Sea Shepherd Tattoo’s Studio ?
Geert Vons, a tattoo artist, started as a volunteer for Sea Shepherd 25 years ago. With Sea Shepherd Global’s Artistic Director, they created unique and emblematic Sea Shepherd tattoos.
Since March 10th 2018, the Sea Shepherd Tattoo’s studio is open in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and of course approved by the Amsterdam Health inspection.
And the key point in all that is that all the proceeds go to Sea Shepherd!
Go visit their Facebook Page to get more information:
Let’s go for a Vegan Tattoo !
In Sea Shepherd Tattoo’s Studio, I was so excited to read that they use vegan tattoo ink (not kidding!).
I thought : “Waoooo, sooo cool! But… what is vegan ink?” ^^
So I dig the topic because I’m curious, it is completly new for me, but also because (now you start knowing me) each trend going in the “vegan”, “eco-friendly” or “animal well-being” movement is a piece of great interest for me !
As you know, a tattoo is made by inserting ink, dyes and pigments into the dermis layer of the skin in order to create either an indelible or a temporary tattoo.
Tattooing is considered as an art that already existed during the Neolithic thanks to the discovery of the mummy “Ötzi”.
In the old days, India ink, charcoal and tallow were used.
Today, tattoo’s ink is mostly obtained thanks to animals. For example, one mostly used ink is made from burnt to ashes animal bones. Another one is made with the resin of Kerria Lacca secretions (asian cochineal). You can also find gelatin used as a tattoo ink which is made from horses and sheep carcasses… I won’t mention here the vivisection of animals (the fact that tattoo inks are tested on animals), but let’s be honest, it is a reality!
The good news is that today, you can find several vegan inks :
Waverly Color Co, Fuzion Tattoo ink, Intenze Tatoo ink, Stable Color, Eternal Ink, Dermaglo, Kuro Sumi, Starbrite, Silvberback Ink…
Be carefull however, if you want to get a 100% cruelty free tattoo, you will also need to pay attention to the transfer paper that your tattoo artist uses to turn your pencil tattoo design into the guide for your actual tattoo.
Sometimes, transfer paper may contain lanolin, also called wool wax, because it is a wax secreted by the sebaceous glands of wool-bearing animals. So try to get a certified vegan transfer paper!
Here the link to read my article “Being Cruelty Free”.
Take care of your Tattoo
- First rule, no sun exposition while your tattoo is not healed. Of course, no scratching either during the first days.
- Second, when you get a tattoo, hygiene is very, very, VERY important. Basically, it should be cleaned twice a day with a soft soap advised by tattoo artists. You can find several brands but the most adapted solution would be a cold process soap. The cold process soapmaking gives both natural enriched soap, creating a “surgras” sensation, and also creates glycerin, a natural moisterizer, which will let a protective film on your tattoo.
Read my article about the cold process soap to know more about that:
- Finally, you will need to nourish your skin and your tattoo. I would suggest sweet-almond oil which is a dry oil also rich in vitamine A (perfect for moisturizing the outer layers of the epidermis). Or you can also use Jojoba oil, musk rose oil or simply olive oil!
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