22 Jul Can I get a vegan tattoo?
Since when did being a vegan mean you can’t have a tattoo?
Ask can I get a vegan tattoo and people will say that you can’t. You would have to compromise. But there are cruelty free ways to do it, now more than ever. You can get a vegan friendly tattoo. Our step by step guide to the process lists of all the things you need to know before you get in that chair.
There are a few things you need to consider, the ink, the studio, the aftercare but it’s not a no-no. There is no reason why you can’t show your individuality like everyone else.
1. The Prep
You will have to shave the area where the tattoo is going to be. Studios in general use disposable razors. Some of these razors have a glycerine lubricating strip. Good vegan tattoo artists will be set up with everything you need but you can always your own if you want to be sure.
2. The Design
Your chosen artist will trace your design on to your skin, unless you are going freehand. Some tracing papers contain lanolin, a product derived from sheep.
3. The Ink
It’s the biggie, the main part that you need to consider.
The most common animal ingredient in tattoo ink is the binding agent. No surprise it’s usually Gelatine. There are also several inks that use a product called Shellac which made up from beetle shells.
There are several other animal derived products found in tattoo ink. These include Bone Char used for creating darker pigments. And Glycerine used as a stabiliser.
You also need to be aware of the product that the artist will use during your tattoo. Known as the Process cream, this too can also have animal derived ingredients. We make our Tat2nut Process cream for Pro’s in the same vegan friendly way as our aftercare. Using all-natural Baobab oil.
4. The Aftercare
You will need to use some sort of cleanser and healing cream in the days after your tattoo. Vegan artists will be able to offer you vegan friendly products. It’s worth bearing in mind that main stream products can contain animal ingredients. These include things like cod liver oil, lanolin and beeswax. Our Tat2nut aftercare wash and healing cream are all natural. You can check out the full list of ingredients in both our wash and healing cream.
Don’t be afraid to ask!
Most tattoo artists are very knowledgeable about their products and processes. Our family of Vegan tattoo artists have gone to great lengths to make sure their process is cruelty free. If you aren’t comfortable with any part of the process you can always take your own products.
Find out more about the vegan tattoo process and products in this article from the Vegan Society.