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The Lurid low-brow Tiki-Art of Brad (tiki-shark) Parker
tikiracer
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Posted: 2008-02-10 12:58 am   Permalink

Wow the block print looks awesome, how much will they be and where does the queue [sorry line] start...
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Posted: 2008-02-10 3:50 pm   Permalink

Van Tiki ~ Earl has his own antique press. He's very passonate about his printing, and everything has to be just so. I'll get some photos when I'm over in Honolulu at months end.
Tiki Racer ~ I knew YOU'D be all interested in the prints - seeing as you are a printer yourself! (I still treasure the print I got from you!) Actually seeing your cool print started my whole interest in the "old style/non digital" process. Not sure on the price yet, Earl has a much better sense of the non computer "Art Print" market and I'll take his cue on setting a price for the open market. We've aggreed not to under cut each other's set price on the prints. So, there will be a posting in the Market Place when they are ready. I'm sure they'll be on E-bay too. (but, if you're dying to have one, short on pocket change, and you're a close personal friend of mine, message me and we can work it out.)

Aloha from the Big Island~
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Posted: 2008-02-10 7:42 pm   Permalink

Right on Brad!
now that's the way to make a true artsit's print!
You can be the long lost son of Durer or Dore
washed up on the shores of the Big Isle and making prints the ol' school way!
I'll say it again!
Right on Brad!


 
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Posted: 2008-02-11 01:17 am   Permalink

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On 2008-02-09 12:33, Tiki Shark Art wrote:





That is good good stuff. WOW!

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Posted: 2008-02-11 11:27 am   Permalink

Thanks for the offer Brad, I'm keen not to miss out, so put me down for one. With the pound still pretty strong I'm sure it won't break the bank. pm me when they are looking ready.
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Flat Black
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Posted: 2008-02-14 2:20 pm   Permalink

Wow, I love the glowing shark and this new one you are working on is really rad as well. I'll be keeping an eye on this. Very very nice work.

 
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Posted: 2008-02-17 6:50 pm   Permalink

Aloha~
LLT ~ Thanks Ken. I'm really having too much fun with this printing process. Just the idea that they are being printed on an antique iron 2000 lb printing press is cool.
Chongolio ~ Big Mahalo buddy! Howzit on your island? Seems like we're still getting the tail end of the rain storm a bit here.
Tiki Racer ~ Sure thing, I'll keep one put aside for you.
Flat Black ~ Thank you so much! I'm glad you're digging it!

The Artist's Proofs are done. And, they came out great! Earl told me he was so into the subject matter for this print, that he carved the wooden block for about four days with hardly any sleep. Check em out...

The artist's proofs are on a news print like paper. The actual run will be on a much thicker stock.

There's just a touch here and there to be cleaned up before the actual run. The edges of the image will be clean and hard edged on the final print. You can see my signature on the bottom left, and Earl's on the right.

From my talks with Earl, I guess the method of having two people (the artist and the craftsman) create, carve, and sign the finished print went out of vogue in the 1920's. He's pretty sure there are no other artist/carver teams any more. And darned sure that there are none doing "Tiki Art"! I think Tiki Art totally lends itself to this whole antique/retro process. It's a natural!

I actually dig all the little imperfections and the ragged edges on these proofs. You'll notice the unfinished piece just above the Tiki's eye - that will be finished in the final run. All that stuff seems to make each one so unique.

Now that I have a sense how fine of detail Earl can carve - (and he can carve some REALLY fine details) - I'm pushing to make each image in this "Tiki" print series more detailed, and better than the last.

I am having too much fun!

Big Aloha from the Big Island!
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jpmartdog
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Posted: 2008-02-17 7:11 pm   Permalink

Wow Brad, those are really beautiful, and your insight into the artist carver concept is waaay cool! Everything you do turns to gold, man... but of course, its obvious gold runs through your veins!
Amazing work, man!


 
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Posted: 2008-02-17 7:42 pm   Permalink








you nailed it...Bring on the series,buddy!


 
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Posted: 2008-02-17 10:58 pm   Permalink

Wow this turned out really well. I agree with the hand made feel with no two prints being the same, seems to be a natural fit for our subject matter. When will they be available?
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Sam Gambino
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Posted: 2008-02-19 01:26 am   Permalink

I love that wood print design Brad. I don't find it very easy to do a design like that. It can be tough to judge how much black and how much blank space to put into a design like that. You did nail it here....
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Posted: 2008-02-19 11:21 am   Permalink

Aaaaaaah! Too cool! I'm a big fan of old-school printmaking and engraving too and this is a match made in heaven! What better way to produce tiki prints than carving the plates from wood? Finally some of your awesome B+W work will get out to the masses! You know I'm in.....
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Posted: 2008-02-19 5:10 pm   Permalink

Aloha~

Well, thanks everyone. That's some big priase from some big talent! Wow, really, thanks! I think the prints will be available round the end of this month, or early next. I'm still messing around with the flesh tones for the painting.

Mahalo~
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Posted: 2008-02-19 7:11 pm   Permalink

Really pleased to hear that it's working well for you mate The prints look awesome, I dont think you'll have any trouble selling them
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artosaurus
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Posted: 2008-02-19 8:10 pm   Permalink

Brad,

This new b/w piece is fantastic. I really enjoyed seeing the different steps it took to arrive at the final image.
The composition is dynamic and the subject exciting. The block print idea is very cool and it looks like it's well
on it's way to being another quality Brad Parker production. Your enthusiasm for the process is contagious.

Co-inky-dentally, near the time you posted the first drawing, I was perusing an issue of Cinema Retro magazine and
getting jazzed on 60's style spy art. I was in the process of sketching some comps when I saw what you were doing.
Great minds and all that, I guess, eh? One of these days I will post them.

The painting is looking great! I love the tiki floor/ceiling boards.
I can't wait to see what you do with Bela and his shirt.

Keep the great stuff coming, my friend.
You make me want to be a better man . . . er . . . I mean . . . work harder. Yeah, work harder, that's what I meant.
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