June 08, 2013

Several weeks ago, while strolling along Bank Street, a sign posted outside Wicked Wanda's Adult Emporium caught my eye. It was an advertising for an 'All Vegan Tattoo Service'. Intrigued, I went inside to investigate.

Located at 382 Bank Street inside Wicked Wanda's, MOD Tattoo Boutique is the first, and only, tattoo shop in Ottawa to provide a completely vegan tattoo service.

At this point you might be asking yourself questions like; what is a vegan tattoo? What is a vegan tattoo service? And what the heck are you talking about? Those are all excellent questions and represent a sample of the numerous questions I put to Crystal Balser, the extremely friendly and knowledgeable owner, creator, and artist at MOD.

As it turns out, some inks, tapes, soaps, and applicators commonly used in the tattoo industry contain animal fats and/or oils, and although many shops in the city use a percentage of vegan products, MOD is the only tattoo studio in Ottawa to provide a 100% vegan service from start to finish. That means from the soaps that clean your arm (or other appendage), to the applicator used in the stencil, to the pigments in the ink, every part of the process is guaranteed to be completely animal free!

Crystal started her vegan tattoo studio at Wicked Wanda's in July 2012, and since then business has been growing every month. And it's not just vegans who are fighting for space in Crystal's chair; she explained that many of her clients like that she provides a more natural product and that all of the pigments in her inks are certified organic. Sold!

Bottom line, if you're in the market for a tattoo, this is the place to go. Crystal is an awesome artist, her tattoos are beautiful, and everything she does is 100% vegan!

If you want more information about MOD you can check out Crystal's Facebook page below, or better yet, you can drop by her booth at this year's Veg Fest and talk to her in person!

MOD Tattoo Boutique
382 Bank Street
Ottawa, Ontario

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