Jazmine Boykins

Freelance Illustrator

Greensboro, NC, USA
Jazmine Boykins, pen name Blacksneakers, is a 21 year old illustrator and painter, based in North Carolina, USA. Her primary focus is the human body. She's able to express concepts of emotion, mentality, and physicality while combining it with vibrant color schemes to create complex, fantastical narratives focused on Afrofuturism and the black experience.

Work Experience

The Walrus

Freelance Illustrator

Created an Illustration for the article "Ditch the Sweatpants", which discussed fashion at home during the first year of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
August 2020 - August 2020

New York Magazine

Freelance Illustrator

I was commissioned to illustrate an 8 part series entitled "Overloaded: Working in an Unequal America" for New York Magazine's The Cut, which featured a variety of stories that discusses the ambivalence and hardships of being black in the workplace.
August 2020 - August 2020 United States

The Washington Post

Freelance Illustrator

I was commissioned to create an illustration for an article entitled "Stuck at Home? Now's the Time To Talk To Your Kids" which focused on tough, but important conversations that need to be had, especially during this time.
June 2020 - June 2020 United States

Mellow Mushroom

Freelance Illustrator for Ad Campaign

Created an ad for the well known pizza restaurant, Mellow Mushroom.
August 2020 - August 2020 United States

Freelance Illustrator

Book Illustrator

I was commissioned to create 10 illustrations and a cover for an upcoming book focused on COVID-19's impact on Black families.
June 2020 - June 2020

PinkHat Radio

Creative (Manager)

My responsibilities are focused on creating and editing visual components for the podcast.
September 2019 - North Carolina, United States

GRRLPUNCH Magazine

Creative Associate

I, among other artists, are tasked with creating visual narratives (illustrations), for articles we're given or volunteer for.
January 2017 - Present Tennessee, United States

Education

North Carolina Agricultural And Technical State University

Bachelor of Visual Arts

August 2019 - North Carolina, United States

Languages

English (Native),

Skills

Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Oil Paintting, Procreate,

Exhibitions / Collaborations

-March 2021 MOCDA’s 777 Digital Art Exhibition
March 2021 NorthWest Gallery, Griot Exhibition
December 2020 ONE/OFF’s Beyond Provenance Exhibition
December 2020 SuperRare Auction Week
October 2020 SuperRare GenZ Exhibition
October 2020 Old Friends Reunion, IODG DeFi Summit
- Black Lives Matter mural, Downtown Greensboro (2020)
- The Artistbloc Pop-up Art Show (2020)
- NCAT Fall Student Art Show (2020)
- 9 Art Show @ The Public (2019)
- Bromance @ SCAD (2019)

Publications

December 2021 Print Magazine: Blacksneakers Explores Afrofuturism to Uplift the Black Community
April 2021 BBC News, Business Daily: Where Art and Cryptocurrency Meet
March 2021 ABC News, NFT’s Spark Debate Over Digital Value
March 2021 Time Magazine, NFT’s Are Shaking Up the Art World
February 2021 Consensys/Feltzine, Celebrating Black Crypto Art Beyond February
October 2020 SuperRare: GenZ, Blacksneakers: Giving Social and Political Voices
October 2020 Ftpunks: October Creator of the Month
- Medium, Black Lives Matter mural in Greensboro (2020)
- The Washington Post, Local Living (2020)
- 2020vision (2020)
- VoyageATL, Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative (2020)
- North Carolina A&T State University Encore Literary Magazine (2019)
- Temwani's Space, The Varying Ideas of the Emancipicated Black Body by Black Bodies (2019)