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The Lurid low-brow Tiki-Art of Brad (tiki-shark) Parker
Kahu
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Posted: 2008-06-30 09:17 am   Permalink

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On 2008-06-30 09:05, tikiracer wrote:
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On 2008-06-30 06:04, Kahu wrote:
But, something about the "cig" in his mouth, for some reason to my eyes, looks off or maybe just out of place? Sorry if it sounds like I am being a nit-picker.



I know what you mean.

I'm not a smoker and in the uk we have a ban on smoking in offices, pubs and bars, so it's something you don't see so much these days. But this is noir and it fits the genre.

Not sure if I really made my mind up there...



It is not the smoking thing, or, even the idea of, does it fit with the noir thing.

For some reason, it just looks, odd. I wish I could explain better. I put my finger to the screen to cover the cig, and it looked better. I think it is just that for some reason that it looks out of place within the scene.


 
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GROG
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Posted: 2008-06-30 09:22 am   Permalink

GROG know what you mean. The cigarette changes the emotion of the guy. GROG like it better without the cigarette, too.

 
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teaKEY
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Posted: 2008-06-30 09:35 am   Permalink

Would it help to know that it's just a candy cigarette?

 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2008-06-30 1:40 pm   Permalink

goneannas~ Very cool! From that wall it's hanging on, looks like the prints up in a tiki bar. Ah, THAT really makes my day!
Tikiracer~ Thanks! I re-drew the girl about ten times...
Kahu~ Glad u dig the owl. We got owls here on the Big Island. A Hawaiian lady I know told me the Owl was her family's aumakua. She said sometimes Owls show up and protect her and her family - but they are usually spirits in owl form.

Okay, so here's my weird Hawaiian owl story: Once, over on the wet side of the island, me and a couple friends were driving home late after a party we went to in the jungle near the small town of Puna. As we bounced down this dark country road. (the "red road" for those of you who know the BI) we were laughing and making jokes about Madame Pele. Suddenly, this GIANT freaking owl swoops down the middle of the rain slicked road - caught in the head lights - coming right at us. It got so close to the wind shield, I remember seeing it's out stretched claws above the hood. Really, it seemed it's wing span was about the width of the road. Yes, the red road in that area is sort of a one lane road, but, no owl is that big. No normal owl.

So.... we all screamed. My friend nearly drove off the road trying to avoid hitting the thing. He slows the truck way down, and we look out the windows, but it's gone. We looked at each other and agreed, "Okay, no more Pele jokes."

Tiki Racer ~ Okay, so, like... no cig? Yeah, we have a no smoking law here too. Which, by the way, makes no sense as we are living on a SMOKING Volcano! We breath VOG all day, but, we're not allowed to smoke? What the? Anyways, the cigarette is there as a Noir element. But, I'll think about if it really needs to be there.....
GROG~ Or I could call it SIR SPITS, but that would be giving it away.
KAHU~ Maybe I need to redraw it in a better position?
TEAKEY~ Who loves ya' baby!

I had a feeling this "cigarette thing" would come up. So I drew a back up.
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Robb Hamel
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From: Ohio
Posted: 2008-07-01 04:52 am   Permalink

I love the woodcut series, and the owl story! There's some wild and different stuff going on in the owl woodcut - I can't wait to see it completed.

 
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GROG
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Posted: 2008-07-01 09:42 am   Permalink

Howabout "Spirited Away"?

 
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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2008-07-01 09:51 am   Permalink

Brad-good call on the carrot!


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2008-07-01 1:01 pm   Permalink

Aloha~
Rob ~ Thanks, there's lots going on in this one. The big challenge is to somehow ink it in a fashion that creates a focus, and not just a big mish-mass of black and white lines... How I ink, is I put in all the detail I can, then start inking over stuff that's distracting. I know, that's crazy, but that's what I do. I've already inked over some clouds and stars.
GROG ~ Hmm, nice. But, I might go with Jungle Witch or VooDoo Dreams. (I think using exotica song titles ties the images back into the Tiki Culture. And I'm too lazy to think up good ones on my own.)
LLT ~ Thought you'd dig that.

Much more complicated than the first two. I have to be aware of positive and negative space to make this work.

Mahalo~
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BigToe
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From: Southern California
Posted: 2008-07-01 1:32 pm   Permalink

Looks KILLER so far, Brad!

even more after hearing the pele-owl story!

that story is great and totally gives me chills!

oh and if ur taking out the cig, i vote for one-a those swisher sweets with the little plastic tip.



 
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BigToe
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Posted: 2008-07-01 1:38 pm   Permalink

dang...just got a gander at the last one...and i have to agree with ol' LLT.

That amazing painting combines your trademark attention to detail with a delicious looseness in the background atmosphere that conveys a ton of great vibe...there-by conjuring a monster-sized green-eyed monster in the bellies of your peers.

You have clearly sold your soul to some nefarious island GOD in exchange for this quantum jump in skillz!
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2008-07-03 11:21 am   Permalink

Aloha~
Thank you, for the very kind words.

I think it's finished.
Mahalo~

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JenTiki
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Posted: 2008-07-03 12:33 pm   Permalink

Beautimous!

 
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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2008-07-03 12:59 pm   Permalink

SHA-ZAYAM!
You nailed it Brad!
And in Record time!
This one looks simple on the surface...
but there's a lot going on!
Keep it up!
You're on a MAJOR ROLL!
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Posted: 2008-07-03 2:56 pm   Permalink

Aloha
Jentiki~ Thank you so much.
LLT~ Big Mahalo, glad you like it, I know I've been enjoying your work sooooo much.

"Tiki of the Blue Pool"
12" x 30"
acrylic on canvas

Being the obsessive artist I am, I got a slightly better shot, and had to post it. And decided on the title.
Have a GREAT 4th fellow tiki tribe!
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Paipo
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From: Aotearoa / NZ
Posted: 2008-07-03 5:00 pm   Permalink

I love the slightly hazy, VOGgy feel of the background too. A nice simple composition with plenty of mood. Rock on Brad! When are you gonna treat us to a Tiki Shark VELVET, hmm?
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