For those who have chosen the Vegan Lifestyle, it’s about far more than just the foods that you eat. It’s about living a lifestyle that avoids cruelty to and exploitation of animals for any purpose in our lives. This includes food, clothing, recreation and more. For those who identify with the Alternative culture, an important talk of conversation that has recently been gathering attention is the tattoo industry and the availability of vegan-friendly tattoos.
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Whether you are brand new to the vegan lifestyle, or you’ve been practicing these morals for years, there is also something new to learn. That being said, if this is the first time you’ve stopped to consider the fact that not all tattoos are vegan-friendly, know that you’re not alone!
Ingredients that may be found in tattoo inks include gelatin (a binding agent, from hooves), glycerin (a stabilizer, from animal fat), bone char (to increase pigment) or insect parts.
The good news is that many of the higher-quality inks on the market today are vegan-friendly, but there are still some that contain animal-derived ingredients. In addition to the ink itself, you should also consider the equipment and aftercare options being used including (but not limited to) stencil papers, aftercare soaps and tattoo balms.
Being vegan doesn’t mean that you can’t rock that ink!
How do you go about ensuring that you can embrace your alternative style while staying true to your moral beliefs? It’s actually quite simple – You simply need to do a little research and communicate openly with the tattoo artist(s) that you are considering.
There has been a rise of veganism in our society today, and with that comes an increased demand for vegan-friendly products and services. When it comes to body art, this has led to tattoo artists and tattoo shops specializing in vegan-friendly tattooing. These artists are dedicated to focusing on every step of the process, carefully scrutinizing every product they use.
If you have a tattoo artist that you already know and love, now is the time to kick off the open communication by asking the important questions. If you feel as though you aren’t getting a straight answer, or your tattoo artist appears to be annoyed by your inquiries, it may be time to move on and find a new artist. You want to find someone that is willing to work with you to ensure that it is a great experience for ALL involved!
There are some concerns that have been raised regarding the quality of vegan-friendly tattoo inks and whether they are able to stand up to the test of time. The good news is that there is NO conclusive proof that plant-based inks fade faster than the conventional variety. The longevity of your tattoo will depend largely on the quality of work completed by your tattoo artist and the aftercare choices that you make.
For more information about this, check out my article: ’10 Biggest Mistakes to Avoid After Getting A New Tattoo’.
Looking for some guidance on Vegan-Friendly tattoo ink brands? Here are some great brands worthy of checking out:
- World Famous Tattoo Ink
- StarBrite Colors Tattoo Ink
- Skin Candy Bloodline Tattoo Ink
- Kuro Sumi Tattoo Ink
Do you know of a tattoo shop known for providing Vegan-Friendly tattoos? Is there a specific artist that you would recommend? Share your thoughts in the comments below!