Beneath the Ink

About the Film:

EMMY® Nominated. Billy Joe White and his tattoo studio are promoting one simple concept, “erase the hate.” A timely look at hate and racism that reveals heartfelt stories of change and redemption.


Cy Dodson

12 min



Palm Springs Shortfest – Audience Award Best Documentary • Doc Edge Festival – Best International Short Film / Academy Qualification • DC Shorts – Audience Award Outstanding Documentary • BendFilm Festival – Best Short Documentary • Dances with Film – Run of Fest • Nevada City Film Festival – Best Documentary • Inspire Film Festival – Inspire Award • Pittsburgh Shorts – Audience Award Best Documentary • South Dakota Film Festival – Best Short Documentary • Fargo Film Festival – Best Short Documentary • Big Water Film Festival – Best Documentary • Square Lake Film and Music Festival – First Prize • Kew Gardens Film Festival – Best Documentary • Frozen River Film Festival – Best Short Film & Best MN Made • Columbus Film and Animation Festival – Best Short Film • Minneapolis/St. Paul Film Festival – Honorable Mention Short Documentary • Windrider Film Showcase – Most Inspirational Film • Catalyst Content Festival – Outstanding Documentary • 2020 Vimeo Staff Pick • 2019 Short of the Week


Emmy – Nominee, Outstanding Short Documentary • Academy Awards – Qualified, Short Documentary • Cleveland International Film Festival • Big Sky Documentary Film Festival • Justice Film Festival

The W – 10 min

Billy Joe White sits down with pastor Phil Allen Jr. to talk about Phil’s initial reactions to the film, the way Billy’s work invokes a theme of baptism and how race continually plays a role in their work.