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Vegan Tattoos 101


I’ve always wanted a tattoo, but could never think of something that I would want on my body for the rest of my life. I go through SO many phases and know for a fact that I would’ve regret the vast majority of tattoo ideas that have crossed my mind throughout the years. I love tattoos as an art and think they are so dope on other people, but I guess I’m just not a huge tattoo person myself, considering I’ve never felt too compelled to get one. But one thing I do know, is if I ever got one, it would have to have A LOT of meaning behind it.

After nearly a year of being vegan, I’ve decided that when the day comes that I’m ready to get it, I’m getting a vegan tattoo. Extending love and compassion to animals by not consuming products that cause pain to and suffering of animals is something in my life that I know is not a phase. So, as long as I don’t pick something to wild, I know I wont regret it.

My tattoo will be both vegan-related and done with vegan & cruelty-free products.

WHAT?! Tattoos aren’t normally vegan?! Nope. Most tattoo shops use ink that is comprised of various ingredients, usually including charred animals bones and animal fats. Many inks also include gelatin (which is made from the skin, bone, & connective tissue of animals) and shellac (which is a resin made from beetles). These ingredients are clearly not vegan, as they are using an animals’ body as a means to an end. And that ain’t very nice.

So, is it possible to get a 100% vegan tattoo? If so, how do I go about getting one??

Luckily, there are plenty of vegan inks on the market! When choosing a tattoo shop, you should first ask what brand on ink they use and either ask if it is, or google search the brand to see if it is vegan & cruelty-free. If it is, YAY that was easy!! If not, ask them if they would be willing to order a different brand of ink that is vegan, so they can do business with you! Many tattoo shops are willing to work with you, and more & more are using this more ethical (and usually non-toxic which is a plus) ink.

Bite Size Vegan created a super useful list of vegan ink brands, here they are:

Electric Ink USA
Kuro Sumi
SkinCandy / Bloodline
Eternal Ink
Silverback Ink
Waverly Color Co
Alla Prima Ink
Fusion Tattoo Ink
Classic Color Systems
Good Color
Intenze Tattoo Ink
Feldman Ink
Unique – Perma Pro
Pelikan- black
Dynamic Ink- black
I Max Tattoo Inks

So, what is my future tattoo plan (for whenever I have the time, money, and no job conflicts)? Since I know I will always be vegan, and I want to dedicate my time and basically my life to spreading and promoting veganism, I know I wont regret something vegan-related. My future tattoo will likely be either a small “V” or a small “vegan” in a dainty font on my left shoulder.

I’m excited for whenever that day comes, and don’t worry- ill be sure to keep you updated and post about it on all social media when that happens 😉

Make the connection & go tattoo vegan!

Some of my favorite vegan tattoos:


XOXO Madeline


One thought on “Vegan Tattoos 101

  1. Thanks Maddie! As a permanent makeup artist I appreciate your hard work on this article and I plan to change my products! #retrofaceky #lexington #kentucky


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