Vegan Tattoo Shops Are a Thing and Here’s What You Need to Know
Tattoos are beautiful things, but for those that shy away from animal products, they can also be unattainable dreams. Tattoo ink often contains items like bone char and animal fat in the glycerin that carries the pigment and other accompanying products — like the green soap many shops use — can also contain those ingredients. But vegans + co, rejoice: no longer are vegan tattoos a rare, if not impossible, find. Many tattoo shops, like Monocle Tattoo in LA, are already vegan, are in the process of becoming vegan or are offering vegan products. The good news is that shops like this are gaining more and more popular traction.
Spots like Monocole are little North Stars, leading the way by going full-on vegan — everything from their ink to their stencil paper comes sans animal products. “There is more to a tattoo than a machine, needle and ink,” reads Monocle Tattoo‘s website. Everything from the razor a shop chooses to the products used to lubricate the skin during the actual tattooing process to aftercare, there’s much to consider in making a shop completely vegan.
It seems all worth it to Monocle’s owner and operator James Spooner, whose interest in vegan tattoos stemmed from his longtime commitment to the ethical treatment of animals. On his decision to get into vegan tattooing, Spooner says, “it was totally animal rights. It’s pretty much always been… just for the animals,” Spooner says in the video on their website that goes into a bit of the nitty gritty of vegan tattoo processes. Perhaps the best thing about vegan tattoos, though, is the fact that they’re indecipherable from traditional tattoos. That’s a huge win, since when it comes to something you’re going to wear on your body for the rest of your life, you don’t want to have to choose between quality and ethics.
Vegan shops like Monocle produce top-notch work, just as gorgeous as any other, yet significantly more ethical and animal friendly. From colorful hummingbirds…
…to sci-fi staples…
and dainty flowers…
Shops like Monocole are living proof that vegan tats definitely stack up right next to traditional animal-based inks and products. Even if you’re not someone who is on the vegan train or cares to be, progress and options are always a great thing that most anyone can get behind. Cheers to our fellow makers!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)