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Vegan Tattoos – Things to Consider if You’d Like an Animal Friendly Tattoo

james spooner and me

James Spooner and me at Monocle Tattoo in Los Angeles

This is a good short article that highlights the things to consider if you are vegan and wanting to get a tattoo. I didn’t become aware of this when I first became vegan, about 9 years ago, and I think likely a lot of people probably aren’t either.

But if you’re considering a tattoo, or adding to your current ones, and you feel strongly about making ethically and/or spiritually aligned choices about your lifestyle in all ways, then here are some inside facts on inks and aftercare products, as well as a list of some big-city establishments where you can find vegan tattoo artists. The list includes James Spooner whom I’ve referred local clients to here that are wanting vegan tattoos, as well as have had work done by him.

Yes, You’re Vegan, But Your Tattoo Probably Isn’t

And if you would like to partner in co-creating your own sacred visionary body art, you can contact me at

A Chance to Win a $400 Sacred Tattoo Design

vegan compassion tattoo

Compassion sacred tattoo design
Copyright ©2013 Tania Marie

A lot of fun stuff, as promised in my newsletter, is on the way to include contests, give-aways, specials and discounts, as well as upcoming new sacred retreats and workshops all to support your empowerment, heart-opening, inspiration, and courageous, evolutionary shifts.

You’ve all seen this sacred tattoo design featured here (which many of you fell in love with) that I created a few weeks ago for the right heart it calls to, and now it can be yours if you are the lucky contest winner.

Here’s how you can enter the contest:

For the first 20 people that purchase my book Spiritual Skin between now and midnight on Thursday 6/6/13 you will be entered into a drawing to receive this beautiful Sacred Tattoo Design entitled “Compassion” worth $400 of design time created by me.

To be entered into the drawing you will need to email me a copy of your receipt to that has your order confirmation.

The winner will be announced on Friday 6/7/13.

Spiritual Skin ~ Sacred Tattoos: More Than Skin Deep contains a plethora of insights that will touch your life in more ways than your skin.

This special 8.5″ x 11″ full color, coffee table-sized, easy-to-read book is only $26.99 with free shipping at Amazon. (That’s only 6 1/2% of the free gift value you receive and 1 in 20 chance to win)

Plus you’ll come to understand how this sacred design and symbolism in general can integrate healing and enhance your life and more!

A recent reader of Spiritual Skin shared: 

“I read your book and I have to say, I am not a reader, I buy a lot of books that I read half way and then give up. Your book is the only book that I have ever read every page of willingly. I’m writing to you in regards to a tattoo I would like you to design. I might actually want a few or just one big one. I’ve tried to meditate on it, but I can’t seem to quiet my mind completely. Asking you for your assistance just felt like the right thing to do. I have a Chakra book, a book on Egyptian yoga, I have audio books about the law of attraction, I have audio meditation guides that have been very helpful. I have books on angels (I love my angels), and I collect stones to try to meditate with them. I feel like I’m on the right path, but I’m just not getting something. Your book helped me understand a lot of what I have been reading about and listening to, more than everything I’ve been reading or listening to has. This is why I’m reaching out to you! Thank you for your time!” ~ Isabel C.

If by chance 20 isn’t reached by that time, whoever has purchased a copy will be in the drawing, which simply heightens your chances to win.  🙂

The book can also be purchased as a gift for someone or the design be given as a gift to someone if you win.

Spiritual Skin offers a new paradigm of enlightening perspectives on sacred tattoos that can positively enhance and transform your life.

You can purchase the book here:

“V” for Vegan – Pure & Simple Sacred Tattoo Design

vegan tattooVegan logos have gone through an evolution, but the message and symbolism remains the same:

“Veganism is pure and beautiful, a growth towards the perfection of compassion in action, victorious, alive and the part of the ultimate peace movement. An idealistic peace not just amongst human beings but peace with other species and our environment.” ~

I was asked to create a personalized “V” for a vegan animal activist who wanted simply to wear his statement of life path choice and compassionate mission in life as a signifying mark on his “Spiritual Skin.”

