"Color Outside the Lines" A Film on Tattoos in the Black Community
11:50 AM

It's no secret that black artists are under-represented in tattoo media, but there is film in the making that seeks to remedy that. "Color Outside the Lines: A Tattoo Documentary" is a documentary by Artemus Jenkins and City of Ink's Miya Bailey with the goal of educating people about the possibilities of fine tattoo art and the skilled artists behind it. Here's more:

The film highlights the history of black tattoo culture and how it began in the south despite a heavily segregated climate for black artists seeking entry. We cover signature styles and how those styles have developed and influenced newer artists over the years. Tattooing in the media is another important aspect, as it is the biggest factor of how the cultures influence has spread. It is no secret that entertainers and athletes dictate the trends younger generations pick up on and tattooing is no different. What is suprising is despite the money these cultural icons have, some of their work is no better than the kid who got his in a basement down the street from his house. This further deludes the public as to what great artwork looks like and what is available to everyday people.

Aside from the art, we delve into the personal struggles associated with being an artist; how it affects your social life, personal relationships and other dreams you may have.

The film is still in production and set to be released early next year but they need help raising money for further filming and post production. More details on how you can contribute on their Kickstarter page.

For more discussion on tattooing in the black community, read Miguel's interviews with Miya Bailey and Roni Zulu.

[Via the wonderful InkButter blog.]

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