The beautiful bruised butts of roller derby by Riikka Hyvönen

The beautiful bruised butts of roller derby by Riikka Hyvönen

CultureOctober 01, 2015 By Brian Frederick

London based multi-media artist, Riikka Hyvönen, likes bruised butts and she cannot lie. You other artists can’t deny, that when a derby girl walks in with a strong and muscular core slash waist with a phat bruise on her place … YOU GET SPRUNG!

We digress. Finding beauty in pain, the rising artist has a viral hit on her hands with her series “Roller Derby Kisses” — works inspired by actual bruises from actual women that went though the actual pain of a derby match to garner themselves the impressive marks.

“I wanted to show the beauty of these bruises,” Hyvönen tells Konbini.com. “I made these works in the hope of capturing momentary markings that are seen in a completely different light in the mainstream than inside the subculture of bruises can be seen as badges of honours. The bruises, usually referred as  ’kisses’ are trophies, which are often photographed and posted online. I believe these images are charged with (mental) strength. They show that the player’s bodies can take the hits yet overcome the pain and still continue to play.”

"I Got a Really Beautiful Bruise on My Bum, Do You Want To See a Pic? It Has 12 Colours And Is the Size of My Head!" // 2015, Acrylic on leather and MDF, 100 x 150 cm

"Fresh Meat in Fishnets!" // 2015, Acrylic paint and glitter on leather and MDF, 210 x 220 cm

"Oh Lord. Is That the One That Looks Suspiciously Like My Wheel?! God, I’m Sorry to Have Marked You So :( … Um, Think of It as a Love Bite? xx" // 2015, Acrylic paint on leather and MDF, 72 x 110cm

"A Little Scratch Developed Into This Motherf**ker!" // 2015, Acrylic on leather and MDF, 90 x 90 cm

"Violet! You’re turning violet, Violet! #derbybruise #ouch #hematoma" // 2015, Acrylic and glitter on MDF, and leather, 89 x 145 cm

"Wait Long Enough and Someone Will Find a Picture of Jesus in That Bruise!" // 2014, Oil on canvas, 175 x 125 cm

"Fifty Shades of Purple" 2014, Oil on canvas, 125 x 100 cm

- Photo opener by Riikka Hyvönen