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Vegan Tattoos

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Finding an all vegan tattoo studio can be tricky, mainly due to the tricky nature of a widely used animal derived ingredient – glycerin.  In general, glycerin comes from an animal source, but it is possible to obtain it from vegetables.  It’s tough to figure out if the glycerin source used in any given ink at any given studio is animal or vegetable derived.  In some cases, tattoo studios just don’t know.  Fortunately, there are a few vegan tattoo and ink suppliers that currently use vegetable based glycerin in their inks, so you can ask your artist if he uses these specific brands.  Vegan ink brands include:  Eternal and Stable.  Eternal products can be purchased at the Eternal website, and Stable products can be purchased at  Stable advertises its ink as “vegan safe”.  It contains glycerin derived from vegetable oils.  Eternal has no glycerin in it at all.

Many tattoo artists agree that the end result is the same from using products that contain glycerin, no glycerin, vegetable-based glycerin or animal-based glycerin – a permanent tattoo that will have normal fading.

How to Maintain your Tattoo the Vegan Way

After Inked is an all vegan tattoo moisturizer and tattoo aftercare lotion.  It is effective for both new and used tattoos.  After Inked is specially formulated to help make the tattoo healing process easier and more comfortable.  It also helps to reduce healing time.  After Inked also soothes the skin and helps to reduce redness.

After Inked Ingredients

After Inked is a proud member of PETA-People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – and it uses a special formulation of all natural, all vegan ingredients that help to regenerate damaged blood vessels, strengthen skin tissue and reduce trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL).  This special formulation preserves the skin’s moisture as well.  After Inked ingredients include:

Grape Seed Oil
Provides vitamins E, C, and Beta Carotene.  Has anti-inflammatory properties and it is a potent antioxidant and anti-carcinogen.  Aids wound healing by regenerating damaged blood vessels and strengthening skin tissue.  Grape Seed Oil preserves natural skin moisture and helps wounds heal faster.  It is also a known and documented anti-carcinogen and it does not cause allergic reactions.

Synthetic Beeswax
Emulsifier and nourishing to skin.  Alternative to animal-derived beeswax obtained from the honeycomb of virgin bees, minimizes allergic reactions and respects lifestyle choices (Vegan).

Jojoba Seed Oil
Aids in the healing process and improves the skin elasticity and suppleness.

Cetyl Alcohol (veg)
Natural fatty alcohol used as an emollient and stabilizing agent.

Orange Oil
Rich in vitamins A and C.  It’s fresh, tangy smell makes it an excellent natural alternative to fragrance.

Benzyl Alcohol and Dehydroacetic Acid
Natural alternative to parabens that protects from bacteria & fungi.

Aqua (Water)
Purified water used as a spreading agent that helps to distribute other ingredients evenly over the skin.

Glycerin (veg)
Natural humectant and emollient.  Conditions and moisturizes the skin.  Non-irritating and soothing.  Excellent for sensitive skin.

Stearic Acid (veg)
Adds lubricity to the skin making it smoother.

Shea Butter
Helps cell regeneration and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Where to Purchase After Inked

After Inked can be purchased online from the official After Inked website, or from Tattoo Studios across the U.S. and Canada.  A full directory of tattoo studios currently carrying After Inked can be found on the After Inked website at
After Inked Contact Information

After Inked, LLC
Toll Free: 1-888-881-7477
General Information: [email protected]

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