Tattoos are amazing, but in a world where animals are exploited so they are in almost everything, how can you be sure that your tattoos are in line with your vegan ethics? Before going to your tattoo artist, there are a few things you need to know. Never assume that everything is vegan. Do not be afraid to ask questions, even if you are annoying, it is your right to be inquisitive! Tattoos are personal, and your tattoo artist should meet all your needs. If your artist is not willing to use vegan tattoo options that you take / or provide them for you, then there are other places to go. They can not run a business that caters to customers, without satisfying them. In that case, your money is better spent elsewhere, on someone who respects you and gives you what you want. Do not be rude but buy vegan tattoo options yourself and bring them to your artist to use on you.
If there is a vegan friendly tattoo studio near you (or vegan tattoo artist) go to them. Asking studios if they have someone who can do a vegan tattoo shows that there is a demand, and they will be more likely to start stocking vegan products and be more vegan friendly! So, do not be afraid to ask, in the long run race come this to help other vegans! Below are some common ingredients that can be found in tattoo inks and products used in the tattooing process, which are not vegan:
Of course, some of the things listed above may be vegan (vegetable glycerin, black ink, etc.) but it is always good to not just assume they are vegan!
Many tattoo inks are vegan friendly, so do not despair, in fact, some of the biggest name brands of tattoo inks are vegan!
You can find lists that say some inks are vegan, when in fact they are not, so be super careful, I have tried to link all the pages below for information that confirms that they are vegan! This is because there is some conflicting information about certain brands (especially black inks). Contact the companies themselves – and let me know if any information has changed.
That said, this is not a complete list, I’m still waiting for confirmation from some companies, the above vegan ones.
If you know of any more ink that is actually vegan, send me a message and I will investigate.
Always ask your tattoo artist if they are comfortable using these vegan tattoo options, and if you choose to bring one, make sure they are okay with it before! communication is the key! Green soaps and alcohol: Always ask your tattoo artist if glycerin in green soap is vegetable! Medical grade / rubbing alcohol is vegan. If your tattoo artist can not confirm the green soaps Glycerin origin, ask them to use or bring your own:
Razors: The majority of razors have moisture strips that contain lanolin or glycerin derived from animal fat. They can also come from brands that test on animals, even if they do not have moisture strips (BIC). Below I have listed some vegan suitable razors, you can put your own or shave before your tattoo appointment. I personally use Preserve, they are made from recycled plastic and environmentally friendly!
At the present time, there is only one vegan tattoo transfer paper, which is spirit VEGAN thermal transfer paper by reprofx.
All other transfer papers are not vegan.
If your tattoo artist thinks it is “too expensive” to buy vegan tattoo stencil paper .. tell them it is about small change for a sheet, and is an investment in your professional services + all your vegan friends will know that someone already has all vegan products! The investment is well worth the return. If they still refuse, buy yourself some transfer paper from the link below
Links to Everyday Tattoo and Associates in Business
Thai Tattoos Sacred Sak Yant Tattoo Studio
Thai Tattoo Sak Yant UK Tours
Bangkok Ink Studio, Machine, Hand Poke Tattoos. VIP Service to Ajarn Ohr
Tattoo School Thailand Bangkok
Asian Artifacts oneshopasia.com
Revolttattoos.com USA, Las Vegas, Tattoo Masters Joey and Walter
Happysailortattoo.com Old School Tattooing
Sacred Art Tattoo Studio Manchester UK
Skin Graffiti Tattoo Studio UK
Dark Mofo Tasmania