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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…

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…to sci-fi staples…

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and dainty flowers…

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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!

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Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

Prism x LOREM Collection ($96+): Calling all Cali babes. The popular Long Beach boutique, Prism, announced a boho-fabulous collab with home decor line, LOREM, that we can't get enough of. Shop everything from plant hangers (eight options, to be exact) to artwork, all inspired by the very colorful vibes of the brands. If you were looking for a cheery way to tide you through winter, this. is. it!

Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

Dims 'Composed Vanity' ($595): Small space? No problem! Direct-to-consumer brand, Dims, is giving you a quick and stylish solution to your storage needs with their newest item that doubles as both a desk and vanity. The functional piece is made with non-toxic, chemical-free materials and can be assembled in seven minutes or less. Throw in four sleek shades to choose from, and this may just be your best purchase of 2019 yet!

Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

Hyascent x Neiman Marcus ($169): 'Tis the season for a delightfully scented home. Warm your abode with scents like bourbon joy, cheeky rose and more in a unique diffuser that doubles more as decor than a fragrance-inducer. Fresh off the (online) shelves of Neiman Marcus, explore nine scents that last up to six months in a specialized hourglass holder. (Shhh! Your friends will never know the secret of why your place smells so darn good!)