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The Lurid low-brow Tiki-Art of Brad (tiki-shark) Parker
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Posted: 2008-02-22 6:09 pm   Permalink

Aloha....

Hewey~ Thanks so much buddy.
Artosaurus~ Way cool! I'm gonna watch your thread for the new art! I was really thinking of your stuff when I was doing that B & W illo. I got another one in the works, and I'll post all the sketches on it too soon as it's done.

And now some sad news...

Ben Chapman was the Hawaiian guy who wore the Creature from the Black Lagoon Suit in the original film.

Ben Chapman passed away at 12:15 am Hawaii time on Thursday, February 21 at the Tripler Medical Center in Honolulu. His health began to deteriorate February 12. He collapsed and was admitted to the hospital on February 20. His life support was turned off Wednesday around noon and his pacemaker was turned off shortly before he died. He died peacefully with his wife, Merrilee, and son, Ben Chapman III, by his side. He was 79 years old at his death.

His body will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Honolulu. The service will be scheduled in about a month so that relatives on the mainland can make plans to attend. Anyone who wishes to send flowers or cards may send them to:

The Ben Chapman Family
300 Wainani Way, #1612
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815

I had contacted Ben a few years ago, and got my autographed photo (above). He was a really great guy. Full of Aloha. He helped talk my mom through her hip surgery, and we've been exchanging Christmas cards since then.

Weirdly enough, I had just gotten my "Creature Tiki" pendant (by Paipo) and have been wearing it non stop the last week. Little did I know, while I had it on, Ben was swimming up to that big Black Lagoon in the sky. (sob!)

Aloha Nui Ben.
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JenTiki
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Posted: 2008-02-22 10:09 pm   Permalink

Gee, Brad. That sucks! I'm glad you have your Paipo creature to keep him alive in your memories.

 
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Posted: 2008-02-23 10:24 am   Permalink

Aloha Jen,

Yes, Ben was the last "Universal Monster" alive. So his passing is like the end of an era of American Pop Culture. But, you are so right, we have all these swanky art pieces to remember and celebrate that time and it's particular flavor! And in a lot of ways that 50's feeling aesthetic is still a dynamic and evolving art form in the present Tiki culture.

Dig it you swinging kittens and cats, this week end, let's raise a Mai Tai to Ben and his glorious retro-modern era!
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Posted: 2008-02-23 1:57 pm   Permalink

Well, that's a bummer, but I am stoked you're enjoying your pendant so much. Kinda cool and strange how the timing often occurs with these things. It never crossed my mind, but it woulda been neat to send one of those to Ben! Ahh, well....
As I posted previously (I think in this here thread), my Dad took me to see "Creature" in 3D in the 70s and it was one of the films from my childhood that has really left a lasting impression on me. I've been enjoying revisiting some of these experiences through my art in recent times.



There's a great interview with Ben
here. I found this pretty interesting:

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After I left Universal Studios as a contractee, I did television shows like "Hawaiian Eye", "Adventures in Paradise", "Follow the Sun", amd a couple of "Jungle Jim" movies. I returned also to my favorite - Polynesian Entertainment.



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..I was raised on an island called Tahiti, my mom and dad were born there, I was born here, I went back there when I was just a little child. So I was at the age of 12 before I came back to this country..



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..what did help though, being from Tahiti, I was an entertainer and I used to sing and dance in Polynesian, you know, like you see in luaus, guys with the fire knives and the Tahitian dancing with exciting music - this is what I did before that - I used to work in night clubs, and I happened to do a musical short for Universal called 'Hawaiian Nights' with Pinky Lee Mamie Van Doren and Lisa Gaye (Debra Paget's sister). When they showed this musical short - it was 15 minutes I think - they said 'Who's that young chieftain?' and they said 'Oh, we'll look it up' and they said 'It's Ben Chapman - Find out if he'd be interested in the contract.'



So, not only one of the greatest movie monsters of the 20th century, but he has a cool Tiki/Polynesian connection as well! As befitting his status: "The scattering of the ashes willl follow off Waikiki Beach from Hawaiian outrigger canoes."
RIP Ben

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Posted: 2008-02-24 12:44 pm   Permalink

What a great thread. I could spend hours on just this one. Some of the best tiki I've seen. Keep up the great work.
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Posted: 2008-02-24 7:35 pm   Permalink

Aloha~
Paipo ~ Thanks so much for posting the Ben Chapman interview. Great stuff.
cosmictiki ~ Big Mahalo, I'm really glad you're enjoying the thread. It's a joy to share art and ideas with the Tiki folk here!

