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The Lurid low-brow Tiki-Art of Brad (tiki-shark) Parker
Robb Hamel
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Posted: 2009-05-02 6:54 pm   Permalink

Brad - you been workin' out?

You look like you could crack walnuts between those shoulder blades.
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Posted: 2009-05-03 2:25 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki tribe!
Robb~ Yeah, it's basic art exercise resistance weight training. You start with smaller brushes, like 000 or 00, do some warm ups. Then, slowly work your way up to heavier brushes like 2 or 3. But I'd never touch a 4 gage brush with out wearing a "weight belt" first, and always remember: warm up slow and do a good stretch afterwords.

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Hey, check out pages 14 to 17. Me and some guy named Sam Gambino got some ink!


Here's what the canvas looks like now. Still roughing in dark and light areas.

Big Mahalo!
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Sam Gambino
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Posted: 2009-05-03 10:24 pm   Permalink

Simply beautiful cat painting Brad - What fine art museum will that one be hanging in?
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-05-04 3:23 pm   Permalink

SAM~ Hey thanks, and it was totally an honor to be with you in the same article in "Tiki in Arts and Culture on Maui magazine"! If that lounge has your art up on the walls, it MUST be hip!

So far, the cat is hanging in "the Jungle Room" in my own home. Had no inquiries on him yet. However, there are talks that Tiki Cat may be used as album art for one of the hippest and coolest, (and one of my personal favorite) neo-exotica bands.

Here's the work from last night...

Still roughing in light and darks, the wave, the tiki hut...

Mahalo!


 
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Badd Tiki
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Joined: Aug 28, 2008
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Posted: 2009-05-04 4:06 pm   Permalink

gonna be killer as usual.

About that towel though. Do you work for BG, or just doing a design? You said 'we ordered' and something about design(S).
Anyway, that design is sweet, I want a towel.
Might have to keep an eye out online as body glove surf stuff isn't big in the rocky mountains.


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-05-05 9:18 pm   Permalink

Badd Tiki~ Thanks so much. That made me feel real good, after I had a crazy morning!

My computer went down! YIKES! My connection to the rest of the world - down! That scared da heck out of me! Being with out my computer made me very aware that I'm on an active volcanic island in the middle of the ocean. The most remote land mass in the world. With out the net, I'd be completely lost. No Tiki Central? No Tiki Tribe connections? I couldn't do it! Yes, I love all the natural splendor, the tropical paradise, the VOG... but I gotta be connected to the underground culture too.

I wanna say thank the Tiki Gods for Tiki Central and the NET! (And I gotta get a new computer!)

Body Glove...

When the towels are done (fiongers crossed all sgoes well) we will have them up for sale on our web site and/or on Body Glove's web site. Plus, some stores somewhere.

We have worked with a lot of surf brands, but we mostly keep our relationship with Body Glove.
Body Glove, let me jaw a bit about this surf brand - and why we love it and them.

We, meaning my small company Tiki Shark Hawaii inc, are a official license of Body Glove. We are the beach towel license. There's some other company which is the Body Glove wet suit license. And another that's the Body Glove apparel license. All in all, Body Glove is made up of several licenses, all separate companies all over the world, making different things. Body Glove's main head quarters is in Redondo Beach - one block from the waves. They manage the licenses, put together the Professional surf team, and do cool promotional stuff, and help us handle any legal stuff. Body Glove ( the main office ) is still mostly run and owned by the Meistrell family - of the original founders, Bob and Billy Meistrell, and their sons, plus some great savvy folks who live by the beach. But, really, that's it. The people running the company are "beach folk" - love surfing - love the sea - and are such good, down to earth folks you can't believe it. They are a pleasure to work with. There are two big custom carved tikis in the lobby when you walk in the Redondo beach office. These are people who get surfing and get tiki.

Billy Meistrell (jr) has a vacation place called "The Tiki Shack"! Really! When he's here in Kona, we look for tiki stuff to decorate it with. I'm happy to have some of my tiki art up on it's walls - but it's also a crash pad for the surfing and wake boarding teams so it's not "swanky", more "shack". Surfers party hardy, and the tiki shack has to be able to handel it. But.. still very TIKI!

