Brian "Lost Cause" Walker is one of the lucky few who have turned their passion into a career. But as anyone who's accomplished this task can tell you, it's not easy.
He started off just doodling and drawing as a kid, and art took hold of him. By the time his school years came and went, Brian had turned in more drawings then actual school work, so he decided to pursue his passion full-time. Since his early Hot Wheels days Brian has been into minitrucks, but like most of us he didn't have the dough to drop his project off at the nearest shop and sign a check. He knew he wanted something more and began to practice turning his art into a career.
After spending a few grueling years practicing on anything he could get his hands on, Brian finally felt comfortable enough to take on some paid work. A few side jobs later, and Lost Cause Kustom Paint & Graffix was born. In 2005 his first feature was painted in his basement, but since then he has come a long way. Brian picked up clientele beyond just the "buddy referrals" and soon decided to move from California to Tennessee to open his own full-service custom automotive paint shop.
When asked to describe his style of work Brian responds, "Hmm... I kind of have my own style really. I guess that's why I'm a 'lost cause.' I love all art and am inspired by most of it. Although I am really into photorealism, mostly photorealistic airbrushing, I pride myself in micro-detail. I think that overall, I tend to prefer things that are simple and clean from a distance, yet insanely detailed up close. I'm also a flake whore, ha ha! I swear I'm mesmerized by its sparkle when it's buried under a nice candy."
Pinstriping is an art all in itself, and as seen in this issue it takes a ton of practice
One thing that a lot of people don't know about Brian is that he actually loves sheetmetal fab just as much as his airbrush and artwork. "I think metal shaping is just as much of an art, and I have mad respect for those who have mastered it-Bob Grant, you the man!"
He takes influence from many other genres like Nick Crouch and his stunning digital art, Steve "The Wizard" and his killer line work, and Dru Blair's photorealism work is something that Brian strives for. Artists like H.R. Giger and others influence Brian's work, but as a fellow minitrucker his love for true "minitruck art" is the greatest of all. And as such, Brian wanted to give a shout out to all of the fellow minitruck painters out there putting out badass work, including Keef's Rod & Custom, Sik Kreations, The Kid, Moonshine Customs, Painter Shak, and Jones Paint as they all "inspire me, and we inspire each other to keep pushing the limits."
For more information on Brian "Lost Cause" Walker, or to see some more of his work, check out Thesickestpaint.com.
Name: Brian "Lost Cause" Walker
Shop Name: Lost Cause Kustom Paint & Graffix
Fulltime Artist Since: 2005
Media: Airbrushing, pinstriping, drawing, painting, sheetmetal, you name it
Phone Number: (951) 723-7077
Main Style: Photorealistic airbrushing