Think before you ink
There’s a two-year wait for a personal tattoo consultation with Tattoo Nightmares star Tommy Helm. Luckily, LINDA SILMALIS
wound up with the tattoo range from hilarious to horrifying.
It’s all given a reality feel with re-enactments of the circumstances under which the “victims” wound up with their ink.
While Helm has not had the honour of covering-up a tattoo in the “nether regions” like his Nightmares counterpart Rodriguez in the much talkedabout “ball sack” episode, he’s seen some shockers.
“There’s been some crazy tattoos,” Helm says.
Among them being the girl with the portrait of her father on her arm – which looked like Saddam Hussein.
“She was so small and it covered her arm,” Helm recalls. “The only thing I could do was cover it with another portrait.”
He believes most people who go on the show are not after fame, but seeking the chance to start again.
“These are people who genuinely want to get rid of their tattoo because of how it’s impacting their life,” he says. “And that to me is truly honourable.”