Premium Tattoo

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Premium Tattoo is a thoughtfully intimate tattoo shop. They have kept their shop small to cultivate a personable and comfortable experience for both artists and client. The highly trained staff is encouraged to work intensely with each client to insure the manifestation of the highest quality tattoo.

Premium Tattoo opened its doors on April 1st, 2008. Matt and Hilary Decker offered vintage clothing in the front and tattooing in the back. After two years of the combination, they decided to give tattooing its rightful place at the forefront of the business and Matt Decker continued to tattoo alone until January of 2012. Lawrence Edwards was not far behind in joining the Premium Tattoo lineup and in 2016 Kiki Burghardt became part of the team.

Premium Tattoo was voted “Best Tattoo Shop” in 2012 and 2013, by East Bay Express readers.


Matt Decker began his tattooing career in the fall of 1993. He apprenticed in Albuquerque, New Mexico at Rune Stone Tattoo under Ricky Fairweather. Matt moved to Oakland in 1994 and since been tattooing and creating art in the Bay Area. He opened Premium Tattoo with his wife in April of 2008.

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  • Danielle Silva began her tattooing career in 2009. After tattooing around the state, Danielle joined Premium Tattoo in January of 2012.

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    Lawrence Edwards began his tattooing career in 2012. After tattooing in Oregon and California, Lawrence joined Premium Tattoo in September of 2015.

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    Kiki Burghadt joined Premium Tattoo in June of 2016.

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    Where is Premium Tattoo located?

    Premium Tattoo is located at 4130 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611. You can contact us at 510 • 922 • 8901

    When did Premium Tattoo first open?

    Established 2008, as Premium Tattoo and Vintage by Matthew and Hilary Decker.

    Our artists are Matthew Decker, Lawrence Edwards. and Kiki Burghardt.

    What are the store hours?

    We are open Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. We are closed Mondays, Sundays, and on most major holidays.

    What is the rate of pay?

    The shop rate is $200 an hour and our minimum charge is $80. Our artists are experienced at accommodating budgets of all size. We do not give quotes over the phone.

    Is there a deposit?

    All appointments require an $80 non-refundable deposit that will be included in payment of the days tattoo work. All rescheduling needs to happen 24 hours prior to appointment, time to prevent forfeit of deposit. All rescheduling must be done via the shop phone 510 • 922 • 8901.

    How do I schedule a consultation?

    Call 510 • 922 • 8901 or email to schedule a free consultation with one of our artists. Most consultations are held at 11:30 Tuesday to Saturday and take 15-20 minutes.

    Can I see the artwork before my appointment?

    The artists of Premium tattoo do not release original artwork prior to the scheduled appointment time. Any redesign needs will be accommodated the day of the scheduled appointment, even if this causes us to reschedule another appointment time for the application of the finalized design.

    What should I do the day of my appointment?

    On the day of your appointment you will need to be showered, fed, and wearing clean clothing that will be easy to work around. Be advised that the tattoo process may stain clothing. It is important the clothing, bedding and towels that will be used during the healing process also be laundered so as to prevent risk of bacterial infection. For this reason we also advise staying out of the garden, avoiding contact with animals and absolutely no water activities.

    How do I care for my tattoo?

    The sun can damage your tattoo during the healing process. For this reason, please wear clean loose fitting cotton clothing to protect your tattoo and allow it to breathe.
    Here is a copy of our care sheet.


    • No smoking or pets.
    • No food or drink.
    • No unattended children.
    • We require a copy of a valid state issued photo id, no one under the age of 18 may be tattoo, no exceptions.
    • Please no haggling or booth buddies.
    • We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason.


    Premium Tattoo
    4130 Broadway Street
    Oakland, CA 94611
    510 • 922 • 8901

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