artemus jenkins | visual artist

artist statement

"when i arrived i was black, when i leave i plan to still be. in themeantime i would like everyone to know what happened while i was here, to  show them thatwe were beautiful, in case we're being told different later."

artemus jenkins is a photographer and filmmaker, whose work is centered in how loveaffects us daily. utilizing moving and still images interchangeably, theconcepts and narrative explored in his work focus on lending context andbroadening universal understanding of black people and our culture.

this site currently displays his photographic works and will be updated monthly to include new projects and additions to this portfolio. check out the work his production company does in film/video here. i've got a blog thingy too!


+1 404-987-0840


born: baltimore, md | 1982

education: B.S. in sales and marketing, tuskegee university 2000-2004

film projects


“last Call for SadGoobyes” | Short Film


“perception” | Short Film


"if you know the words, feel free" | short film

"smoke and mirrors" season deux | webseries


"the world awaits" | documentary short 

"united" | documentary Short


"smoke and mirrors" season one | webseries


"power of pussy" | documentary Series

"color outside the lines: a tattoo documentary" | feature Length Film



"alltimeslove”solo photo and video art exhibition | notch 8 gallery | Atlanta, ga


"what did you expect" group photography exhibition ft. kelly blackmon, chilly-o, spencer charles, tripp cook, kaya faery, jeff hagerman, manda moffitt, justin perkins, omega ruth jr.

"city of ink 9th anniversary show" | group art exhibit


"roots natural hair experiential exhibit" | quad barber lounge | atlanta, ga

"If You Know the Words, Feel Free" Premiere Screening | Studio No. 7 | Atlanta, GA

"Smoke and Mirrors" Season 2 Premiere Screening and Q&A | Studio No. 7 | Atlanta, GA

"Enough is Enough 2" Group Art Exhibition | City of Ink | Atlanta, GA


"Color Outside the Lines: A Tattoo Documentary" Bronze Lens Film Festival Official Selection | Atlanta, GA

"Skin & Ink" Group Photography Exhibition | City of Ink | Atlanta, GA (curator and exhibitor)

"Color Outside the Lines: A Tattoo Documentary" Premiere Screening | LandMark Theatre at Midtown Art Plaza | Atlanta, GA

Published Work

2015, Mass Appeal Magazine | Atlanta Art Scene Feature | January Issue

2014, Creative Loafing Music Issue, J-Live Feature 

2012, Urban Ink Magazine, "Color Outside the Lines" Feature


"Best of ATL" Best Documentary Award for "If You Know the Words Feel" | Creative Loafing

Selected Press


"Short Film Looks at Atlanta's Creative Class"  feature for "If You Know the Words, Feel Free" | Burnaway.Org

Creative Loafing Arts Issue feature for "If You Know the Words, Feel Free by Rodney Carmichael | Creative Loafing

Black Voices feature for "If You Know the Words, Feel Free by Bessie Akuba | Huffington Post

"Smoke and Mirrors showcases Atlanta Black Arts Scene" by Rodney Carmichael | Creative Loafing


 "10 Black webseries that will make you cancel your cable" by Charing Ball | Madame Noire


"Smoke and Mirrors throws shade on the single life" by Rodney Carmichael | Creative Loafing


"Power of the Pussy takes you behind the pole at Magic City" by Siobahn Cassidy | Vice Magazine

"New documentary on Black Tattoo Artists makes it's mark" by Patrice Peck | Ebony Magazine

Selected Lectures and Talks

2013, Black Geek Week Screening and Q&A for "Color Outside the Lines" | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2012, Arts Awareness and Appreciation Club Screening and Panel for "Color Outside the Lines" featuring Spree Wilson, Al Fliction and Made Rich | Fashion Institute of Technology

2012, Secret Screening and Q&A of "Color Outside the Lines" with Ryan Henry and Miya Bailey | Complex Magazine

Using Format