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Heatherface 1974

426827_10150555689749366_959913333_nWhat is your skate name and number?

Heatherface 1974

What is the significance of your name and number?

My original derby name was Nancy Shrew, but after I passed my SCRG skills test Bruce Killis gave me the idea to be Heatherface. I immediately loved it, because I love horror movies, and chose 1974 for my number since that was the year the film Texas Chainsaw Massacre was released.

How did you get started playing roller derby?

Roller skating was my favorite activity as a kid. When I found out that a group of girls in Des Moines, Iowa had started a roller derby league called the Mid Iowa Rollers, I was really interested but hesitant to join since the only online clips I could find in 2006 were basically girls beating each other up. After doing some research I figured out it had become a sport, so I went for it and attended my first practice!

How long have you been skating?

I joined the Mid Iowa Rollers in August 2007, but have been on roller skates since I was a kid. Every Friday and Saturday night we would drive to a skating rink that was built out in the country, in a field. I loved shooting the duck!

What is your favorite derby position to play?

I love blocking in the pack. Occasionally I can be convinced to jam!

What is your greatest derby achievement so far?

When the All Stars broke our losing streak in January 2011 against Pacific Roller Derby in Honolulu, that felt like such a breakthrough for our team. Since then SCRG has moved up and up, and I am so proud of us all!

What is your favorite part of skating with Sin City Rollergirls?

It's funny, because when I joined MIR I wasn't even sure that I wanted to play in bouts. I was just looking to get into something new and be an active person again without the competitiveness. But now I love bouting. There is a feeling I get from playing as a team against another team that I haven't ever experienced before in any other sport I've played.

Do you have a derby crush? Who is it?

I have SO many derby crushes! Last summer I did a series of paintings based on some of them, which you can read about here:

What is your day job?

I work as a graphic designer for a home improvement magazine. I also sell stuff that I make on Etsy here:

Who is the biggest influence in your life?

My fiance, George, for a couple of reasons. The obvious is that without him I would not have moved to Las Vegas, and would not now be moving to Los Angeles. Like me, he's also a creative person. Much of our time together is spent working on projects in our shared studio and encouraging each other to pursue our wacky endeavors.

What is the strangest thing in your purse or wallet right now?

Work gloves! Laying down and picking up our floor at the Riviera is not easy on the hands.

Tell us one thing about yourself that we wouldn't expect...

Despite rumors you may have heard, I am not a hipster.

What are you going to miss most about SCRG?

Leaving an amazing league and group of girls that I've grown to know better than most members of my family.