Vegan Tattooing and Diego Tattoo Gallery
Whether you choose a vegan lifestyle for the environment, to take a stance against animal cruelty, or for your own personal morals, it’s important to be aware that non-vegan ingredients can live in unsuspecting places, including your tattoos and the equipment used to make them.
At Diego, we offer completely vegan tattooing upon request, so you 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, but when you’ve been vegan long enough you learn that no product is off limits.
While the exact ingredients list differ from product to product, many tattoo inks contain gelatin, glycerin, shellac, or bone char in black inks. 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, which make 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, and you can slow the process by practicing good aftercare, like using a 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 Diego Tattoo Gallery
Luckily, more and more vegan tattoo artists and studios are popping up around the country, including at Diego Tattoo. 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 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