Born and raised in a tiny village near Brussels, Belgium. Since 2017 relocated to Don Keao, Chiang Mai, Thailand. When I was 16 I moved to Ghent to study fashion and textile design at the Royal School of Arts. Three years into the course I discovered that creating charaters and telling stories was more of my interest than actually making clothes. Dropping out of school I continued the creation of my own cartoonish world that eventually led to the field of fine arts. Fashion always remained, next to music a strong influence on my work till today.
At art school one of the life models, Minouche, started to call me Piepke in class. Piepke seemed her version to address her minion. This was roughly the early 90's. My best friend took it over, little to my annoyance, but I got used to it over time and after leaving school I started to use it as my 'artist' name... Fast worward to 2014 I decided to use the moniker Kiss My Tribe, to work under a label instead of a personal name. Wanting to erase the persona and give pure focus to the characters I created.
Now, today, kissing a tribe seems a thing off the past, unnecesary and perhaps incorrect. Even when all reasons behind it came from a possitive energy. So what else to do now than just use my own name. Hi, I'm Chris Wauters (almost related to John Waters) and from now on I'll sign my work with Ch.Waut.