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(More new pics in the “photo” gallery above)

(Barefoot) Justine Mara Andersen at home

(Barefoot) Justine Mara Andersen at home, pic by Haley Stracher

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“What does it mean, being a woman?” Brigitte Bardot

Barefoot Justine (Justine Mara Andersen, aka “Gidgets wicked sister”) is a veteran illustrator whose work has appeared in DC Comics, Dungeons & Dragons products, Lucasfilm products, and numerous other publications. She currently resides in Gainesville Florida and teaches traditional comics and illustration techniques at SAW (Sequential Artists Workshop).

She is currently seeking a publisher for her Latest graphic novel: “Take a Trip With Barefoot Justine” (and story: “My Dear Friend Jeffrey Catherine Jones”).

Justine practices Hinduism, & is passionate about McCartney & exploitation cinema.

Justine lives barefoot and does not own any shoes!

Here you will find her work, thoughts and feelings expressed, played with and shared.

Om Namah Shivaiya!

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”
― Marilyn Monroe

Barefoot Justine Mara Andersen wolf

Barefoot Justine Mara Andersen, wolf, watercolor wash

Sweet Justine
by Shawn Allen

Oh my sweet Justine,
always chasing a dream
and trying to put it to paper.
Hey, barefoot Justine,
these streets can be hot and mean.
Oh, sweet Justine.

Sitting alone in the park,
trying to leave just a mark
on the virgin-white page,
to escape from the cage,
and the dogs as they angrily bark.
Don’t they know you can see in the dark?

And the stupid ones point, and they laugh.
Can’t see the whole, just one half
of the things that you are.
Always chasing that star,
and you go where there isn’t a path
and you’ve laid down that dark, heavy staff.

Oh my sweet Justine,
tell me, what’s it all mean?
Don’t you know that they won’t understand?
Hey, barefoot Justine,
kick up your heels, girl, and dance.
Oh, sweet Justine.

And when they close their doors to you,
it’s because you’re already inside.
It’s just envy, you see -
the Justine they won‘t be.
The divine fool they once knew,
that dream they long ago slew,
the truth from which they still hide.

So just smile when they whistle and jeer,
ignore them, turn a deaf ear.
You know what is real,
and the things they can’t feel -
they’re so worried about looking queer.
You are always much more than you appear.

Oh my sweet Justine,
just keep on living the dream
and show them that it can be real.
Hey, barefoot Justine,
just keep on living the dream.
Oh, sweet Justine.

1-20-2014
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“One must dare to be herself however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.” Fortune Cookie

Happy belated Holi to all my Hindu friends! Holi Holi!

Barefoot Justine (Mara Andersen) enjoying Holi 2014 - pic by Haley Stracher)

Barefoot Justine (Mara Andersen) enjoying Holi 2014 – pic by Haley Stracher

Don’t forget… Barefoot Justine is an artist and has tons of amazing drawings in her galleries…

Barefoot Justine WOTC Illustration Pirate Woman

Barefoot Justine WOTC Illustration Pirate Woman

And now… ALL NEW in her galleries… “Non-Linear Logic,” Barefoot Justine’s own web-comic… tons of great stuff!Print

30 responses »

  1. aghfdk finally got a chance to check out your website! You are amazing, this is amazing, I’m so looking forward to following your work! :)

  2. i have your D&D art boxed up, and ready to go. i will have it sent as soon as I get a day off. thank you, again for letting me keep a couple :)

  3. Hey caught me by surprise.Been looking for you to talk again. I don’t know what to say, but Sharon my lady died of cancer. Lost it all, but I still managed to save that special disc set you sent me of McCartney. Bless you for that. When you have time please write. Paraphrasing the McCartney song:

    ‘I’m looking through you
    Where did you go?
    I thought I knew you
    What did I know?

    You do look different
    But have you changed?
    I’m looking through you
    Are you still the same’

    Ed McLaughlin aka Boneless

  4. Hi Justine
    I find it totally awesome that you don’t even own any shoes. As a barefooter I wish I could do the same, but I couldn’t get away with being barefoot 100% of the time because of business commitments.
    Don’t you ever get refused entry to stores and restaurants etrc?

  5. Hi Justine

    I find it totally awesome that you don’t even own any shoes. As a barefooter I wish I could do that, but business commitments stop me from being barefoot 100% of the time.
    Don’t you ever get refused entry to stores and restaurants etc?

    • I have been refused entry to 2 or 3 places in 10 months since moving to Florida. It’s amazing what affect simply accepting who you are and how you are meant to be can have. I’m meant to be barefoot. Plus… I’m subversive, and to places like grocery stores, I wear bell bottoms to be discreet.

      • Guess the store employees and managers feel they have a bit of discretion in this regard. Seem they get picky about footwear when they feel the powers that be will be watching. What’s your take on this?

      • My take on this is pretty militant, yet surprisingly pragmatic. I don’t believe in ANY policies that inhibit my personal liberties in this regard. Secondly, people have a problem with bare feet out of fear and ignorance. They think it is far more dangerous than it is. It is scarcely dangerous at all… I’ve been doing it for years. Additionally, it is not a healthcode issue, nor a liability issue… as no court in the US would award damages to a person who walks barefoot into a store. I want to simply repeat that if this truly is the land of the free and the home of the brave, let me be free and brave! Going barefoot is a harmless simple pleasure that has been overcomplicated by the absurdities of life in America at this current time. I hope this addressed your questions effectively.

  6. Hey Justine, I just found this site today. I’m glad that things are going so well for you. It’s great that you’re drawing again!

  7. Hey Justine
    Just wanted to tell you I miss you and am so glad you have found your path. Proud to know you and am lovin your beautiful photos. Great website. Love You

    • Thanks Bev, love you too. And boy, I’ll tell you, I’m more glad than you are that I found my path! Now that I’ve found it I plan to revel in every barefoot step. I loved everyone in Akron, but I’ve found not only my path, but a real home here in Gainesville, this place has really welcomed me with open arms and a lot of warmth.

      • Yaaaay! Can’t wait to visit you in all your glory! Someday, now that I’m no longer employed by that wretched shoe store! Yes you read correctly…..Shoe store! Meant to be!

  8. Jess Franco was a true visionary artist. Such people are not understood or appreciated by

    most of us. It is a rarefied air they breathe.

    JBS

  9. Hi we Shiva Trust Charity are putting together a magazine/newsletter called Daily Sadhana here in the uk .Do you have any Hindu type illustration we could use .The theme of the first issue is Self Realisation in the west .We are also open to articles 500-1500 words long ,it will be in hard copy and online in a PDF format .Our aim Is to share about Hinduism and support western Hindus

  10. I’ve been looking for blogs by “white Hindus” (lol) and I’m looking forward to reading your posts. The paradigm shift is huge but in the words of Gurudeva from the Kauai’i Hindu monastery “I can, I will, I am able!”

  11. Hi, Justine. I live a barefoot lifestyle, too and that includes driving, stores & restaurants. Yes, you are absolutely correct. It is completely legal, healthy and safe. It is not illegal, it is not in violation of the health department and it is not a liability. It’s always good to meet a fellow barefooter!

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