On May 5th, 1998 (a month and five days after signing a lease) I opened Temple Tattoo. The shop is located on a beautiful, tree-lined street, a couple of blocks from Lake Merritt and Oakland’s landmark Paramount Theater.
This seemed to be the perfect spot. I have always been very proud of Temple –the shop, the style, the vibe and I am very grateful for its existence. I am very proud of the people I work with, tattooers and assistants alike, past and present. Their names are not what is important in this acknowledgment; their drive, inspiration and intention are what’s special. The common goal: to do tattoos with love.
384 17th Street
Oakland, CA 94612-3335