KICKING THE HORNET’S NEST
Surfing, pop culture, nostalgia, the ’90s — all are inspiration for Walker’s designs, the fuel for his work. So, when Pokémon Center approached him for a special collaboration, he felt like he’d just been gifted the holy grail. The five-board collection, featuring the Pokémon Umbreon, Toxtricity, Rayquaza, Togepi and Mew, sports bright colors and carved out elements.
“Pokémon kicked the hornet’s nest,” Walker says. “Basically now, because of that project, I can make meetings with whoever I want to make meetings with.”
Soon after, Walker was hearing from the NBA and launching his NBA Collectors Series. “The NBA is still in the pop-culture realm,” he says, “but it’s on the other end of the spectrum.” Walker is also making plans to expand his workspace along with his brand through more online merchandise. He’s taken on some special projects as well, like helping build a custom Porsche for a cast member from the “Fast and Furious” franchise.
“Two years ago, I made about 600 boards a year,” he says. “As of 2021, we’ll be doing between 30 and 50,000.”
The cherry on top has been Walker’s most recent deal — something of a bucket list item, he says.
Following the success of the Pokémon Center collaboration, Walker thought it would be a good time to reach out to Marvel and see if he could snag a job with one of his favorite franchises. They said yes.
As an avid Marvel comics reader, Walker has had a pretty significant creative foundation to work with in creating the new collaboration. The plan is to launch a series of small capsule collections over the next year, featuring the likes of the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy.
“Iron Man is going to be awesome, and I’m really looking forward to the Punisher,” he says. “Spider-Man is a huge one, too.”