A Canadian expat that has been living abroad in Asia since 2003, Carrie moved from China to Taiwan in 2006 to teach English as a Second Language. Today, she and her husband are co-owners of Reach To Teach Recruiting . Carrie also works as a freelance travel writer and photographer, providing regular content to several publishing companies and travel publications in Asia and North America. Follow Carrie on Google+ or on Twitter @globetrotteri.

60 responses to “Getting Inked in Taiwan: Needle No 8 Tattoo Studio”

  1. Erica Johansson

    This tattoo looks really good! And I like what it represents, that it has such a great meaning to it. Tattoos that stands for something meaningful are the best ones. I wouldn’t want a tattoo only because it looks beautiful, I want it to stand for something, to act as a reminder – like your hummingbird.

    And these guys Benjamin and Mason sounds awesome. If I ever visit Taiwan (which I hope), I know exactly where to go for my next tattoo!

    So, when will you get your next one…? Or was it a one time thing?
    .-= Erica Johansson´s last blog ..Music That Makes Me Happy: Enjoy Ya Self =-.

  2. Kelly Chao

    Dear Carrie,

    That is one awesome tattoo! Reading your article is really convincing me to get one for myself. And it is lovely that you explained the original meaning of the hummingbirds. I think it suits your in any way.


  3. Sarah

    I love it!! It’s beautiful!! Congrats on getting your first tattoo, it’s quite a transformative process.
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..‘We have broken the speed of light’ =-.

  4. Monica

    OMG! What a badass you are! Lol. I can’t even imagine how painful that was. No pain, no gain – right? I agree with Erica. Tattoos are a form of self-expression and it’s something that should be timeless.

  5. carmel

    Wow thats a big tattoo for your first time, I have 4 now and I still havent gotten one that big :)

  6. JoAnna

    Very cool! I don’t have the guts to get inked, but I’m definitely digging your new tattoo. Beautiful colors.

  7. Fighting Windmills

    WOW! It is gorgeous, Carrie! I love that so much of the detail was retained and the reasons why you chose it are perfect.

  8. Stevo

    Excellent, Carrie. I will keep this place in mind. I would like to get another tattoo. I know a great tattoo artist in Hong Kong but the idea of going to Taiwan just for ink is rather exotic.

  9. michelle gosse

    Amazing tattoo, I love the story behind it as well. I think the hummingbird suits you very well.

  10. lyn

    i love hummingbirds too, its a very feminine tattoo, with a spiritual meaning:)

  11. Kim

    Hi Carrie, that looks gorgeous! The colours are beautiful and the design is very pretty, much nicer than the standard hummingbird tattoos I’ve seen before. This one is delicate yet at the same time powerful, I’m checking out the artist’s site next! I also love your story behind the tattoo, it certainly beats my coworker’s “drunken bachelor night” tweety bird tattoo… So, did it hurt much?

  12. Cahleen

    What a beautiful tattoo! Watch out, it can be addicting. I thought I would just get one, and here I am with two. I know where I’ll go for my third now, if I ever get a third. =)
    .-= Cahleen´s last blog ..Belly Pic #1 =-.

  13. Recent Reads: Space Center Houston, Asian Street Stalls, and Thoughts on Bangkok – Travel Blissful | Travel Blissful

    [...] Carrie Kellenberger gets inked at the Needle No 8 Tattoo Studio in Taiwan. [...]

  14. Anil

    The design is great and the colors came out well. Sometimes the artists go light on women and the colors don’t come out as bold.

  15. Nora

    Gorgeous – simply gorgeous! As Anil said, the colours seem to have taken well. Awesome! (Good placement too)

  16. Nomadic Matt

    that’s an AWESOME tattoo and I normally hate tats!
    .-= Nomadic Matt´s last blog ..Of Shopping Malls and Supermarkets: Visiting the Unvisited =-.

  17. Peder

    Very cool Carrie, and my sympathies for your grandmother.
    .-= Peder´s last blog ..In Which an Old-Fashioned Writer Praises New Media =-.

  18. Yu-Fen

    Dear Carrie,

    That’s an awesome tatoo! I’ve never seen a more beautiful one!!

    My condolence too to you and your family who have lost your beloved grandmother! What a sweet series of pictures you posted to remember her. She’d smile!

  19. joan

    that is a beautiful tattoo and they did a great job doing an intricate job.

    hope you’ll vote on the best of taipei restaurants poll on my blog when you have time!

  20. Joshua Samuel Brown

    Looooove the new tat, sweetie. I’m glad you finally took the plunge. I want to get some work from your artist. My own massive arm piece is still a work in progress. Am planning to get more done to it in Singapore.

    You go girl!

    .-= Joshua Samuel Brown´s last blog ..Belize Day Three: On the Wings of a Dove =-.

  21. Migration Mark

    Very nice tatto, I think it looks great. I love on the first line when you say that the hummingbird is a reminder to “seek the joy in life.” That is an awesome attitude to have when doing just about anything.

  22. KewlGadget

    I love the brilliant colors. It came out very well. It is amazing that hummingbirds can go 2 miles must less 2000.
    .-= KewlGadget ´s last blog ..Multi-Directional Drive Car – The Nissan Pivo 2 =-.

