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The Lurid low-brow Tiki-Art of Brad (tiki-shark) Parker
Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2012-08-06 05:28 am   Permalink

Thanks! Let's hope it works! Color is gonna be the key...l

 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2012-08-06 6:28 pm   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!
Step, er...what step is this again? Sheesh, that sketch took so long I lost track!
OK
Step 9.) Painting the Sun Set.

Laying in warm tones...

Thanks for looking!

BP~


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2012-08-07 8:47 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Working on a new project with my bestest Art Director Buddy Kevin Egeland & his underground L.A. based Kustom Skate Board company "Tigre Skate Boards".
He helped create several cool "Classic Monsters" designs and a "Tales from the Tiki Lounge" design for my art show at "La Luz de Jesus" Gallery in Hollywood. The boards were a hot item, and sold out, and the gallery and to take orders for more from folks demanding more...

Coolest thing about the Skate Decks, I think, is that Kevin showed me they can be hung on the wall like "Fine Tiki Art". I fitted in the hard-ware to hang them with Billy Shire at the"La Luz" Gallery, and we saw them on the wall for the first time, and a light went off in my head ... Wow... how cool is that? ... why didn't I think of this before! Billy liked it too! (thank goodness!)

This is the newest proposed design "Tiger Shark Surfer" with the Tigre logo and all...
What do ya think? Cool for a wall in a home grown Tiki Bar, right?
I'm getting a few from the show that I will offer up for sale (watch the tiki Marketplace) that I ordered and Kev has some left.
Wanna ask questions about getting some? you can ask here, or visit Kevin's Face Book page.
http://www.facebook.com/kevin.egeland?ref=ts
I don't know if "Tigre" has a web site. It's WAY underground, limited edition, stuff.
ALOHA!
BP~


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Posted: 2012-08-08 6:08 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Few things bouncing round the island today~

I was in TARGET today, and was surprised to see my Birthday cards had been put out in the primo "eye-level" "End-cap" position.

Sweet! ... Jeeze, who ever stocks Target, I owe them a big Aloha!
These cards are made by Pacifica Island Arts Inc.. you can find them on line at
www.islandartcards.com/

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Posted: 2012-08-08 6:23 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Here's the latest on the painting....

My close up of the big "doodle-Art Poster" like art ... so far...
gotta make her hands a little less creepy looking. Gloves on.

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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2012-08-10 11:52 pm   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!

Here's a sketch for a commission piece for an art patron. It's "Hawaiian Eye episode 2" so to speak.
Addition of a Hula girl, and three sea turtles... representing his wife and 3 kids... rather sweet...a challenge to make it better than the first one. We'll see as we go.


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2012-08-12 06:34 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Got a new art gig in the making... so, here's my first pass at a new logo for a new company.

The Company is called ARTIFEX. (Latin... for artist.)
The logo is a tad rough right now, it is a black & white riff on the Moai giant in "Faster Than Disaster". My tech people say I gotta get in done in A.I. now, so it'll be a bit more simple and stream lined. Which is good for a logo. It's all going to tie into a new web site called parkerartlive.com. So, I guess you can get an idea where this is going. With all this new easy tech for cameras, and since I'm all for showing step by step how I paint, and you, seem to dig seeing how I slap paint on a canvas, I might as well show some live painting as well - now that I have some folks interested in helping out on the tech side of things.

Anywho, we'll see how it all shakes out in the next few months. It (the new web site) should be up and running sometime before or on Halloween (my favorite Holiday - so seemed like a good time for a goal!) Basicly, it'll be me getting ready for my next big art show.

An art show that will take me 2 years to create a body of work for. Yep, two years! See, I take about 2 months to paint a 24" x 30" canvas in my pop surreal style. 8 to 10 hours a day. If I really push myself - and I always push, cause I want to make each one better. So, it's gonna take me about two years to create 12 new paintings - good ones, paintings that I can be sure I didn't just "crank out" - but paintings I feel I put everything I had into them. Poured my soul and guts into and sought to make them better than what I did before... and that will really knock your socks off. ( I hope.)

So, anywho, first step. Set up. Here's a rough of the logo. I'll keep posting here to keep you up dated. Scary as heck. This could all fall apart. But, since the Tiki Tribe has been so supportive so far, and really helped me get thought sooo much... I might as well take another step, and hope you all dig seeing me screw up in real time!

