Every Been Injured While Playing Roller Derby?
Roller derby is an aggressive, high-impact sport. When we say aggressive, we mean that it's full contact and you use your body to either pass skaters or prohibit skaters from passing you. It's not an anything goes sport- the rules are very specific with the intention of keeping athletes safe. As with any full-contact sport, some players will get injured. Sometimes it happens on day one, sometimes it happens years and years after you've perfected your skills in the sport.
Strong Athletic got the request for this shirt from Michelle P., a member of the group: "Roller Derby Injuries- Blood, Sweat, and Tears". The group is for skaters who have experienced an injury in roller derby, and who recovered from that injury or who are actively recovering. Some of these skaters return to skating, some choose not to, while others are unable to due to the seriousness of their injury. Roller derby has a life-long impact on the people who play the sport, and the injuries that come with the sport also can have a lasting impact for the athletes who play. This design is for all of the derby skaters who became bionic while playing roller derby. Some of you still have hardware in your body, and others of you have had it removed. Regardless you're part of a growing group of people who can empathize with one another.
About the Strong Athletic Bionic Tanks and Shirts with Thick, Shiny Gold Letters
This epic color combo of shiny gold ink on a black shirt was inspired by Delilah Decider, a member of the group and Non-skating Official for Angel City. This shirt would not have been made if it were not for Blaque Jac of The Roller Derby Injuries group.
This shirt is screen printed by hand in Austin, Texas by Amanda at the Screen Printing Coop.
The words "Strong Athletic Bionic" and the Strong Athletic logo are printed in Gold ink on the front, the logo is also printed on the back. The art on this shirt is based on the original Strong Athletic Woman design created by Cristen Perks. The Strong Athletic logo was created by Angel Ortega.
Laundry care for this shirt
The gold gold ink on this shirt is very bright and we use it simply because it really pops off of the black fabric. Because of the nature of the ink, it will wash out over time if it is not cared for properly. To keep the gold ink lasting as long as possible wash this shirt in cold water. Consider using a nonabrasive laundry detergent. Wash either on delicate cycle in the washing machine or wash by hand. Dry on low heat or hang dry.