I recently met Chao, a tattoo apprentice at a company in Shilin, Taipei. She was able to answer a lot of questions I had about how exactly one becomes a tattoo artist. Backstory Despite graduating from the best college in Taiwan and landing a cozy sales job shortly after college, Chao was dissatisfied. Her job wasn’t that bad, but she could feel something pulling her away. But to keep her parents happy she continued working.