Posted by SiLverBacKsteR from IP: 220.127.116.11 on 03/18/07 Harlem, New York
Lot of people could be in denia,l who would disagree with me. But the truth is simple that Anil Gupta, an INDIAN, AN INDIAN dude is No.1, is the Top Dogg, in tattooing business. Look at the fact anything u can imagine he can ink it ......from Japanese style to portraits to Realistic.....snakes, warriors, anything. HIS INBUILT ART IS TOTALLY DIVERSE. Most of tattoo artist have particular style.....ohhh i just do Japanese style (such as Ami James), ohhh i just do Gothic tattoos (such as Paul Booth).... So in conclusion from all the perspective.........
ANIL GUPTA is No.1
Note: if you strongly disagree with me........i recommend you to go on WWW.ANILGUPTA.COM and check out his work and and THEN POST YOUR RESPONSE ......their may be many potential tattoo artist for No.2 and onwards like Nick Baxter but none like Anil Gupta for No.1 in USA, hell in the WORLD.
Posted by gabe from IP: 18.104.22.168 on 03/18/07 OffTheMapTattoo.com / TattooNOW
Umm, sure. Theres no doubt Anil is amazing, but with any art there really is no number one, but more like 100 flavors of number one... while they may be few, there most certainly are other diverse talented artists in the same strata of Anil.
Posted by ~Josey~ from IP: 22.214.171.124 on 03/20/07 Spreading the Love of Art from the other side.
Oh Gabe, I wasn’t jumping to conclusions merely making a little joke….. For all I know Anil could be your client, Although you didn’t get too excited about the original name dropping as you usually do, Making me guess No.
We’ll it takes a man with some common sense not to straight out accuse someone of hyping for a price, But I do know you recommended a studio in my state simply because one of your clients bought an existing studio here changed the name but keep the same crew. Next thing I read is they are the best in the area, Why wasn’t they the best before ? Does onetime that I can prove make it a practice for you ? No certainly not, Does it make for an insinuation ? Certainly.
Posted by Me from IP: 126.96.36.199 on 03/20/07 earth
I looked and the man is obviously talented! His minature work is incredible and I liked his black and grey. This is personal preference but I don't like the washed out style of most of his color work. Would I with my limited experience call him the best I've seen can't say but all the work he shows is obviously high quality but when getting work I would rather go for the top in the type of tattoo I'm getting rather than someone who is good at everything . ex If I'm getting a black grey portrait he might be really good but I would much rather seek out Bob T I would rather be the best at one thing than really good at most! Just my 2 cents which may only be worth 1!
Posted by gabe from IP: 188.8.131.52 on 03/20/07 OffTheMapTattoo.com / TattooNOW
Baxters my client, not Anil, and I didnt realize that name dropping got me so juicy. I guess you know me better than I do.
I take it your talking about Steve Martin (who was a member of this site and a client of our studios before Joshua bought the studio). I know I recommended Steve before the studio change over, and I recommend him because he is the only person I know off the top of my head working in Tennessee. Might be the only one I know... Luckily we have jtats recommending the zillion other folks he has researched so our visitors get plenty of artists to peek at. Hey, for a while I was recommending Travis King (a non client) as the best in Tennessee... (I met him in Detroit a few weeks ago and he is really in Kentucky).
In any event, please list off the best in Tennesse so I can be better informed and avoid further insinuations.
Posted by nak from IP: 184.108.40.206 on 03/20/07 ca
so anil may be good, but have you ever seen his tattoos healed?? they dont heal well at all, also he is doing tattoos that will definitely NOT stand the test of time. they will eventually look like little bits of throwup. all the styles he does are usually reproductions of another artists work but he is just putting it in the skin. plus, he was forced to get a tattoo by filip leu, guy atchison, paul booth, jack rudy, and someone else, i forget..... anyways, he dosnt even have fucking tattoos, im sorry, he obviously is tattooing for the wrong reason, people who tattoo love it and cover themselves in tattoos as well.
i bet many artists can kill it at all styles, they just choose to post pictures of there specific style they like doing best that way people see stuff that they like and want to do all the time. and why do everything when there are specialists, if you want to get a specific style you go to someone who is known for it, and dedicates there life to perfecting that style. that way we all have are own thing, and have are own clients, and people can collect different styles from different artists.
and sorry gabe for the retard arguing with you about nonsense, hes a tard.
