You will never regret going vegan, but you will regret not doing it earlier.
You will never regret going vegan, but you will regret not doing it earlier.
Don’t be mad at vegans.
Be mad at the society that told you lie after lie.
Be mad at the ads that ease your conscience in order to sell you stuff.
Be mad at the corporations that profit from your ignorance and nonhumans' exploitation.
Be mad at a system that objectifies and kills sentient beings on a daily basis.
Tattoos are awesome, but in a world where animals are so exploited they are in almost everything, how can you make sure that your tattoos are aligned with your ethics?
Before you go to your tattoo artist, there are a few things you need to know.
never assume that everything is vegan.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions, even if you are annoying, it’s your right to be! Tattoos are personal, and as such your tattoo artist should cater to your every need.
If your artist isn’t willing to use vegan alternatives that you bring/ or supply them for you, go else where. They cannot run a business that caters to clients, without actually catering to them. Your money is best spent elsewhere, on someone who respects you and will Give you what you want.
Don’t be rude though, Always offer to buy the vegan alternatives yourself and bring them in for your Artist to use on you.
If there is a vegan tattoo studio near you (or vegan artist) GO TO THEM, support your fellow vegans!
If there isn’t, then that’s okay to, you can just find a vegan friendly artist. Asking studios if they have anyone who can do a vegan tattoo shows them that there is a demand, they will be more likely to start stocking vegan supplies and being more vegan friendly!
So, Don’t be afraid to ask, in the long run it will help others vegans!
Below are some common ingredients that can be found in tattoo inks and products used in the tattoo process, that are not vegan:
- Glycerin: Made from animal fat, glycerin is a common ink stabilizer used to make the ink easier to work with. (but many brands do use vegetable Glycerin, just be wary)
- Bone char: Black ink, the most popular and widely used color of all, is usually made with bone char, which is the soot from burned animal bones. Inks formulated with bone char are said to achieve the darkest, crispest shade of black. (India Ink in black inks, consists of burned animal bones.)
- Gelatin: Made from animal hooves, gelatin is a binding agent and a frequent ink ingredient.
- Shellac: Shellac is used as a binding agent and is made from beetles.
- Indigotin 1: green ink often contains “Indigotin 1”, a pigment or color made from sour Indigotin - which stems from a special kind of slug, who are killed for Indigotin in particular.
(Concerning the green color of many things: even some producers of wasabi paste add animal-based indigotin to their product.)
- Lanolin: Made from sheep wool, lanolin is a common ingredient in lotions, ointments, Razor moisture strips, Transfer paper and salves used during the tattooing process, as well as in after care products.
- Beeswax: Used in aftercare lotions and salves.
- Cod Liver Oil: Used in aftercare lotions and salves.
- Petroleum Jelly: Can be filtered through Bone Char, or owned by a company that test on animals (Vaseline is owned by Unilever)
Now of course a some of the things listed above can be vegan (Vegetable glycerin, Black ink) but it is always good to not just assume they are vegan!
Many Tattoo inks ARE vegan friendly, so don’t despair, in fact some of the biggest name brand inks are vegan!
You may see other lists that say some inks are vegan, when in fact they are NOT.
so, be super careful, I have tried to link all pages below to info confirming they are vegan! Since there is some conflicting information out there about some brands (especially black inks) I will be waiting for email confirmation, then adding them if they are vegan! so this list is not final, please check back and feel free to email the companies yourselves/ ask your tattoo artist.
Listed below are vegan tattoo inks:
- SkinCandy / Bloodline (organic)
- Electric Ink
- Eternal Ink
- Stable colour (they actually say vegan on the bottle)
- Fusion (organic)
- Alla Prima (organic)
- Kuro Sumi (confirmed via email)
- Solid Ink
- Waverly color (confirmed via facebook)
- Silverback Ink (confirmed via email)
- IMAX tattooing - brands include: akkuro Sumi Blacks, Makkuro Sumi Colors, Azayaka Live Tattoo Colors, Universal Blacks, Cobra Inks, Flashing Colors, Glam Colors, Pure Colors.
