To become a tattoo artist, in-depth training is involved. In most cases, an aspiring tattoo artist must seek a training program, often in conjunction with an apprenticeship. This apprenticeship must take place with a well established and licensed artist, who will teach you the hygienic requirements, and the appropriate methods of tattooing. An apprentice will begin the first months of their training completing menial tasks around the tattoo parlor such as cleaning and printing tattoos, and administration work. They will also spend a great deal of time observing tattoos being created. Further down the track, an apprentice will begin to learn how to work with needles and mix inks. Over time, they will begin to practice using the tattoo machine on fake skins or fruits. Eventually, they will be able to complete their first tattoos on living skin. After several years, an apprentice will be able to submit their request for a tattooing license.