Tattoo artistry has been around for a long time. The oldest surviving tattoos are those found on Ötzi the Iceman, a mummy found in the Ötz valley in the Alps who dates from around 5000BC.
Whether ancient or modern, all tattoo artists use creative and artistic skills to apply a permanent design onto a client's skin.
Some clients will visit tattoo artists will a clear brief on what they want; while others seek advice on the size, color, design and placement of their body art.
Most tattoo artists require a license, and can learn the trade via apprenticeship.
The nature of the work demands tattoo artists maintain a safe and clean work environment: wearing gloves when working with broken skin; sterilizing tattoo equipment and tools; and disinfecting work surfaces.