And speaking of art and the like, I got the finished run of the wood cut prints from Earl.

I looked 'em all over, and love every one of em! While each one is very much it's own unique piece of art, the quality is beautiful through the whole run.

I signed, dated and numbered them. Now they get sent back to earl who'll also sign them. Then, my share will come back to me and I'll get some up for sale in the Tiki Marketplace.

Big Aloha from the Big Island~
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Posted: 2008-02-24 9:25 pm   Permalink

These wood cut prints turned out awesome.....such a cool medium...Can't wait till they are ready for sale!!
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Posted: 2008-03-02 1:00 pm   Permalink

Aloha~

Prints are on the way to Earl.

Here's Ku Honu.


I'm almost to the inking stage of another illo for the next wood cut. I'll post all the sketches and the final ink drawing in a few days.

Mahalo!
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Posted: 2008-03-02 5:13 pm   Permalink

I like his one bigger tooth in the middle of his lower set.

 
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Posted: 2008-03-07 2:59 pm   Permalink

Happy aloha Friday!

Whew! What a work week! Time for some tiki art!

Tea Key - thanks, he's a crab with an under bite.

Here's the progress on the second wood cut illustration:

It started as a rough. The Idea was a midnight meeting of two young tiki tribe members. Is it a romance? Is he a voyeur? Is she a voo doo queen waiting waiting to drink his soul? Lots of mystery.

Seeking a stronger composition, I switched him to the right. I've been told one of the best compositions is a "Z" shape. As (in the western world) we read left to right, and top to bottom.

Changed the tiki to the far left, so he's the first thing you "read".

I wasn't happy with the girl facing the guy. So to make it more mysterious I had her turned around. Here, she's almost like a ghostly apparition standing before a volcanic vent.

She's looking very "Madam Pele - the volcano goddess" here.

Went back in and got some proper reference "scrap" of a hot rod and the guy. And changed the Tiki. Put it on the board for inking.

Then, I still wasn't sure about the girl being naked. Sort of took away part of the mystery. So I toyed with the idea of putting some clothes back on her.

Finally, I decided it was her pose. Too Pele! So I put her in a bikini and gave her a less "I am the Goddess of the volcano approach at your peril puny human" pose.

Started inking. Hmmmm, lots of positive and negative things to work out. Want it detailed but not so busy you can't tell what the hecks happening. I can tend to go crazy with my inking. Of course, the girl went back to looking like a volcano Goddess. A volcano Goddess in a swanky bikini!

Here's further along. I still gotta tone down some of the plants in front. I think I'll make them darker - just outlines.
Should finish this week end!

Mahalo from the volcano~
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Posted: 2008-03-07 3:50 pm   Permalink


Maybe that should say TOTALLY (B)Rad!
How many do you reckon you'll do in this series?
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Posted: 2008-03-07 10:39 pm   Permalink

Hey Brad, thats looking awesome. The goddess look is spot on. I'd follow her anywhere... Thanks for sharing all the sketches.
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Posted: 2008-03-08 11:41 am   Permalink

Aloha~

Paipo~ Ha, thanks! U R 2 much!
Tikiracer~ Thanks! I went in a did a small adjustment on her. take a look.

I darkened up some of the foreground, so the focus will be on the light coming from the Lava vent.

More later....
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Posted: 2008-03-09 5:21 pm   Permalink

Another awesome looking print mate. The silhouette of the mystery babe with the glowing eyes is both sexy and scary at the same time - youve hit just the right note!
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Posted: 2008-03-09 5:33 pm   Permalink

Aloha!

Thanks Hewey. I was trying for more sexy at first, then the whole scary vibe sort creeped back in. But, it has a lot of punch. Which I dig. No worries though, I have a cool sketch for a sexy print further down the line. So, a few folks have been asking about how many are gonna be in the print series. Well, the minimum will be 13 (my lucky number). I have a feeling I don't think I'm gonna get really really REALLY good at black and white illustration again till after number ten. So, probably a whole lot more than that. (Of course, it also depends on how long Earl can carve the wooden blocks and print them on his antique press!)

Anyway, Here's the second one finished.


"Tiki Midnight"
Paper size 11" x 14"
Inked area 9" x 11"
Ink on 100 lb bristol vellum

Mahalo for gawking yer peepers at da' art!
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