I know a lot of artists involved with derby; some of my local favorite photographers are Joshua Craig, A Boy Named Tsunami, Bill Rhodes, Joshua Billingsley and Punk Blocker. What these people do is fantastic; they have an eye for the game and catch the most amazing moments. They have one of the hardest jobs, to document the game and make us look awesome at the same time. That's pretty difficult to do with women suffering from "derby face".
If you've played the game for any amount of time, you know we all exhibit the symptoms of derby face. Don't make me call you out; I'm pretty sure I could find an incident of derby face for every player ever. I don't care if you're Suzy Hotrod, or Nellie Newbee, there is a picture of you somewhere making some crazy looking face while you're hitting someone or avoiding a hit. Don't get me wrong, some of us make awful faces just standing still; I admit, I am one of those people. See some of the pictures below.
|Even Joshua Craig cannot avoid taking Derby Face|
|Special kind of derby face..."jammerface"|
|Moong Jammerface...my awkward face|
|Courtney Mann caught a whole lot of derby face here.|
It's a proven fact that you can see a higher incidence of derby face when people are jamming; I call this "jammerface" and giggle every time I see pictures of it. I don't know what it is about jamming, but the faces we all make are pretty damned amusing. Some jammerface involves a tongue hanging out, or just squishing up the features. On the other hand, some of us have scary jammerfaces, like Moong's up there. Personally I'd rather see a player have derby face than a blank look of panic, because then I know they are engaged in the game. Whenever I see a girl with a thousand yard stare going on, I get nervous for her.
Once again, I'd like to bring it back to the AMAZING photographers who are charged with telling our story on the derby track, and manage for the most part to avoid making us look awkward and strange. It's OBVIOUS that each one of these people are incredibly talented. Please support each and every photographer who donates his or her time and energy to this game we all enjoy.
A Boy Named Tsunami