That's a pretty good drawing of Albert Einstein, but you should be really impressed because it's not ink on paper. It's ink on skin. Yes, that's a tattoo. See it among the crowded canvas o' tattoos on this gent. Almost all of the tattoos are the work of Anil Gupta, who was recently named by New York magazine as one of New York City's top tattoo artists. They called him "the Zen-calm master of precise reproduction."
If you are intrigued, don't just show up at his Lower East Side studio: He has a six-month waiting list for new clients.
Check out AnilGupta.com to see his amazing portfolio, which includes a wide range of celebs - tennis star John McEnroe, actor Christian Slater and others.
His philosophy, according to his site:
Anil firmly believes that with an open mind and a vivid imagination, it is possible to turn the tattoo of your dreams into a reality. Whether it's a miniature reproduction of an Old Master's painting or a Gupta original, he's proven time and again that no tattoo is impossible — a concept which is helping to challenge and redefine the contemporary standards of tattoo artistry.
Anil's work has received attention from the media on an international scale, including several tattoo magazines, the "Ripley's Believe It or Not!" television series, and many other forthcoming projects. His tattoos win awards at tattoo conventions all over the globe. Quite a few celebrities also flock to New York just to get inked by Anil.
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[Note: An earlier version of this post guessed the Richie above is Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi. But it's not. Anyone know who that is?]