Miley Cyrus recently made headlines for getting a tattoo on her wrists with the words “be” and “kind.” That tattoo itself was not that unusual or remarkable. What interested us, as a laser tattoo removal clinic, is that the tattoo was touted as both vegan and cruelty free. We have discussed the dangers of tattoo ink and carrier solutions before and wanted to explore a little more about what makes a tattoo vegan, where to find one and what this may mean for removal in the future.
What is a vegan tattoo? A vegan tattoo does not use any animal products in any stage of the tattooing procedure. This includes the tattoo ink, carrier solution and any products used to cleanse the skin or care for the tattoo. According to vegansociety.com, while most tattoo ink contains products that are animal derived and are not vegan friendly, it is the equipment and aftercare products that are typically the biggest offenders.
Where can I find one? – Finding a tattoo shop that is vegan and committed to cruelty free practices may take a little work and research. Fortunately there are many mainstream ink brands that are vegan and fully disclose their ingredients. If the tattoo shop does not use ink that is acceptable to you, call ahead and see if they will special order or see if you can purchase it yourself. Some shops may be willing to work with you on that, but do call and plan ahead.
If you are committed to a completely vegan tattoo, make sure you take note of the details in the equipment and aftercare and plan to use your own substitutions if needed. Again, speak with the artist before hand to make sure it is ok to bring your own items.
What does this mean for laser tattoo removal? At this time, not a whole lot. Tattoo ink that does not contain animal products is removed in the same way as traditional ink. We strongly recommend educating yourself before you get a tattoo and think it is always important to have a good understanding of what is in your tattoo ink.
Vegan and looking for laser tattoo removal? Consider Remove a Tattoo – laser tattoo removal clinic. If you have any concerns with products used at Remove a Tattoo, this can be discussed with Dr. Brotzman during the consultation. Remove a Tattoo is located in Glendale and serves the Greater Milwaukee Area. Call us today for your free consultation!