With her crazy jukes and amazingly fast feet, it’d be easy to think that Jammunition spends all of her time and talent on the track. But it turns out that, among many other things, she’s just as talented at designing awesome t-shirts that help propel DSDG to victory in the playoffs. Read on to learn more about this multi-faceted lady and how to get your hands on one of those shirts!
1.If ARG had a yearbook, you’d be the “Skater Most Likely to _________” In my mind, I would love a really impressive superlative like “Skater Most Likely to Stay Out of the Box,” or “Most Likely to Score Grand Slams.” But realistically, I would probably be voted the “Skater Most Likely to Miss the Plane.”
2.Who’s your biggest fan? Savannah skaters Catatonic Crush and Beat-a-trick Kiddo (The 50 Cal Super Pals) would probably campaign for that title, but I think the honor goes to my mom. She was apprehensive about roller derby at first, but she has never missed a home game since I started skating with Atlanta. She buys VIP tickets and brings her equally proud sister to cheer me and my teammates on. She loves when The Toxic Shocks and Dirty South Derby Girls are victorious and always thinks I deserve MVP awards even when I don’t! Meg Gibbs, Tony Fast, and Mike D warrant a shout out for the best sign ever. It simply reads, “We Care!” That makes me giggle.
3.What was the most impressive derby bruise you’ve ever had, and by whom was it inflicted? I always feel like the bruises that hurt the worst never actually show up on the surface. This bums me out because I want bragging rights for that pain! I can say the top 3 hardest hits I have ever taken all came from Queen Loseyateefa. I love skating against her because she is a perfect combination of strategic acuity, excellent footwork, and brute power. Practicing against her and the rest of our talented and determined DSDG blockers prepares me for any opponent.
4.You hear, “Five seconds!” What song starts playing in your head? When I am on the jam line, I try to relax, breathe and repeat the mantra “Trust.” I trust that there is no other place I would rather be. I trust that I will skate from my heart and it will lead my feet to where they need to be. I trust the training that Wild Cherri, Rebel Yellow, InSINerator, Cap’n Yoass, and BJ have guided have prepared me to be successful. I trust my blockers to hold the opposing jammer. I trust that when I have a difficult jam, I will acknowledge it then let it go in order to stay present in the next jam.
But music is important to my mental preparation before the game. I wish I could tell you I listen to really bad@$$ stuff to get pumped up. But I have found that happy, calm music better serves my anxiety before a game. Last year at champs I had ASTR’s “R U With Me” on repeat. It has a light and spacy vibe but with an uplifting pop sensibility and message. It is borderline cheesy, but it always brings me to a gratified place.
6. Real world occupation? My background is in graphic design and I still do some freelance design work (including the tee shirt graphic for DSDG fundraising). But for the past 3 years I have made a living as a farm hand at Love is Love Farm in Decatur. On Instagram, it probably just looks like I flutter around in the sunshine taking pictures of flowers, butterflies, and bees. But in actuality, I am either bent over in a field for hours picking veggies, hoeing rows of produce, shoveling compost, or doing tractor work. I LOVE my job.
7. Previous athletic adventures and accolades? I was a super active child, so my parents signed me up for every sport possible to keep me occupied. I’ve played them all. For a few years, I was the only girl in the tee-ball, soccer, and basketball leagues. I also played flag football with the boys. When we reached the age to transition into tackle football, my parents wouldn’t let me participate. I pitched a fit. My Nana thinks the reason why I play roller derby is because I never got to play tackle football. That thought makes me chuckle. Of all of the sports, I gravitated most towards basketball. I played at school as well as AAU summer leagues. I was a short, scrappy point guard with mean crossovers and stealthy passes. I eventually earned a scholarship to play at Savannah College of Art and Design. I had relative success there. I broke 3 school records for assists, steals, and games played. I was named to the All Florida Sun Conference team 2 years.
8. What about your basketball experience helps you most with derby? I definitely think my jukes are influenced by basketball background. I was always the smallest player on the court, so I had to learn how to fake bigger defenders into moving one direction while I crossed over and exploded towards the other. Head and shoulder fakes have helped me immensely in both sports.
9. Any furkids? I have a 5 year old cat named Odie. He is a rascal. It is an honor when he decides to cuddle. I also just adopted a 4 month old puppy named Amos. He is as cute as a dozen buttons and loves snuggles. I still have not gotten over the urge to constantly squeeze and kiss the faces off of both my pets. Both creatures are rescues. My double-teammate Belle of the Brawl actually found little Amos, and our lovely former league-mate Aimzz 2 Kill fostered him.
10. We understand you’re making a visit to Charleston, WV this weekend. What is your plan for D1 domination? My personal plan is to skate clean and keep my feet moving. But as a team we are prepared to put our slow strong walls on the track. We have one of the best defensive squads in the world and we want to showcase that. We have really found our groove with pack work and communication in the past months. We are having quicker transitions from defense to offense back to defense again. Everybody is on the same page. On the blocker front, we suffered a huge loss with Alassin Sane‘s move and Agent Maulder‘s injury. But DSDG newcomers Madditude Adjustment and Rudy Huxtabrawl have stepped up and become dominant forces in our walls. This year we also lost veteran jammers The Merchant of Menace and Hollicidal. I miss those ladies daily. But with that gap, we have seen the rise of jammers ChokeCherry and Trouble MakeHer. Charleston will be both of their first WFTDA tournaments. I anticipate awe when they are on the track. Trouble’s footwork and speed is astounding and ChokeCherry’s scrappiness and force is difficult to contain. We all have our hearts set on Championships in Nashville. But our eyes are on Naptown first, and then the rest of the leagues we will meet in West Virginia.
Now that you know a little more about Jamm, help her and her DSDG teammates make the trip to Charleston, WV for Playoffs and Championships in Nashville by buying a Jammunition original. It’s an all-around winner. You get a snazzy shirt, you get to wear said snazzy shirt while watching DSDG bring the pain, and you can feel happy knowing you helped get them there!