Who We Are
Our Faces, Our Philosophies
Chris founded Torchlight Tattoo in 2014 with the intention of cultivating a healing and peaceful creative space where clients could expect to receive the highest quality of service with compassion and kindness. His mindful approach and commitment to soulful connection with his clients have placed him in a unique position of stewardship within his industry, as he provides a new standard for what the tattoo experience can be.
Preferring monochromatic mediums, Chris works with ink, pencil, charcoal, fumage, and black & grey tattoo ink. His work explores themes of impermanence, acceptance, gratitude, love, and the interconnectedness of mind, body, and soul.
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Andrea Hildebrand is a multidisciplinary craftsperson who graduated from both Sheridan College and The Ontario College of Art and Design with a degree in Ceramics and Design.
Sharing a creative space with her husband, Chris - Andrea founded Rising Moon Gallery in 2019 as a space where art and craft could serve to elevate human consciousness and showcase work from local artists.
“At this time, I am thinking a lot about the privilege and power imbalances that exist in our culture. These imbalances often create harm to the environment, to the equality of all people, and to the human spirit. This is a primary consideration for me when I make my work and determine my responsibilities as an artist. I’m thinking about my place here in Canada and on the Haldimand Tract. I am descended from some of the original Mennonite settlers here on the Tract. I am also descended from the early German settlers here. Having both of these lineages entwined in my personal identity, makes me very curious about my ancestral history. My ancestors have been both the oppressor and the oppressed in different historical periods and places. We are always seeking to understand who we are and so now, I am asking myself: How does my heritage inform how I may use my craft to work for peace? I don’t know the answers yet, but I am exploring this question while using our studio/gallery space as a forum to create discussion about matters of ongoing colonialism.”
We would like to gratefully acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Attawandaron (Neutral), Anishnaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples. Torchlight Tattoo and Rising Moon Gallery are situated on the Haldimand Tract, land promised to Six Nations, which includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.
As a ceramic artist, Andrea's materials are drawn from the land in a very direct way and each source of the clay and the people who originally inhabited and stewarded that land must be acknowledged with gratitude as well. The components of her clay body are sourced from:
The traditional territory of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot), Nakoda (Stoney), and Tsuut'ina of Ravenscrag Saskatchewan, the Treaty 7 territory. Thank you.
The traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Assiniboine, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation. This is the territiory of the Treaty 2 First Nations communities including: Dauphin River, Ebb & Flow, Keeseekoowenin, Lake St. Martin, Lake Manitoba, Little Saskatchewan, O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi, Pinaymootang and Skownan of Sainte Rose, Manitoba. Thank you.
The vast ancestral territory of the Blackfoot Confederacy, which consisted of the A’Aninin, Northern and Southern Piegan, and the Blood Tribes of Grass Range, Montana. Thank you.
(Content of land acknowledgements adapted from the CAUT Guide to Acknowledging Traditional Territory and Wikipedia.)