Written and Photographedy
by Cynthia Hartzell
I did a double take
when my actor friend Ashley handed me a flyer inviting
me to a Roller Derby Smack Rack/Bingo fundraiser.
But Ashley assured me this wasn't an elderly lesbian
bondage party. She promised "hotty" tough
girls rolling around a bar on skates, so on Wednesday
August 11th, I grabbed three friends and ventured
out to find The Tainted Lady Lounge in Brooklyn.
I was skeptical but ready for a good time. The
place was packed.
I instantly knew we were in the right bar when
I saw all the chicks-on- wheels rolling by. I introduced
myself to the Gotham Girls Roller Derby Team, that's
right, all of them. And Ashley was right, they
are a bunch of "hotties" on wheels who
like to kick a little ass.
Tainted Lady Lounge is a hoot. The walls are covered
paintings of nude or close to nude women. Some
of the women are painted on velvet (Viva Las Vegas)
and some are posed next to exotic animals like
cheetahs and monkeys. There is a TV that plays
old burlesques videos, an adventure in every corner.
So if you're looking for something unique, this
is your place. Ms. Thrasher sold Katie Shapley
and me a package of 3 Bingo cards for $5. She told
us that the grand prize would be a gift certificate
to an erotic toyshop,
Babes in Toyland. There's a second prize, but who cares, we were focused
on the grand prize.
Katie and I are
big bingo losers. What's a girl to do? So we decide
to check out the infamous and much anticipated
Smack Rack. So here's the deal. You pay $3 to have
a Gotham Girl smack your ass or you can smack a
Gotham Girl's ass for $15 a pop. Afterwards, you
receive a Polaroid print as a souvenir. Now let
me tell you, there was one long line to smack the
Gotham ladies. Two gentlemen purchased the right
to land five smacks on a Gotham chick's behind.
Ouch! And you are right.
There are no photos of Katie or me getting smacked
because WE CHICKENED OUT.
There were so many
fun ways to support the girls at this event. You
could drink, buy candy, lighters, t-shirts, play
bingo, smack-a-chick or get your own ass smacked.
Roller Derby isn't for the weak or weary. This
chick got a broken
wrist (with three pins in it) at a practice session.
I met tons of cool people, like Soeren (above).
He's from Copenhagen
and plays in a rock band. I also met Courtney,
a TV producer who wants to produce a show about
the Gotham Girls, and a journalist who's writing
a national article about the return of Roller Derby
in the US. Roller Derby is coming back with a vengeance.
We had a blast and
can't wait to come back for more of the Gotham
Girls Bad Ass Bitches on Wheels. Also, when you
are in Brooklyn, be sure to check out the Tainted
Lady Lounge. Tell them Cynthia sent you! And
to learn more about the Gotham Girls, check out
website at: www.gothamgirlsrollerderby.com
Gotham Girls Roller Derby Team
Grand St. | Williamsburg, Brooklyn