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Why Vegan Ink?

Published on February 18, 2010 by   ·   14 Comments Pin It

Guest-blogging vegan vixen, Jasmin Singer from Our Hen House, sheds some ink on vegan tats;

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 and find Our Hen House on Facebook!

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  2. justafriend says:

    great info Jasmin. For a vegan guy with lots o tats and a vegan business owner, this is really encouraging

  3. RubyAthena says:

    RIGHT ON! Talk about thinking outside of the box. Thanks for this contribution; never did I even think there was a way to Veganize inking. LOVE IT! Makes me think what else there is to veganize.

  4. Megan says:

    YES! I have one and soon will have two tattoos done by Scapegoat artists. Those folks are THE BEST.

  5. Danielle says:

    Great post Jasmin!! Talk about something I never thought of veganizing. Just goes to show everything can be done more humanely!!

  6. This is a really great piece! Thanks Chloe and Jasmin. As the bearer of some vegan ink myself, I can totally relate to that soft spot near the bicep when she covered her face. Worst spot for me too! Ouch.

  7. Krysta says:

    Yay! I love Scapegoat. I seek out vegan establishments and patronize them. If you build it, they will come. A wise person recently gave a talk about how to use what you excel at to help the animals, and this is a perfect example :)

  8. Jasmin says:

    Thanks, everyone. Yeah, Scapegoat is amazing, as is Brian of Scapegoat. In NYC I’ve also gotten tattoos by vegan Brad Stevens of Fun City and Daredevil Tattoos, who is also amazing and an incredible vegan activist, really talented artist (he did my sleeve). Joshua: I remember you did a really cool piece on The Discerning Brute last year on vegan ink, also, and, of course, you are my tattoo mentor! Krysta, you are very sweet. Let’s get you a tattoo, shall we? xx

  9. Rad_Rosa89 says:

    This is really really awesome!!
    I’m so glad I found this out, being vegan and stuff and wanting a tattoo soo, I had no idea that that kinds of stuff were in the ink!!
    If only he could make house calls of soemthing.

  10. Danielle says:

    Great piece! I’ve gotten tattooed at Scapegoat and gotta say its the best place around! Its also super conveniently located in the Portland vegan “mini-mall,” so you can stop by Scapegoat, Food Fight!, Herbivore and Sweetpea Bakery all in one trip! xox

  11. Rachel says:

    Vegan tattoo house calls…I like that idea.

    I never realized how loud the tattoo gun noise was! I’m glad there were subtitles :)

    Great information, and yes, now I want to go there, too!

  12. Good on you, Jasmin… An important part of being vegan is voting with your dollars by patronizing and supporting vegan businesses.

  13. I’ve been vegan for almost 20 years and can proudly say I am practicing vegan tattooing here in Los Angeles. If you’re interest give me a shout.

    You can check out my work at

  14. I’ve been vegan for almost 20 years and can proudly say I am practicing vegan tattooing here in Los Angeles. If you’re interest give me a shout. You can check out my work at

    (sorry for the repost I wrote the wrong address before)

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