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The Lurid low-brow Tiki-Art of Brad (tiki-shark) Parker
Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2011-09-11 9:25 pm   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!
Thanks everyone... oops sorry LLT here's some more closer up shots and stuff...

"Tiger Shark Surfing"
24" x 30" Acrylic on Canvas

Detail: the mountains of madness!

Detail: Surfing tiki!

Detail: Happy looking Tiger Shark
"Ya know, while I was painting this there was a beach closing on the big island due to sightings of a 15' tiger shark cruising the coastal beaches! ... and me and my buddy found an open beach that week end and went in, just to be crazy and say we did!

Detail: extreme pop surreal water drops...
Thanks every one, and especially a BIG big mahalo to the art patron who has purchased this piece already, (only seeing it on line,... and will wait for delivery until AFTER next July, when it will be part of my show at "La Luz de Jesus Gallery")

ALOHA !


 
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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2011-09-11 9:29 pm   Permalink

MAHALO BRAD!
Incredible!
Mountains of madness indeed!
the droplets and the wood grain are spot-ON!
laluz worthy!!!



 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2011-09-11 9:34 pm   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!
Now, since I'm getting ready for an art show at the swanky "La Luz de Jesus Gallery" next July, I gotta paint at about twice my normal speed to create enough work to fill all that blank wall space in their gallery. (yes, I'm terrified and excited all at once) So, on to the next piece...

24" x 30"
acrylic on canvas
working title is "Hula Baby"
I got this idea after I was hunting through the used book and dvd store in Kona.... I scored and found a great box set of the 1933-1938 Popeye cartoons from the Max Fleischer animation studio! One of the episodes had Betty Boop doing a Hula! I was hooked!

Cross tween Betty Boop and my goth squid girl...

Strange tropical flying beasties...
Much more to come...
_________________


 
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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2011-09-12 12:57 am   Permalink

this one's gonna be BEYOND AWESOME!
even the sepia underpainting is genius!
Can't even imagine how it's gonna look one you breathe some life into it!
Being raised on Max F
this one strikes a major chord!
YAY MAX!
YAY Brad!


 
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tigertail777
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Posted: 2011-09-12 04:44 am   Permalink

Oh this is going to be incredible! Did you know the cartoon you based this off of: "Betty Boop's Bamboo Isle (1932)" was one of the main cartoons that caused the Hayes office to force the Fleischers to make Betty less "sexy" and start censoring theirs and other studios cartoons? Mainly because when she is doing the hula you can very briefly see her breasts a few times. The Fleischers were none too happy with the pressure for censorship, which is probably why only a year later they had her reprise the exact same role when she meets Popeye: just to cheese off the censors at the Hayes office.

Here is that portion of the animation from Bamboo Isle:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWUxx2GUgyU

Here is the full Bamboo Isle cartoon with a unique live action intro by the Royal Samoans. The usual mind blowingly bizarre and surreal Fleischer stuff: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxiY-NeXzCI

And when she meets Popeye and does the Hula again: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_bU7ZjKd90

Not much by today's standards, but for the 1930's, pretty heady stuff. Of course the general public back then didn't have the mentality that just because it is animated it should be for kids like many do now.

Can't wait to see the progression on this one-- it is going to ROCK! Great choice of subject matter!


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TikiFool
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Posted: 2011-09-12 08:14 am   Permalink

Your conception for Hula Baby is exquisite, Mr. Parker.

 
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zerostreet
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Posted: 2011-09-12 08:31 am   Permalink

Great detail on the Surfer! Thanks for posting that! And I'm loving everything about Hula Baby!

 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2011-09-12 4:21 pm   Permalink

tigertail777- Very interesting! Love hearing about the history of our sub culture obsession. Thanks!

Here's Miss Boop from the cartoon in question. I was quite taken with the fact she is topless (except for only a flower lei).

[ This Message was edited by: Tiki Shark Art 2011-09-12 16:49 ]


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2011-09-14 6:54 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

OK, now it's getting to the messy stage. It all looks rough and unfinished. I cringe posting the paintings in this awful state. But I know it's fun to see other artist's do this... sometimes it's the best part : see how problems are worked out, so I gotta play along. And it's gotta Long ways to go, but I got things pretty much where they are going to be.

You may notice I changed the doo-dads in the fore ground. These doo-dads seem to a important feature of pop surrealism that one sees in many paintings in this genre. Ryden has mysterious numerology and strange plants and animals in his bee-uteefull works. Williams has everything from hot rods and devils to corn-dogs and nude girls all over his masterful works. Schorr has huge canvases of nothing but seemingly hundreds of "doo-dads" and creatures. Anyways, this is what's going in this on... I thnk....so far....
More later!


 
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Posted: 2011-09-14 7:50 pm   Permalink

I can't wait for this one!

 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2011-09-16 6:24 pm   Permalink

Happy "Aloha Friday" Tiki Tribe!

I roughed in some warm tones for the BG, and a little cool tones to make the figure pop out from the sunset. IT's looking real messy, but starting to get a little depth. Next I'll create some cloud-like forms in the bg color...
Have a good week end!


 
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mp
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Posted: 2011-09-16 8:15 pm   Permalink

Brad, the new one looks fantastic!


 
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Posted: 2011-09-17 4:29 pm   Permalink

Thanks mp!

Here's a bit more work on the sky... making a cloudy dramatic (I hope) sunset and a glow to help "pop" the hula girl out from the warm BG...
More later...

Aloha!


 
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zerostreet
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Posted: 2011-09-18 05:58 am   Permalink

Looking awesome! Really love the skull eyes on the Tikis!

 
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Posted: 2011-09-18 2:28 pm   Permalink

THanks and Aloha !

worked on the ...

...pterodactyls, lay in more cool tones of blue and purple in foreground/mid-ground...
more later!


 
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