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ABOUT ME: I’m em. I’ve been tattooing for 10 years and have spent many years as a fine artist, graphic designer, and counselor. I tattoo at my studio, Scarlet Letter. We are feminist, anti-racism, queer-friendly, body-positive, and offer vegan procedures. View my most recent work on instagram

NOW ACCEPTING REQUESTS FOR BROOKLYN OCTOBER & LATE NOVEMBER 2019. Chicago books are FULL.

IMPORTANT: Please be sure you want to book a tattoo and are ready to cover a deposit before submitting this request. Deposit is $200 for tattoos up to 3 hours/$300 for 4+ hrs. This deposit goes towards your tattoo cost. My minimum per-appointment charge is $300.

CURRENT THEMES: I will be giving priority to flash and custom pieces with lots of freedom. I'm interested in surreal and symbolic tattoos that include organic/animal objects like plants with eyes, snakes, braids, crystals, birds, fruit, flowers, sea life. Mythology, fairy tales, and fine arts/abstract are compelling subjects. I’m also interested in working spot color into blackwork tattoos.

Please allow 1-2 weeks for a response to your request. Please do not follow up with us. We will send out offers for large/early appointments first, then once those deposits are submitted, smaller tattoos will receive offers. If I can’t accommodate your request, you will still receive a response.

+ TATTOO TIME/PRICE ESTIMATOR (click to open)

THESE APPROXIMATE TIME/PRICE ESTIMATES ARE FOR BLACK INK TATTOOS. THE MINIMUM CHARGE FOR A TATTOO IS $300. Exact estimates aren't possible because some tattoos take longer than others for reasons outside of our control.

  1. For tattoos that require lots of detailing, such as snake scales or feathers, double the time listed for the detailed area (x2).
  2. For full color or fully blacked-out tattoos, triple the time listed (x3). For partial color, only consider those areas.
  3. For areas where your skin is stretchy, such as the ribs or upper back, double the time (x2).
  4. Notice a subject limit on each item. This is the limit of objects you can include.
  • 4"x4"/PALM SIZED TATTOO: 1 hour & a limit of 2 subjects ($300)
  • 8"x4"/HAND SIZED TATTOO: 2 hours & a limit of 3 subjects ($500)
  • 8"x7"/SHOULDER CAP OR UPPER CHEST TATTOO: 3-5 hours & a limit of 5 subjects ($750-1250)
  • 9"x12"/QUARTER SLEEVE OR THIGH TATTOO: 4-6 hours & a limit of 6 subjects ($1000-1500)
  • SIMPLE HALF SLEEVE: 5-7 hours & a limit of 6 subjects ($1250-1750)
  • DETAILED HALF SLEEVE: 8-10 hours & a limit of 8 subjects ($2000-2500)
  • SIMPLE FULL SLEEVE: 12-14 hours & a limit of 10 subjects ($3000-3500)
  • DETAILED FULL SLEEVE: 15-22 hours & a limit of 12 subjects ($3750-5500)
  • FULL FRONT OR BACK PIECE: 10-22 hours & a limit of 12 subjects ($2500-5500)

Unless you are visiting town, tattoos longer than 5 hours will be divided into several sessions with a minimum of 2 week healing periods between. You will be scheduled for the next appointment at the end of your first.

Name *
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I am ready to put down a tattoo deposit on debit or credit card. *
Appointments up to 3 hours: $200 Appointments 4+ hours: $300 *Deposit always goes towards your final tattoo cost
I specialize in custom blackwork similar to etching. I do NOT tattoo: text/fonts, tattoos less than 3 inches high/wide, direct copies of other artwork/tattoos, watercolor, mandalas, or cultural symbology that isn't directly related to client.
Brooklyn, NYC: When can you come for your tattoo? *
Check all times that you are available. Saturdays book quickest. It's best to start tattoos at 1pm when the light and energy are good--please consider taking a day off if you are able. If you can come on a weekday afternoon, you will be more likely to get a spot during this booking period.
Only for clients whose tattoos will be covering self-harm, top surgery, or mastectomy scars:
Each month I offer 1 free hour of tattooing to a new client for a tattoo covering self-harm, top surgery, or mastectomy scars. There is a waiting list, so please request the scholarship ONLY if you have financial need. This maintains funds for those in need. Note: You will still be required to pay a deposit on your appointment if you receive scholarship. This discount is only for tattoos that cover the 3 types of scars listed above.