As I said this is not a complete list, I am still waiting on confirmation from some companies, the ones above are CONFIRMED vegan.
If you know of any inks that are in fact vegan, send me a message and I’ll look into it.
Vegan Alternatives to Vaseline or A&D:
- Care Jelly
- Organic vegan petroleum jelly (it’s not actually petroleum jelly)
- Un-Petroleum Jelly (again, it’s not even petroleum)
- Merry Hempsters tattoo salve (although this is more after care, your tattooist can use it during the tattooing process)
- You can also use any water based lubricant (that’s vegan of course)
- Lush Ultrabalm
- Inkeeze green glide
Please always ask your tattoo artist if they are comfortable using these alternatives, and if you choose to bring one in, make sure they are okay with it! communication is key!
Petroleum is also made from oil, so when it is used to make the skin smooth, some of it is tattooed into you.. it’s like having gasoline put into your skin!
Green soaps & Alcohol:
Always ask your tattoo artist if the glycerin in the green soap is vegetable based! Medical grade/rubbing Alcohol is vegan. If your Tattoo Artist cannot confirm the Green soaps Glycerin origin, ask them to use or bring your own:
The majority of razors have moisture strips containing lanolin or glycerin derived from animal fat, They also may be from brands that test on animals, even if they don’t have moisture strips (bic).
Below I’ve listed some vegan suitable razors, You can Bring your own or shave prior to your tattoo appointment. I personally use Preserve, they are made from recycled plastic and eco friendly!
- Personna - Tri-Flexxx Women’s system, Halo 5-Blade Women’s system, Tri-Flexxx Men’s system, Comfort Touch disposables. Razor Refills - Halo 5-Blade, Tri-Flexx for men,Tri-Flexxx for women.
- Preserve - Preserve Tripe Blade, Triple Blade Refills.
- No name brand disposable razors with no gel/moisture strips, they aren’t likely to be tested on animals and will be cheap. (easy to grab a pack and leave with your artist)
Vegan Transfer paper & transfer Solutions:
At the current time, there is only ONE vegan transfer paper, that is spirit VEGAN thermal transfer paper by reprofx. All other transfer paper is not vegan.
If your tattoo artist thinks that it’s “too expensive” to buy the vegan paper.. tell them it’s about 48c a sheet, and an investment in your loyal service + all your vegan friends will be stocked someone already has all vegan supplies! The investment is WELL WORTH the return. If they still refuse, buy yourself some transfer paper from the link below :)
Anesthetic and pain relief during tattoos:
If you are having a rather long tattoo session, a little pain relief can help a lot! I have had 8+ hour sits, and without the anesthetic spray I would have tapped out at around 5 hours. Below are some vegan anesthetic sprays/ creams. Some only a professional can buy, so make sure to speak to your tattoo artist.
Vegan After Care:
- Rose Tattoo
- After Inked
- Protat Natural aftercare cream
- Protat Organic body butter
- Phat tat
- H2ocean (waiting on confirmation that all products are vegan)
- Stay True Organics
- Merry Hempsters
- Inkeeze tattoo sunscreen
- Inkeeze aftercare
- Missy Lepink
- Lush Dream Cream
- Black Cat superhealing
- Ohana Organics
- Hustle Butter
- Tattoo Balm
This will be an ever updated list of vegan products, so please check back regularly! And if anything on the list doesn’t belong there, or any thing needs to be added, message me and let me know.
Please be advised I am not a tattoo artist, I researched all this information myself, I may have left things out purposely, until i know for sure they are vegan. I do not want to spread misinformation.
Please share and reblog. x
Another thing that pisses me off— vegans on and off the internet are expected to always be calm, cool, collected individuals with hard facts, sources and good arguments.
Then the carnists can just say “hurr durr bacon” and everyone will cheer, pop confetti everywhere and say the vegan was “completely” owned.
There is no valid argument against veganism.
