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The Lurid low-brow Tiki-Art of Brad (tiki-shark) Parker
Tabu
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From: Port Hope, Ont.
Posted: 2008-07-04 6:54 pm   Permalink

Just got "Midnight Tiki" in the post today. It's really nice in the flesh. I will be frame shopping tomorrow. I like the mystical element to the new one too. Personally I like the cigarette. I don't smoke em' though. But that guy looks like he would. Cheers.

 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Joined: Aug 31, 2006
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Posted: 2008-07-05 2:04 pm   Permalink

GROG~ Oh, "Spirited Away". Like he's sneaking off with the tiki. And she's all in a trance in another world. I get it. Now I get it. Yeah that is a good title. Lemme think about it.
Paipo~ Yes, a god in the vog. I almost called it that, but went with my original focus. The mystic blue flame. There's local legends about roaming fire balls here on the BI, and I wanted it to be a little bit about that.
But, speaking of VOG, actually, I just came back from the barber. Barber's a great place for local news in a small town like Kona. He said his business was about 20 - 30 % down. Folks are leaving town. The heavy VOG is scaring people off from living here.
That, plus tourism is off. There used to be a cruise ship in the bay at least 3 times a week, sometimes more. At times there'd be two (or even three) ships in the bay at once. And the sea-side area of town would be crawling with tourists. Loud shirts, Bermuda shorts. Sunburns. And fat wallets. Now, we get one ship a week. I don't think that's because of the vog - I think that's cause of the high fuel prices. A cruise around the Hawaiian islands is getting expensive I guess.
But heck, Things will bounce back. Always do.
And, the volcano can't spew VOG forever. Pele will simmer down. Sometime. I hope.
Tabu~ So glad u dig the print! Warms my heart to know you're shopping for a cool frame! U like the weird mystical twist, great! You'll dig this one too! So, now I gotta put the cigarette back? I just drew it out last night! Hmmmm.... Take a look, lemme know what you think.

almost all inked... I keep thinking of that song by Les Baxter "Go Chango" as the sound track to this one.

Here is a close up of the Tiki Hut in the VOG, from "Tiki of the Blue Pool" as requested by Jentiki.

Aloha from the Big Island!
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JenTiki
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Joined: Jun 16, 2006
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From: Home of the best rum collection in NC
Posted: 2008-07-05 3:09 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the close-up! I like the looseness of this one very much.

 
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GROG
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From: Tujunga
Posted: 2008-07-05 5:19 pm   Permalink

....and the alcohol is gone as evidenced by the bottle on the ground. (the spirits are away). And, he LOST his AMERCAN SPIRIT cigarette. (GROG like it better without the cigarette.)

GROG agree with Jentiki.
That GROG favorite part of the new painting, too. And, GROG like the looseness of it as well.

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Kahu
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Posted: 2008-07-05 6:01 pm   Permalink

Looks great TS!



And, sorry for stirring up such a issue with the cig, though, I have to admit, it does look better to me without it.


 
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GROG
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Posted: 2008-07-06 11:14 am   Permalink

So, she is dying, as shown by the last drops leaving the bottle. The owl is coming to take her spirit away to heaven, but the man has taken it. Is he the devil in disguise, or is he her lover trying to save save her life and protect her spirit so that it can't be taken away? Deep stuff you're drawing here.

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little lost tiki
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Joined: Jun 12, 2006
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Posted: 2008-07-06 11:23 am   Permalink

What happened to the carrot?

closeup of the hut and the reflection-rad!
nailed the VOG!
Inking is making the new proto-print pop sooooo nicely!
Go Brad Go!


 
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Kahu
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Posted: 2008-07-06 2:29 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-07-06 11:14, GROG wrote:
So, she is dying, as shown by the last drops leaving the bottle. The owl is coming to take her spirit away to heaven, but the man has taken it. Is he the devil in disguise, or is he her lover trying to save her life and protect her spirit so that it can't be taken away? Deep stuff you're drawing here.

(Hate you.)



GROG funny.

Though, I do like your thoughts about the back story.


 
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Tabu
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From: Port Hope, Ont.
Posted: 2008-07-06 5:03 pm   Permalink

It's strange but the guys intent really seems to change without the cigarette. Before he seemed more carefree like a thief but now he seems to be on a mission. Not sure if he's a good guy or a goon. Looking great inked.
Love the way the background on the new painting is so hazy. It adds allot of mood to the piece.


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2008-07-14 01:19 am   Permalink

Aloha~
The vog blew away today! Glorious blue skies!
Thanks tiki tribe for the deep thoughts on this piece. Is she dying, or summoning her spirit servant? Or having a rum soaked vision? I'm reluctant to mention too much, as the image seems to be weaving a spell all it's own... and I'm not sure I could add anything more profound and mysterious than what GROG came up with. It's strange how the character's intent seems to alter with the removal of the smoke.
Earl liked that the guy (or goon?) gets center stage in this one.

I think it's finished... I'll give it a day or so and look at it again.

Mahalo for the intriguing interpretations!
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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2008-07-14 08:30 am   Permalink

Wow!
Another solid graphic GORGEOUS piece!
that tiki needs to be carved!
you're too good for this world.....
What does the "R-P-I-S-T-I-S" mean?
Is it an anagram?
Does it have something to do with the empty bottle of Robitussin DM at her feet?
And is that an owl....or the Mothman?
Stay safe my friend! Heard the volcano's been waking up a bit!

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tikiracer
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Posted: 2008-07-14 08:33 am   Permalink

Mental good - the overall darker vibe makes the tiki just pop. Fab for just one color and will appear even better once wood cut and printed.

What's next????
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GROG
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Joined: Jun 21, 2006
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Posted: 2008-07-14 09:08 am   Permalink

Turned out AWESOME! (Damn you.)

 
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Kahu
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Posted: 2008-07-15 09:38 am   Permalink

WOW Brad!

I think this is your best so far of the woodies!

Just stunning!


 
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Posted: 2008-07-19 02:41 am   Permalink

tikiracer ~ Thanks. I may hand tint some, see how they look when they print. Earl thinks they'll be best in b & W. What's next? Well, what came next was me getting total art block on my next painting. I'm still working through it. Got some books from the library and soaking up inspiration.
GROG - Mahalo~ and thanks for the Title Idea, I'm gonna use it. "Spirited Away".
KAHU ~ I think it's my most developed. I pushed harder to make it complex. Perhaps it's too complicated, and lacks the clear strenght of #3. But They all go to tell one long story, So I'm okay that they are different.

What else is going on? Well.....
You know I design beach towels for a day job. And, I'm always trying to get a TIKI into a towel design.
Well, I proved that the image sells with last year's Body Glove Tiki Towel. This year, we opened up a new lines of "Printed Towels" with Body Glove, and I got six designs to the finished stage. And THREE of them( I am glad to say) have tikis in them!
They will be part if our "Body Glove" line. The Body Glove folks are the BEST at getting to embrace the tiki idea. They're great beachy surfer kinds of folks who enjoy a good mai tai. And the owner has a vacation house named the Tiki Shack.
Here's the sneak peak at the towels finished art...


"Gothic Tropic Tiki"
30" x 60" printed towel.


Swirl Pool
30" x 60" printed towel


Lady of the Lava
30" x 60" printed towel

They are not done, but right now, prototype samples are being made. So, many things could still go wrong. I'll let you know how they develop.
Mahalo~
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