Exclusive Q & A with Steezy Walker

There are not many out there like Malik Walker, aka Steezy. Skateboarder and creative, Malik's humble nature makes him a class act in the eyes of the cannabis industry. Check out our exclusive Q & A below including Malik's favourite cannabis strains, his recent partnership with Vans and his latest video shot with Burb.

Can you briefly introduce yourself?

Yes! My name is Malik Walker some people also call me Steezy.

Where are you originally from and how did you get involved with Burb?

I'm originally from Calgary, Alberta and I moved to Vancouver two years ago. I actually started working for Burb through word of mouth. My good friend Zuzak was trying a skate trick downtown and happened to stumble across one of the owners and from there the rest is kind of history.  

What’s your relationship with cannabis?

My relationship would be close I'd say ahaha. I’ve been smoking since I was young and I've found that it does help with day to day activities and allows me to be the person I want to be.

How has cannabis influenced you? How has it influenced your skate career?

I'd say it's influenced me a lot. I'm quite a shy person and deal with social anxiety so I find that a little sesh brings out the social butterfly in me. I have ADHD and ADD and since I've been smoking I've never once needed medication to help with either, and for me that's a blessing because I prefer not to take prescription drugs.

Skateboarding is a sport where there can be a lot of bystanders around or skaters, and cannabis helps me get into my zone where I'm more focused on me and my board and not on all the people and craziness going on around me.

Can you talk a bit more about how you got into skateboarding?

I got into skateboarding when I was around 5 years old. My dad had an old back to the future retro deck that he rode on when he moved to Canada and he passed it on to me. After that I just became obsessed with it. When I was young I always wanted to figure out how the skateboard works, from the trucks to the bearings. My dad slowly noticed that I enjoyed skateboarding and told me to try other sports just to see if I'd like something else. I'd say I tried all if not almost every sport and the only two that stuck were hockey and skateboarding. From there I continued to skateboard and today I’m still here skating and loving it more than ever.

You recently had a partnership with Vans, what was that like for you?

When I was living in Calgary I was a shop flow for Vans and after moving to Vancouver I got moved to the Vans Canada program. It’s cool. I mean I do get to skate with some good shoes and the team is filled with a bunch of homies so it’s nice when I get chances to skate with them.

What are your biggest challenges in the skate industry?

Hmm I can't really think of any off the top of my head. From what I've seen, distributions and team managers do an amazing job and keep their team happy. Cash incentives would be cool for things like photos in magazines and stuff but I understand with the time and sometimes budgets it's not that easy to do.

What are you most proud of?

Honestly (and for the people that know me) I don't really talk about myself much but I'm proud of how far I've come. Growing up I never thought I'd be in a position where I can give back and be a good influence on people young or old. I didn’t come from anything and the fact that all this hard work is paying off keeps me focussed on wanting to climb the endless ladder to the top.

What's most important to you?

Just being myself and staying true to who I am. It took me a long time to figure it out but I became happier after I dropped the idea that I have to please others. Love who you are and your flaws because someone will see the beauty in them.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Keep pushing, never stop and take every failure as a lesson to move forward.

What's one thing you wish more people knew about you?

You see, that's a really hard question.. I don't know. I'm quite a private person.  

Favourite weed strains?

Right now it's been a few. Hmm to make it easy I’ll do a list

  1. Gary payton - Cookies
  2. Pure Cake Skunk - Coast mountain (Worth the price and have a good story)
  3. Red Congo - Legacy
  4. Gelato 33 - Legacy and Lot420
  5. Platinum gas - Legacy
  6. Premium El Chapo og - Legacy
  7. Bc Zaza and Rockstar - Burb
  8. Black fin tuna - Legacy
  9. Platinum snozzberries - Legacy
  10. Man I'll be honest anything Cookies… they killed it

Last question…and maybe the most important…If you only had one meal left to eat, what would it be?

It would have to be a nice plate of jerk chicken, rice and peas with some dumplings. It’s hard to really pick one meal. If there was a huge table I'd probably have lobster, chicken, wagyu, pizza, chicken wings, fries (a lot of fries) and some burgers, smashed burgers though.

A day in the life of....

Get more of Steezy below in our A Day In The Life Of video.

By Nadia Bortolazzo
Nadia is an MA graduate and a Digital Marketing Specialist at Burb. Her writing is guided by her interest in challenging and expanding the ideologies surrounding cannabis culture.