Artist Bear Walker takes on Pokémon – "it's a crazy time to be a creator"

Bear Walker and Pokémon; a man sits on a yellow sofa
(Image credit: Bear Walker)

Everyone finds their route to art in different ways, for Bear Walker it was a culmination of a lot of his "random passions". By this he means his love of skateboarding, pop art and culture and his training as a carpenter. Walker, you see, makes collectible skateboards, hand-crafted and good enough to hang on gallery walls as well as grind rails. This is very modern pop art for a modern audience.

Today Walker is famous for crafting artistic skateboards, carved from wood before being spray-painted, etched, engraved and scorched, depending on the designs. As we talk, behind the artist is a wall patterned with his skateboards, one designed with tactile fish scales and another a retro Spider-Man. There's a long tradition of skateboard art, and we've highlighted some of our favourite skateboard graphics before, but Walker's boards are his art.

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Ian Dean
Editor, Digital Arts & 3D

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & 3D at Creativebloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. In his early career he wrote for music and film magazines including Uncut and SFX. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on AI, digital art and video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5. He's also a keen Cricut user and laser cutter fan, and is currently crafting on Glowforge and xTools M1.