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The Lurid low-brow Tiki-Art of Brad (tiki-shark) Parker
Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2009-09-16 2:13 pm   Permalink

Man, I would buy the painting ASAP, but alas I will just have to settle for a print.

 
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TikiG
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From: Riverside, California
Posted: 2009-09-16 2:14 pm   Permalink

Brad the Tiki Shark..my modern psychedelic hero
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Joined: Mar 12, 2009
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From: Nor Cal
Posted: 2009-09-16 6:33 pm   Permalink

Brad, Unbelievable work! Dedication and follow through, you've got it!

 
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Posted: 2009-09-17 08:14 am   Permalink

a lil' dab'll do ya!
Today's the day,eh?
Knock 'em dead,Tiger!

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Joined: Aug 31, 2006
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Posted: 2009-09-17 12:00 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Atomic Tiki Punk - Thanks! You know, the gallery is having a special discount for the "tiki tribe" while I'm there. I'm sure it would apply to any web purchases during my appearance (Sept 17th to the 19th) 10% off Giclees and 20% off originals. Just in case ya was wanting some art right now... anyways, thanks for the support! U da BEST!
TikiG - Wow, you made my day. Big Big Mahalo!
mp - Thanks! I try... really, thanks!
little lost tiki - Yes, today is the show! Well, tonight! I stayed up late and finished the painting:

"Jungle Witch"
(named after the Clouseaux song)
30" x 24"
acrylic on canvas

here's her delicate little feet...

I was going to give her "Alice Cooper" eye make up. Then thought, if I want to so his style eye make up, it'd be much better if I should actually do a low-brow exotica portrait of Alice Cooper - I would do a whole big-wet-eyed-Keen version of Alice. We'll see.
So, I took the Jungle witch more in the classic goth/Betty Boop style.

Here's the witch's hut.

Here's the old tiki

and here's the modern tiki!

Big Mahalo for the support while I got ready for this show!
Let's hope the "fine art" wine and cheese crowd of Maui is ready for some "Low Brow" tiki art!
Here's links to the shows information:
Check out the painting in progress thread here...
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=21212&forum=18&start=1995&2007
Check out the show details here:
www.sargentsfineart.com
http://www.calendarmaui.com/php/event-detail.php?event_id=6336
...and look, I got da' show listed in the ultra-underground art mag "Hi-Fructose" 's web site.
http://www.hifructose.com/index.php?option=com_jcalpro&Itemid=81&extmode=view&extid=1011

Aloha,
Brad
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Kiki von Tiki
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Joined: Mar 01, 2008
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From: Irvine, CA
Posted: 2009-09-17 12:21 pm   Permalink

Stunningly gorgeous!
"I've determined this has to be my greatest and best work ever."

Ummm, I think you nailed it!
Good luck with the show! Your work is beautiful and I know that I would love to see it in person, fine art gallery or any other. Why NOT fine art? Looks pretty fine to me!

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Beachbumz
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Joined: Jan 09, 2008
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From: Kihei, Maui
Posted: 2009-09-17 2:17 pm   Permalink

Brad - Can't wait to see your work on Sat... Good luck with your opening!!
Your Art is Awesome!!!

Aloha
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Sam Gambino
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Posted: 2009-09-18 06:15 am   Permalink

Hey Brad- I really dig that pinstriping! I must say that it does tie that mug to it's "great grandpa" tiki. I do like the style of pinstriping too - sort of links a little more kustom kulture to the piece! As alway, very beautiful work!
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GROG
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Joined: Jun 21, 2006
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From: Tujunga
Posted: 2009-09-18 07:29 am   Permalink

Good stuff, Maynard. Congrats on the show and good luck.

Looks like Ryden had the same idea about doing something with the eyes of one of his goth girls, but instead of doing Alice Cooper makeup, he went with bloody tears.



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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: 2009-09-18 09:34 am   Permalink

Congrats and good luck tonight, Brad! I know you'll knock that Maui fine art crowd on it's collective ass! (That's a good thing!)

 
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BigToe
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From: Southern California
Posted: 2009-09-22 12:55 pm   Permalink

brilliant brad. the witch has such a haunting and seductive expression. u really knocked this one outta the park and i for one am humbled to gaze upon this amazing painting!

MAD alohas, t
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tikiracer
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Posted: 2009-09-23 12:57 am   Permalink

Just stunning - love the unexplained tentacle legs. The use of purple to link all the elements is perfect. What next?????
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-09-25 7:08 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Kiki von Tiki ~ Thanks so much! I'm still learning, but it's nice to feel that each one is a little further along the road to becoming a better artist. At least, that's the plan.
Beachbumz ~ No, YOU are Awesome! It was really great meeting you, and a BIG MAHALO for buying drinks and pupus before hand at the Mai Tai bar across the street!
Sam Gambino ~ Yep, the pin striping is my total fan homage to one of my fav artists: Sam Gambino, and I was lucky enough that some really kool kustom kulture folks show up - and we got to discuss the finer points of pin striping.
GROG ~ Thanks Grog! Maynard is humbled by your praise. Yeah, that pic is in that same really great Japanese red cloth covered Ryden book. I think I read in Juxtapoz that the "blood" images were part of his experience of going through a relationship break up.
JenTiki ~ Thanks! My nightmare of sitting alone in the gallery with people walking past and no one stopping to look did NOT happen. Thanks goodness! People showed up - and I talked to all kinds of folks. All three nights. Great Fun!
BigToe ~ Big big Mahalo! Thanks so much for mentioning her expression - I was really trying to get something subtle in it. Which can be harder than ya think! I had to re-do it several times...and then stop my self from re-doing it again!
tikiracer ~ Thanks! But...er....Oh? Unexplained tentacle legs? I think you know why she has tentacle legs... ye be lurking at the Devil Reef Tiki Bar, be ye? Aye, I think ye be knowing, or hear tell of tales that might explain such things....
What's next? Good question!
I was lucky enough to be invited to be a part of the group "Tiki Christmas" show at Strychnin Gallery, check it out...
www.strychnin.com
So I gotta finish something soon enough to ship it all da' way to Berlin in time 4 da' show, AND that isn't so big it costs too many coconuts to ship! So, I checked the art closet... and found this sweet sized 24" x 18" canvas.

... then an old sketch that was calling to me from under a pile of scribbles.

Then thought, maybe I should have him be a tiki, AND a mug at the same time. So I roughed a image onto the canvas.

Then, I thought, maybe he should be a mug, a tiki, AND some sort of living creature too! Frolicking about the beach near the Devil's reef.
However, like tikiracer, I've might be a-spending too much dream-time in the Arkham Exotica Bar and Ku-thulhu Tiki Lounge, and I be a-getting funny ideas!

More to come...
Big Aloha from the active volcanic Island way way out here...way past the Devil's Reef...way out in the middle of the deep deep blue sea.


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Posted: 2009-09-27 12:58 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe~
So I had more re-thinking on the painting. More sketches:

Reworked his chin to be more interesting, yet he went back to
being more mug like.

Here's one showing him as an animated old cartoon character of a Tropical drink/Mug.

And that's the direction I choose to go in.
Working title now is "Mr. Mai Tai"
Mahalo!
B~
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From: Satellite Beach, FL
Posted: 2009-09-27 1:20 pm   Permalink

Great to see that creative process, can't wait to see this classic come to life.
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