Nothing fancy. Just a new “V” that felt more aligned with him than “V’s” he’d seen out there and yet still felt to be part of the collective veganism movement. Something stand-alone potent and symbolic in its own unique way.

Use of the “V” symbol has become a signifying symbol for things certified vegan or certifying an organization fostering veganism. It also has come to designate that something involves “no animal testing or ingredients.” And of course, has been adopted by people who choose the veganism lifestyle, philosophy, and beliefs.

Pictured here you can see some examples of the “V” symbols out there found at


The “V campaign” has spread far and wide including at one time being found all over Facebook with vegans adopting the “V” in a circle by their name to signify their life choice, until Facebook took that option away. You now only see a few stragglers who managed to find a way to keep it.

It’s also been a way for consumers to more easily and quickly identify completely vegan, animal-free products – meaning they contain no animal products, were not tested on animals, and they did not involve the use of animal products in their manufacture.

As the use of the “V” spreads, it will also be a way to easily identify companies that share people’s support of veganism. And, the logo definitely also propels veganism into the mainstream of public consciousness more, raising interest in, and awareness of, the vegan lifestyle that people have chosen, as well as makes it easier and more accessible to take part in.

We’ve seen a tremendous increase in the number of people who are making conscious choices based on their own individual reasons, in reflection to shifts in their life, and this has led to more and more people adopting a vegan lifestyle. For many, it is a life commitment choice that people choose and desire to share as a reflection of who they are.

Today’s sacred tattoo design is representative of one person’s unique voice who has chosen to speak for the voiceless.

If you’d like to see an example of another vegan tattoo conveying a message of compassion, you can find it here: Vegan Sacred Tattoo Design. This design is available if it calls to your heart. 

If you would like to partner in co-creating your own sacred tattoo design to embody the empowerment you desire, you can contact me at

For more information about the process and pricing please visit: What is a Tattoo Design Consultation

Some people have preferred to read my book, Spiritual Skin ~ Sacred Tattoos: More than Skin Deep, especially if they are new to sacred tattoo designs, before embarking on this journey.

If you are drawn to learn more about sacred tattoos you can order a copy of the book here: Spiritual Skin

It is also available in Kindle and PDF formats here: Spiritual Skin

A Message of Compassion ~ Vegan Sacred Tattoo Design Available

vegan compassion tattooEvery sacred tattoo design I create is an honor and deeply moves me. Having soul resonance not just with each person I co-create with and support, but also with the vast eclectic, collective symbolisms and stories that channel through, really completes me.

I find this to be some of the most fulfilling work that I do because it encompasses so much of who I am, beyond who you see in the flesh before you, as well as has such empowering effects for others and the collective.

I’m excited about the pieces I’m currently involved with working on right now and today’s sharing has a special place in my heart on many levels.

Today’s sacred tattoo design is of great honor to share, as it is an integrative healing message that channeled through from a collective pool of energy. It is actually one I created for the sake of creativity and expressing a powerful vision that was guided to come through (much like my paintings).

It is available, if it calls to your heart.

I had been commissioned a couple of weeks ago to help create a sacred tattoo design for a special soul who is vegan and wanted something sacred that conveyed his individual life path choice of veganism and what it meant for him worn proudly on his skin.

I get inquiries and requests a lot about vegan/compassion- themed designs from people that are choosing to live more compassionately from the choices on their plate, to the ways they support the environment, and how they are consciously choosing to also embody more of this into their daily experiences with self, others, and all of life.

For some reason a lot of this has come in, not even just in terms of tattoo discussions and incorporating part of that in their design, but also in terms of people making life shifts they are transitioning through that have collective impact for all living beings, the Earth and Cosmos at large.

Perhaps this is why, I kept receiving a message to create a specifically symbolic design to mirror this energy that is abound and when actually sitting down to work on a piece for this person that was completely vegan-themed, it was a catalyst for this to evolve after. The other piece, along with a few more I’ve been working on, will be shared another day, but this design that channeled through, felt to be important to share now.