Big Aloha!
Bp


 
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Posted: 2012-08-12 10:51 am   Permalink

Major awesome Brad! I will look forwards eagerly to seeing you paint.

 
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Posted: 2012-08-12 1:28 pm   Permalink

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On 2012-08-08 18:23, Tiki Shark Art wrote:
Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Here's the latest on the painting....

My close up of the big "doodle-Art Poster" like art ... so far...
gotta make her hands a little less creepy looking. Gloves on.





Great idea, you Da Man


 
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Posted: 2012-08-21 7:26 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
I was working on an "artist's Remarque" on a giclee of "Faster Than Disaster" yesterday... kinda stuck on what to do. That painting is so well filled ... there's very little room to add anything. Then I found out (thanks Ken) that it was The Father Of American "Weird Fiction"' - H. P. Lovecraft's Birthday - Aug 20th! So after that this sort of came screaming out !

Aloha!
B~


 
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Posted: 2012-09-02 12:49 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

Next step on "Hawaiian Eye - Episode Two" (a commission)
Finally got a good night sky going. took 4 to 5 layers of semi-transparent acrylic paint to get a smooth moon-light to dark edges blue-ness. This is the hard way, I know, it's painting the sky 4 or 5 times to get one smooth one. Acrylic dries so fast you can't really smooth it out like oils. I've seen wonderful smooth acrylic paintings with no visible brush strokes. Amazing. I love that, but I sort of love some brush strokes too. Let's you know it's a painting... there's the hand of an artist in there laboring away with a brush to get an effect. But, a wonderful well rendered painting takes time to get... at least for me. I don't know a easy fast way to do that... just the long hard way. Art isn't easy, I suppose.

Next will be stars, and the Cat moon, and I'm getting down to the fun parts like the Zombie and the Tiki.
More 2 come
ALOHA!


 
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Posted: 2012-09-02 01:58 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
I had a nifty thrill when the local ... well local being the island of Oahu... newspaper called me and asked me some questions about Tiki Art. Seems they had seen the book "Surf Graphics" and found that in it's role call of 30 "surf artists" 3 were Hawaii based...or at least had Hawaii as a focus of their particular art. Me, Oahu's Dennis Mathewson, and Thor, who lives in So Cal but is here a lot, and sells his amazing art in local Hawaii galleries.
So, the Honolulu Star Advertiser did a piece on "Low Brow" or what they are calling "Out Sider Art" (interesting) , but really we all know it's "tiki art".

Dig the big ol' front page (in the TODAY) section of the Monday 8/27/12 edition.

Dennis got the big space - above the fold. - Course, he's pretty famous in Honolulu. Local guy. Dennis is a fantastic Airbrush artist (as well as a great guy) and has been painting hotrods for many years at Cosmic Air Brush; his business in Honolulu. Thor and I are more recently hitting the Hawaii Art scene. All 3 of us are not the usual artists working and selling in Hawaii art galleries. What you usually find in galleries here is land scapes, and sea scapes and wild life (dolphins, whales and turtles and such) and flower paintings. Or, you find art that is good, but is not about Hawaii.

Big mahalo to reporter Gary Chun, and his research into Tiki Culture. Nice guy, and he really warmed up to the subject as we talked. However, he did get the title of my painting wrong... it's "The Moon OF Manakoora" - like the exotica song by Martin Denny, and featured in the 1937 movie "The Hurricane" with Dorothy Lamour. Common mistake, no worries, But this sometimes confuses my gallery - Anyways, it's great that now they are becoming more aware, and I'm finding more locals buying my work, when at first it was only tourists.
Tiki Culture is finally finding it's way to Hawaii (ha!) Well, at least, mainstream Hawaii, there's always been tiki tribe folks here.
Big Aloha
B~
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Posted: 2012-09-02 02:57 am   Permalink

You deserve the recognition Brad! You big, bad paint slinger.

 
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Posted: 2012-09-02 07:12 am   Permalink

Congrats on the coverage! Lots of cool, diverse projects is always good!

 
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Posted: 2012-09-02 8:26 pm   Permalink

Congratulations, Brad. It's always fun to see hard work and talent and manic creativity get some recognition.


 
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