Vegan Tattoos

In a society built on monetizing the suffering of animals- a lot of things you would expect to be vegan, are not. Unfortunately this includes some tattoo inks! The black ink is mostly the problem, since most types contain bone char. Other problems are gelatin and glycerin, and some other colored dies also contain shellac and pigment from beetles. Lucky for those of us who have/or would like to have tattoos in the future; a lot of tattoo shops already use vegan inks or you can request them to be used.

Some vegan friendly tattoo inks include: 

  • Eternal
  • Starbrite
  • Skin candy
  • Stable color
  • Fusion ink
  • Kuro Sumi
  • Dynamic
  • Intenze

(I myself have my tattoos in Eternal ink)

There are a few other problems you may run across which the bite sized vegan has went over in detail here, but this is meant to be a quick outline so I will list some alternatives to all of it down below as well!

Skin lubricant (Usually petroleum jelly or vaseline, which is iffy)

  • Hustle butter
  • Shea butter
  • Jojoba butter
  • Olive oil

Soap (To clean the area)

Dr. Bonners and Myers come to mind! We have a whole article on vegan soaps here.

Razor (Glycerin (moisturizing) strip isn’t vegan)

  • Preserve brand razors are vegan friendly

Transfer paper 

  • Stencil stuff
  • Reprofx

Aftercare

  • After ink
  • Black cat
  • Lush dream cream
  • Tattoo tonic

And there are a LOT more! Emily posted a whole list of vegan inks, lubricants, soaps, aftercare items, AND vegan tattoo shops! So check that out and check out these cool vegan tattoos, send us in yours if you want to be put in the article! Special thanks to Jona Weinhofen for letting me put him in here 🙂

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Cheap Vegan Makeup

This is for all the vegans who still enjoy wearing makeup, but don’t want to spend loads of money on high end products!
 

e.l.f

  • All of their makeup is vegan
  • However, some of their brushes are not vegan.

 

Colourpop

  • Not all of their products are vegan, but they have a list of their non-vegan products here.

 

BH Cosmetics

  • Again, not all of their products are vegan. You can browse through all of their vegan products here.

 

Wet n Wild

  • Most of their products are vegan. Here is a list of their vegan products.

 

Eco Tools

  • 100% vegan makeup brushes, and cheap too!

 

Ardell Lashes

  • 100% vegan drug store false lashes

 

GOSH

  • There’s a large range of vegan products available that you can find here.

 

Jordana

  • They now have a new website including a list of their vegan products! Check them out here.

 

Milani

  • They have some vegan-friendly products which are listed here.

 

Pixi

  • A more natural brand with a list of their vegan products here.

 

As always, double check the ingredients in the products you’re buying to ensure that it is 100% vegan. Sometimes, what a company classifies as vegan may no actually be vegan. Now, have fun with makeup without the expense or the cruelty!

 

VEGAN ART SUPPLIES

I am an artist and a creator. Buying new art supplies makes me giddy and I have a passion for creating.

I constantly need new materials to make more art, and when I stopped by my art store a few months after going vegan, I realized; are the products I’m buying cruelty free?

I did some research, and I must say, it took a lot of searching to find the answer. Below is a list of animal products/byproducts found in art supplies based on subject matter.

Art supplies commonly containing animal products:

Watercolor Paint- Ox gall is found in many watercolor paints, and comes from cows. Da Vinci carries extremely high quality watercolor paints, all free of ox gall. In addition to ox gall, you will need to steer clear from sepia paints, as the dye comes from squid and cuttlefish. To replace the sepia tone, there are some brands that use walnut ink instead.

Bone Charcoal: Not regular charcoal, as it’s source comes from plants, but bone charcoal. It comes from animal bones. If it doesn’t say bone on the packaging, its’s vegan friendly.

Fine Art Papers & Primers: Many papers, more specifically watercolor papers and other heavy-weight papers are sized with gelatin. Fabriano typically uses starch instead, and you can ask at your art store. For primers, many fine artists use rabbit skin glue, (yes, it’s made from rabbit skin.) An alternative would be gesso, but be careful. Gesso usually contains gelatin, but soy-based gesso is available online, and in some art stores.

Natural Hair Brushes: Many artists prefer natural brushes to synthetic, but there are many alternatives these days. Brushes made from real hair are manufactured using hair from trapped or hunted animals, of many species.

