I’m Camryn Obscura. I am a sex worker, queer, fat, disabled, an activist, and a transgender weirdo. I’ve been working publicly as a bootblack for the past 5 years, but worked for a year on my own before that. I am self-taught but have had some mentors in my process, yet it has consistently been my own journey. Bootblacking is the closest thing to spirituality for me. It helps focus me, grounds me, and keeps me observant. It’s all about the service to the leather for me, which is where the spirituality comes in. It allows me to focus on only the leather, which keeps me mindful, and at the end I have a physical representation of the process–a beautifully shined piece of leather. Beyond that, bootblacking has also been therapeutic for me, helping me maintain my identity and presence in the leather community after surviving abuse. I’ve been able to safely explore my identity and service in the leather community through bootblacking. At this point in my journey, I feel ready to provide these services to the greater leather community in addition to being a titleholder.