Vegan Reflection in Tattoo
Although it is not clear exactly how the word vegetarian originated, it is derived from the Latin “vegetus, meaning alive, healthy, full of life”. In the definition of vegetarianism created in 1842, a vegetarian diet is defined as a diet in which meat, fish and poultry are not consumed, while dairy products and eggs are consumed optionally.
We see that vegetarianism, that is, not using living and living things as food, is expressed in Ancient Greece, Buddhism and Hinduism. The word vegan was defined by Donald Watson, the founder of the Vegan Society, in 1944 using the first and last syllables of the word vegetarian. Donald Watson expresses holistic animal liberation and completely rejects the use of animal products.
In addition to being against animal-based diets, vegan thought includes being against the use of all kinds of animal products (wool, leather, silk, etc.) and being against the consumption/use of products that have been tested on animals.
Activist and artist “Alfredo Meschi” has 40,000 tattoos on his body to express the fact that 40,000 animals are killed by us every second for their meat.
Tattooing, tatoo, is an ornamentation method that humans have historically used for their skin. Even in the late neolithic period, 5,200 BC, we see tattoos on the human body (for reasons of belief or ornamentation, even on the joints, believed to be used to treat pain). It is seen that permanent and temporary tattoos such as henna are used in all cultures. Today, it is a rapidly increasing cultural activity. Permanent tattooing is simply the application of dye-pigment into the skin. A dye is applied into the skin and its permanence is ensured.
The definition of a vegan tattoo is as follows.
● The pigment-dye to be used in vegan tattooing must be vegan. In other words, the tattoo paint will not contain components such as animal gelatin, bone charcoal, animal glycerin. The paint must definitely not have been tested on animals.
● There will be no animal products in the content of the tattoo, from the drawing of the tattoo to the preparation of the skin and the drugs to be used after the tattoo. Stencil, the design in which the tattoo sample is transferred to the skin, will not contain bone charcoal. Cream ingredients will not be of animal origin.
For this reason, vegan tattoo centers, vegan tattoo pigments and alternative vegan care products have been developed.