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The Lurid low-brow Tiki-Art of Brad (tiki-shark) Parker
Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2011-12-23 6:01 pm   Permalink

Thanks GROG...

Sharks are beautiful..so sleek....except when you get them wrong... like I did last night...late last night... working on a hammer head shark ...they are SUCH weird shapes...anyways I screwed it up!!! totally! Back to the drawing board... and the canvas...
merry x-mas to you ...and big aloha!
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2011-12-24 02:24 am   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!

HERE'S THE HAMMERHEAD SHARK I SCREWED UP... it just looks goofy, and not right, and well, not what I was seeking...

So, back to the sketch book... to work it out

..till I think it looked a bit more "right". That's what I love most about low brow art: It don't gotta' "be right" it just has to "be right" to ME! "Cartoon" is not a bad word in the low brow / tiki art world.

Better?


aloha!


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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2011-12-24 8:37 pm   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!

The day was so beautiful in Kona I had to take a break from the art studio... mild trade winds blew all the vog away so you could see all the way to the top of the volcano.

Toasted Christmas with tropical drinks at the Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Bar at the Royal Kona Resort, over looking Kona bay. Dig the tiki at the far left.

And watching the Christmas sunset from the beach.... mele kalikimaka!


 
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Posted: 2011-12-28 06:38 am   Permalink

Right is a few lines away from wrong isn't it? Maybe it was the pull from the right with Sarah Palin being in the vicinity that caused the issue. lol

 
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Posted: 2012-01-07 5:44 pm   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE
STEP 13: WORKING OUT THE SEA O' SHARKS. NOW I'M THINKING I MIGHT HAVE WORKED IN A FEW OCTOPUSSIES, OR MAYBE SHARK-TOPUSSES?

Hey, I got a mention in the Jan issue of Honolulu Magazine. In a piece called "The Tiki Tribe" where they go throgh the whole Tiki pop culture. They state I create " Lurid paintings"... LURID? Lurid... Hmmmm....Lurid, I think I dig that!


ALOHA!


 
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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2012-01-07 8:04 pm   Permalink

THOSE LAYERS OF SHARKS ARE INCREDIBLE,BRAD!
close-ups ? just a few would make kinny very happy!

Congrats on the Lurid tag....
live it. love it.


 
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Posted: 2012-01-14 7:53 pm   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!

Thanks Kinny - I'll get some close ups soon...
Step 14: Kon Tiki Dream, still working on the sea o' sharks, the further distant waves, the sky... going to make the balsa wood raft all orange / brown tones to stand out from the blue sharks. Still need to make "water" a surface that the raft will be floating on. Beads of water, bubbles...stuff like that....
ALOHA!


 
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tobunga
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Posted: 2012-01-14 8:31 pm   Permalink

GREAT work as always, Brad!

And Lurid... love that word... that's how I describe 007 theme songs... and who doesn't LOVE those?!? Embrace your inner LURID!!!!
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TikiTomD
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Posted: 2012-01-15 05:23 am   Permalink

Brad, what a compliment to receive from Honolulu Magazine: Lurid = Sensational = Phenomenal = Exceptional! It is a word often associated with Tiki, and describes the things I like best about it. For example, an excerpt from a Wayne Curtis article in Preservation Magazine...

Quote:
They had tiki bars—those Polynesian-themed joints marked by blowfish lamps, gape-mouthed totems, and lurid drinks served in ceramic tiki heads or coconut shells.



There that word is, describing those luscious tropical cocktails!

Mahalo for sharing the Kona coast scenery; got to get back there soon. Your art is exceptional, and the layered shark detail is just awesome. BTW, we have some pretty large hammerheads inhabiting our stretch of the Florida coast.

-Tom
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Posted: 2012-01-16 10:46 am   Permalink

LURID IS RIGHT!

i love the surreal quality of the shark ocean...amaaaaaaaaazing Brad!!!!
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Posted: 2012-01-16 12:21 pm   Permalink

I don't know if my Mom will let me have "Lurid" Art
on my wall?


 
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Posted: 2012-01-16 10:47 pm   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!

The Brad Tiki-shark Parker front window room of the The Wyland Kona Ocean Front Gallery, 75-5770 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona Hawaii 96740, (808) 334-0037
Big Aloha and Mahalo to everyone at the Wyland for supporting my art when many other galleries in Hawaii were not brave enough to show my lurid* Tiki Art.

* "Lurid": Honolulu Magazine, Jan issue, in a piece called "The Tiki Tribe", quote "Brad Parker creates Lurid paintings that pull in influences from Tiki, Comics, and Rock."

Step 15 - "Kon-Tiki Dream", still working out the raft & tiki

Close up of the sharks.
Hmmmm. It's starting to feel to me as if this were an illustration for the book "Kon-Tiki" by Thor Heyerdahl, if he were sharing the chore of writing with H. P. Lovecraft and had the goal of submitting this work to "Weird Tales" magazine for publication

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Posted: 2012-01-17 06:04 am   Permalink

That is looking quite beautiful Brad! Those sharks in back are adding such a nice, new level of surrealism!
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Posted: 2012-01-17 07:32 am   Permalink

TRIP OUT!
Lookin so Splendiferous!
Good call on un-goofying the hammerhead....looks so menacing now!
Such a great multi-layered piece!
You are an Inspiration to us all,Brad!

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Posted: 2012-01-19 01:13 am   Permalink

The Tiki Tribe - Honolulu Magazine - January 2012 - Hawaii
www.honolulumagazine.com
With mugs, statues, songs and fashion, these kamaaina are carrying the kitschy, tacky, tiki torch.

Honolulu Hawaii - Restaurants, Real Estate, Shopping - Honolulu Magazine
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Honolulu Magazine brings readers the very best of what Hawaii and Honolulu have to offer, covering people, culture, arts, politics, issues, restaurants, events, entertainment, shopping, real estate, neighborhoods and more.

‎"Brad Parker creates lurid paintings that pull in influences from tiki, comics and rock." Ya' know what? I've been waiting my whole career for someone to define my art as "LURID"! I dig it, baby! Big Aloha & Mahalo DAVID THOMPSON and Honolulu Magazine!


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