Once I completed the sacred tattoo design for my client, I felt compelled to create this manifestation of the essence that had been streaming in from another channel. It originated as an abstract essence that included multi-layers of integrative healing symbolism and unconditional compassion with a collective message, as well as created a powerful individual statement of life path choice.

The “V” vine and leaves that frame the Buddha’s Third Eye both expands the energy/message/unconditional compassion out through the crown as the “V” widens, as well as draws and focuses the energy into the body with the “V” pointing down. (The “V” has become a symbol chosen for many vegans to convey their life choice path.)

Interestingly, when I saw it completed, I remembered this vision had been one that has come in and out at different intervals over the last couple of years, but hadn’t fully formed until now. Timing is everything 🙂

As I’ve mentioned before, these individual sacred tattoo stories also have a connective thread to supporting more than the person it has been created for, as we are all connected. And when one person realizes their true being, all human beings have the same potential.  But this is the first time that rather than creating an imprint from tuning in to ONE particular soul within the tapestry, I was downloading and receiving from the COLLECTIVE tapestry and I feel that there is someone’s voice this piece was funneling.

This happens often, especially when I’m in creative mode and tapping into that unlimited energy, that I start receiving and things percolate at the same time. This is how I am constantly being engaged in processes, so that when I actually go to do the work, the work is already done and I merely have to allow it to come through.

Needless to say, this is the first design that is actually not created for a particular person in mind, although, as I shared, I sense that I was drawing in an essence mirroring of someone. And so, this sacred tattoo design will be the first of perhaps others to come that I am offering for purchase, already completed.

If this piece speaks to you as a reflection of your authentic soul essence story or feels to convey the collective message you embody, you can contact me to purchase this sacred tattoo design to wear as your “Spiritual Skin.”

For this piece, rather than go into layers of detailed descriptions on symbolism, I would rather the voices of these visionaries convey the heart-full message:

A human being is part of a whole, called by us the ‘Universe’ – a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. ~ Albert Einstein

Lots of people talk to animals…. Not very many listen, though…. That’s the problem. ~ Benjamin Hoff

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. ~ Anatole France

Who can believe that there is no soul behind those luminous eyes! ~ Theophile Gautier

An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language. ~ Martin Buber

Animals can communicate quite well.  And they do.  And generally speaking, they are ignored. ~ Alice Walker

Because the heart beats under a covering of hair, of fur, feathers, or wings, it is, for that reason, to be of no account?  ~ Jean Paul Richter

I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being. ~ Abraham Lincoln

All beings tremble before violence. 
All fear death, all love life. See 
yourself in others. Then whom can 
you hurt? What harm can you do?
 ~ Buddha

The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.
 ~ Charles Darwin

What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. All things are connected. ~ Chief Seattle

I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness or abilities that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again. ~ William Penn

Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.
  ~ Albert Schweitzer

If you would like to partner in co-creating your own sacred tattoo design to embody the empowerment you desire, you can contact me at

For more information about the process and pricing please visit: What is a Tattoo Design Consultation

Some people have preferred to read my book, Spiritual Skin ~ Sacred Tattoos: More than Skin Deep, especially if they are new to sacred tattoo designs, before embarking on this journey.

If you are drawn to learn more about sacred tattoos you can order a copy of the book here: Spiritual Skin

It is also available in Kindle and PDF formats here: Spiritual Skin

Spiritual Skin Holiday Gift Ideas & 20% Off Sacred Designs – A New Paradigm of You is Here!

As we edge closer to the completion of 2012, thoughts turn to the seeds we are each planting to create the evolutionary leaps of transformation we desire, both personally and collectively. A new paradigm of experience knocks at the door for our embracing. And what lies beyond the threshold is a new realm of conscious creation.

Sacred tattoos have increasingly been on the rise with the shifts taking place, especially this year of 2012. I have seen both myself and many clients experience huge transformations, openings, empowerment, and freedom through the birthing of their “Spiritual Skin.”

