Alright, I would like to give you a heads up: I got a tattoo! And in my eyes, it is amazing! So, at this point, I would like to thank Moe! She is the one who was designing and tattooing my very own tattoo.
Recently, I mentioned to my best friends that I will blog about the tattoo studio where I got my tattoo. One of them asked me: “Why? Have you been eating there?” 🙂 I know, I usually write about vegan food…about vegan restaurants. But lately I have extended the scope a little bit. I am writing about recipes as well as other vegan tipps. This is why, this post is dedicated to all the vegans out there who are thinking of getting a tattoo but are not fond of having any animal products inked under their skin.
So, if you would like to get a vegan tattoo, I highly reccomend Il Gatto & la Volpe Tattoo Studio in Lucerne. But let’s start from the beginning.
Sailors, prison inmates, tough bikers, mafia or gang members. For many years, those were the people that tattoos were associated with. Please don’t get me wrong, I do not intend to judge anybody with this post. But they definitely characterized the bad boy image of tattoos.
However, today, tattoos are quite well accepted within society. Bankers, lawyers, teachers, salesmen, scientists, clerical workers…nowadays, you’ll find all kinds of inked people, which is amazing. There is an interesting article about tattooed professionals in Forbes that I’d like to share with you, if you are interested in it:
Tattoos have found their way into pop culture. Tattooists have become artists and tattoos are a way of self-expression. Nonetheless, even if tattoos have arrived in the mainstream, they still have a mysterious, shady and exciting power of attraction. Getting a tattoo still has an impact on your body for the rest of your life. Tattoos can be very personal. And there is still that little bit of bad boy image associated with getting a tattoo.
Already in high school I toyed with the idea of getting a tattoo. I always thought that inked people are so cool and that it would be great to have something so personal and kind of immortal on my body. But I never got serious about it, until a few years ago. I started thinking about what kind of tattoo I would get. And in September 2014, I told myself that if in one year time I still want a tattoo, I’d do it. So, here I am…about one year later…I got my tattoo.
Tattoo Studio Il Gatto & la Volpe
As I live in Lucerne, I was looking for some tattoo studios around here. However, there was one thing that was very important to me. The tattoo needed to be vegan.
And if you are interested in what ingredients are not vegan in conventional ink, you’ll find a list here:
So, I went to a few places in my neighborhood but didn’t really find the right place. Until, a friend at work told me where she got her tattoos. She said: “I’m just gonna drop him a message and ask if their ink is vegan”. Obviously, it was! And coincidentally, Marco, owner and tattoo artist at Il Gatto e la Volpe, had the official opening of his own tattoo studio just one or two weeks after I was told about it. So, I thought I’d go by and check it out. And because Marco and his studio were absolutely lovely that day, I decided to go home, have a look at their artwork on the website and decide whether to get a tattoo at Il Gatto e la Volpe or not. That’s how I found Moe Ducommun. The very talented artist who I introduced at the beginning. I honestly fell in love with her artwork right away. I would even love her work if it wasn’t for tattooing. The drawings are beautiful. You’ll find some of her work on instagram. I, myself, do not have instagram. Apparently, I am not one of the cool kids anymore. But if you do, follow her:
In order to prepare my skin for the following treatment, Moe used Hustle Butter Deluxe. I also used the hustle butter to moisturize my skin afterwards for the next few weeks. I have to say, this cream is amazing. And it smells really really good.
Furthermore, to actually make the tattoo, Moe used vegan friendly ink by World Famous.
A tattoo is something that you should actually be happy with for the rest of your life. Therefore, I am so happy that I have found (or Martina did it for me…thank you for that) the Tattoo Studio Il Gatto e la Volpe. Moe was really able to get my idea and artistically realize it. That’s why I can absolutely recommend the tattoo studio to anybody who would like to get a tattoo.
And finally, here is my tattoo:
And Moe at work…