Some of my favorite cruelty-free art brands are:

http://www.colorsofnature.com – They make vegan brushes duplicating natural hair brushes.They also carry vegan papers.

http://www.fabercastell.com – They sell many different art supplies, all from plant or synthetic sources, and additionally don’t test on animals.

http://www.davinciartistsupply.com – Ox gall free watercolors

If I left anything out leave a comment!

 

 

 

Vegan Dogs

Before everyone pops off at the handle, I’m not saying everyone’s dog should be vegan. I’m not saying you’re not vegan if your dogs not vegan or you’re an awful person or cruel if your dogs not vegan- I’m giving straight facts and that’s it. My dog isn’t vegan, but I know a lot of healthy happy vegan dogs. But I won’t even put my opinion on vegan dogs in this article; just if and why or why not they can or can’t go vegan according to scientific research. And I know there is a lot of controversy.

I’ve seen a lot of people and some vegans saying you’re an animal abuser if your dog is vegan. I don’t think anything could be farther from the truth.  People think that if your dog is plant based you’re pushing your lifestyle on them and depriving them of nutrients and their natural lifestyle (because I guess wolves ate kibble in the wild). I don’t think unless you feed your dog a homemade diet of fresh organic meat that you should have any kind of say in who’s dogs diet is unnatural. Much less if you feed your dog brands like Kibbles N Bits, Purina, ect. all those brands made of the most awful disgusting and harmful ingredients including other euthanized dogs, plastic and dog trash that’s causing canine seizures.

If anyone is abusing their dog with their diet, it’s people that don’t check the quality of their dog food brands.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way. I would like to start by saying that dogs are scientifically able to go vegan. In fact, a blue merle collie- Bramble the vegan dog lived to be 27 years old (That’s 189 dog years!).

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He held the Guinness world record for worlds oldest dog that the time for it! Bramble was a vegan dog that lived on a diet of organic vegetables and lentils. He was raised vegan, too.

If that wasn’t enough for you, there is actual research on this.

For dogs, certainly vegetarian and vegan diets can be done, but they need to be done very, very carefully. There is a lot of room for error.

Cailin Heinze, VMD, a board-certified veterinary nutritionist and assistant professor of nutrition at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

Dogs can be healthy and in fact, thrive on a vegetarian or vegan diet, as long as all necessary nutrient requirements are met. Dogs are biologically omnivorous, but can adapt well to a plant-based diet which meets all their nutritional needs. It’s important that the food be digested easily as well as have good palatability. The transition to a plant-based diet should be a gradual change (mixing the 2 foods in different proportions until the new food is given exclusively) to minimize the occurrence of gastrointestinal disturbances (such as diarrhea and sometimes vomiting).

Armaiti May, D.V.M, C.V.A., Dr. May’s Veterinary House Calls

Now, if this makes you want to introduce your companion animal to a vegan diet- please read up. Dogs have complex nutritional requirements that not enough people pay attention to. There are reasons why you may want to feed your dog vegan including- not wanting to contribute to the animal agriculture industry, trying to reverse a sickness in your dog, wanting to avoid BSE. If that’s what you want to do, go for it! But it’s risky. There are many books on it, and you can easily research what nutrients you need to supplement into your dogs diet.

Hazards posed by meat-based diets
The health hazards of commercial meat-based pet foods are extensive, and difficult to avoid. They may include slaughterhouse waste products; 4-D meat (from dead, dying, diseased or disabled animals); old or spoiled supermarket meat; large numbers of rendered dogs and cats from animal shelters; old restaurant grease, complete with high concentrations of dangerous free radicals and trans fatty acids; damaged or spoiled fish, complete with dangerous levels of mercury, PCBs and other toxins; pathogenic bacteria, protozoa, viruses, fungi and prions, and their associated endotoxins and mycotoxins; hormone and antibiotic residues; and dangerous preservatives. The combined results are rendered so delicious to cats and dogs by the addition of ‘digest’ – a soup of partially dissolved chicken entrails – that more than 95% of companion animals subsist primarily on commercial meat-based diets.