I’ve been so proud of the courageous embracing these beautiful souls have gone through and LOVE the stories they share of how their lives have changed in powerful ways for the better after getting their sacred tattoos. SO BEAUTIFUL!

I got two very powerful portal/gateway beacon tattoos of my own this year and had some out-of-this-world experiences take place within and without, including even in tandem with direct Earth shifts at the time of their birthing. And I’ve continued to have amazing experiences with direct channeling and manifestations linked with the integration of their energies with mine.

2012 has really been an awakening and transmuting for many and I’ve been able to directly observe how the tattoo scene has evolved back into the sacred art form it originated as. I also have had direct experience of hearing how people’s ideas and judgments have been transformed. Big stuff and I LOVE this!

Everything is energy and the energy is what comes through intent-fully chosen tattoos. They simply embody magick. Not separate, not defining, and not altering of who you are at the core, but are an extension of your energy expressed through you so that others can feel who you are and see with new eyes a whole picture that exists. They also help to activate and empower more of who you are at the core with the power of their intentful symbolism.

This has the ability to assist in DNA shifting/aligning and accessing portal experiences, which in turn collectively has healing benefits and openings – VERY MUCH aligned with the December Gateways we are approaching and what 2012 has been focused on preparing us for.

And, like I shared in my post Some Cool Tattoo Facts & Statistics – Transforming Lives One Tattoo at a Time:

As our inner and outer worlds continue to rapidly change, more and more people are being drawn into the world of body art, especially with the shift in perspective on how tattoos can actually help support a new reality of experience in your life. Sacred tattoos that are consciously and intuitively chosen in a way that most supports the intentions, needs and empowered healing you desire are increasingly becoming the new paradigm of tattoos that mirrors the now.

Several have contacted me about new empowering tattoos they are wanting, as we near the end of 2012. These to mirror their huge transformations and courageous leaps they are making, and to assist with the new they are seeding.

With the approach of 12/12/12 I keep feeling called to be of greater service in the ways I have to give and so I am offering a 20% discount ($25 off) on my sacred tattoo design fees for anyone who would like an empowering spiritual tattoo to embody your intents, as you walk through the last 2012 gateways of the year. You can take advantage of this special until 12/12/12.

For information on the consultation process, my regular fees, and testimonials visit: What is a Tattoo Design Consultation

All of the designs and completed tattoos you see in this post are designs I have channeled and helped to birth. (Click on each to enlarge for detail) To view more examples of sacred tattoo designs I have helped co-create with my clients please visit: Sacred Tattoo Designs

Each design is a custom creation that manifests from the inspiration received through open and vulnerable energetic sharing between myself and my clients. The greater the openness, the greater the flow between us to co-create the mirroring design of your soul.

I will be away facilitating a trip in Bimini from 12/15 until 12/22, so I will not be able to receive requests during that time, having no email or phone access. So if you would like to have the design created before then, keep this in mind. Otherwise, you can utilize your design services upon my return.

A personalized sacred tattoo design is a powerful way to honor yourself and can also be a unique and meaningful gift to someone in your life that is embarking on this journey of sacred body art. Gift certificates available.

And for the tattoo aficionado in your life, or if you are interested in a new paradigm of tattoos that mirrors the collective shifts, Spiritual Skin may be the perfect gift of empowerment.

Many who have been on the path of getting their first tattoo, or wanting to bring more meaning, spirituality, and power into their next tattoo, have read this book. They shared how they found it to be supportive in understanding how much more a tattoo is than they thought and found it helpful to begin their process of an intent-fully designed tattoo.

You can purchase a paperback copy at Amazon with free shipping for the holidays here: Spiritual Skin

Wishing everyone continued support with all of the changes you are making and peace, love, and grace to assist the process beautifully.

If you have any questions, would like to purchase a certificate, or would like to begin your sacred tattoo journey you can email me at 

Upcoming November Events Celebrating Art & Compassion

Tania Marie at Circa 92 Art Opening

I’m really excited to announce the debut of my new series, Universal ARKitecture to be included in the upcoming art exhibit at THE LIBERTY Gallery. All details below, including a compassionate Thanksgiving event and silent auction I’ve donated my services of creating a personally meaningful, vegan-inspired tattoo to.

