Is Tattoo Ink Vegan?

May 29, 2014By 7 Comments

vegan tattoo inks

I just got some ink this past weekend (eeks, I’m no longer a tattoo virgin!), and it inspired me to do some research to see which inks are vegan and find out why other ones aren’t. Sadly, a lot of tattoo inks are NOT vegan (womp) – some contain gelatin (from hooves), glycerin (from animal fat), bone char, shellac (from beetles), carmine (crushed insects), etc. ←VOM! The last thing I want is my forever piece to be laden with crushed bugs and other ick nasties. No thank you. Luckily, there are some vegan-friendly inks out there, so be sure to call tattoo shops in advance to see which brands they use. Here’s a list of vegan inks for reference:

If I’ve left any vegan tattoo ink brands off my list, please lemme know! xo

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  1. Christine says:

    How cool Sunny! I am going for my first tattoo on Friday! (I’m so excited!) I am getting it done at a non-vegan shop, but they use all vegan ink and are allowing me to bring in all the other products that would normally not be vegan (that I bought vegan!). I did a lot of research before hand and got the vegan transfer paper online, the tattoo balm they use during tattooing sometimes isn’t vegan so I purchased my own. Bringing my own vegan soap, and vegan cleanser and moisturizer for the aftercare healing process. Also the razor!
    What was your tattoo of? You going to post a pic? Is it related to veganism?
    Mine is going to be a vegan tattoo with vegan symbolism! 🙂

    • Sunny says:

      That’s so rad that you went into it mega prepared!
      I got 3 little red hearts on my wrist (representing my family). Yours sounds really cool – wish I could see it. xx

  2. Luckily, all my tattoo’s are vegan friendly. There is some pretty decent vegan friendly tattoo healing products too. DeVita has a lovely one.

  3. Kirti says:

    I’ve been holding off on a tattoo because I want it to be vegan. Did you go to one in the Bay?

  4. Lisa says:

    Whatd you get?!

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