Shoot a booty block? St. Pete Arts Alliance awards grant for that exact reason

One of this year's artist grants highlights a should-be-better-known sport in St. Pete.

click to enlarge Deadly Rival Roller Derby is one of only nine bank-tracked leagues in the United States. - NICOLE ABBETT
Nicole Abbett
Deadly Rival Roller Derby is one of only nine bank-tracked leagues in the United States.

Booty block. Jammer. Back block. Arnie Arluke will photograph women, and he'll photograph them all around St. Pete. 

What, aren't you familiar with roller derby? If you think of it as a late-'70s sport, think again: Roller derby's back. We've written about Deadly Rival Roller Derby before — and here we are again, because this time they're going to be all over St. Pete in full derby regalia. The St. Petersburg Art Alliance awarded photographer Arnie Arluke a grant to photograph Deadly Rival all over the 'Burg. What's more, he'll photograph them in full derby regalia at places we all know and love — The Dalí, the Museum of Fine Arts, Sunken Gardens are all on his list. In total, he'll have 21 images when he's done, and they'll be on exhibit both at the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and the Slayground, Deadly Rival's banked track that's all the envy of other leagues (seriously, it's a 101-foot oval track and it's pretty amazing). 

Along with the posed portraits Arluke will include photos of skaters in media res at bouts, which requires a special skill set to photograph.


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