Los Angeles

L.A. Derby Dolls


1910 W. Temple St., Doll Factory,
Los Angeles,
United States,

Tattooed girls in glittery eye makeup zooming around on skates and whaling on each other. Ice hockey meets burlesque in this semi-sport finding national resurgence since resurrected in Austin, Texas, a dozen years ago. With all the subtly of TV wrestlers, Demolicious and the LA Derby Girls bring full-contact roller derby to metro Los Angeles at the Westlake rink known as the Doll Factory. Matches are raucous affairs with boisterous fans, sweaty women, live bands at half-time, and food vendors hawking their goods.