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.