Owner of Empire State Tattoo Studio in Oceanside, NY, Thomas “Tommy” Helm started his tattooing career 17 years ago. With a innate gift for art, Tommy has been creating art since he was a child, which later brought him to the world of tattooing. In fact, Tommy’s journey into the tattooing world began while he was getting his first tattoo by artist Florida Frank. His philosophy in tattooing is to create a unique piece of art for each individual he tattoos. Tommy’s inspiration stems from Eastern European tattoo artists.