Vegan tattoos. Yes, there are vegan inks. Today, more and more people are turning to a vegan lifestyle. I have friends today that are full and semi vegan who truly enjoy that lifestyle. I’m not vegan, but we have a mutual respect for each other’s choices, so we don’t engage in the debate about who’s right and who’s wrong.
Today I want to share about two topics that I think go hand in hand; vegan inks and safety regulations. Many people have asked me if there are vegan tattoos, and what are the restrictions on regular inks. So grab a beverage of your choice while I have some coffee, and let’s sit and chat about vegan tattoos and safety standards and regulations.
Vegan Tattoo Inks
With the huge movement in tattoos, and more and more people wanting them, where does that leave the vegan who wants one for themselves? Many who do their homework will find that some inks contain glycerin from animal fat, bone chars, gelatin from hooves, and beetle shellac.
- Glycerin made from animal fat is used as an ink stabilizer to make it easier to work with.
- Bone char made from burnt animal bones is used to get the darkest shade of black.
- Gelatin from animal hooves and beetle shellac are used as binding agents.
Not to Worry Because there are Vegan Inks
Ink manufactures have gotten on board with this lifestyle, and have come out with vegan friendly inks. Here is a list of some of the manufactures of vegan inks:
- Intenze Inks
- Skin Candy(Bloodline)
- Southeast Tattoo Supplies
- Eternal Ink
- Kuro Sumi
- Electric Ink Usa
- Fusion Inks
- World Famous Tattoo
Research needs to be done on your part if you want to have a total vegan tattoo experience. There are many tattoo studios popping up all over the world that do complete vegan tattoos, but you, as the client, need to do your homework when talking with artists who are not completely vegan. The majority of artists will be happy and willing to work with you.
I’ve had friends who have brought some of their own supplies to their session in order to keep it vegan. For example, the razors used to shave the hair where you are having your ink done may contain a gel strip made of animal fat.
You’ll also want to know if the stencil paper is animal free, or if they can contain animal char. If unsure, you can ask instead to have your tattoo free-handed.
Many artists are more than willing to work with you in every way possible to make sure all your needs are met to ensure a safe and enjoyable vegan session. One last thing you must remember is that you will need vegan ointments and soaps for the needed aftercare of your tattoo.
Remember to do your footwork and don’t forget to ask all the questions you can think of. Artists will be honest and up front with you. So as you can see; yes, there are vegan inks on the market today.
Lets Talk Ink Safety Standards and Regulations
Things can go unnoticed and fly under the radar for a long time without any thought. Tattoos are no exception and for many years have really gone without many safety standards or regulations.
With today’s explosion in the ink world, many are beginning to ask questions. Today, many people are working to build healthier lifestyles and are cautious of what goes into there bodies.
Many people go organic to ensure they’re getting healthy foods and also going green to help the world to be a better place to live. One might ask, “OK, David, but what has this got to do with the ink world?” Well, funny you should ask. As more people today are getting inked, there are a lot who ask if tattoo inks are safe and if there risks involved.
For many years, the tattoo world has flown very low under the radar with very little questions asked. People are beginning to take notice and looking to see just what risks may be involved.
I won’t go far into what inks are made of, but if you would like to read more about that and the history of tattoo inks, you can read my article Tattoo Inks; Expand your Knowledge.
When inks were started back in B.C., there were no standards, and what they put into their inks have worked for centuries. The pigments and chemicals that are used have raised concerns for researchers who have claimed that the pigments can break up and travel through the blood stream.
They believe they can migrate to lymph nodes and can possibly show up as tumors. It is also stated that inks are a possible cancer risks, and can cause birth defects and reproductive harm.
Another concern is that more people are having tattoos removed by lasers. It’s been stated by researchers that due to the make up of some inks, it makes them harder to remove, causing scaring and skin damage.
I wouldn’t be too concerned about this, as there is no concrete evidence that this will happen from getting inked, nor have I ever know someone to develop any such problems in all my years of being around tattoos.
The FDA is considering looking more into this because inks fall under the cosmetics category. Right now there are no strict standards on the tattoo industry.
In Europe, the EU has stepped in due to the rise of tattoos and is set to vote on stricter regulations on inks. In California, Proposition 65 states that all Tattoo parlors must disclose of any harmful chemicals used. Clients must be warned that tattoo inks contain heavy metals may cause cancers, birth defects, and reproductive harm.
Many tattoo ink manufactures are working towards safer inks, and creating vegan inks is a start to this process. Mario Barth, the founder of Intenze Inks was upset that there were not stricter regulations in the industry.
He actually took his inks and tested them on himself. One of the tests was not taking proper aftercare of his tattoo so he could see the results and develop better inks. There are a lot of artists, as well as people in the tattoo industry who would welcome stricter regulations.
In a final note, one thing you must be aware of is the other possible side effects, such as allergic reactions. You should consult with your doctor and the artist if you may have sensitive skin. I’ve had tattoos for many years, and have met lots of people that have them who have never had problems.
It’s your body, and you have the right to know what you’re putting into it. The advice I give to people if you’re leary of possible problems, then keep a peaceful mind, and just don’t do it. I hope you enjoyed our chat and hope this has helped.
Please do not hesitate to leave a comment or question.
Keep Rocking your Journey,
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