Getting Inked in Taipei: Kevin Tattoo/UNITED TATTOO

Tattoos in Taiwan
Needle No 8 Tattoo Shop, Taipei

Last January, I was going through some personal struggles with health (as usual) and I made a very quick decision about getting inked in Taipei again.

Some of you may remember me posting about getting inked in Taipei in 2009. I got a hummingbird. Follow the link to Needle No 8 at the bottom of this article if you’d like to learn a little more about my experience there. It is a great tattoo shop, and I have sent plenty of friends there, but there is always at least a two-week wait time with this shop.

This time, I didn’t want to wait, so I went to an outdoor tattoo shop in Ximending, called Kevin Tattoo, which is 12 minutes from my home.

Kevin Tattoo/UNITED TATTOO in Ximending

All in all, I have nothing but great things about Kevin Tattoo in Ximending. My hat is off to Adrian, my tattoo artist, for doing my watercolor tattoo and my sister’s watercolor tattoo. He works incredibly fast and he is very confident with his artistry.

Kevin Tattoo was opened first, and its sister shop, UNITED TATTOO opened a while afterwards. I have been bringing all my friends to UNITED TATTOO because I love Adrian’s tattoo work and I can’t recommend him enough.


Kevin, the man who owns both Kevin Tattoo and United Tattoo in tattoo alley in Ximending is famous throughout Taiwan. His tattoo artists are fantastic. They create your tattoo on the spot, and then they draw it on you, which is something I’ve never seen before. The other tattoos I have were all transferred onto my skin first by paper and then completed.

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You can see the drawing of my sister’s tattoo before Adrian started her tattoo below. In the top left photo, he is crouched behind her drawing on her forearm freestyle. Pretty cool, right?

Shauna vs Taiwan

This is an outdoor tattoo shop, which means that the front end of the shop is open with thousands of people walking by all day. They roll a gate down at night to keep the shop safe. There are a few dogs and a cat in the shop as well, but everyone is friendly and easy-going, and the animals are nice.

The shop is surprisingly very, very clean. Plus they have lots of cookies and chocolates to help you keep your energy up during your session.

Everyone was so impressed with my new forearm tattoo (which doesn’t hurt in this area, by the way), I ended up sending four friends to see Adrian at the shop within a month of getting my dragonfly.

When I went home this summer, my sister, who has seven tattoos, said she had seen nothing like it, so when my sister came to Taiwan in September, the first thing she wanted to do was go and see Adrian at Kevin Tattoo’s sister shop UNITED TATTOO in Ximending.

She got hers in the same place, so now we match.

So, a little about my first new tattoo at UNITED TATTOO:Dragonfly Tattoo - Carrie Kellenberger

The dragonfly, in almost every part of the world, represents change and transformation. Dragonflies also represent joy, adaptability, and lightness of being.

I have been in constant, never-ending chronic pain for many years. Pain changes you and, at times, I get depressed from the pain which never seems to end.

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I decided to get a new tattoo in a place where I could see it every single day as a reminder to myself to find a piece of joy every single day.

My tattoo incorporates the word ‘joy’ into the tail of the dragonfly, which helps me to remember to find joy no matter were I am.dragonfly-symbolism

Many thanks to Anna for translating my tattoo idea perfectly to Adrian. I am so impressed with Kevin Tattoo. You exceeded my expectations for a very reasonable price. Thank you so much for this my beautiful and original tattoo. I will be back!
And here is my second tattoo at UNITED TATTOO, done by the amazing Adrian once again. This man could tattoo my heart if he wanted to. He is fantastic.UNITED TATTOO

This is a new tattoo that I got on August 19, 2017. It’s my second tattoo with Adrian at UNITED TATTOO, and I’ve brought about a dozen people to him since I got my dragonfly tattoo a few years ago.

This is a black beauty peony, a flower of healing and used for inflammation in TCM, named after Paeon, physician to the Greek Gods. It is said that Paeon discovered the plant’s many curative properties.

It is revered in the east and west. My mom has grown peonies for as long as I can remember and my sister had them in her wedding bouquet, so this carries a lot of significance for me.

This is my first flower tattoo. I tend to lean towards things with wings and cats. Anyways, there is a plan in motion now for both arms.

Coincidentally, the blood techs will have no problems finding my veins with this arm. All they have to do is follow the line.

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Where to go if you want to get inked in Taipei or Taiwan:

There are dozens of tattoo studios in Taipei, including a special area of tattoo studios in the back alleys of Ximending.

Kevin Tattoo and United Tattoo are owned by the same person and they are right across the alley from each other. Call the shop and ask for Anna, who speaks fluent English or drop by their shop to see if an artist is available. I’ve always worked with Adrian.

Kevin Tattoo – Facebook


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Needle No 8 Tattoo Shop in Taipei

Kaohsiung has plenty of fantastic tattoo artists. The annual Kaohsiung Tattoo Convention is held every year in March or April. I attended the 7th Annual Kaohsiung Tattoo Convention in April 2016, where I got inked by a special artist that I have been waiting to meet for quite some time.



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Post Author: Carrie Kellenberger

I'm a chronically ill Canadian expat who has been living abroad in Asia since 2003. I moved from China to Taiwan in 2006. My husband and I have owned our own business in Taiwan since 2012. In addition to my own work, I've been writing professionally about Asia, travel and health advocacy since 2007, providing regular content to several publishing companies and travel publications in Asia and North America. Follow Carrie on on Twitter @globetrotteri or on Instagram at

5 thoughts on “Getting Inked in Taipei: Kevin Tattoo/UNITED TATTOO

    Cez of eTramping

    (February 25, 2017 - 1:20 am)

    That is fantastic work! If I ever fancy some ink while in the area I know where to go.


    (April 13, 2017 - 12:32 am)

    It looks amazing! Thinking of going to see Adrian at some point soon, how much were both your tattoos? Never had anything done in Taiwan so I was just wondering if I should expect similar prices as the UK. Thanks!

      Carrie Kellenberger

      (April 19, 2017 - 4:42 pm)

      Hi Cat. I have no idea what prices are like in the UK, but my tattoo with the dragonfly was NT8,000. My sister’s tattoo was twice as much because it is so much larger. I think she paid NT16,000 for hers, but I can’t remember exactly. The prices seemed reasonable to me compared to what we pay for tatts in Canada. They’d be more expensive there for this kind of work.


    (April 18, 2018 - 2:23 am)

    I am a Canadian Citizen currently in Taipei for the next 2 weeks, In Thailand I began a series of traditional Buddist Tattoos with Sanscript writing and traditional designs. Do you have an artist or are you aware of an artist who speciallizes in this type of art work?

      Carrie Kellenberger

      (April 23, 2018 - 12:43 pm)

      Hi Claudette,

      The only artists I know are at Kevin Tattoo/United Tattoo since this is where I do all my ink work. You’d need to contact them to find out. I put their contact details in my post. When you call, ask for Ana. She speaks English and can assist you. You can tell her that Carrie, their Canadian friend who comes in all the time, sent you to them.

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