Think be­fore you ink

There’s a two-year wait for a per­sonal tat­too con­sul­ta­tion with Tat­too Night­mares star Tommy Helm. Luck­ily, LINDA SILMALIS

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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.”

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