Bio

Tommy Helm has been living a life of art since he was a child. As a teen, he created murals, painted jackets and worked with oil paints, which translated into him pursing art as a career. He graduated from FIT and decided that the corporate world was not for him. Tommy was inspired to enter the world of tattooing by an artist, an old biker named Florida Frank, the man behind his own first taste of ink – a tribal tattoo. Tommy has more than 16 years experience under his belt and is the owner of Empire State Studio located in Oceanside, NY. His favorite style of tattooing involves solid and bold colors with lots of detail and it has proven to be very popular with clients.

Other Mediums | Spray paint, Markers, and Colored Pencils. I just started experimenting with oils with hopes to become good with them.

Influences | Maxfeild Parrish, The Bird, OE ,Os Gemenos, My Wife and too many others to list.

Favorite Style of Tattoos | Anything that the customer is psyched to wear for the rest of their lives. I love doing tattoos with solid bold color and lots of detail.

15 thoughts on “Bio

  1. Yo tommy i was wondering if you do scars? I have a pretty gnarly one on my upper forearm and its just a bad reminder of what happened.. Ive been a big fan ever since i saw your work on inkmaster and honestly i think you shouldve won but whatever i’d say your more famous than shane is haha just get back to me as soon as you can so i can send you some pictures of my arm and go from there.

  2. Tommy,
    Im sure you get this all the time but im a huge fan. I reside in Northern California and must say ive admired your work since you appeared on ink master. Im looking to finish my quarter sleeve and would love to book with you. im prepared to give an advance to secure a spot as im sure you have a looong loong waiting list of clients. if possible please respond. Thank you Angel.

  3. As you are no longer taking new clients, any recommendations on a decent cover up artist in the Detroit area.? I’ve been unsuccessful in my research both online and speaking with local tattoo artists asking for their feedback. Frustrating. Most artists have said just laser it then find someone to tattoo over it. However, you seem to be capable of the challenge without laser being involved…thoughts? I’m frustrated. It’s not very big at all. Comparable to the solid black pentagram on season 2 episode 1. Thanks for the ear! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    • Thank you for watching and supporting the show. I am unable to review any tattoos to give advice or to see if they are coverable due to the overwhelming amount of appointments I already have scheduled. There are so many artists in so many different cities, it would be impossible for me to refer you to someone. Internet, social media, word of mouth and reviewing portfolios are the best ways to find and choose an artist.

  4. Love your work, love your attitude, from one NY artist to another. If only you were single.
    Lol.
    I truly wish you all the very best success in everything you do.
    Peace

  5. You are an absolutely amazing artist and I fell in love with your work while you were on Ink Master. When I saw you were getting your own show, I was so excited. While I know you are very busy, my dream is to be tattooed by you one day. If you can do amazing tattoos, even while trying to cover an existing tattoo, I can’t even begin to imagine what you could do with only the limitations of your imagination and the clients idea.

  6. Hi tommy
    I was wondering if its possible to buy a sketch off of you so I can hang up in my room? Im just curious. I love your work and I’m in love with the Tattoo Nightmares. Thank you.

  7. Hey there Tommy!
    I’m Pinky and I hail from Australia! I just want to let you know how much of an inspiration you are to me! I’ve been watching ink master and tattoo nightmares and your work truly amazes me, I hope that someday I can be an amazing artist as yourself!
    Keep up the amazing work! Love from Australia.
    Pinky xo

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