Boombox #1986

Name: Jasmine Banks Nickname: Boombox What’s the origin of your name? Jay and Sin named me. I’d like to think they gave me the name because I am their favorite. That is actually what I tell myself. I also think they gave me that name because my posterior is kind of like a boombox, maybe? Also, I like music and I talk a lot. Basically what I am trying to say is you’d have to ask them- I have no idea why they gave me that name. Number: 1986. What does your number mean? My favorite Run DMC song is “Tricky” and 1986 is the year that song came out. I adore Run DMC, which makes my name perfect. Team: Natural Disasters What position do you play? Blocker How long have you been skating? I jam skated on and off in junior high, but when I tried out for fresh meat it was the first time I strapped on skates in over 10 years. When did you join derby? 6 months ago How did you get involved in derby? I saw a sticker on the back of a car and Googled it. I was pregnant at the time, but vowed to try out once I was done being a breeder. Signature move: Does “being wicked awesome” count as a move? What roll do you play behind the scenes? Uhh… I am the unofficial Ms. Congeniality and Motor Mouth. Officially, I am on the sponsorship committee. Per bout ritual: Try not to puke. Drink water. Eat protein. Try not to puke Movationail quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?Actually who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightening about shrinking so other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to manifest the Glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some; it’s in all, everyone. And as we let our own light shine we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” -Nelson Mandela Derby heroes: Beyonslay, White Flight What makes you have instant respect for a derby skater? When they keep trying and are dedicated to their team mates. You don’t have to be perfect, you just have to be here and hold up your team mates so we can ALL be out best. What do you do outside of derby? I am finishing up a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy and I work as a freelance writer/blogger and in Social Media Marketing, Management, and Strategy. Favorite derby moment so...

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Scarlet Knuckles

Name: Scarlet Knuckles Nickname: Scarlet, and I’ve heard that I have also been called Spider Monkey which has to do with my having long-ish legs. What’s the origin of your name? I have always liked the name Scarlet, and I used to live near Charleston, SC between the ages of 10-18. So, I guess Scarlet pays homage to Scarlet O’Hara. And, Knuckles comes from a ‘tough guy’ comment my husband made one night…in jest, he swung his fists around as if to box the air saying, “I’ve got five for a dollar – I got plenty and I got ‘em cheap”.  This gave me the idea to be Scarlet Knuckles – 5/$1. Number: 72 (formerly 5/$1) What does your number mean? The WFTDA changed a rule concerning jersey numbers not too long after I started playing, so I had to change my number. I changed it to 72, which is my birth year. Team: NWARD B-Tea What position do you play? Blocker and Jammer How long have you been skating? I casually skated as a kid, but when I decided to attend my first ever derby practice, I had not been on roller skates since I was 10-12-ish. When did you join derby? September 2008 How did you get involved in derby? I approached the NWARD booth at Springfest in 2008 and a girl stepped up and said, “Hey, I recognize you from pre-school”.  Our boys had been going to the same school and we had passed each other coming and going all year long. She gave me a season schedule and suggested I attend the bout they were having that same night, so I did.  I had no idea what was going on in the game, but it still looked like SO much fun that I KNEW I had to do it! Oh, and that girl was the beautiful, Ms. Apache Rose Peacock. Signature move: Not really a signature move, but I’ve been told I’m slippery.  Oh, and my hip bones have a reputation for being unusually ‘sharp’ and leaving marks. What role do you play behind the scenes? I just like helping out whenever I can! I like setting up the track before bouts. I like to NSO bouts when I’m not playing in them. I’ve worked on our Sponsorship committee for a few years, and I like participating in our fundraising events. And, I’ve even made a set of emergency helmet panties the night before The Arkansas Killbillies had to leave for a tournament in Georgia. Pre-bout ritual: Stretch, eat right, drink lots of water What do you do outside of derby?  I am a mother of two – a ten year old girl and a seven year old boy. Besides raising them, I am also a hair stylist. What advice would you like to give up and coming derby players?  The second you feel like...

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Harlow Graves

Name: Harlow Graves Nickname: Harlow What’s the origin of your name? Harlow comes from the old Hollywood bombshell actress Jean Harlow, and i just thought Graves sounded cool. Number: 30 What does your number mean? May 30th is my wedding anniversary Team: Heartbreak Rollers, NWA B-Team What position do you play? The Pivot position has a very special place in my heart, but I can play any blocker position. How long have you been skating? I started skating June of 2010 When did you join derby? October 2010 How did you get involved in derby? I have wanted to join the derby movement since the moment it started resurfacing in Texas, but I didn’t get enough confidence to play until I saw the Killbillies play that I knew that I had to join this amazing sport. Signature move: I’m not sure this counts as signature move, but I’m notorious for chasing the jammer through the pack and being able to hold a skater with my booty. What role do you play behind the scenes? PR Committee Pre-bout ritual: Sleep in, check all my gear, pick-out a super cute outfit, and then I spend a ridiculous amount of time on my hair, which is ridiculous, because I’m just going to put a helmet on and mess it all up! Motivational quote: You got this!!! Derby heroes: Slammerella, Suzy Hotrod, Frida Beater, Eclipse, Evolution, Retting to Rumble What makes you have instant respect for a derby skater? Attitude, respect, and ability to teach others. What do you do outside of derby? If I’m not skating, spending time with my family, working as a creative director/designer, binging in a local punk band (Glory Bones), I like to read and watch movies. Favorite derby moment so far? Winning the 2011 Home Championship with my fellow Heartbreakers, and then winning the MVP for the championship game. Favorite derby teams? Kansas City Roller Warriors, The Texecutioners, Gotham City All-Stars, Oly Rollers If you could remove one penalty from the game what would it be? There are a lot of them that I have a hard time not doing during a bout, but I would say most of them are needed for the game to be played fair and safe. What advice would you like to give up and coming derby players? Don’t give up!!! It takes a long time to learn the sport so hang in there and give it 100%. Derby awards? MVP of the 2011 (Home teams) Championship game Where are you from? Modesto, California. My family moved to Arkansas when I was 11. How long have you lived here? 17 years (except for the 3rd year when I attended The Art Institute of Dallas in Dallas, TX) What keeps you here? Family, friends, and my career. Animals? I have a very lovable, 1 year old, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, named Panic on...

