Hey, look! It’s a ref! So yes, this is the Rocky Mountain Tattoo Project and, technically speaking, Rockity Roller is not affiliated with the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls. But that seems like a dumb reason not to include her in the project. She refs a lot of our games, so that seems like a perfectly good excuse for inclusion, if you ask me. Arguably, refs shouldn’t really be linked to one team anyway, right? Plus, she’s an awesome human and I can do what I want. So there. Be sure to read more about her at the link at the bottom of the page.
Oh, and there’s more of Rockit on her (NSFW) Page 2.
Don’t forget to check out (NSFW) PAGE 2 for more Rockit!
About Rockit’s Tattoos
I strongly encourage you to check out Rockit’s BLOG ENTRY about our shoot!
From one full-contact sport to another! She came to us from the world of rugby and we’re lucky to have her…meet Robin Graves!
About Robin’s Tattoos
Peace/Love/World Tat: My 1st tattoo. Grew up in St. Louis and crossed the river into East St. Louis to get this done. Was doing a research paper on tattoos for a college class. No idea who or where I actually got this but I did get an A on my paper. Chose this design but I do believe in and want Peace and Love in the world. I have hippie inclinations I guess.
Lion Tat: My 2nd tattoo. Got it at Bound by Design on Colfax. Do not remember the guys name but he was amazing! I brought in a copy of the lion I wanted drawn and he free-handed it on my skin. Yes, I am a Leo too.
Road Runner Tat: My 3rd. Also done at Bound by Design. I used to be REALLY fast when I was younger and playing rugby. They used to be a sponsor of the rugby team I played for and I had won so much in free tattoos from them during a raffle.
Smiley Face Tat: My 4th. Bound by Design, with the raffle winnings. I just am a fan of smiley faces.
Darwin Fish Tat: My 5th. Bound by Design. I’m an Archaeologist so believe in the whole evolution thing.
Four Leaf Clover Tat: My 6th. Tribal Rites in Fort Collins. This is when my tats start getting way more meaningful. When my mom passed away I wanted something to make me think of her and smile. I always remember us going in the backyard when I was a kid and looking for 4-leaf clovers. She could ALWAYS find them and I was amazed at it. Good childhood memory. The design came from one of my friends who’s an artist and was just drawing different options on what the leaf could look like and I liked how they all looked different and weren’t connected. I felt that represented me and my family the best in that we are/were connected but yet not. Plus, I like abstract art so seemed perfect for me.
Strength Tat: My 7th. Smokey Banana in Broomfield. I felt I also needed something to remind me of my dad and that I am a strong person because of him. He also passed away (many years before my mom) and he was a very Red Foreman from that 70s show kinda dad. Tough love and all. So, I decided to go with a tattoo that symbolized me holding hands with strength (the part that wraps around my hand).
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more universally adored human than Sweetie Ramone. Not only does she have a bunch of awesome tattoos, but she’s also blessed hundreds of lucky people with tattoos of their own. Enjoy the photos, and please be sure to read what Sweetie wrote at the bottom of the page.
And, as luck would have it, there’s also a NSFW page 2 — CLICK HERE.
See more of Sweetie on the (NSFW) — PAGE 2.
About Sweetie’s Tattoos
I wrote a lot of things about a lot of my tattoos but ultimately realized that everything about them is very personal. After spending some time tattooing and getting tattooed I realized that the meaning we assign to our tattoos, regardless of how silly or serious they may be, is special to us because we make it special. I can explain the individual moments of my tattoos, but I honestly can’t express what the experience of wearing them means to me. Every tattoo I have is a perfect, awkward, fun, heart breaking moment, and here are the amazing people that have contributed to that chronology.
Every so often someone comes along to remind me why I love this project — Karma has made it clear that seeing these photos have really had a positive impact on her. If my photography can play even just a little part in improving someone’s outlook, I guess I’m doing something right.
About Karma’s Tattoos
I firmly feel that tattoos should be an expression of the individual. I do not see them as decoration, but as a way to remind one self of the things that make us unique and beautiful. Every tattoo has meaning and is pivotal to me during a huge part of my life. Whether it marks something simple or significant, they are each powerful reminders of where I was, am, and will be in life, love, and relationships.
With that being said, my first tattoo is the Celtic tricycle in the small of my back. I got that one when I turned eighteen years old. The importance of the tattoo is that my dad’s family is Irish and the tricycle also brings good luck. I am pretty superstitious and I thought having it would bring me good things. I got my second tattoo on my right wrist. I wanted a piece that would be connected to the Irish again and selected the Celtic knot of life. I got that one right after both my children were born.
