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. He loves tattooing any style that his client is interested in, though his favorite is using bold colors with intricate detail. Not only is Tommy an artist but he is also great on camera. You may know Tommy from Spike TV’s Ink Masters as a finalist and a host on Tattoo Nightmares, a show dedicated to covering up your cringe-worthy tattoo mistakes. He is an expert at creating beautiful new pieces over your “tattoo nightmares.” Tommy’s artistic skill doesn’t stop at tattooing, he enjoys an array of art mediums from painting to even toy design. In fact, Tommy graduated from the toy design program at FIT. We are honored to have Tommy as a friend and as one of our featured artists. Thinking of getting your first ink? Take Tommy’s advice and “be different, everyone has one!” Thank you Tommy for being a part of the ‘Ohana.