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The Lurid low-brow Tiki-Art of Brad (tiki-shark) Parker
Atomic Tiki Punk
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Posted: 2009-12-01 12:16 am   Permalink

So Cool.........

 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-12-02 4:30 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Atomic tiki punk~ Big Mahalo!

The next painting. Stayed up late, inspired by that amazing moon last night. Worked out some rough sketches.

Sketch #1. The title for this painting is "Faster than Disaster"
It's inspired by my friend Dale's Kustom '32 coup hot rod - he's building it himself. He lives over on Maui, and we met at my show at the gallery there a few weeks ago. He showed me photos of his hot rod, and the idea to bring some Kustom Kulture aspect into the next Tiki Art piece changed from a mere vague idea into a something a little more. The idea is a hot rod racing away from some "disaster". This first sketch has the disaster being a Godzilla like monster attaching Waikiki.

Sketch #2. I decided I wanted to change the format to vertical instead of horizontal. This is to tie into a later idea, too soon to blab about here in case I can't pull it off. Here the disaster is a tiki god. I had just finished hand tinting another wood cut print of "Waikiki Mystery" and I had so much fun with that image I thought it might warrant a full on painting version of that visual. But, the more I looked at it the more "too busy" it became. What's the composition here? I needed to start more basic and not get lost in the details - like I often do.


Thumb nails. So I drew small, which forces me to not put in a bee-zillion details. I was also not sure I wanted to paint the image of the angry tiki god reaching down from the sky yet. I might as well wait till I move all of the rest of those wood cuts - and there's not that many left. So, I thought up what other disasters could the hot rod be racing from? I liked the volcano idea. It's an ever present background dread (however subconscious) when you live on the Big Island.

More Thumb nails: I drew in some foreground dark shapes to add depth. I want lots of depth in this one. Waikiki is now a Hawaiiana version of Gotham City. The Hot Rod (the actual car has been named "Kreepy Krawler" by Dale's wife Janet) may well be the "Bat mobile" of some Polynesian version of the dark night. I liked the idea of crossing the volcano with a tiki god - so the giant stone moai blowing his top is my disaster. The bottom right is blocking out the comp into more simple shapes to see if it's gonna work.

Still sketching... nothing ready to go to canvas yet.

Aloha!
B~


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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-12-03 11:39 am   Permalink

Aloha!
Here's some more thumb nails...

Getting a little closer to a finished idea.
Mahalo fer looking.
B~

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teaKEY
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Posted: 2009-12-03 2:22 pm   Permalink

A nice tie in with your first one from long ago. Will make a great set

 
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Sneakytiki
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Joined: Mar 31, 2003
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Posted: 2009-12-03 3:40 pm   Permalink

Nice action sketches Sharky. Congrats on the Tiki News spread.

 
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hewey
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Posted: 2009-12-03 6:15 pm   Permalink

Great to see some hot rods in your work man! Congrats on the great spread in tiki mag too
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Posted: 2009-12-03 8:19 pm   Permalink

Ohhhhhh, I like the Monster Moai idea, Brad, maybe a Bettie Page gal in the passager seat? or on the street.......

 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-12-04 5:35 pm   Permalink

Happy Aloha FRIDAY Tiki Tribe!
teaKEY - oh yeah. Good idea. I got ya. so I took the composition that was a mirror of the "Waikiki Mystery". That one has the big tiki reaching down into the picture from the left, so I put the big Maoi coming in from the right on this one.
sneakytiki - Thanks! I'm really happy with the magazine - did I say that about a thousand times already? Sorry!
hewey - Mahalo! Yep, time for another Kustom Kulture tie in. This will be the biggest so far.
atomic tiki punk - Big Mahalo! I think I'm gonna try to get a Fem Fatal figure in the door way of the Club Kapu.

Here's a tighter sketch. Think I'm getting close to all the elements I need to go in this one.

Did this sketch on some old rag paper Earl, my wood cut printer, sent me. I like the old antique feel. As you might have guesed, I'm leaning towards a old "pulp" illustration feel on this one.

Have a great Week End!
B~
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Posted: 2009-12-04 7:20 pm   Permalink

I really like where this one is going Brad, looks like I going to have to bug you for a print of it when your finished!

 
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Big Kahuna
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Posted: 2009-12-04 7:22 pm   Permalink

WOW, Brad! Sign me up for a print, too!

 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-12-05 02:45 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Atomic Tiki Pink ~ Thanks! Hey, I think it'd be an honor to hang in the swank pad you got for digs! The printers still working on that special sized print of Jungle Witch (aka the Temptress) for you. I'll keep you posted on when it's posted to you.
Big Kahuna ~ Mahalo! Long way to go, but here's a finished ink study.

It's on a 12" x 9" sheet that reeks of pulp.

Here's a closer look.
Think it helped me work out some issues (and let me tell you, I got issues!) and ideas for this piece. Next, another sketch study and a twik on the comp.
B~

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Posted: 2009-12-05 04:21 am   Permalink

Wow Brad, you are ripping it up, I am looking forward to watching this to finish.

 
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MarkusK
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From: Berlin, Germany
Posted: 2009-12-06 03:03 am   Permalink

Amazing! I LIKED your other art but I LOVED your woodcuts. This sure looks like it is going to be loved
I'm in for a print...


 
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little lost tiki
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Joined: Jun 12, 2006
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Posted: 2009-12-07 09:14 am   Permalink

Nice Departure from the SOLID Tiki-filled pieces,there Brad!
Where is the New Year gonna Lead you?
I cannot wait!

Thanks for sharing your sketches and process with everybody!
How'd the Move go?
Looks like you're already settled
judging from your output!


Excellent!
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-12-11 7:55 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Atomic Tiki Punk - Me too, if I can get back to it! Thanks!
MarkusK - Yes, this is the same paper the wood cuts are printed on... so That's ink on that beautiful old weathered rag. I'm glad you are diggin it!
little lost tiki - Thanks! Well, didn't move yet! That's all coming! Yuck!!! What happened is I went to Honolulu on Monday for a hospital visit for a procedure for my chronic lower back problem. Yeah, great! Well!

Weird life moment: So I'm on this flight on Hawaiian Air lines coming into Honolulu at 7:45AM... on December 7th...Pearl Harbor day. The pilot was a real history buff and gave a great play by play as we were coming into the city. Then, they played the 1944 radio announcement from President Roosevelt. Chilling. All this while I'm sitting next to a very nice young tourist couple from Japan. Wow... the world is too strange at times.

WHINE WHINE: Anyways, I get stuck at the Hospital in a overly sub artic air conditioned room in a friggin' hospital smock for an hour and a half... by the time I get in the operating room my teeth are actually chattering! I think... hmmmm, think I'm gonna catch any thing in this place? Yep! Tuesday morinng I woke up with one of the worst colds in my life. Today's been the first day I felt human. Yeesh! Hope you had a better week!

Anyways, enough bitchin, here's some art.

Here's yet another go at the composition ala ink study.

Then, here's another one.

Yes I know I wasn't going to do the Giant tiki grabbing with his hand...but it really looks much better than the hot rod getting stepped on. And, as a good fiend pointed out..."Who wants a painting of a big foot?" Hmmm...good point.
I like it better. It looks more like a old pulp magazine cover. (However that is one of the silliest tikis I've ever drawn on that tiki lounge) So, I think this is going to become the painting..

Big Aloha!
B~

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