“We hope to start a movement.” These are the words of Linda Bishop, the founder of “Koneko Studio”, a vegan tattoo studio in Dallas. By not using animal products, she wants to inspire other tattoo artists, with a focus on the ink used for the tattoos. Whilst some inks are vegan-friendly, there are ink brands that use animal products and test on animals. Ointments and other objects used in tattooing are not always animal-free. Bishop’s studio, which also includes microblading and piercing specialists, ensures that only vegan and animal-free products are used in order to simplify the process for interested parties.
The studio also sells vegan products such as beauty, bath and body care products. Bishop wants to expand her business and open her own stores. Meanwhile, she is also noticing a change in the industry: “I have already noticed that other tattoo artists, eyelash artists and piercers are beginning to promote vegan and animal-free services and products, even if their entire studio does not.”
Kat von D, an award-winning tattoo artist, businesswoman and make-up artist, has already shown that veganism and the tattoo industry can go together. This year, she presented her vegan, animal-free make-up collection, and she will soon be launching a vegan shoe collection.