When celebrated Canadian artist Heather Horton was about to embark on a lifelong dream of moving to the Yukon, she set the wheels in motion by mapping the occasion in ink with a new wrist tattoo by Daemon Rowanchilde. Having received previous tattoos by Daemon, she returned to her good friend and fellow artist with her wrist as a blank canvas and total trust in Daemon’s vision to symbolize her personal odyssey.
“Getting a tattoo from Daemon right from the beginning is about the friendship, it’s about the energy he exudes and it all works together. The tattoo happens before the ink is placed into your skin. There’s no separation between the friendship and the art. It’s a great representation of our friendship,” Heather explains.
Heather wanted a small piece on her left wrist, something that was self-contained and attached, but also on its own and was open to adding a three-dimensional aspect to it by having it wrap around her hand. She wanted to incorporate white, symbolizing her move to the Yukon.
For Daemon, working on this piece was like sculpting, working on the designs and figuring out how it looks from different angles and how the lines move over the terrain as opposed to flat on which is why he prefers to take his chances and not just transfer something onto the skin because it’s not really a living tattoo.
Daemon also recognized that Heather was right at the pinnacle of a new and large phase of her life and that moving to the Yukon was an expansion of her artwork. Everything was fitting together. And, for Daemon, this solidifies his approach to tattooing, using the tattoo experience as an intuitive process, and acting as a facilitator and mid-wife to a person’s self-birthing.
Daemon’s process to tattooing has had a great influence on Heather and on her own paintings. “His process is a little more subtle in that it’s not a direct thing. I take it away with me, reflect upon the work, look at it on my body and it resonates with me. I thinks about him as a friend, and my friends as a collective, and this gives me strength to paint. It’s indirect, but all connected,” she explains.
Follow Heather’s journey to her new tattoo and her move toward the great “white” ahead in “The Art of Transformation, Tattoo Journeys with Daemon Rowanchilde”, below.
Heather’s work can be found in private and corporate collections in Canada, the United States, Germany, New Zealand and England. A selection of her paintings is now a part of the permanent art collection at the Canadian Embassy in Ankara, Turkey. In the spring of 2015, she moved back to Ontario and continues to paint full time. Click here to learn more about Heather Horton, the artist.