Miya Bailey, founder of Atlanta’s City Of Ink tattoo shop, announced the official website for his labor of love, the documentary film Color Outside The Lines, over twitter this afternoon. Directed by Artemus Jenkins, the film is the culmination of five years of shooting. The aim of the documentary is to shed light on an often ignored side of tattooing, black artists and their struggle to find a foothold in the industry. Bailey’s history as one of the world’s most highly recognized tattooers provides the framework, Jenkins’ provides the visuals and story telling in his directorial debut.
The film is the brainchild of one of the world’s most widely recognized black tattoo artists; Miya Bailey. For over 5 years the idea has always been in his head to create a film that not only sheds light on the artform, but also allows the artform to be represented in the right way. There are a lot of stigmas attached to black tattoo artists and their side of the culture; ranging from a lack of creativity to overall poor quality of work. This in turn has lead to artists from other backgrounds and those in the black community choosing to take their business elsewhere in search of quality work. The primary purpose here is education, basically if people knew better they would do better. There are dozens of black artists who are trained and highly skilled in any form of tattooing one could ask for. Once people watch this film we really want them to have a better understanding of their options and a deeper appreciation for the art form. Directed by Artemus Jenkins conceived and produced by Miya Bailey