Boy Andersen: Bootblack

Bootblacking is the art and service of the care and maintenance of leather and rubber boots, shoes, clothing, and accessories. It is often more massage than “”shoe shine.”

Boy Andersen is a gender-dyslexic bootblack who learned how to clean bridles and saddles long before he was greasing up leather clothing and boots. She is the Mid-Atlantic Community Bootblack 2010. He believes in being hands-on as much as possible, and usually uses reiki and massage as part of his bootblacking service. She chooses who sits in her chair.