Ménage MIXED…An Evening of ART+MUSIC+ WINE!!! featuring the Jill Warren Trio:

THE LIBERTY Art Gallery is turning 1 year old in November and I’m honored to be part of their special group, 4-week art exhibit in celebration of this and the creative arts. The evening will include amazing art, artists, live music, tarot readings, food and beverages, and fun.

There will be two celebrations to include an Opening and Closing Reception, each including all the same mentioned. If in the Los Angeles or Orange County area I hope you can join us for one of these events. Unfortunately, I will be away on vacation for the Opening, but will have my partner, Allison Jacobson there representing my work. The Opening is Saturday 11/10 and the Closing (which I WILL attend) is Saturday 12/8.

This provides opportunity if one date doesn’t work, to still be able to catch my pieces live in person, as the experience is so much more than what can be shared online in photos. And of course you can view them during their 4-week exhibit there. However, if you are able to make the 12/8 Closing Reception celebration, I’d love to meet you in person and look forward to connecting there.

This art exhibit will be the first showing of my new series in progress, Universal ARKitecture. All originals will be for sale and of course giclees on canvas and fine art paper are available by order. I’m really excited to share their debut at this awesome event. I will be showing all pieces that are currently completed, likely 8 or 9 by then.

Here are the details for the Opening Reception: (Closing Reception to be announced later)

DATE: Saturday, November 10th from 6PM-10PM

COST: $10 includes exhibit, music, appetizers and desserts

DRINK: Wine, Beer, Soda & Water available

WHERE: THE LIBERTY Art Gallery & Performance Space – 435 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, California 90802

PARKING: Street Parking


Jeanine Hill:

Laura Stegeman:

Tania Marie:

Ed Olen:

Joseph Bennett

Stephen Blaha

SPECIAL GUEST: Phillip Ritchie:

MUSIC: The Jill Warren Trio

TAROT CARD READER: Stefanie Medina

2012 Celebration for the Turkeys Event & Silent Auction:

I am happy and honored to also be part of this beautiful event coming up on Sunday, November 11th. Farm Sanctuary will be celebrating Thanksgiving with a compassionate holiday tradition – vegan style! – and in honor of turkeys worldwide and the rescued turkeys who now reside at this sanctuary.

Last year I donated an original farm animal-inspired painting, “Their Wish Come True,” I created for the Farm Sanctuary’s 25th Anniversary Gala event fundraiser in New York City, but this year I decided to give a little closer to home to the Acton location I’ve visited several times and volunteered at.

This year I have donated my tattoo design services to offer a 2 hour vegan-themed tattoo design (worth $250) to the silent auction at Farm Sanctuary’s Animal Acres in Acton, CA. The auction will help raise funds to continue the dedicated work Farm Sanctuary does in rescue, education and advocacy.  

This event will include the Feeding of the Turkeys to provide the rescued turkeys a feast of their own (squash, cranberries and pumpkin pie!), as well as quality time on the sanctuary to meet the animal ambassadors that reside there, inspiring presentations from movement leaders and a vegan holiday feast.

Come celebrate with compassionate people from near and far. This event is one you don’t want to miss!

Registration is $75 and includes admission to the event and a Thanksgiving vegan feast.

You can register here for this event: Acton Celebration for the Turkeys

If you have any questions about these upcoming events you can contact me at

Sacred Tattoo Consultations Now Available PLUS “Spiritual Skin” Updates

Sacred Tattoo Consultations:

I receive a lot of inquiries and questions about tattoos and people wanting to receive advice or get my input and ideas on things. I end up spending a lot of time, as it is my desire to be of service and help people as much as possible. However, I can’t possibly continue to keep giving away my time, as I have services I need to be tending to and have to utilize my time and energy wisely for all of the new creations I am channeling and that have timing needs to get turned out by, as well as “actual” clients I do assist.