Posted by gabe from IP: 220.127.116.11 on 03/20/07 OffTheMapTattoo.com / TattooNOW
Thanks Joe (and Nak). I get plenty of thanks, and even if I didnt, I do it for the sheer fun of it all. As this machine gets built Im getting used to the haters (and they are coming in all shapes and sizes and from unexpected places like as one could imagine...). The hating is really just training for when things are working and we step on the gas... thats when the party starts... i think the map to navigating these waters is simple... No hating... or, er, always look on the bright side of life!
Posted by ~Josey~ from IP: 18.104.22.168 on 03/21/07 It's a message board, Lets learn together
Oh please !!! Gabe’s the guy titled “ Tattoo Snob “ whose claim to tattoo fame is to only promote artist against each other, Hosting bad tattoos web sites, pretty much acting as a authority to the general public. But to put him under the spotlight is to be a hater, Do you even see how ridiculous that reads ?
I don’t think we need a list of whose opinion of who is the best, Maybe to prove your sincerity you should just educate the public on what to look for in a studio close to them, Compared to advertising to your benefit.
Posted by gabe from IP: 22.214.171.124 on 03/21/07 OffTheMapTattoo.com / TattooNOW
When have I ever "only promotes artists against each other"? And I do host and develop badtattoos.com (which educates people on what not to get) for a client in CT... Putting me under a spotlight in not hating, making negative insinuations and assumptions is.
I work every day to educate people about what to look for. Thats practically my job description.
If your not going to inform us about who you think the best in Tennessee are then you have no ground to stand on when I dont recommend them next time someone asks.
Posted by Krystof from IP: 126.96.36.199 on 03/21/07 Pisst Fish, W.Spfld MA
Not for nothing, but since art is a form of expression in any medium, isn't it impossible to determine who the best is since the audience observing it has different likes and tastes? Whether it's tattoos, music, poetry or any other medium, THERE IS NO BEST! You can like someone better than everyone else, but that is only your opinion (which you're entitled to), it doesn't mean everyone else has to agree with you. And for what it's worth, read the back posts, Gabe has plugged SEVERAL people who don't have websites built by him.
Posted by fractal from IP: 188.8.131.52 on 03/21/07 hollywood, ca, usa
Aside from any of the ridiculous insinuations against Gabe in this thread (whom is a charming individual, and I have witnessed him do nothing except educate the general public), why is your strongest point in your starting post the artist's ethnicity?
Posted by Dan Henk from IP: 184.108.40.206 on 03/29/07 Brooklyn, NY
I live in NYC, and have seen many of Anil Gupta's tattoos. He even did a backpiece for an exroommate of mine. He's definitely talented, blows most artists out of the water, and works in a variety of styles. I've seen some of his stuff, including a full body suit, that healed up awesome. I've also seen some of his tattoos that fell apart when they healed up. He will even tell you he is in it for the money. He says he went to art school, saw way too many of his fellow artists with at least the same skill level he has, and took up tattooing as a way to make money with his talent. He avoided tattoos for quite some time, arguing that they are looked down upon in India, but finally caved to pressure. That being said, I and most people I know would much rather go to someone who excels in a certain style, rather than a jack of all trades he who is good at everything but truly great at nothing. I can think of at least 10 artists that blow Anil Gupta away. If we are going worldwide, I don't think Anil holds a candle to Robert Hernandez. In the US, it really depends on what you want to get, there is such a huge variety of styles. Anil can't do twisty graphitti inspired pieces like Cleen Rock One. He can't do the biomechanics of Aaron Caine, or the organic forms of Guy Aicthison. His realism in black and gray is nowhere near as inspired as Tom Renshaw, his crazy airbrush influenced pinups don't touch Joe Cappobianco, and I could go on until I'm blue in the face. You want to talk just NYC? I'd much rather get an awesome Tim Kern piece that dripping with an infusion of his style than a photocopy of a color piece translated into skin art. But hey, too each their own.