This is the film that put Christmas in July 1982 on the map; a documentary that focused on the history and lifestyles of the world's top black tattoo artists. By cynically starting a Kickstarter campaign, we raised $14,000 in a week, allowing us to travel all over the United States and over seas to Europe to finish this film and release it independently on DVD. The influence of this film is seen in the franchises that are being built around the work of black artists as evidenced by the 4 year long run of "Black Ink Crew". When we partnered with Miya Bailey to do this film, our goal was to make sure the business of tattooing would become as advantageous for black artists, as it is for artists of other cultures. 

Documentary, 2012

Directed, photographed and edited by Artemus Jenkins

Struggle, Joy, Failure, Success; words like these could serve as the backdrop for the next big hollywood blockbuster, or as a description of a tattoo artists life. Color Outside the Lines is the first film that provides a deep look into the history, culture and lives of the world's top black tattoo artists. Creating a film that would accurately tell the stories of these amazing artists, was initially a dream that manifested into a reality when world renowned tattoo artist, Miya Bailey linked with burgeoning filmmaker Artemus Jenkins. After three years of filming and tattooing everywhere from Atlanta to Amsterdam, this film is here to make sure the story and legacies of these artists will live on forever.