  23. jong

    nice tattoo,how much did you pay for that tattoo ?

  24. Daniel

    Nice ink! I’ve been thinking about a hummingbird tattoo as well — but using the cover of Leonard Cohen’s album “The Future” as inspiration. Agreed that colour was the way to go!
    .-= Daniel´s last blog ..Looking Back: Saigon =-.

  25. Tara

    Wow that looks really pretty, do you know if they do ear piercings too?

  26. Annie

    Hi Carrie,

    The hummingbird looks so gorgeous with all that vibrant colors, Im flying to Taiwan in a few weeks and plan to get my tattoo @ Needle #8 studio since your tattoo looks amazing
    how much did it cost you in total in NT? I know theres a $2000 NT deposit.


  27. Regino

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! YOUR TATTO ARE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!wOw!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. terry

    the hummingbird looks gorgeous! have you gotten the peony tattoo yet?

    i want to get a tattoo when i move to taiwan and came across your site while looking for a place. it’s going to be a latin phrase so i need a tattoo artist that is comfortable with the roman alphabet (script style). i went onto needle no. 8′s website and saw some of benjamin’s work and there was one with the style i wanted…so i will keep this place in mind!

    i was wondering if there is anywhere else you may know of that have artists who specialize in those types of tattoos?

    anyways, your website is very interesting! i will be coming often :)
    .-= terry´s last blog ..055. 刈包 / 割包 / 刮包 / gua bao =-.

  29. rose

    hi Carrie!
    could you pls answer my question directly to my mail box???
    I hope you can give me some of the best companies’s name which producing the best tattoo ink in Taiwan.

    thank you

  30. Sarah

    Hey Carrie,

    I’m doing some research on where to get tattooed in Taipei and came across your website. I followed the link you provided to check out the needle no 8 tattoo studio website and it said that they couldn’t quote prices or accept appointments via email or phone. Because I’m not physically in Taipei yet, I can’t just pop in the store, which makes it a little complicated for me.

    I just wanted to know a rough idea of how much I’ll be spending if I decide to get my tattoo done with them. Can you tell me how much you had to pay in total to get your tattoo done and how long it took?

  31. Racheal H

    this is beautiful! i’ve been wanting to use the exact humming bird design but its so complex i have been turned down a few times by artists (partially b/c i did not have a high res version of the image). who ever did yours did a great job of simplifying it while keeping the unique character!

  32. kelly

    Beautiful work. I’ve had several pieces done… from Hong Kong, Denver, Honolulu… now I want my next one from Taiwan and have been looking for a reputable artist. I had it narrowed down to a couple guys in Kaohsiung but after coming across your blog/post, and since I live in Taipei, Mason/Benjamin seems to be a better fit.

    Do you know if they are in the same location? Please email me if you have a moment kbk1008@gmail.com


  33. Ulf Pattke

    Hi Carrie,

    have you time in 18.-22.02.2012 for a little Dragontattoo? (Holiday)

    You stay now in the 8er Studio?

    Thank`s from Germany,
    Ulf !

  34. Amanda

    Hi Carrie –

    I’m a total random passerby who stumbled upon your blog when I googled “hummingbird tattoo” – I loved the original design by Si Scott. Here’s the best part: I never clicked through to your blog beyond the google image search…but I brought the Si Scott photo to my fave tattoo artist when I came back to Taiwan (I live in NYC) and he said, “Oh, I’ve done that tattoo before in color” (completely nonchalantly). I got home and searched for the image again, and this time I clicked through to your blog from the image…..and realized your tattoo was done by the same tattoo artis–Benjamin Lee! How weird/meant to be!!

    Anyway, just wanted to share. :) Benjamin has done 3 of my tattoos (including my first) and I always wait until I visit Taipei to get my tattoos done, even though I live in New York and visit TW only every two years or so!

    Take care. :)

  35. Karen

    I accidentally stumbled on your blog when I googled “humingbird tatoo”…To me, this bird has a very special meaning!! When my husband and I met in high school, and were walking along, a hummingbird literally just flew around us, I out out my left hand, and it landed on my hand…And it let me pet it a few times before finally flying away…I knew hummingbirds meant love, so I just knew he was the one for me..14 years later, we are still married! And seeing this version of a hummingbird tatoo, really left me in awe! It’s gorgeous!! Thanks for this!! :)


  36. Dusty

    Carrie, I will be there coming up in Feb 2013, And I’m to get married there and we both would like to get a tattoo, but I’ve looked and can’t find a web site for them, do they have one or a phone number?


    Dusty :-)


  37. Nikki

    It’s funny cuz im getting this tattoo on my leg this friday the 1st of Feburary!!! But mine will be much bigger and will be almost a foot tall so much more can go into it.

  38. jeFFF

    Hello Carrie,
    I just wonder How long did it take to tattoo your bird ?
    I watched their work on their websites and I really want to go there but I am in TaiPei for juste one day, consequently i have no time for a big piece of tattoo.

Leave a Reply