Vegan tattoos are a relatively new phenomenon. It started at the beginning of the 21st century in the USA and, since then, it has grown in popularity with more and more artists using strictly vegan materials to tattoo their clients.

In recent years, they have become a phenomenon worldwide. As veganism has become a way of life for many, it stands to reason that they remain congruent with their beliefs by changing other parts of their lifestyle. And that's how vegan tattoos come into play - ensuring that another part of your routine becomes cruelty-free (at least for animals).

Now you can find a wide variety of vegan tattoo artists online, just find out which one suits your needs. If you are not sure which tattoo style you prefer, first know the different styles.

What are the differences between Vegan Tattoos and Common Tattoos?

As the name indicates, vegan tattoos have no animal products involved in any part of the tattoo experience. The ink in traditional tattoos has animal elements, such as glycerin. Glycerin is used primarily as a stabilizer, but it is an animal fat. In addition, you have bone charcoal, which can be found in some black inks in the form of pigmentation.

In addition, there are different products and equipment for aftercare used during the tattooing process. Traditional tattoo shops have stencil papers made from lanolin, which is derived from sheep. Even aftercare products are not vegan, as shaving strips often contain glycerin.

In the case of vegan tattoo shops, you have the same materials and procedures, but none of them will contain products that involve direct animal suffering. All compounds are plant-based: the ink itself, all the equipment in the tattoo parlor (from the stencil to the chairs) and the aftercare products (such as soap and moisturizers).

Is vegan tattoo ink safer or healthier??

There’s some debate right now when it comes to the safety provided by ink vegan. Some people claim vegan ink is superior and will help you heal faster. Those claims are not backed by science. It’s important to keep in mind that vegan inks are safe and will not damage your skin any more than a regular tattoo will. They don’t have carcinogenic chemicals or anything of the sort. But we can’t claim (at least now) that they are safer than regular ink.

Vegan tattoos aren’t healthier either. They are cruelty-free. Most often than not, that’s what the clients that visit these parlors are looking for.

How do I find a certified vegan tattoo artist?

Gone are the days when you had to worry about it. Head over to Tattoos Wizard's Vegan page and start browsing the best artists in your area. You find the most complete database of vegan studios. You can filter by city and style as well as studio or artist, depending on what you're looking for. But beware, finding a tattoo artist that’s vegan, doesn’t mean other artists in the same studio will be vegan.


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