Body art professionals, like Anna Sica, are turning to animal-free inks to create beautiful vegan tattoos. If you’re vegan, you know that when it comes to animal-friendliness, not all commodities are created equally. While assuring the absence of animal products in things like food, cosmetics, and clothing is standard practice for seasoned vegans, many are unaware that body art requires research, too. To make pigments pop, many tattoo inks include bone char, gelatin, and shellac, each of which is derived from various animals.
Photographer Richard Gottardo recently captured the spectacular glow of the Northern Lights as they filled the skies above the Rocky Mountains. Although the gorgeous spectacle is difficult to forecast, everything finally came together for Gottardo in mid-April. Not wanting to miss the opportunity due to cloud cover, the Toronto-based photographer drove 5 hours to Revelstoke, British Columbia, rented a snowmobile, ventured to the top of a mountain, and camped out overnight in order to document the naturally stunning light display.
Proper planning, a minimal amount of cloud cover, and a lot of patience allowed Gottardo to capture this natural phenomenon, where incredibly vivid greens and purples filled the starry night sky. In addition to the still images, he also created a time lapse video that was shot over the course of three months and which can be viewed below.