Unsurprisingly, diseases described in the scientific literature following long-term maintenance of cats and dogs on commercial meat-based diets include kidney, liver, heart, neurologic, eye, muscoloskeletal and skin diseases, bleeding disorders, birth defects, immunocompromisation and infectious diseases. As a practicing veterinarian I agree that so-called degenerative diseases such as cancer, kidney, liver and heart failure are far more common than they should be, and that many are likely to be exacerbated or directly caused by the numerous hazardous ingredients of commercial meat-based cat and dog diets.

Vegetarian diets: a healthy alternative
On the other hand, studies and numerous case reports have shown that nutritionally sound vegetarian companion animal diets appear to be associated with the following health benefits: increased overall health and vitality, decreased incidences of cancer, infections, hypothyroidism, ectoparasites (fleas, ticks, lice and mites), improved coat condition, allergy control, weight control, arthritis regression, diabetes regression and cataract resolution.

– Andrew Knight, veterinarian, BSc.. CertAW, MRCVS.

Blueberry Banana Muffins

Recipe by Taylor Mooney

Prep time: 15 minutes

Bake time: 20-30 minutes

Makes: about 1 dozen

Ingredients: 

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup vegan butter (or soft coconut oil)

1 cup vegan buttermilk*

1 banana, blended**

1 1/3 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup blueberries

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line or spray cupcake tins, set aside.
  2. Cream sugar and butter, then add vegan buttermilk and pureed banana – continue mixing.
  3. Add flour in 1/2 cup at a time then add the rest of your dry ingredients.
  4. Fold in blueberries.
  5. Fill each baking cup 3/4 with batter then bake for 20-30 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
  6. Best served warm.

*to make vegan buttermilk add 1 tsp apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to nondairy milk.

**banana will be blended easiest if it is slightly overripe and blended with the buttermilk to make a liquid. The banana is just being used as an egg substitute so it is not meant to be chunky.

Hardcore & Veganism

Article by our friend Rob Crypt at Mr. Crypts Curiosities!:

I’ve been listening to punk and hardcore for more than half of my life. The music and corresponding scenes mean a lot to me, and carry a predominantly positive message. They’re not without their criticisms, but that’s another discussion for another time. This is about what punk and hardcore mean to me, and how I believe the ethics and beliefs within these scenes align with veganism.

Firstly I’d like to go back a few years, to 2004. I’d seen Reel Big Fish play with Goldfinger and in doing so managed to get a vegetarian starter kit signed by John Feldmann and one of the other guys in Goldfinger. I’ve still got it somewhere. I only really bring this up because Goldfinger were the first band I’d heard to directly highlight veganism and animal rights in their lyrics and activism. In the liner notes of the album Open Your Eyes they provide facts and sources about how animals are treated and the environmental impact of animal agriculture among others.

This wasn’t the first time I’d encountered a band that had a real message within their lyrics, but it was definitely the first time I’d paid attention. It opened a lot of doors, and my music taste got heavier and angrier.

So what does hardcore mean to me? Firstly, it means integrity. Being true to yourself and building your life and yourself on a strong moral foundation. Most bands will sing openly about their experiences or use their music as a platform to discuss a wide range of social issues. It’s easy to see how this fits into veganism, which in itself is a movement based on ethics, morals, compassion and honesty.

Another thing hardcore means to me is the encouragement to ask questions. Why do we do things this way? Is there another way? In time you learn to question the information you’re given, to dig deeper, to find out the sources of the information and trying to find out where the power really lies. The further you read into things the more you start to understand why hardcore and punk are seen as such angry, anti-establishment subcultures. It’s all very anti-“they”. They want you to do this. They don’t want you to know that. And it’s this anti-“they” ideology that fits into veganism. It’s a growing movement as, with the help of social media, more people are able to spread the message about what “they” are hiding from people. And let’s face it; “they” seem to be trying to hide a lot from us. From all angles it seems “they” have it covered. Think about one of the reasons you decided to go vegan. Animal rights, environmental concerns, your own personal health or the wider social impact. There are probably more. At some point in your research you will have realised you were lied to about something, which in turn forces you to ask the questions:

“What else have I been lied to about?”

“Is there another way?”

There’s always another way.

At any hardcore show the bands will stress the need to look out for each other. They don’t want anyone to have a negative experience during their set. Going vegan extends that message to the rest of the world, to attempt to minimise the negative experiences felt by every living thing.

Keep asking questions, maintain your integrity and look out for each other.