Started skating: March 2011
Favourite skate gear: Duct tape. It keeps my velcro from scratching my teammates (always keep those scratchies covered!), takes the place of the missing strap on my left wristguard and keeps my kneepads on tight. I’ve previously had wristguards structurally reliant on duct tape for at least a year. My duct tape never lets me down.Except when it runs out. But none of us are perfect. Or infinite.
Derby hero:When I started derby, it was the big guns I wanted to follow – Gotham skaters and Team England beasts.
Now it’s the people around me that I’ve watched grow and improve that I admire most. It’s great watching hard work and dedication pay off, and a reminder that improvement is there for the taking.
Career highlight so far: Just the other day there was a list posted of the best blockers by points in Tier 3 north, and there I was at number five. Next: Top three in tier 2! #goals
One thing most people don’t know about me: I may have inadvertently been responsible for Uri Geller suing Pokemon.
What’s the origin of your derby name? It’s a play on inky fingers, which I invariably get when I draw. The name I draw under is Laurie Pink, so it makes a nice tie-in. the spelling is to look more badass, obv. (In sign language, the pinky finger means ‘bad’. If you hit your pinky fingers together, it means FIGHT! Grrr!)
Notable injuries? I’ve had two derby injuries that have forced me to take time off training to heal, both in dramatic circumstances.The first was a pulled hamstring that I did when I was getting up from the floor after I’d de-kitted at the end of a session.The second was a sprained ankle from a beautiful slow motion stumble sideways/backwards while I was standing still. (I lied about the dramatic circumstances.)
Hobbies/interests outside derby: Do people have those? Drawing. Though it’s how I earn my money, so probably counts as a job. I also collect off-brand Sharpies. My favourites are my Skerple and my Shonrie.