Vegan Sleeve


Ben Pass’s amazing vegan sleeve was done by Russ Abbott at Ink and Dagger in Atlanta, Georgia. No offense to the bacon armband, but I think this is by far my favorite food-themed tattoo to date.


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60 thoughts on “Vegan Sleeve

  1. That’s gorgeous! I love the red peppers! The lettuce/cabbage is amazing, too. And the corn! The more I look the more new veggies and fruit I see.

  2. That’s amazing! Simply amazing!
    I’m trying really hard to not be jealous right now! But WOW!

  3. those are some of the best veggies i’ve seen – you can actually name each and everyone. i love it! and it makes me hungry, too :)

  4. Gorgeous tattoo.

    So much yummy detail of so much yummy fruit and veggies. Mmmmm.

    I’m going to go get some now. Hahaha.

    I love fruits and veggies too much. :P

  5. by far the nicest vegan tattoo I’ve seen to date, not cheesy or obvious, just beautiful artwork.

  6. Yummmm…. I’m on my way to becoming a full on vegan. This is gorgeous, I’d like to pick those strawberries off of there.

  7. I love the kiwi and the peach, thats amazing, if not epic. well done and wear it with pride from one vegan to another I hope you enjoy it, cause I enjoyed looking at it, I love the background and the grapes its just amazing, lol everytime i see it I find something else I like. awesome

  8. Awesome and it’s nicely paired with a kind of traditional background;
    cherry petals are not as interesting as a handful of healthy veggies ;)

  9. Wow, that is absolutely beautiful. The color is so vibrant and the detail is astounding.

  10. Don’t know but it feels so booooring.. you need meat, cookies – LOTS AND LOTS OF COOKIIES!! ;p

  11. Despite being vegetarian since the age of four and never ever ever liking many vegetables whatsoever (but I eat so much fruit, weird), I loooovve this sleeve, it just looks so beautiful and vibrant and colourful. The veg looks actually very yummy!

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  13. I saw Ben’s arm before this tattoo, and I must say it looks way better after. They put a ton of research into this and it paid off.

  14. I got to see this one in progress and it looked amazing from the start. Glad to see the finished work and way to go Russ. That guy is beyond talented.

  15. i think this tattoo is beautiful!!!!!!! stunning, even!!!!!!!!!

    i have toyed with the same idea for years…(im an amatuer chef, vegetarian, gardener!) and i still might do it. sorry :S

  16. but of course not an exact copy!!!!

    just thought i would clarify that before people started picking apart what i just said. calling me name and hurting my feelings real bad!

  17. Wow.
    Maybe I should get all my fave foods tattooed on me….bacon, eggs, biscuits and gravy, cheese, salad, onions…
    Yeah, no. Retarded, but good work.
    Nobody cares about what other people eat. I just can’t believe not eating meat would be that big of a fucking deal…at least enough to get a sleeve of it.

  18. What would be a big enough fucking deal to necessitate a sleeve tattoo? A nice drawing of a unicorn riding a rainbow? Who cares about what people care about?

    While the tattoo does remind me a little of Jehovah’s witnesses pamphlet artwork, it it certainly well done, and tasty lookin’ to boot.

  19. damn i love this tattoo i cant stop think about this vegan sleeve, its so amazing :)
    i had the same idea :S but you did it first, now i need to find a new idea ( i dont like rip off tattoos )

    so far this one of my fav tattoos ever

  20. Would it be rude to get a tattoo inspired by this? I would LOVE to get a fruit sleeve – it’s been on my mind for a few months, and this is just so beautiful that it’s pushed the idea into overdrive!

  21. I don’t think there’s anything rude about being inspired by someone else’s art. Go for it!

    (As long as you don’t copy it exactly of course!)

  22. Thank you for the great comments. Russ did an awesome job, like always. I love my arm. I just got tattooed by Mark Longnecker in Cocoa Beach today. I’ll have to post pics soon.

  23. Great tattoo. If you are looking for a vegan tattoo artist in Los Angeles, consider me. I do a 100 percent vegan procedure. Its not just ink, Everything from the stencil paper, to the soap, to the ink to the petroleum alternative to the aftercare is all hand selected to ensure its cruelty free. ( I make my own vegan “vasaline” for god sakes) . Check out my work and give a shout., I can be found at timeless tattoo in Hollywood.

    Go vegan!

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