Tattoo Info


How do I go about finding a design/ getting a custom piece designed up?

Good old google is a great place to start looking for designs but so is artwork and fabrics. 

If you are looking for japanese inspiration -

Mandala ideas -

black and grey -

Next contact your local tribe studio - glasgow or edinburgh either by phone, email or by popping in.

Bring/email any reference images and let us know size, placement, colour choices and anything else relevant to the tattoo.

From all that we can organise either a free consultation with the most suitable tribe artist or if its pretty straight forward a time and cost for the tattoo so you can just go ahead and book..

Tattoo aftercare..


* remove the dressing after at least one hour and wash the tattoo with mild soap and warm water.

*pat dry with a clean towel or kitchen roll.

*once the tattoo has dried completely (15mins) apply a thin layer of bepanthen (nappy cream - contains lanolin). Recommended Vegan tattoo aftercare is Ultrabalm from Lush or hustle butter (available online). continue to apply a thin layer of cream 3 times a day until healing is complete.

*after  a few days the tattoo will form a scab. Do NOT pick it off  as this will result in pale patches in your tattoo.

*your tattoo will go through various stages during the healing process, from raised and scabby and then pale looking. DO NOT PANIC. This is perfectly normal and should not be interefered with. Be gentle to the skin, do not apply harsh creams and do not scratch. Always wash your hands before touching your healing tattoo.

*keep the tattoo out of the sun as much as possible for the first 3 weeks and after that it is advisible to apply sunblock when sunbathing.

*avoid soaking the tattoo in water until it is healed(showers are fine) - avoid saunas until it is healed.

*the healing process will take between 7 and 10 days, possibly longer if you have large areas of solid colour.

if you have and quesstions or problems contact us .. glasgow  or edinburgh 


Vegan Tattoos


what you need to know...

Some products used during the tattooing process might not be vegan. The three things to watch out for are the inks, transfer paper(to get the stencil on) and the aftercare products. Here is a guide to help you get a vegan tattoo.


most coloured tattoo inks contain glycerin, which is a byproduct of the soap industry. Soap can be made from tallow(animal product) or vegetable oil, so the ink manufacturer needs to know which source their glycerin comes from to determine whether their ink is vegan or not. Here is a list of some of the tattoo pigment brands who have stated that their inks are vegan .....

Dermaglo      SkinCandy   Fusion  Intenze  Eternal  Solid  Silverback  Starbrite  Sumo  Alla Prima 

you could ask your tattooist if these are inks he or she uses, or try to buy some of your own to bring with you. Just remember that most tattooists prefer certain brands and that most tattoo suppliers only sell to registered artists. You might need to work with your tattooist on that one.


The main aftercare product recommended by tattooists is bepanthen, which unfortunately is not vegan as it contains lanolin. We have had good results with ultrabalm from lush, and there are other products on the market which cater specifically or incidentally to vegans . we dont endorse any specifically,, its down to personal taste.


RAZORS - some razors contain a soapy strip, which may or may not be vegan. Generally these are not used in tattooing but you can check with your tattooist.

PETROLEUM JELLY - rumours have been circulating on the internet that petroleum jelly is filtered through bone char. after extensive searching we have not been able to confirm this. writing to vaseline about this resulted in an email from them stating that no animal products are used in the manufacture of vaseline.

UNETHICAL COMPANIES - some products from companies who test on animals can be used in tattooing. even if these products are vegan., some customers and/or artists may object to their use. these include dettol or vaseline but alternatives are available.