Vegan Tattoos at Wolf and Shadow Tattoo Collective [fka Diego Tattoo Gallery]
You may choose a vegan lifestyle for the environment. You may want to take a stance against animal cruelty. For some people, it’s about personal morals. It’s important to be aware that non-vegan ingredients can live in unsuspecting places. This includes your tattoos and the equipment used to make them.
At Diego, we offer completely vegan tattooing upon request. You can be certain that your new tattoo contains no animal-derived products.
What is Non-Vegan About Standard Tattoo Practices?
It’s hard to imagine that tattoo ink would be a hiding place for animal-derived ingredients. When you’ve been vegan long enough, you learn that no product is off-limits.
While the exact ingredients list differs from product to product, many tattoo inks contain gelatin, glycerin, shellac, or bone char. Most stencil paper is made with lanolin, which is derived from sheep’s wool. Many aftercare products contain glycerin, lanolin, or beeswax.
Is Vegan Tattoo Ink Safe? Does It Fade Faster?
As vegan tattooing is becoming more popular, many companies are opting for more natural and organic ingredients in their products. This makes for a safer and better experience compared to traditional tattooing. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the inks and products used at Diego. You have a right to know what’s going into your body! All of the inks we use are high-quality, tried and true brands that are safe and will last a long time.
All tattoos experience a level of fading over time, but you can slow the process by practicing good aftercare. This includes using plant-based sunscreen to protect your tattoo from the sun. From a comparative standpoint, vegan tattoo ink will not fade any faster than conventional ink, but it’s important to find an experienced tattoo artist and pay for the best quality that you can afford.
The longevity of your tattoo ultimately comes down to the choices you make about it, and “you get what you pay for” is never truer than in the tattoo world.
Vegan tattooing at Wolf and Shadow Tattoo Collective
Luckily, more and more vegan tattoo artists and studios are popping up around the country, including here at Wolf and Shadow Tattoos. A few of our artists have started carrying fully vegan tattoo and aftercare products. On request, your new tattoo can be made entirely vegan and cruelty-free.
Some of our vegan tattoo products include:
- Eternal Ink
- Fusion Ink
- Dynamic Ink
- INK-EEZE Glide Tattoo
- Green Soap made with vegetable glycerin
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Stencil Stuff
- Spirit Classic Transfer Paper
- Hustle Butter Tattoo Balm
- SecondSkin Healing Bandages
Feel free to talk to your tattoo artist about vegan tattooing at your next consultation!
There’s no reason why your vegan lifestyle can’t carry over into your body art, and our artists offer a safe and easy way to make it happen.