Saturday, March 21, 2009

My New Vegan Tattoo

I'm back from my visit to the Washington, DC area. I love going back to see friends and family.

Anyway, I came back to PEI with a new tattoo! Here it is:

For those who don't know, it's a modified version of the DC flag. I replaced the three stars with XVX (for vegan straight edge). I am from DC and have a lot of ties to the area and being vegan straight edge really defines a big part of me.

I discovered something while doing my research on tattoos: tattoo ink can be vegan or non-vegan! I didn't know this when I got my first tattoo. I'd heard rumors since but had never done a lot of research on the topic. Well, I spent hours online and was able to dig up some information.

There really isn't a whole lot of information (at least not organized well) available on vegan tattoos. The amount of research I had to do has compelled me to write a blog post or dedicate a web site to the issue. This is forthcoming.

Anyway, I did find out the following three brands of ink are all vegan:
  1. Classic

  2. Eternal

  3. Stable

The information really needs to be put out there for all of us interested in tattooing ourselves. I'm going to put something together and let you know when it's available. I think it'd also be helpful to compile a list of vegan tattoo artists. Given the choice, I'd much rather give my money to a fellow vegan.

I got tattooed at Tattoo Paradise, located in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC. The guy who did my tattoo, Shawn, was really nice and uses a mix of inks (some being the Eternal brand). He told me he follows a vegan diet as well. Anyway, I highly recommend them. The shop was clean and professional. The guy at the front desk also got me a soda when I almost passed out during my tattoo. (I hadn't eaten in a while and my blood sugar level was low, although I'm also a baby with sharp pain.)

Friday, March 13, 2009

I Have a New Vegan Cookbook

Yet another vegan cookbook has been published. Hey, us vegans like to eat!

The book is Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine. It was written by Bryant Terry, who lives and works as a chef in Oakland, California.

I scored a free copy of the book from Lindsey Triebel, the Marketing Manager for Da Capo Lifelong Books. (Thanks Lindsey!) I guess this is a perk of being a vegan blogger. (I also recently scored a free copy of the VegOut app for the iPhone and iPod touch.)

Anyway, the cookbook looks really interesting. (My wife was excited when I told her I had a copy because Amazon had been recommending the book to her.)

You can read about Bryant Terry here.

I plan on reviewing the cookbook after I get back home and my wife and I make some of the meals.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Propagandhi Interview on Recent Vegan Freak Podcast

Before hitting the road this morning to start making my way south toward Washington, DC I opened iTunes to sync my new iPod touch and was happy to see it start downloading. I knew that meant there was a new Vegan Freak Podcast. I was extremely excited when I saw Propagandhi in the title of the podcast!

I've been obsessed with Propagandhi since I was 19 and I'm now on the road to see them for the first time when they play in Baltimore. Anyway, it was strange timing that this podcast was posted just before I left for my trip.

Chris Hannah, lead singer of Propagandhi, is on the show and talks about the band's new CD, Supporting Caste, veganism, and many other things. This was a really good podcast (and a few minutes over two hours). I just wanted to give you all a heads-up and recommend that you download the episode.

Oh, also, if you've never listened to Propagandhi I highly recommend doing so.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Vegan Tattoo Artist in Washington, DC?

Does anyone out there know of a vegan tattoo artist in or near Washington, DC?

I'm considering getting inked again but would much prefer a fellow vegan to do it.


New Vegetarian Restaurant in Northern Virginia

I was perusing HappyCow in advance of my trip to the DC area next week when I came across something amazing: there's now an all vegetarian restaurant in Chantilly, Virginia! I could walk to the restaurant from the house I grew up in.

This is really a positive sign for me and signifies the fact that the animal rights movement really is continuing to grow. I would have never guessed that Chantilly, VA would be home to a veggie restaurant.

The restaurant is Lotus Vegetarian. Their menu looks pretty good and a lot appears to be vegan.

I told my best friend about it and he went out to try it the next day. He said it was pretty good but no match for Sunflower. But, what is?

I'll be sure to try it while I'm in DC and let you all know how it is.

(Image courtesy of Lotus Vegetarian.)