The Facts About Vegan Tattoo Inks

The Facts About Vegan Tattoo Inks

At Quantum Tattoo Ink we pride ourselves on the fact that all of our tattoo inks are vegan and cruelty-free. Whether you are living a vegan lifestyle or just looking for natural mineral and plant-based tattoo ink, our line of products will ensure that you have only the highest quality ingredients in your tattoo ink.

What is vegan tattoo ink made of?

This is one of the most commonly asked questions about our vegan tattoo ink. However, what you should be asking is “What is vegan ink NOT made of?” Many commercially available tattoo inks use ingredients that come from animals, but not Quantum. Here are just a few of the ingredients that non-vegan tattoo inks contain:


Gelatin: Gelatinis a substance usually obtained by boiling cow or pig bones, ligaments, skin, hooves, and tendons with water. The resulting protein, called collagen, serves as a binder to hold tattoo ink together. Quantum Tattoo Ink does not use gelatin as a binder.

Shellac: Shellac is mostly made up of trees sap that has been ingested by a lac beetle and then excreted. However, up to 25% of shellac is made up of what the industry calls “insect debris” or beetle parts. It is the most common binding agent after gelatin. We pride ourselves on not using shellac in our tattoo inks.

Bone Char: Bone char, made by charring animal bones and horns, is an ingredient commonly used to give black ink its color. However, Quantum Tattoo ink uses pigments made with materials sourced from the earth, never from animal bones.

Glycerin: Glycerin is a substance that can either be derived from tallow (beef fat) or from plants. It acts as a humectant and provides lubrication during the tattoo process. Quantum uses only kosher glycerin derived from plants.

We are proud of our ingredients list  and more specific information about the pigments and ingredients for each tattoo ink can be found in the MSDS information

Are vegan tattoo inks safe?


Absolutely! All of our vegan tattoo inks go through rigorous testing and are CTL-approved. Additionally, while shellac allergies are not super common, they do occur. Shellac allergies lead to contact dermatitis and cheilitis. Because our products are shellac-free, they are safe for those who have a shellac allergy.

Is vegan tattoo ink easy to remove?

Vegan tattoo ink is no different from non-vegan tattoo ink when it comes to tattoo removal. Tattoos done with vegan tattoo ink can be safely removed by a professional in the exact same way that other tattoos can.

Does vegan tattoo ink fade faster?

Vegan tattoo ink does not fade any faster. Whether you are using vegan tattoo ink or not, what really matters when it comes to fading is the quality of the ingredients being used. Also, making sure you use a great aftercare product and good sun protection are two more great ways to keep your tattoo from fading.

Is vegan tattoo ink more expensive?

Not necessarily. Some inks bank on the fact that they are vegan and charge a premium. However, Quantum vegan tattoo inks are comparably priced to most high-quality inks on the market. We don’t charge you extra for your love of cruelty-free tattoo ink. You can save even more when you create your own customizable set  and add your favorite tattoo ink colors!

Where can I buy vegan tattoo ink?


Quantum Tattoo Ink is your one-stop source for all your tattoo ink needs. From Bitchin Black to bright, vibrant tattoo ink color sets, we haveany color a tattoo artist can imagine. We even have pre-blended gray washes and custom Artist Series tattoo ink colors developed together with tattoo artists like Noa YanniArron Raw, and Jurgis Mikalauskas.

Plus, if you love animals and want to help be part of protecting marine life and habitats, check out our collaboration with Sea Shepherd. A portion of all proceeds from our Sea Shepherd line of products goes to their conservation efforts worldwide!

Whether you are a vegan tattoo artist or want to cater to vegan tattoo clients, Quantum Tattoo Ink is your source for safe, high-quality, reliable vegan tattoo ink.