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DayBlack (19m, U S A) dir. by Justin Jordan

Beneath the polluted clouds of Day Black, Georgia exists a mysterious who has killed to survive for a very long time. But Mercer no longer wants to simply exist, he wants to live. Day Black is the story of a former slave who was bitten by something in the cotton fields. Three hundred years later, he works as a tattoo artist in the small town of Day Black, a town whose sky is so dense with pollution, that the sun is nowhere to be seen, allowing Mercer to move about freely, night or day.

Even darker than the clouds are the dreams he’s been having that cause Mercer to fall asleep at the awkwardest times (even while he’s tattooing someone). As he struggles to decipher his nightmares, someone from his pasts returns with plans for him–plans that will threaten his new way of ‘life’ and turn him back into the cold-hearted killer he once was.


Keef Cross

Keef Cross


When I make art, it’s truly an escape. An escape from stereotypes and  expectations put on “black art” and it’s creators. It seems like most people are comfortable seeing black people portrayed walking to church, playing a jazz horn, braiding hair on the porch and things of that nature. There isn’t anything wrong with that, but that’s not all we are, and that’s not all we do. Similar to black cinema and radio, audiences have gotten used to and even anticipate these redundant one sided offerings of black life.

Growing up being influenced by Ralph Bakshi, Vaugn Bode’, Wendy Pini, and Robert Crumb to name a few, really shaped my visual aesthetic, and tone of my paintings, but even more so, my approach to creating my comic book, “DayBlack”. I found that those underground comics of the 70’s always had one foot in sexual raunchiness and drugs, and another foot in social commentary, a combination that fascinated me as a kid. Who knew that in those adult comics I hid from my mother, I would find my individual voice and style. 

              I’m all about pushing progressive images and ideas about my people to the forefront whenever I get the chance. TV, radio, and film won’t do it, but I feel like art is the last medium that has been corrupted the least, and with the help of other like minded artists who aren’t afraid to challenge these notions of what black art is and can be , we can help change the way the world sees us, and the way we see ourselves, one gallery at a time.