I have a tattoo on my leg that makes me want to cut a hole in the calf-part of all my jeans so that everyone can see it. It’s totally amazing, hurt like hell on hell, and was done last summer by the awe-inspiring and talented Brian Wilson of Scapegoat Tattoo in Portland, OR.
Recently, during a trip back to Portland, Brian talked to me all about owning a vegan business — within a vegan mini-mall, no-less — in a non-vegan world. Brian had some interesting insights about how anyone — not just those in the food or fiber industries — can make their business a vegan one:
I think that it’s really essential for people who are vegan and have non-food and non-clothing businesses to start “veganizing” what they do. […] Anyone who is vegan and a business owner can become a vegan business owner. The more there are, the more aware everyone becomes.
Brian went on to talk about how the reward can be beyond just financial. His experience running Scapegoat, a tattoo parlor with “go vegan” messages everywhere you look, has proven his point:
As time goes on and the shop’s reputation as a good tattoo shop brings in more non-vegans, these people are exposed to the idea that there is more to this “vegan thing” than just eating tofu and caring about animals. And, every now and again, someone asks questions and checks out the information around them and decides that it makes sense and they might give it a shot.
Brian also talked to me about the skinny on vegan ink, something that everyone who is considering body art should watch. Take a look:
Guest Blogger Jasmin Singer is the co-founder of Our Hen House, a clearinghouse for all kinds of ideas on how individuals can make change for animals. With both a blog and a podcast, Our Hen House identifies opportunities, reports on successful activists and enterprises, and brainstorms ideas ranging from the brilliant to the farfetched. An activist and writer living in NYC, Jasmin’s workshops have been seen nationally. She is a contributor to VegNews Magazine. From 2007 to 2010, Jasmin was the campaigns manager for Farm Sanctuary. Last year, VegNews Magazine named Jasmin one of twenty activists to keep your eye on. Read more about Jasmin at www.jasminsinger.com and find Our Hen House on Facebook!