We are a small family-run business, based in Melbourne, Florida. I started out as a henna body art and airbrush tattoo artist in 2002. It seemed like a great way to help the family make ends meet, while staying home to raise and homeschool our children. Very early in my career, I began teaching classes to other artists. Seeing how difficult it was for face and body artists to find safe professional quality supplies, I started selling products. The Amerikan Body Art online shop was launched in 2004.
Since then, my sons have all started working for me, helping to fill and label bottles, and ship orders. Even though we've grown from a simple retail operation, to what we are today, we still consider ourselves a boutique manufacturer/ distributor. We do everything by hand, in small batches. This allows us to respond more quickly to the changing industry, to keep our prices low, and to be certain that we are only distributing the highest quality products.
Our Commitment to the Earth
Since the beginning, we have always done our best to be kind to the planet. We are a vegetarian/vegan family, so we understand what you mean when you ask us if our products are vegan. Most of our products are vegan, but in the rare instance that a vegan alternative is unavailable, we are sure to mention that in the product information. We do not ever test our products on animals.
We operate very efficiently with almost no wasted product. Even testers and proto-type products are given away to be used, rather than disposed of. We re-use all of the shipping and packing materials that we receive from our suppliers, and when we do need to purchase shipping supplies, we opt for recycled, recyclable, or compostable materials. Many of our packaging choices are made, based on re-usability. We offer bulk sizes of our products, so you can refill your own containers. We do our best to source our products from US-based companies, to reduce fossil fuel consumption.
We choose our products very carefully, with great concern for ingredient quality and safety. While we will never test our products on animals, we do thoroughly test them on ourselves and our friends before releasing them to the public.