Aside from that being a strawman argument:
- Studies show that there is little to no health difference between a vegetarian/vegan diet and a diet that includes meat. (2)
- Eating meat is good for you, as long as you don’t eat too much. The best diets include both meat and plants. Scientists are figuring out how to grow meat so we won’t have to kill animals.
- A vegan diet is not morally superior to a non-vegan diet, due to how crops are harvested. During harvest time on farms, MILLIONS of small animals (groundhogs, mice, etc) are accidentally killed as a part of the harvesting process. So if you eat grains and vegetables to “save animals”… that’s actually all stained with blood unless you grew it yourself.
- Meat can more efficiently provide you with certain vitamins and minerals than plants can.
- "…eliminating all animal products from the diet increases the risk of certain nutritional deficiencies."
- “Overall, evidence suggests that being a lactovegetarian has greater health benefits and reduced health risks than being a vegan.”
- "A person or animal eating a diet consisting solely of purified nutrients in their Dietary Reference Intake amounts, without benefit of the coordination inherent in food, may not thrive and probably would not have optimal health. This review argues for the primacy of food over supplements in meeting nutritional requirements of the population." This means that it’s unhealthy for vegans to get the nutrients from supplements that they miss from not eating meat.
- "Humans are classic examples of omnivores in all relevant anatomical traits. There is no basis in anatomy or physiology for the assumption that humans are pre-adapted to the vegetarian diet. For that reason, the best arguments in support of a meat-free diet remain ecological, ethical, and health concerns." - Dr. John McArdle, a vegetarian
- On that note, meat-eating is certainly an ecological concern, with more than one study noting that the meat industry contributes to climate change. These studies, however, are not always accepted in their entirety. Some aspects are factually controversial, so we really don’t know for sure.
- Eating meat made it possible for early human mothers to wean babies earlier and have more children, giving humans an evolutionary advantage.
- Vegans are partially responsibly for poverty and meat-eating in some countries, such as Bolivia.
- Potential health problems from a vegan diet include iodine deficiency. B12 deficiency, and iron deficiency. A deficiency in these areas can lead to neurological problems, anemia, thyroid problems, etc.
- “I have yet to see any rational reason to be a vegetarian, other than pure aesthetics or medical necessity, which are idiosyncratic (i.e. not true for most people). Even basing it on anecdotes and testimonials (“I felt so much better after I went vegan!”) is irrational…”
So yes, there IS an argument against being purely vegan. If someone wants to do it though, so be it. A well-planned (read again: WELL PLANNED) vegetarian diet has the potential to be superior to the typical diet which includes meat, but a well-planned diet that includes meat will be equal to the vegetarian diet. You can be healthy and not eat meat. You can be healthy and eat meat.
What I personally dislike is how vegans are often so pretentious about their eating habits, like “well unlike SOME people I DON’T eat MEAT and that makes me better than you.” Some people are going to eat meat, and some people aren’t going to meat. If you disagree with the kind of food a person ingests, too bad. It’s their body and their choice. No one choice is generally “better” than another when it comes to food.
P.S. An honest question for vegans/freegans: do you not drive? Gas for your car is partially derived from animal products.
Look at this. Non-vegans thinking they still have arguments we haven’t heard and refuted a thousand times before. It would be adorable if people weren’t trying to defend absolutely deplorable behavior.
(Let me apologize for how long it took me to finally get around to this post. Digging up links and putting them together takes a bit of time. Thanks for your patience.)
Plant based diets are superior to animal product inclusive diets and can prevent, treat, and reverse nearly all of the top 15 causes of death in the US. x x x x x x x x x (Also, vegan kids are smarter than non-vegan kids.)
All the nutrients you need can not only be found in plant based diets, but most are superior forms when compared to animal sourced nutrients. Plant based dieting is not the cause of nutrient deficiencies - poor eating habits in general and/or underlying health issues are the cause of nutrient deficiencies.
Authority versus Evidence:
Corporate sponsorships from food companies are given directly to organizations and groups that are supposed to be trusted to give us reliable nutrition information. That makes many of these authorities unreliable, at best. There is a difference between authority and evidence; learning where the information you get comes from and how it was obtained is an important step in learning what information you can and cannot trust.
