We can find animal products in the strangest places. Tattoos can be difficult for vegans since some tattoo inks are made with animal products such as glycerin from animal fat and shellac from crushed beetles. Besides, some products used during the process or for aftercare treatment may not be vegan and/or cruelty-free.
Finding a Vegan-Friendly Tattoo Studio
The best way to do it is through google in a regular search in your area. You can do a quick google to see if there’s a vegan-friendly tattoo studio in your area, eg ‘Vegan Tattoo London’ –you get a result or two! Instagram is another good source too.
How can you tell if the ink is vegan?
Plenty of tattoo studios are pretty clued up on what’s vegan these days. Just tell them that you’re vegan and then ask whether or not they can serve you. If they aren’t sure, you can ask what ink they use, then double-check if it’s vegan in a quick google search.
After getting a tattoo, make sure you wash the area with fragrance-free products and look after the area with an aftercare balm. Here are a few vegan and cruelty-free options you might consider buying:
Konjac Tattoo Sponge – gently cleanses your tattoo area without causing any irritation.
Green People Scent Free Shower/Bath Gel – Gentle bath and shower gel for sensitive skin
Faith In Nature Fragrance-Free Body Wash – Hypoallergenic body wash, biodegradable formula and uses sustainably sourced palm oil
Faith In Nature Fragrance-Free Soap – Gentle soap suitable for sensitive skin, made with a biodegradable formula, and uses sustainably sourced palm oil
Alternative by Suma – Fragrance-Free Aloe Vera Soap – Fragrance free, palm oil, and SLS this soap is gentle enough to use on recently tattooed skin
Green People Organic Softening Baby Lotion – an organic, scent-free lotion suitable for super-sensitive skin
Coconut King Tattoo Aftercare Balm – a professional tattoo cream to help your tattoo heal
Eco Cosmetics Tattoo Body Lotion – Easily absorbed by the skin
Eco Cosmetics Tattoo Sun Lotion Spf 30 – formulated to protect your skin and preserve the color of your tattoo – includes UVA and UVB protection and is waterproof!