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Fergie

Name: Fergie Nickname: Fergie What’s the origin of your name? My last name is Ferguson, I have always been called Fergie. Number: 5150 What does your number mean? It’s a code for Crazy, and I believe we are all just a little crazy. Team: NWARD B-Team What position do you play? Not Sure Yet How long have you been skating? On and off since I was 6 When did you join derby? Nov 2011 How did you get involved in derby? STOMP’N ASH Ash had been trying to get me to try after she joined, and it wasn’t until I came to watch as a sponsor for Macadoodles that I had to try it. Signature move: Don’t have one yet Pre-bout ritual: Have not got a chance to play yet. Motivational quote: If you fall get back up and do it again. Derby heroes: JoAnn, Jett and all the girls that are on the team. What makes you have instant respect for a derby skater? Their drive and motivation and strength What do you do outside of derby? I am a single mother of 3 amazing children and I have worked at Macadoodles for 7 1/2 years, I work in the office and am referred to as the ‘cash girl’. Favorite derby moment so far? Passing my MST Favorite derby teams? I would have to say NWARD If you could remove one penalty from the game what would it be? Not really sure yet What advice would you like to give up and coming derby players? Believe in yourself and don’t be afraid to ask if you have questions. Where are you from? I was born and raised in Rogers, AR and moved to Pea Ridge, AR in High School and currently live in Missouri How long have you lived here? forever What keeps you here? I just don’t have any reason to go anywhere else. Animals? I do not have any but my daughter has a dog and a cat. Family? 3 kids, Michelle 11, Chyanne 9, and my little man Jacob 5. My Mom Linda, who encourages me to do what makes me happy and has been with me through everything good and bad in my...

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Captain Jay Sparrow

Name: Captain Jay Sparrow Nickname: Jay What’s the origin of your name? It’s a play on the Johnny Depp character “Captain Jack Sparrow.” Number: 85 What does your number mean? I was born in 1985. Team: I coach all of Northwest Arkansas Roller Derby. What position do you play? When I play, I like to jam. How long have you been skating? Since April 1, 2003 When did you join derby? Day 1 of NWARD… March of 2006 How did you get involved in derby? I was working in the skating rink when it started. I quickly fell in love with the sport. Signature move: No signature move. What roll do you play behind the scenes? I am Head Coach, and I am the head of the coaching committee. I am also on the team-selection committee. Pre-bout ritual: Make sure my team can skate. Motivational quote: “There is nothing wrong in roller derby which cannot be fixed by what is right in roller derby.” –Paraphrased Bill Clinton Quote Derby heroes: Coach Ice What makes you have instant respect for a derby skater? A team-player who welcomes obstacles. What do you do outside of derby? I am an IT Administrator. Favorite derby moment so far? Our first game against Kansas City was very meaningful for me. They helped me a lot, and they still do. Favorite derby teams? NWA, Kansas City Roller Warriors, and Oly If you could remove one penalty from the game what would it be? I am more interested in a “no minors” restructuring. What advice would you like to give up and coming derby players? Learn to skate. It will make your life much easier. Derby awards? I’ve received Best Coach multiple times. Usually by default… Where are you from? I was born in Fayetteville, AR. I live in West Fork, AR. How long have you lived here? All my life. What keeps you here? I love the Fayetteville area, NWARD, and my family. Animals? A pug and two giant cats. Family? I am married to Sin. We met through Roller Derby. I live pretty close to my parents and brother,...

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Bettie Shotgun

Name: Bettie Shotgun. Nickname: Bettie,Bettie Shotpun. What’s the origin of your name? I love sewing pinup clothing and I’ve always been in love with Bettie Page! Number:417 What does your number mean? It’s my area code from Joplin,Mo Team: B-team! What position do you play? Jammer,blocker and friend! How long have you been skating? I’ve been skating for about 9 months now. When did you join derby? July of 2011. How did you get involved in derby? I was getting coffee one day and ran into Cosmic and she gave me a flyer for fresh meat. Signature move: BEANDIP! What role do you play behind the scenes? I bring the life to the party! Pre-bout ritual: freak out,get dressed,listen to lady gaga and kick some butt! Motivational quote:You’re the best! Around! Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down.-Joe Esposito Derby heroes: Bonnie Thunders,derby wife and my team. What makes you have instant respect for a derby skater? It’s hard not to, derby skaters take hard hits and get back up on the rink and also in life. What do you do outside of derby? When I’m not playing derby I’m making vintage clothing! Favorite derby moment so far? The first time I ever scrimmaged I got lead jammer. Favorite derby teams? Can I say my team? If you could remove one penalty from the game what would it be? None, I like keeping my arms and legs. What advice would you like to give up and coming derby players? Learn how to take a hit and not care about it and never stop skating! Derby awards? Some day! Where are you from? Joplin, MO How long have you lived here? 4 years! What keeps you here? My lovely life. Animals? The best dog ever! Cupcakers!!!! Family? No I was raised by...

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