James Spooner is a tattoo artist, illustrator, and filmmaker. He directed the films White Lies, Black Sheep and the seminal documentary AFRO-PUNK. Both films premiered at national and international film festivals, including Toronto International and The American Black Film Festival, and garnered various awards.  James is also the co-founder of the Afropunk Festival, which currently boasts audiences in the hundreds of thousands around the world.


Spooner’s work has been recounted in various publications, including NPR, Vice Magazine, The Village Voice, The New Yorker, Vibe, Fader Magazine, MTV, NBC News and Variety, and he was a recipient of the ReNew Media Rockefeller Grant. He is an ongoing guest curator for the Broad Museum in Los Angeles and previously programmed for the Brooklyn Academy of Music.


Spooner is also a contributor to RazorCake Punk Magazine, and he continues to screen AFRO-PUNK at colleges around the country, giving talks on punk and Black identity.