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Color it in for a good cause.

Local artist and skater designs roller derby coloring books

Milwaukee-based artist Stacey Williams-Ng started skating with the Brew City Bruisers' Crazy 8s last fall after training with the team for more than a year.

Recently, Willaims-Ng – whose derby name is "Tennessee Killems" – combined her two interests and created a couple of derby-themed coloring books. Williams-Ng originally was inspired to design a roller derby coloring book after a friend ordered a disappointing one from Amazon.

"She was horrified at how bad the art was," says Williams-Ng. "She thrust it at me, uncolored, and said, 'please make a better one.'"

Williams-Ng created two different coloring books: "Roller Derby and Mermaids" and "Roller Derby and Monsters."

"You'd be surprised where your brain goes when you start imagining two things that have nothing to do with each other," says Williams-Ng. "I ended up having images of undersea roller skating scenes, and strangely, they kind of work."

Each of the books have 12 coloring pages and some of the characters are based on real-life derby women.

"One of my friends in the league is derby-named Medusa, so how could I not make her the snake-haired Medusa for the Monsters book?" says Williams-Ng. "Also, one of the original players in the league is Becky the Butcher, and she's such an icon for the Brew City Bruisers. I made her a dragon-slayer in the Monsters book, too."

Williams-Ng is a painter, chalk artist, organizer – she was the driving force behind the Black Cat Alley mural project – and illustrator.

All the proceeds of the coloring books go to underfunded programs at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. They are available at Bigfoot Bike & Skate and on her Etsy page.

"The world deserves better roller derby coloring books," says Williams-Ng.

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