BlackPaint is the independent art and design studio of Milwaukee-based creative duo Jordan Pintar and Katie Mullen.
It started like this. Two art activists and general loudmouths met working at a traditional ad agency where the combination of their skills and styles created some of the freshest, most meaningful work they’d ever done. Besides their crazy creative chemistry, they’d both had it with the ad scene. They were tired of the lack of women in creative leadership and old school office cultures, and realized that if they wanted better for women and young people in the industry, it was on them to do something about it. So they quit and started BlackPaint Studios.
That was 2015. Today our work spans mediums from murals to graphic design, all of it rooted in cultural intelligence and human connection. Some of that work is done for clients. Some of it's self-directed and centered around social commentary.
You can catch us shouting about reforming our industry from all the mountaintops. We tour two speaking series about it — one for students and one for professionals and conferences. Our next mountaintop is the University of Georgia's New Media Institute on February 12th.
We’re also proud winners of Planned Parenthood’s 2017 Voices Award for our work as their creative partner and as community advocates for women’s health.
We work best with brands that stand for something and aren't afraid to be loud about it. Learn more about our services and how we work here.
Launched in 2015, The BossLady Project is a multimedia campaign aimed at challenging the creative industry’s antiquated power structure and inspiring a more a new, more inclusive generation of leaders. One of the most notorious parts of the project is our Unspoken Truths speaking series, a radical talk we give to both students and professionals addressing power disparities, harassment and how we can change the culture. We also conspire with other women creatives to make noise about these issues in public spaces using design, humor, music and other artistic expressions.
Because we make a lot of noise about our industry’s flaws, we get asked what people can do to help fix them. The answer is: Lots of stuff! But also: There are no quick fixes. Our mentors and heroes taught us how important it is to come at these issues from an informed place before rushing to solutions. That means taking a step back and doing some serious self education and self reflection. To honor their wisdom and to help each of us better understand the depth of the problem and find our place in change-making efforts, we partnered with other advocates to create this Resource Guide.
BlackPaint volunteers a portion of our time to help FROM HERE TO HER Artist Collective organize their public art projects. FROM HERE TO HER is an alliance of women art activists whose mission is to make their communities healthier, more equitable places for women and girls. Visit the collective’s website for more info.