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On January 18, 2013, I got my second tattoo, by the lovely Savannah Beck at Mordor Tattoo.

Mordor Tattoo

Mordor Tattoo

My first tattoo was “Vegan,” on the top of my right wrist.  The second is “269,” on the inside of my left wrist.  I chose to have these vegan tattoos inscribed where they are visible to others every day of the year.  The purpose is to facilitate a dialogue with people who may be interested in veganism.  My primary motive is to help end the unnecessary exploitation and killing of non-human animals.  A secondary motive is to attract like-minded people into my circle of friendship.

Please visit the 269life website to learn more about the global 269 movement.

Here is the powerful 269 mission statement:

“The nameless, faceless victims whose bodies are used to feed us, obviously had desires and feelings before their throats were slit open with cold, calculated brutality. It’s strange, we define ourselves as a “law abiding, moral” society, and yet routinely massacre innocent beings.

The branding of the calf’s number, chosen by the industry to be “269”, is for us, an act of solidarity and immortalization. We hope to be able to raise awareness and empathy towards those, whose cries of terror and pain are only heard by steel bars and the blood stained walls of the slaughterhouses.

We are all equal in our suffering, and if humanity has any chance of surviving and evolving, we must accept that oppression of the weak – whether excused by gender, race or species – lacks any rationality and fundamental sensitivity towards those who may not cry out using our language, but feel pain no less than us.

So we ask: What will happen with the individual numbered “269”?
Is his life not more meaningful than a pointless, sanguinary practice?”

269 Tattoo

269 Tattoo

Go Vegan...for LIFE.

Go Vegan…for LIFE.

The Shire Cafe in Arlington, WA

Yes…there IS a vegetarian restaurant in Arlington, WA.  Who knew?  (Me!)

I actually found out about The Shire Cafe when I started volunteering at  New Moon Farm Goat Rescue and Sanctuary four years ago (which is also located in Arlington).

On Fridays, I scoop the poop at the farm, and then I eat lunch at The Shire Cafe– with the owner of the goat rescue (my friend 🙂 ).  On weekends, after mountain biking, Eric and I like to drop in for a cold Mirror Pond and some dinner.

Located in the same building (the Mirkwood), is Mordor Tattoo.  Savannah did my “vegan” wrist tattoo.

Savannah’s work: my vegan tattoo

The Mirkwood has an ongoing live music schedule.  (Past our bedtimes!)


Back to the food!!

Just about everything on the menu can be made vegan.  There’s always a homemade vegan soup of the day.  Most entrees come with salad, soup or fries.  I highly recommend the soup, no matter what flavor is featured.  Here are some pictures to make your mouth water 🙂 …

Ruben Panini

Taco Salad

“Happy” Chicken Ranch Pizza

Gyro with soup

Calzone with salad


Sweet Potato Fries

Burrito with (extra green and red sauces)

Godzilla Sandwich with Tomato Basil Soup

Happy Chicken Caesar Salad

Veggie Burger and Fries

Taco Pizza

Grilled Veggie Wrap

Happy Chicken Burger and Soup

Pesto Pizza


I ordered a bowl of chili with some french fries.. Mmm.

Gyro with Salad

Grilled Happy Chicken Caesar Wrap

Are you hungry for some vegan food yet?

*April 2018 update: this is no longer a vegetarian restaurant. Vegan options are plentiful, but they do serve animal products.

"There are those who are appalled because I am so vocal about injustice, yet I am equally appalled by their silence." Lujene Clark

“Every time you purchase animal products you pay assassins to murder sentient beings for you.”

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