Tom was born in Seattle, Washington, a few miles from the Sea-tac Airport. He attended college at Rhode Island School of Design, where he earned his BFA in Film/Animation/Video.
He is currently sole proprietor of TOMTHINKS, LLC and works in his home studio in Seattle, creating portraits and animations. Clients include Wall Street Journal, Taco Bell, Mtv, PopTV, Quickbooks, University of Washington Press, California Sunday Magazine, LINE Global, Seattle Sounders FC, Brooks Running, and Asthmatic Kitty Records.
Tom is married to designer/Illustrator Jess Phoenix and has two cats: Roscoe and Reuben.