Fortunately I've never been a short skirt kind of girl, because I couldn't wear them now even if I wanted to. My legs are constantly covered in these bruises:
The picture doesn't do it justice, it's much more purple than it looks here.
This is basically burst blood vessels on top of a bruise. I got it from practicing this trick over and over. Note in the linked picture how her thigh is pressed into the pole. I kept pressing it hard like that to support my body weight, over and over, even after the initial bruise.
This one I get every time I practice a cross ankle release.
I don't even remember how I got these:
Triple bruising! If you look carefully you can count 3 bruises. You get this bruise doing a cross over release over and over gain, as well as a cross ankle release.
Both my feet are also covered in bruises. Tricks like this put all of your body weight on the top of your foot, smashing it pretty tight against the pole. Hanging by your feet also contributes to this.
These aren't even bruises, these are pole burns. When you hang upside down by one leg like this and descend down to the ground slowly, you actually use the side of your body (under your arm) as breaks against the pole. The repeated rubbing of the pole against your skin eventually leaves this burn that leaves a scar. I bare my pole scars proudly.
Of course pole dancing also does wonderful things for your body! It makes your thighs thinner and more muscular, it tones your arms, shoulders, rear end...and look what it does to your abs!
I took this in a mirror (wedged between my pole on one side and dagger on my wall on the other). It is especially the inverted pole tricks that give you abs like this. Welcome to pole dancing! The bruises are worth it!