Our Vegan friendly tattoo process

More and more people are making the choice to be vegan every day and this choice extends beyond just what they eat.  Everything that is introduced into their lives is included in the decision.  That’s why we have offered vegan options from the very start of Damask in 2009.  We are proud to have put in research and time to ensure to the best of our ability that we have products that are vegan friendly.  
Our vegan tattoo process is by request as some of our regularly used products have lanolin or beeswax in them.  When requested we use the following products to make our tattoo process vegan friendly.

  • Aftercare and Session balm: Wild Rose Ink Balm Vegan is the best I’ve found to heal tattoos and we offer this for sale along with a soothing aftercare spray right in the studio for your convenience.  You will get a FREE .85 oz. Wild Rose Vegan Ink Balm when you pay for your tattoo with cash!  We use this on all of our tattoos before bandaging because it’s an amazing product and when you request the vegan option it’s used during the whole application process.  
  • Stencils: We use Spirit Vegan Thermal stencils when the vegan process is requested.  The typical tattoo stencils have lanolin in the ingredients so we will use the vegan version on request. Stencils are used to transfer the outline of the tattoo onto the skin before it is tattooed.  This helps us make tattoos as accurate as possible.   
  • Pigments:  Every artist uses a different brand of pigments (ink) so please check with them for details about their brand. The main brand that I use is Eternal.   Eternal Ink talks about it’s practices here.  Every artist at Damask is welcome and able to use my pigments if they can not confirm that the brand they use is vegan.  

 veganthermalThe carriers and ingredients can be found in the MSDS sheets for any brand of tattoo pigment.  Most tattoo pigments use vegetable glycerin as the carrier and it’s the least expensive so many brands of tattoo pigment are vegan.  There is no regulation on tattoo pigment in the US so we are only able to go off of what their websites say.  I like to use brands that are also sold in the UK as they have regulations.  Eternal is my go-to brand because of that.   

We do our best to offer a vegan option for every step of the tattoo process.  There are always times where the ingredients can not be found or are trade secrets.  There are also things we may not have thought of or the artist isn’t aware of but I’m excited that what we can offer is backed up by the makers of the products on their websites.  
If you have any questions about our process you can email us at info@damasktattoo.com