Hiiii, I have a question regarding vegan tattoo products. I've made sure my artist uses vegan inks [Eternal and Fusion] and I'm using AfterInked as aftercare [love it, so much better than whatever I've used before!]. But I'm wondering if there's anything I can have them use when they are doing the actual tattooing? Because seeing those globs of vaseline being put on my skin makes me a little sad. I asked AfterInked but no reply... And do you know if numbing creams are vegan friendly? Thank you!
First of all I’m glad you found the list of vegan inks & treatments helpful!
I’ve been looking into the Vaseline problem for a bit, at first I always thought it was vegan, because it was just made from petroleum oil. But the white vaseline, which is commonly used, can contain bone char (the US version does, as far as I know, some other countries the Vaseline is supposedly vegan), the brand Vaseline is also owned by Unilever, who test on animals :(
I know tattoo artists use Vaseline during the inking process mostly for the needle, so it runs more smoothly over the skin. Some artists swear by it and others don’t like it and use A&D ointment (which is not vegan, a vegan alternative would be Bacitracin Zinc ointment, but not everyone recommends this either)
It’s really hard to find something else to use, because of consistency and ingredients. But it must be said, that Vaseline is not all that great for your skin either, as most people might know.
I think there are a handful of Vaseline alternatives on the market, which are safe for your skin and are vegan (many contain beeswax).
I looked some up for you which are 100% vegan:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
3 & 4 are tattoo salves, they fall under Tattoo aftercare products, but tattooers with 100% vegan tattoo practices do use these sometimes. The other ones are vegan petroleum jellys, but I’m unsure if any tattoo artists have used them to replace Vaseline.
Also check out the comment on here by Spoonertattoos.
As for numbing creams, there are a couple vegan friendly ones on the market: Ink-eeze (spray) (cream) | Hushgel
I have to add, I am not a tattoo artist, so I do recommend you go over the options with the artist you are getting your tattoos from :) Especially about the vegan petroleum jellies.
I hope you found this helpful and if you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to ask and I’ll see if I can find something out.