Scarlet Letter is a safe(r) tattoo & art studio in Brooklyn, New York City, dedicated to feminism, queerness, body-positivity, and anti-racism. Scarlet Letter was opened in 2016 by em16 (she/they) with the goal of providing quality tattoos and fine art in a tranquil environment.

Scarlet Letter hosts visiting guests in addition to being home to resident tattoo artists. Current artists’ work may be viewed on our instagram @scarletletterbk. Please contact artists through their individual instagram profiles to book.

EMAIL IS OUR PREFERRED FORM OF CONTACT. If you have a concern that needs to be discussed by telephone, please email your artist your number and a good time to contact you.


We are in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn on the border of Crown Heights, a 3 minute walk from the A/C subway to Nostrand Ave. There are several hotels near by if you are traveling from out of town. We are by appointment-only in order to insure the space is as safe as possible and avoid walk-in tattoo inquiries interrupting your appointment, we will send our address in a confirmation email after you book.

INSTAGRAM @scarletletterbk

Resident Artists

Em Sixteen @em16


In 2009, I learned to tattoo and began exploring the possibilities of drawing on human skin. The year before, I was in grad school getting my MFA after years of working at nonprofits as a one-on-one counselor and ultimately ending up sitting at a desk doing graphic design for a nonprofit. I enjoy working with people so much—and working in front of a computer sucked the life out of me. In this way, tattooing was a perfect career for me. I get to draw and connect with awesome people in meaningful ways.

My fine art work analyzes figurative depiction through large-scale immersive paintings and drawings on paper and performance. My art practice explores the multiplicities of identity as developed within internal and external representations of human form. Examining gender, class, and queerness via narrative storytelling is a consistent theme in my work. Much of this examination happens naturally while collaborating on tattoos with my clients.

Moving forward into my exciting tenth year tattooing, I am interested in working closely with clients on large free-form tattoos that take the composition of the piece on the whole body into consideration.

Contact em through instagram @em16.

Guest Spot

We occasionally host guests looking for a safe(r) space to tattoo or practice other client-related modalities. While you don’t have to have lots of shop experience, all tattoo artists must be licensed in order to protect both the shop and clients. If you are interested in renting space with us as a guest, contact em through their contact page.

Logo by Betsy Martin