Best vegan tattoo information

Vegan tattoo information

Ensure that your tattoo becomes vegan!

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:

Common Non vegan tattoo products!

  • Glycerin: Made from animal fat, glycerin is a common ink stabilizer used to make the ink easier to work with. (But many brands use vegetable glycerin)
  • Bone char: Black ink, the most popular and most widely used color of all, is often made from Bone Char, which is the soot from burnt animal bones. Inks containing bone char are said to achieve the darkest, clearest shade of black. (Indian Ink in black ink, consists of burnt animal bones.)
  • Gelatin: Made from animal hooves, gelatin is a binder and a frequent ink ingredient.
  • Shellack: Shellack is used as a binder and is made from beetles.
  • Indigotine 1: Green ink often contains “Indigotine one”, a pigment or color made from Sour Indigotine – which is derived from a special type of snail, which is killed for Indigotine in particular.(As for the green color of many things: even some producers of wasabi pasta mix animal-based indigo into the product.)
  • Lanolin: Made from sheep’s wool, lanolin is a common ingredient in lotions, ointments, shingles moisturizers, transfer papers and ointments used during the tattoo process, as well as in aftercare products.
  • Beeswax: Used in aftercare lotions and ointments.
  • Cod liver oil: Used in aftercare lotions and ointments.
  • Vaseline: Can be filtered through Bone Char, or owned by a company that tests on animals (Vaseline is owned by Unilever)

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.

List of vegan tattoo inks, tattoo colors:

Ink Pots Sweden Gothenburg

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.

Vegan Tattooo ink

Vegan options for Vaseline or A&D:

  • Vegaline
  • Care Jelly
  • Organic vaselin (not really vaselin)
  • Un-Petroleum Jelly (Not even a petrolium product)
  • Merry Hempsters tattoo salve (tattoo aftercare, but if you ask- maybe your artist can use during the tattoo session)
  • Waterbased glide can be used (if vegan offcourse)
  • Lush Ultrabalm
  • Inkeeze green glide

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!

  • Personna – Tri-Flexxx Women’s system, Halo 5-Blade Women’s system, Tri-Flexxx Men’s system, Comfort Touch disposables. Razor Refills – Halo 5-Blade, Tri-Flexx for men,Tri-Flexxx for women.
  • Preserve – Preserve Tripe Blade, Triple Blade Refills.
  • No-Name disposable razors without gel / moisture tape, probably not tested on animals and will be cheap. (Easy to take a package and leave with your artist)
Vegan Spirit Stencil Paper

Vegan tattoo transfer paper and transfer sollutions

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🙂

Vegan tattoo aftercare

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