We sat down with Brooklyn, a local Bootblack and Bootblack mentor extraordinaire. She has competed in all three international title contests, and four of the many aspiring Bootblacks she has trained have gone on to compete and win titles themselves.
When did you realize you were a Bootblack?
B: I saw another group doing something very naughty to a boot, and I wanted to do it, too.
What does being a Bootblack mean to you?
B: Being a bootblack means I’m an artist. [We’re] very creative artists that can bring something from total devastation, bring it back to life again, and give it a second chance at a new day. I am still learning and maintaining my craft to this day.
Do you have a title or desire to have one ? If yes, would you tell us more?
B: Apparently, I’m still the current Alamo City Bootblack 2017, I was third runner up twice at International Mr. Bootblack (IMBB), and I was first alternate at International Ms. Bootblack (IMsLBB). I have made history for all three bootblack competitions.
Tell us about your Bootblack journey. How did you get started? Has it been a smooth one? Bumpy?
B: I started at the Dallas Eagle back in 2011, and it’s been bumpy and smooth ever since – like peanut butter, the chunky kind! It’s been a wild ride, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
What’s been a memorable experience you’ve had as a Bootblack?
B: Walking as myself at IMsLBB !
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be a Bootblack?
B: I say go for it! Welcome to the family! Enjoy your stay, and stay out of trouble…or if you do get in trouble, at least enjoy it! (and don’t let TC catch you….LMAO!)