More animals are not killed via crop harvesting than via animal agriculture. This assertion proves a distinct lack of knowledge about how animal agriculture works. (This is a somewhat polite way of saying you don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about, but it’s okay, vegans are used to these arguments. Most of us have a plethora of posts just like this one, ripe to bursting with resources that refute every single one of these “original” arguments that hundreds of other non-vegans just like you have tried before.)
Non-veganism is harming the entire planet, especially underdeveloped countries and those living in poverty, but you’ll be happy to know that vegans are not killing Bolivians. More non-vegans eat quinoa than vegans.1-3% of the first world population (vegans) are not going to be eating anything enough to cause poverty. This shouldn’t even need to be explained.
This is such a difficult concept for you non-vegans, but it is worth being repeated: As noted above re: causing less harm all around, decreasing the amount of harm you cause to the entire world around you - people, animals, and the environment - does in fact make a difference and will make your impact more positive than someone who does not avoid unnecessary harm. This is not a difficult equation, no amount of “it doesn’t make you better than me!” whining is going to change it, either.
Contributing to one of the most horrendous industries, morally and environmentally speaking, is not a personal choice. This affects more than just you. Harming animals means you are affecting them. Participating in animal agriculture means you are harming people. Participating in animal agriculture means you are harming the planet. This is all avoidable. Therefore, it should be avoided.
The “evolutionary need” for animal products is irrelevant, no matter what you think animal products helped our ancestors to do. Unless you feel like eating babies, anyway.P.S. The Tu Quoque Fallacy:
i got accused of “shaming people” for stating facts about the meat industry. lol, that makes a lot of sense.
srsly people pull out the OMG STOP THE VEGAN PREACHING if you literally just state a fact.
if you feel ashamed of your choices after hearing a simple fact, then mayyyybe that’s indicative of something. hmmmmmmmm…
Low income/poor vegans
- No Bull, No Bucks (my food blog)
- Fuck Yeah Poor Vegans (great blog)
- Vegan on a Budget (blog)
- Cheap Vegan (blog)
- Low Cost Vegan Meal Plans
Vegans recovering from eating disorders
- Vegan ED Recovery (blog)
- Green Recovery: Veganism is Opening the Doors Anorexia Shut
- Green Recovery: The Plant-Based Road to Healing From Disordered Eating
- From My Eating Disorder to My Life’s Purpose: How Veganism Changed Things Forever
Vegans allergic/sensitive to soy and/or gluten (+ soy information)
- My posts tagged “soy”
- The Gluten Free Vegan (blog)
- Gluten Free Vegan Girl (blog)
- Gluten Free Recipes at “Oh She Glows”
- Soy Free Vegan
- Soy Free Recipes at “Oh She Glows”
- 4 Soy Free Vegan Faux Meat Dishes
Vegans with autoimmune disorders, IBS, anemia, etc.
- Whole-food vegan diets rich in omega-3s may treat and prevent many autoimmune disorders (study) (Vegan sources of Omega 3s)
- Tennis Star Venus Williams follows raw vegan diet after autoimmune disease diagnosis
- Why I Chose Vegan: Coping with IBS
- Veganism and rheumatoid arthritis
- Managing IBS while Adhering to a Vegan Diet
- Diet and Arthritis
- “A 2009 research review indicated that vegan diets tend to be higher in dietary fibre, magnesium, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, and iron" (x)
- Veganism and Anemia
Please add in or message me with any resources you’d like to see added to this list. Share if you can, and help dispel misinformation about living vegan. If you’re recently going vegan and you want some help, please feel free to message me or check out my FAQ on veganism.
Vegan resource list:
Reasons to go vegan:
Vegan documentaries/informative video material:
(Links are to free-streams of them.)
Warning. Some of these links contain graphic materials, or videos that do not cater to ignorance.
They will upset you, shock you, and educate you. To those of you who are upset by the images, think about how you are contributing to this, think, and learn. All I ask is that you don’t go around blindly ignorant, and do all you can, to change that.