Emma has been tattooing since 2013. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Painting and Sculpture at Brandeis University, earning High Honors in Fine Arts. After attending university, Emma continued to pursue a career in the arts, first in New York City, then while traveling in India and Turkey. Emma completed her tattoo apprenticeship at Çinar Arts in Istanbul, where she met her husband and business partner, Çinar Topakli. They have since returned to Montclair, Emma's hometown, to open their second business, Painted Soul Arts.