I just realize I forgot to post tattoo photos from the tattoo convention! Shame on me! Let me tell you, there was some amazing body art there.
There are quite a few tattoo studios in Taipei (especially in Ximending), but I rarely see tattoos (at least visible ones) on Taiwanese people. Several people told me at the convention that although tattoos are gradually becoming more mainstream here, they are still associated with gangsters in the popular imagination. I think that’s interesting because after living in NYC, seeing someone with their entire arm or back tattooed doesn’t strike me as unusual.