The Chinese symbols in the center of my shoulder blades mean “good friend”. I actually made sure that was what they meant by my friend that can speak and read fluent Chinese. I got it at Tattoo Mania in Hollywood back in 2004.
The rest of my tattoos have a strong, significant meaning to me as they were after I managed to leave a ten year long abusive marriage. I was living in Germany and had just started skating roller derby with Kaiserslautern’s team, Roller Girls of the Apocalypse. I had just passed my very first minimum skills assessment, including my 25/5 (back before the 27/5) and had just selected my approved derby name. My students helped me design the tattoo. The one on the back of my neck has the skates with wings with my number, 82, between. Then beneath is my original name, Karma-Killer. It was such a huge accomplishment and I had felt so empowered I wanted to remember it forever. Then I moved to Colorado Springs and had skates added to my left shoulder with my current derby name, Karma.
After the skates I had the circle tattoo added to the right shoulder. It was done by Jeremy Misery at 3rd Layer Tattoo in fountain. The symbol is the Buddhist symbol for Karma. It was added during a time when I was feeling particularly at peace with myself and since then have a deep love of this piece.
The quote on my ribcage is also very special to me because it was translated into Latin by my mentor and the quote itself is also important because it reminds me that “change does not roll in on wheels of inevitability but comes through continuous struggle”. I have had a lot of obstacles that I have had to overcome, some with support but most without. This one is a reminder that I can do anything I want or need to do.
The three circles on my left inside wrist are actually punctuation. I teach English and love the ellipses and what they are intended to do within the structure of a sentence. Yeah ellipses means that there is more to come, the story isn’t finished, what is next is a mystery…
That is pretty perfect for where I am in my life right now. I don’t know what is next. I don’t know where my life will go. But I do know that I am happy and excited for the adventure.
The most recent tattoo I have is the one on my right calf. It is the first one on my legs and was done by one of my team mates from Rocky Mountain Roller Girls, Sweetie Ramone. The tattoo is a stamp with my new home team’s logo in the center. The United States Pummeling Service! The date in the logo is the actual transfer date for when I joined RMRG.
Overall I think tattoos are an amazing expression of life, love, and all our stories. I definitely plan to get more as each phase of my life continues.
This lovely woman is a relatively new addition to RMRG and we couldn’t be happier to have her! Couldn’t be happier to have her in the Rocky Mountain Tattoo Project, either…
About Shaniqua’s Tattoos
OK so for those of you that don’t know the band In This Moment, they are absolutely my favorite by far! When I first met Kiki and Dustin we started talking about them and how much we love their music. That’s when Dustin gave me my derby name, S** M**** B*****. It is one of my absolute favorite songs by in this moment and helped me through so many difficult times. When I was in college, I survived a six-year abusive relationship which finally came to an end in 2011. I was moving out of my apartment as well as my ex fiancé’s… listening to Pandora radio when I suddenly started listening to the lyrics of ITM, discovered who they were and instantly fell in love. I particularly connected with the lead singer, Maria Brink. She too is a survivor of abuse and I very much connected to all of that. I started writing her letters in 2012 and then finally was able to see her in concert two times here in Denver. I waited for hours after her show to try to meet her, and luckily my patience paid off! I got to meet her, talk to her and hug her. The funny part is that she knew exactly who I was and mentioned she had received all of my letters. She told me to be “a strong beautiful goddess and that survivors like us need to stick together”. I am so incredibly honored that I had the opportunity to meet her and let her know how much she has impacted my life. I have her face tattooed on my left thigh with song lyrics, “you’ll love me for everything you hate me for”. I thought it was fitting with roller derby being that everyone always says “if you respect me you will hit me,” so basically, you will love my hits, but you’ll hate me for the pain I cause 😉
As far as the back of my neck, it is Maria Brink’s autograph the lead singer of in this moment. I got it the day after she sent me a blood mask in the mail with her autograph.
The gun tattoos are pretty self-explanatory. I started shooting when I first moved here after surviving in abusive relationship. I decided I wanted to be my own hero and never allow anyone to hurt me ever again. For the past 4 1/2 years I have won the Annie Oakley award for one of the best shooters in Denver County. But of course the most important thing about guns is safety!
The phoenix on my left love handle represents the Holy Spirit to watch over me. I got it right before I left for college and I pretend like it has what has saved me from dying many times.
The lips on my rib cage are my best friend’s lips. She and I have been through the absolute worst times. We have been best friends for almost 20 years and decided to get that tattoo of each other’s lips to celebrate after she had her daughter. Which of course is now my goddaughter.
The tattoo that says “me” on it was put there after I moved to Denver and broke off my engagement. I got it to remind me that from now on I live for me and only me. I don’t belong to anyone but myself.