One of the founding brothers Bob Meistrell is still alive, but sadly his brother Billy passed away a few years ago. Last year some of the home office folks (plus uncle Bob) were here in Kona, and I had the supreme pleasure to go snorkeling with uncle Bob. He's a living legend in the "water" world. Like really, dude! He's in every "Hall of fame " that's got to do with surfing, or diving and such. He's surfed everywhere. He's dived everywhere - and with every sea creature you could imagine. He's raised ship wrecks from the ocean floor! This guy freaking INVENTED the wet suit! AND, he's the nicest, coolest guy you could meet. ( and as you can guess has a LOT of stories.) Anyways, I couldn't get over it the whole time we were in the water - I'm snorkeling with Uncle Bob the founder of Body Glove!!!!! - it was one of those "life experiences" that I will always cherish. (okay, I'm a sea nerd)

A lot of the surf brands have become big. And by big, I mean they are huge corporations run in a corporate manner.
When you work with them most have very little "family" feeling or even "beach" feeling. Now, when a company gets big, this happens. It's normal. But, it seems to me - in my gut - when I see kids running around wearing what they think is a symbol of a cool beachy gritty surf brand when in reality it's just a big corporate logo, er... well.... Heck, it just reminds me that wall street knows how to market to the youth of the world.

Anyways, I'm not dissing any brands. They make cool designs. But Body Glove is the last of the original surf brands. They connect back to the time of the first wave of Tiki culture.

Blah Blah Blah... sheesh where'd all dat come from?
Less Talk more paint!

So, here's what I paintined last night...

Still roughing in the darks and lights...

Big Mahalo from the Big Island!

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Tiki Duddy
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Joined: Jun 04, 2006
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From: Manitoba, Canada
Posted: 2009-05-06 06:14 am   Permalink

the new piece is lookin so cool, brad


 
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little lost tiki
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Joined: Jun 12, 2006
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From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2009-05-06 08:06 am   Permalink

Diggin the rougher style
in fact, i fall into the "Vog God" everytime i gaze at it
when i wake up! Looks like you're branching out and mastering
varied styles even more than before!
This one feels like it will be done A LOT faster than the Kitty Cat!

Get thee a new computer!
We need our brad!

Having worked for two big surf companies
They're either FULL-ON corporate
or Family Style
Hawaiian Island Creations was total Ohana
Very Tight Family atmosphere when i was there!
I do love the irony of "hardcore" local rootsy kids wearing corporate product!
what a bunch of suckers!
Suckers that payed daddy's rent for 15-some years!

Stoked you're putting some lava in this one....
you do good lava!


Thought of you during the Nooner
and wished you were here....
Oasis?


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-05-09 4:01 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe~
TD~ Thanks, lets see how it comes out.
LLT~ Yeah, some off and on problems with my computer. It's working for now... I had to order a part. It'll take a few days to get here.

Here's where the painting's at. Messing with some color choices.

aloha!


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-05-16 1:36 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

Well, I gotta say, there are some things you miss having when you live in a small town on an island. Like a place to get your Mac fixed! My computer was down for a week. Had to send off island for a part. Only recently got back 'on line' - sheesh, you never know how much you need connections to the culture like TC until they are taken away.

Anyways, great to be back on line!

Here's where the painting is at. Lava crack transfromed into a lava hole.
I didn't get as far as I wanted, due to lot of work cropping up. I'm still roughing in light sources, and the like.

Big aloha!
B~


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-05-18 2:08 pm   Permalink

Aloha!

Re-re-working some lighting.
Mahalo!
B~
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hewey
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Posted: 2009-05-18 4:58 pm   Permalink

Loving the shading of the background, great subdued colours
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BigToe
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From: Southern California
Posted: 2009-05-18 5:36 pm   Permalink

Right on Tiki Sharkinator!

Many MAhalos for posting ur progress!

That is looking killer!! i always love seeing ur underpaintings...and where u go with descisions and u progress!!!!!!!

are u working with glazes over the underwork on this one?? that hut in the background is looking so magical!

keep kickin out the jams brother!


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Tiki Duddy
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Posted: 2009-05-19 10:21 am   Permalink

Hey Brad!:
cool lava hole!
REally like the background --the waves look pretty powerful i also like the light comming from the shack
Great color of blue


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-05-19 11:15 am   Permalink

Big Mahalo my friends! Thank you thank you. Nice to read first thing in the morning!
Late night.... (yawn)..
Only a little time ot work on the painting.

More later....


 
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