On May 5th 1998, a month and 5 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. Now in 2010, it’s our 12th year in. I am very proud of the people I work with, tattooers and assistants alike, past & 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.