Having been in the trade as an apprentice since the age of 17, Cap Szumski has nurtured a
career that has earned him a reputation worldwide for his realistic black and gray tattoo.
Uncannily precise tattoo imaging in the photo-realism mode in particular, has won Cap kudos.
He's established a winner's reputation since the 1980s when he was based at Brian Everett's
studio, and, since July 1994 on his own at Timeless Tattoo, Inc. in Atlanta, he is widening
Cap's conversion experience to ink was sudden and ineffable: "I've always drawn on paper,
but when I got my first tattoo when I was fifteen or sixteen, it was just magic, the most
incredible thing to see an image on the skin that'll be there for the rest of your life."
The little eagle that got inked to his left shoulder (still there, by the way) must have
whispered in his ear, beckoning a life in tattooing.
Pulsatingly life-like photographic imaging is Cap's calling card, but in addition to that,
in a kind of dialectical process, he obviously likes to return to the old school tattoos.
The old school style gets tweaked under Cap's needle, one notices, as he experiments with
line variations and colors. Equally impressive is his religious iconography, such as a
recent Christ child-with-Virgin Mary image. Add to that the myriad conceptual possibilities
between those two and Cap has been there- or wants to be there: "I've never stopped
learning. I want to perfect my style."
Timeless Tattoo was designed to offer the privacy of rooms, but with enough openings so that
when the rhythm picks up, everyone can talk and joke like they do in a street shop. "There's
no pleasure like working in a busy street shop," Cap said, "If you eliminate the fun, it'd
be like any other job. The way we work it here, everyone is a good tattooer, and we're all
working to progress." Cap himself tries to do new things all the time: "Just something I've
never seen before in tattoo. A background. Or a layout."
That drive to excel still burns in Cap Szumski, and maybe brighter than ever. "I still don't
think I've reached my full potential with it all yet. I try to constantly learn. I don't
want to rest on my laurels, man. I want to keep at it and progress. I've been at it a while,
and it seems like this is what I'm going to do."
To view a gallery of Cap's work, click here