Are tattoos vegan? & what aftercare to use on your tattoos

Hello and good morning everyone 🙂

So after 7 weeks of waiting since i booked the appointment and more than 6 months of knowing i wanted the tattoo it was finally time for my appointment. Apart from having to know what i wanted and being certain of it, i also had to do my research into whether the tattoo parlour i was going to was vegan or not.

You may not know this, but getting a tattoo isn’t s vegan friendly unfortunately, it seemed like there were 101 extra things to think about getting a tattoo as a vegan compared to before when i wasn’t vegan. However i had done my research and i went back to the same place i went in autumn where i knew the girl did tattoos with vegan products.

So why aren’t tattoos vegan?

If you want an in depth text then it is best to read THIS post by bitesizevegan.

Some inks used contain animal products such as bone char, glycerin from animal fat, shellac from beetles etc However from my understanding now a days it is alot more common with vegan ink than it is with non vegan ink. Though i think the colour red, or certain coloured ink contains animal products so coloured tattoos are more likely to not be vegan.

But then there is also the whole process of the tattoo. Such as the jelly/vaseline used on the skin while they are tattooing, the transfer paper (i.e where the stencil is drawn on and put on your skin) can contain lanolin which comes from sheep wool but also the razor which is used has a moisturizing strip which contains glycerin. All of these things which you really wouldn’t think about and have no idea about.

Now a days there are more vegan tattoo artists appearing and you can always talk to your tattoo artist or if you are someone who is serious about tattoos but the tattoo artist doesn’t use vegan products, then you can always buy vegan transfer paper, the jelly used while tattooing and just shave the area yourself and just do your best to make the tattoo as vegan as possible!

And then there is the aftercare which requires a cream to help the tattoo (which is actually a wound!) heal. I still have an old aftercare product from before i was vegan so i will continue to use that this time and next time i get a tattoo i will most likely buy a new one which will then be vegan…. so i won’t advise the one i am using now, however below are some vegan alternatives you can buy instead 🙂

Lush ultrabalm is one of the first ones i found when i google searched and according to vegan groups i am in, it is supposedly very good!


Hustle Butter – another one which was mentioned often in certain vegan facebook groups!

After Inked


Hopefully this helps you if you are interested in getting a tattoo and are vegan.. or even if you aren’t vegan maybe you can consider these things? 🙂 But most importantly, talk with your tattoo artist! This was the first time i booked and waited several weeks for my appointment, the other 5 tattoos i have just gone spontaneously to the parlour and gotten a time, but i am so happy with the result and those 7 weeks of waiting gave me alot of thinking time so i could be fully sure it was what i wanted… but then again i don’t regret any of my other tattoos and still love them just as much! And all of my tattoos i have thought about them for several months/year, before actually doing them so none of them have been so spontaneous and they all have a reason behind them. However now after 6 tattoos i’m realising not all tattoos need to have a special meaning or reasoning haha!

Also to answer the question whether the tattoo hurt? No, surprisingly not at all. However i don’t think i am the best person to ask as i have a high pain tolerance but it was almost relaxing to just lie there and talk or lie there and just think! None of my tattoos have hurt so much, only a little when i had it done on my ribs where there it is very thin skin. The areas which have more fat and muscle such as the thigh and arm really don’t hurt so much, but areas where it is thin skin such as the neck, ribs, knees, feet, that is where it can hurt more. However pain is individual and if you are stressed or anxious it can hurt more or if you just think it will hurt alot then it will more than likely hurt more than necessary haha.

If you want me to write more about tattoos or such just comment below 🙂




2 Comments Add yours

  1. I didn’t realise having a tattoo could or couldn’t be vegan – but now you`ve explained I can`t help but think that animal products must be in everything these days. Going vegan/vegetarian isn’t as simple as just not eating meat/dairy anymore – its about educating yourself about a whole lot of other things too. It must be so hard to avoid animal products completely, surely?
    So you`ve had another tattoo! I think it looks great – a bit different from the ones you had previously – has this one a special meaning to you too or did you just like it for what it is? Does having a tattoo require a lot of aftercare? I should imagine you will be a bit sore for a while whilst it heals, have pain using that arm? Is the after care, ie the healing process more painful than having the tattoo its self? I think some tattoos look absolutely awesome, the detail, colour and skill that goes into them is amazing. But I don`t think I could stand having one myself, I think I would find it too painful!
    Are you stopping there or planning any more?


  2. Anita says:

    I have never even thought about this! Thanks for spreading the info 🙂


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