Little is known about Captain Magnificent, other than his name is John Karpinsky, he currently lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and that he puts his life on Flickr. The fledgling amateur photographer got his start in photography after convincing his wife to let him purchase his first digital SLR shortly before the birth of their son. He got the camera in order to document his child's life and fulfill his role as dadarazzi. Several fairly expensive accessories (and one whole camera) later and he has convinced himself of his own photographic genius, even if the rest of the world cannot see it. True artists are never recognized in their own lifetime, anyway.

He enjoys listening to pretentious hipster folk music, the more banjo the better.

It's probably best not to take anything he says seriously.

The Captain also dabbles in illustration, and although not classically trained by any means, he still attempts to bring ideas that bounce around in his cranium to life. His favorite tools include Adobe Illustrator and a drawing tablet.

Here's links to his Day of the Dead series:

Oscuro la Muerte by captain.magnificent

Muerte de un Cazador de Recompensas by captain.magnificent

Muertos Tormenta by captain.magnificent

Vara de Oro by captain.magnificent

Duende Azul by captain.magnificent

La Muerte de una Princesa by captain.magnificent

View the whole set here:

Prints are available in two sizes on Etsy. The Captain would like to point out that all proceeds from sales of these prints go to a family directly impacted by Multiple Sclerosis, namely his own. You can read bits and pieces about his experience here:


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    Doodle-Zook says:

    "I don't know Captain Magnetofu personally, but he seems ok. He doodles nifty stuffs and sometimes takes nice pictures of pretty ladies. So, ya know, there's that."

    April 17th, 2012

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    d_v_b says:

    "Captain Magnificent is the inverse Dorian Gray of Flickr. He gets older while his avatar remains a baby.

    I heard a rumor that he used to go by the name of detective.wojciehowicz, which is a funny sort of name for a Hawaiian.

    Despite his checkered past and his insatiable appetite for Drake's Ring Dings, Colonel Mag-Lite is a hell of a backgammon player and he jousts like nobody's business."

    August 26th, 2010

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    Grant O'Shea says:

    "Yesterday I went shopping at the local grocery store and saw a picture on the back of a box of cheerios."

    August 26th, 2010

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    Rainman662 says:

    "Staff-sergeant Above-average-o demonstrates in his photostream a slavish devotion to the idea that he should try to make the prosaic world of Wisconsin and Wisconsin-ites accessible to the world at large. I question that kind of thinking, but I suppose at some level you gotta admire his tenacity"

    August 26th, 2010

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    Vinnie The Fist says:

    "Ever since he changed his underwear, he's been so much more tolerable. Way to go, Capitan Magnifico!"

    August 26th, 2010

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    phillyverve-deleted says:

    "In many ways John is almost as good as me."

    August 25th, 2010

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    DenaIIi says:

    "Lieutenant Terrifico saved my life back in 'Nam. Vote for him!"

    August 25th, 2010

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    ssilberman says:

    "Faster than a speeding bullet.... Stronger than steel.... Faster than light...

    Wait. Sorry wrong super hero.

    I thought you were from Metropolis. Not Milwaukee...."

    August 25th, 2010

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    ♫ DeeVah ♫ says:

    "I like Captain Magnificent so much, I count him as a friend.

    He only counts me as a contact. Perhaps because I am constantly trying to steal his child. But, I'm not bitter."

    August 26th, 2010

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    MythicSeabass says:

    "Standing on the edge
    Of the Hoover Dam
    I'm on the centerline
    Right between two states of mind
    And if the wind from the traffic
    Should blow me away, I know that captain magnificent would be there.
    Not only to pick up the pieces of a life that had fallen apart, but to take pictures of it as well.
    And really, don't we all need to document that which is "The worst thing that has ever happened to us"?
    And who better to do it than this man ?"

    August 26th, 2010

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    alisonhulot says:

    "Captain Magnificent has the swishiest sword and the most intriguing uniform of anyone on flickr. If I ever had to make it out of enemy territory without ammunition or any back up, this is the man I’d like to have along. He also has world-class expertise in cheese making, though he keeps this a close secret. Don’t make this man a contact if you don’t enjoy laughing."

    August 25th, 2010

May 2008
Milwaukee, USA
Art Director / Graphic Designer
The Infamous Etsy of Captain Magificent