Posted on: August 4, 2022 Posted by: Winter Auto Comments: 0
Brandon Johnson of Appleton is the creator of Spiritwalker costumes. He is pictured with the a Wraithwalker, left, the original Spiritwalker and a second Wraithwalker, right, Wednesday, July 20, 2022, in Appleton, Wis.

APPLETON – Brandon Johnson has 4.3 million followers on TikTok. He doesn’t post dances, cooking tutorials, comedy skits or any of the typically popular types of videos on the social media app. Instead, the 31-year-old Appleton native gained his following by sharing videos of a homemade costume.

Known as Spiritwalker, Johnson’s social media fame started with a viral video he shared to TikTok in 2020. The costume features a white mask, black fur, stick-like antlers and four stilts, giving the appearance of a 9-foot-tall, nightmarish woodland creature.

Since gaining widespread recognition, Johnson has created three more costumes, collaborated with well-known influencers and performed onstage with popular hip hop artist Doja Cat at the Coachella music festival in California in April. He says he has more prominent projects on the way.