Did you know that most tattoos aren’t actually vegan? It doesn’t occur to many non-vegans, but animal products impact almost every aspect of our lives – even something as marginal and subcultured as our beloved body art! And it’s true – almost all tattoo ink contains animal ingredients. Crazy, right?!
I’m lucky enough to live in Portland, where we have a loud, proud and active vegan community. So active in fact, that they’ve been organizing the Let Live NW Animal Rights Conference, which will take place here in Portland beginning June 26th. And gearing up for the event, which is an enormous undertaking and quite costly I’m sure, the community has been fundraising and benefit sale-ing like crazy. Go team!
This Saturday was a big one down at the Vegan Mini Mall, with Sweet Pea, Food Fight!, and Herbivore all promising to donate a portion of their sales to the conference. And over at Scapegoat Tattoo, they were offering an incredible special: $30 Tattoos for the Let Live Foundation!
How could I resist? A vegan tattoo with a vegan theme by a vegan artist, all to benefit a vegan awareness event? Yes please!
So this is my new tattoo, small and sweet and totally, totally perfect.
I think it suits me well, don’t you?
Massively special thanks to Brian at Scapegoat Tattoo for the awesome job and impromptu sit-in. If any readers are ever in P-town, you’ve gotta look these guys up. They’re the best!