Updated May 2014. I’ve promised a few of you lovely Seattle vegans out there that I’d do a blog post about the vegan tattoo artists that I know of in town. I am so sorry for the long delay! I truly wish I had time to call every shop and find more, but this list will have to do for now. Please, if you know of any more vegan tattoo artists in Seattle, post the info below so I can add them to this list for future reference. Thank you Megon Shore for your help!
EGO (a.k.a. Seahag):
Bat shit crazy dirty hippy hardcore singer. Vegan since before you were born. OK, just kiddin. He is my friend, and I can personally vouch for his talent via my left forearm. If you like creepy things, be sure to go to him. Shop: Fist Full of Metal Tattoo, 125 North 85th St., Seattle. 206-783-3366. [EGO’s Art on the Face] [EGO on Instagram]
She is a fan of bright colors, flowers, birds, animals in general, women, Japanese and traditional American style tattoos, creepy/horror imagery, geometric and abstract designs, and anything weird or out the ordinary. Shop: Jackson Street Tattoo Co. 208 S. Jackson St., Seattle. 206-937-8686. [Heidi’s Portfolio]
Lovely, funny, and was the only female on this list when it was first published back in April of 2010. Excels at traditional, realistic, and of course, custom requests. She did my geometric dominoes on my wrists. (Thanks Heidi!) Shop: Dark Age Tattoo, 1407 E Madison St., Seattle, 206-323-1637. [Heidi on Instagram]
Hailing from the Idaho, Khalil brings his mega bold and bright traditional skills our our fair city. Look at the detail on this bad ass T-Rex vs. Megalodon. Shop: Fist Full of Metal Tattoo, 125 North 85th St.,Seattle. 206-783-3366. [Khalil on Tumbr] [Khalil on Instagram]
Many people I know love her work and plus, she is a silver unicorn. You do the math. Shop: Rabid Hands, 4775 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle. 206-618-1447. [Krysten on Instagram] [Krysten’s Portfolio]
More talent in her little pinky than in every bone in my body. I’m sure when you see her work, you’ll agree. Also, she helped me put this list together because she knows rad people. Shop: Fist Full of Metal Tattoo, 125 North 85th St., Seattle. 206-783-3366. [Megon on Instagram] [Megon’s Blog]
She loves doing American and Japanese traditional style tattooing and also offers permanent cosmetic eyebrows. Shop: Rabid Hands, 4775 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle. 206-618-1447. [Sara on WordPress] [Sara on Twitter]
His tattoos are hella beautiful. And if you aren’t crazy about tattoos, his illustrations are very rad and he loves doing commissioned pieces. Shop: Apocalypse Tattoo, 1558 E. Olive Way. 206-320-8447. [Scott on Instagram] [Scott’s Art]
Follow all these artists who give a hoot, then pick one that seems right for you, and schedule a consultation!
As you may know, and as VegNews Magazine reminds us, “traditional tattoo supplies can be loaded with animal products. Glycerin from animal fat makes its way into inks as a stabilizer, and bone char is sometimes included to achieve a super-stark black color. Even gelatin (from hooves) and shellac (from beetles) are used in some varieties.” But have no fear, there are at least 3 popular brands of ink that are vegan: Classic, Eternal, and Stable. Many tattoo parlors in Seattle have vegan ink, like Damask. Some artists even mix their own inks. You can read more about the search for the animal-free tattoo in The Atlantic. You don’t have to go to a vegan tattoo artist to get a vegan tattoo, and not all vegan tattooers know everything about vegan materials. Research til you feel happy.
Did you know that our hemp loving friends over at Merry Hempsters make a vegan tattoo balm to protect and preserve your tattoo once it is all healed up? Ask you local friendly tattoo experts about how best to care for your tattoo for quick and beautiful healing.
Lastly, The triple vegan threat: a tattoo that says vegan, by a vegan artist, with vegan inks. Do it. And don’t forget to tell me about more vegan tattoo artists in Seattle!