Through the end of the month Pannikin Coffee & Tea in La Jolla is featuring an exhibit of posters promoting the rough and tumble contact sport of roller derby — specifically promoting San Diego’s first modern roller derby league, the San Diego Derby Dolls.
The bold, 20- by 30-inch posters are the work of La Jolla graphic designer and illustrator John Uhrich. The exhibit also includes bout posters from previous events on loan from the team, as well as prints featuring Uhrich’s children’s illustrations.
Uhrich will host a signing event at the Pannikin, 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, during which several members of the Derby Dolls, in full skate attire, will sign poster prints, while Uhrich signs copies of his children’s book, “Messy Anne Meets the Monstrosity.” Derby Dolls T-shirts and merchandise will also be for sale.
The exhibit is designed to raise awareness of the retro sport, which has seen a resurgence during the past decade, and to help the Dolls find a permanent venue in San Diego to play.