Tribe Tattoo parlours in both Edinburgh and Glasgow offer fully vegan work and immaculate designs for 20 years, so you’ll be in safe and well-practised hands.
Our studios have been serving Edinburgh and Glasgow- and the rest of Scotland and beyond- since 2000.
We pride ourselves on our passion for and love for all types of body art, be it an ear piercing or a full body suit of Japanese style. We also offer laser tattoo removal (for those pieces you wish you didn’t have) and in our Tribe Edinburgh shop, we also offer semi-permanent make up.
Our artists all have their own fields of expertise, and having so many artistic styles to choose from, we can make sure you get the perfect artist for your project.
If you are planning a new piece, please feel free to check out our artists’ galleries. Between us we think we have most styles covered- from ornamental, floral, abstract, etching style, script, soft black and grey, colour realism and portraiture to Japanese and tribal designs, to name just a few- all done with the personal style of the individual artist.
So, if your idea is just a small hidden symbol or a full body suit of Japanese art, speak to our tattooists and we will be able to make it happen for you.
Tribe Tattoo Glasgow Studio:
Our popular and well-renowned sister studio, Tribe Tattoo Glasgow, is based amidst eclectic restaurants and bars in the city’s trendy West End. As one of the best tattoo studios in Glasgow, our talented team pride themselves on delivering quality service and using their unique and extensive skills to create remarkable art pieces for our customers.
Our ideal location, close to Glasgow University, just off Great Western Road hosts our crew of tattooists, piercers and laser tattoo removal specialists. Our diverse range of talent allows us to cater to all tastes and wants when it comes to body art. Our passion for creativity and design are what make us so well known within the body art community and have led us to become one of the city’s finest and most reliable tattoo studios.
Our Glasgow team are comprised of some of the best tattoo artists in the city, using their innovative skills and unique artistic abilities to create extraordinary body art. Our talented crew are what have led us to be well-known and keep our customers coming back, referring us to family and friends.
Our artists are Morag Sangster, Simon Farmer, Tim Sandys, Raffaella Ricci and Brunella Ricci. All artists bring their own original style to the table which allows them to create individual visions for our clients that are striking and meaningful. Check out our team’s personal blogs to find out who they are, their artistic techniques and examples of their work.
Tribe Tattoo Edinburgh Studio:
Tribe Tattoo Edinburgh started life in a small shop on West Nicolson St in the city’s Southside in 1999 near the university. Before long we were bursting at the seams but were reluctant to give up our spot on such a great wee street, surrounded by alternative shops, great snack bars and of course just opposite the Pear Tree pub and beer garden. We decided we needed another tattoo studio in Edinburgh, and the only other street with the same alternative buzz at the time was Cockburn St, off the Royal Mile- historically the most famous stretch of counter culture in Scotland- so we set up shop there. Sadly, Cockburn Street has lost its ‘cool’ and is now mostly tourist shop orientated, so we went on the move again……we found a beautiful studio on Broughton Street, which we had for nearly 10 years.
As much as we loved being part of the Broughton Street village, having our team split into two camps had its challenges, and we felt we would prefer to all work together in one big studio, so when, in 2016, we got a chance to rent a large shop just opposite our original, small space on West Nicolson St, we jumped on it! Now we are next to the Pear Tree pub, instead of opposite it, and our old shop now belongs to Deadhead comics, a small independent comic shop with a cult following. A worthy successor to our beloved studio!
Tribe Tattoo Edinburgh is the friendly and warm studio in Edinburgh’s University area, with work spaces for 6 artists, laser technicians and George the piercer. The studio offers tattooing body piercing (including dermals), laser tattoo removal and cosmetic tattooing in a diverse range of styles.
We specialise in custom tattooing, but we also offer any style of flash designs. Our international award-winning artists all have their specialties and favourite styles, so if you are looking for something special we are bound to have the artist for you.
If you are looking for your first piece of ink or are working on completing a back piece, we cover all styles, from small symbols to large tribal designs, from simple script to Japanese sleeves and everything in between.
– all our products are vegan
but if you can’t come to our studio or visit an artist elsewhere, here’s 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.
ALSO OF INTEREST ARE….
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.
HAPPY VEGAN TATTOO COLLECTING !!!!!