So for those who would like assistance with zeroing in on the energy and specific design elements, placement, images, flow, etc. (for your sacred tattoo) that would be most resonating and supportive for your personal journey and what you are wanting to create in your life, I am now offering “solo” consultations via email (same as I did before with the sacred tattoo design process), but minus the actual design work.

Of course, for those still wanting assistance with me actually designing the piece for you, I am still available to commission for this work at the same service rate as before: Sacred Tattoo Design. This service rate of $125/hour was for actual pencil to paper time and the consulting (usually done through extensive emails), research, meditation, and any extra goodies I infused into the process were added gifts to the very intensive journey.

However, for those who still want the help, may not be able to manage the design service rate, but still want to ensure they are manifesting the perfect energy for their lives, you can now receive consulting support, which still includes the same process I offered before, minus the design work.

To receive sacred tattoo email consultation, simply contact me at The rate for email consulting is:

  • $55 per email plus response 
If more than one email is needed here are some packages:
  • $125 per 3 emails plus responses ($40 discount)
  • $195 per 5 emails plus responses ($80 discount)

Spiritual Skin ~ Sacred Tattoos: More than Skin Deep

A surprise is in store for Spiritual Skin. I will share more when I am able. Thank you to all the beautiful reader testimonials and for the loving support with this book, whose message I feel has really been part of a huge paradigm shift in consciousness on this subject. I’ll keep you posted. For any readers who haven’t shared a review, testimonial, or comment, I’d be grateful to hear from you. You can post your reviews here: Reader Reviews


After this month, the ebook – PDF version of Spiritual Skin will no longer be available. You will still be able to access it electronically via Kindle and get your own Paperback version on Amazon.


James Spooner working on my dragon

A couple of weeks ago Allison and I went in for a back-to-back “spiritual skin” tattoo session with LA’s vegan tattoo artist, James Spooner, who specializes in quality tattoos with no ethical compromise. Yes, he is the same James Spooner that directed the documentary film, Afro-Punk, that explores race identity in the punk scene. We love James! He is just a super cool, sweet, talented, eclectic, great energy, (and vegan!) guy! I met James at World Fest last year and had kept in contact since, watching the output of great work he was doing over the year. So when the timing presented itself, and Allison was game, it would be our turn to sample a little of his energy. Yay!

I was there to just touch up and finalize my magical dragon (so, no, nothing new!) It was super cool, as not only had I never went with a friend to get a tattoo, or had company along the journey, but the highlight was being able to see in person one of my designs come to life on skin! I had designed Allison’s very first tattoo, which started out as a lovely wrist design, but as she shifted, became a gorgeous and powerful, large upper back and neck piece! I was so proud of her to say the least and James worked his skills with the design to add some of his own magical elements. A potent co-creative sacred tattoo! Even Allison’s husband, Chris, joined us later for the fun (his first time witnessing a tattoo session)! Firsts for everyone!

We looked like we were camping out for the weekend, as we lugged in bags and backpacks full of vegan and raw vegan food and drink for the long day ahead (12:30 through 8:30pm). James is now at his own solo studio spot – Monocle Tattoo, a very cool one indeed, and we were excited to be some of his very first clients to visit the new studio.

Was interesting timing, as it was just two days into my personal time off I took, unbeknownst to me I’d be taking it!

We wanted to capture photos of the art in progress to be able to share and document, so we just shot what seemed like normal, random images (actually Allison and Chris did all the photography). But when she shared them with me today and I finally viewed the images taken, I was beside myself at what a comical array of images it was!! Or, at least it was to us! It was such a dichotomy of silly satire vs. the reality of intensity of the process. Anyway, will be sharing the images in a fun you-tube video montage soon. Allison still has a couple more sessions, so who knows what will be caught on film.

I had no intention of sharing the images, but since they were so naturally candid and just us “being us,” I thought it would be great to share the process.

~ Empowering lives, one sacred tattoo at a time! ~ 

If interested in a sacred tattoo consultation, sacred tattoo design, or have any questions about sacred tattoos or my book, you can contact me at 

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