We’ve seen artists from all walks of life draw inspiration from popular culture, but Carpet Nerd is taking things to a whole new level. This is the alter ego of the Tennessee-based Dalton Hockaday, who specializes in making amazing rugs and carpets inspired by our favorite animated characters.
Before turning to carpet making, Dalt was planning to get a job at a college. His plans fell through after the pandemic hit, and he started making pop culture-themed carpets while looking for something creative to do during the lockdown.
“Covid hit so I had no job and nothing to do, really, since everyone had to stay inside. So, my ADHD brain had to come up with something, and that’s when I found rug making. It started as a hobby and turned into a small business,” he told Bored Panda.
Lockdowns are long behind us, but Dalt’s carpets are still going strong. He has over 200,000 followers on both TikTok and Instagram, but what’s the secret of his success?
The reason why his carpets became a viral sensation was his decision to mostly focus on popular culture. They usually feature cartoon characters from beloved anime such as Pokémon, Dragon Ball Z, and Naruto, and that’s the main reason why they’re so popular.