to give off a sinister vibe. Notice how the colors blend to represent poison and mischief.
This unique piece by Ada Thorn combines a sugar skull and carefully detailed sunflowers with a singular skate wheel, creating an elegance to go along with the otherwise violent nature of the sport.
Here is a traditional style tattoo done by Steve Jarvis. It encapsulates the passion that many players feel for derby and incorporates that signature and painful bruising.
Lastly, this darkly shaded piece pays tribute to a roller derby team known as the Vixens with a banner over a singular wheel. The name “Red 207” is likely a tribute to a specific player but is nonetheless done in a classic punk rock flash style.