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The Lurid low-brow Tiki-Art of Brad (tiki-shark) Parker
Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2014-11-29 03:06 am   Permalink

Thanks danlovestikis & Teakey!
U all RAWK! Don't know how I'd get the courage to paint without the aloha of the tiki central tiki-tribe!

I came back from a business trip to da mainland… and saw what was bugging me about
"Scardy Cat meets the Ghost of Exotica" or HHH….
the Lighting! Even though I wanted to make a black and white Cartoon land from the 1930's…
It just didn't work as a realistic light source from a color sunset into a black and white world…without putting in color rim lights on
the stuff in da room.

Here's a color test I did in photo shop.
OKAY …. one last late night ARTING to finish it!
A L O H A !
oh, speaking of sunsets………...

This is how BLACK FRIDAY ended here in Hawaii!
...but you can still last minute X-mas shop for "Tiki-Shark Tiki-Swag" at...
www.tikishark.com
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2014-11-29 11:56 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe

Yeah, bringing in the sunset into the B&W 1930's cartoon room as a hot rim light helped bring the comp together. A few alterations of yellow to orange rim light in a few areas and it'!s done…. right? …I think? …maybe?

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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2014-11-29 6:06 pm   Permalink

Dig this snip of painting "Scardy Cat"…
https://www.facebook.com/bradtikisharkparker

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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2014-11-30 10:22 pm   Permalink

aloha tiki tribe!
Okee-dokee! I worked late into the dark warm Hawaiian night, as the trade winds whispered in the palm trees out side my window, and my old fan creaked in my art studio made too warm by bright lights to let me see what the heck I'm painting…. (I swear, I used to be able to draw with out all these lights, but I must be getting old!) anyways, I finished up the painting! It was inspired by another artist's work: Shawn Dickinson. He paints Surf Art (or Out-sider Art) and was featured in the book "SURF GRAPHICS" with me and BigToe and 27 other artists who have surfing, or Island life style, or TIKI as a theme in their art. Great collection by KORERO books.
www.korerobooks.co.uk
Anyways, Shawn paints what looks like animation cells from a cartoon from the 1930's. Like Popeye, opt Betty Boop. but with his own characters, skeletons, Ghosts, monsters, cats, hula girls, surfers, and like dat. Amazing, fun , wonderful stuff. I was in love with it the second I saw it. BUT, I didn't want to just rip him off, so I contacted him and asked him about what his thoughts were, and showed him a sketch. He's a great guy, asked if I'd mind changing the cat head to be more like one of my cat heads, which was no problem at all, and away I went with his blessing! Thanks Shawn!

"Scardy-Cat meets the Ghost of Exotica"
or
"Hanuted Hotel Honolulu"
24" x 30", acrylic on canvas.
I wanted to capture that 1930's black & White feel. And that oh so classic One room hotel room, with old style wooden boards like I always loved seeing in underground comics like The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers by Gilbert Shelton, or anything by the brilliant R. Crumb! Yet, I still am influenced so much by my environment - a remote volcanic tropical island! So I HAD to put in a beautiful red colored Sunset made so by Pele's VOG venting out of Kilauea. So I had a window in the Black & white Hotel Room with a view to a full color cartoon Hawaiian Sunset, threw in my obsessive need to paint the perfect wave, and there we go. Next I love Exotica music, and people tell me it's Dead… I think there a new exotica bands still making Tiki-fied music, but It would be funny to play with a "dead type of music" as a ghost. I picked a famous Exotica album, painted it side ways in forced perspective…not as easy as I thought it was gonna be (WHEW!) and let the other mandatory "Cool Black Cat" play along with an old record player… there!

I can't tell you how easy I thought this was gonna be… it seemed like a great idea. However I felt troubled through the whole thing. It never felt right…then I was done, but still felt wrong. I was in danger of over-working it. but didn't know what to do. …and I had to go to the dive show DEMA in Vegas to see some clients, meet an art Patron, and have a meeting with a writer who I'm working with to bring you a illustrated mystery-history-novel that takes place in Hawaii during the end of WWII - & the Birth of Exotica. Fun stuff!

Well the trip was great. It brought me a fresh perspective when I got back to my island studio, and I took one look at the painting and I knew what was wrong. I forgot the first rule of Saint Tim Hildebrtandt (Patron saint of all fantasy artists) "Thou shalt not forget where thy light source is cometh-ing from!" Sure enough I needed the full color sunset to touch the black and white world inside the hotel room. Hit the cat and the ghost and a few things with a rim back-light of yellow/orange. I jumped to it, and now it feels right. (HOO-RAY!)
Hope you dig it. Here's another shot:

as you can tell someone has bought me a GoPro which I am learning.
Big Mahalo for watching the paint dry - ALOHA!!


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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2014-11-30 10:45 pm   Permalink

I watched your drawing of the shark on facebook today. That was terrific. I have my 2015 calendar to enjoy too. Good job.
Cheers, Wendy


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2014-12-02 04:25 am   Permalink

Thanx Wendy!
That was fun, and I hope to get more out soon on line. Working out tech snags with my tech guy, for the
www.tikishark.com

Here the first day of December's sunset from Hawaii!




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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2014-12-05 10:21 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Happy ALOHA FRIDAY!

Have you seen This woman?
She works at the "RED TIKI LOUNGE"…or does she?
Maybe she's the Dragon Lady who runs the Criminal Underworld in post WWII Honolulu?
Or is she a Japanese Spy?
But she could be an American/Japanese double agent?
Well, then there's a chance she's just a pawn in a game of life & death played by powerful Primitive Gods that have the Hawaiian Islands as their playing board. Well, That's the story, I guess…

Something about…
The end of World War II. A million Navy boys are drinking their last Mai-Tais at the RED TIKI LOUNGE and shipping home, while many-a island resident is seeking to relieve them of their US green-backs before they go. But, the wars changed everything. Terrible weapons have been loosed upon the world and shaken the pillars of Heaven and even drawn the attention of the Tiki Gods.

America doesn't know what to do with it's citizens of Japanese ancestry. Bets have been made. People are seeing strange things like spirits. Tricks and Traps have be put in motion…. and an ancient, evil force of great destruction is waiting to seize this moment to rise up … to mastery of the Earth!

The the owner of the RED TIKI LOUNGE is in trouble cause this guy who goes by the name "Don the Beachcomber" likes his joint and wants to open one just like it, or maybe nicer, right across the street! Just when he needs all the luck he can get.... his lucky RED TIKI suddenly Disappears!

Good thing an ex-Navy Commander lives above the bar in a flea-trap apartment that doubles as his detective agency. If he can help find the RED TIKI, and get the 600-pound-plus idol back in it's proper place in front of his Tiki-Bar… maybe the owner will forget about the commander's bar-tab (which is the size of Diamond Head.)

Of course, ya' know, that Japanese woman might be a character in a novel written by my friend S.P. Grogan. That Novel is a hard cover, 200 page-or so book that has a whole lot of black & White and full Color Tiki-Art in it made by a crazy street-person named Tiki Shark. This artist sells his weird-o paintings out front of the RED TIKI LOUNGE on busy nights to the folks waiting in line to get in and dance to the music of this new piano player named Denny.
Well… that's the story, anyway.

You can find out if any of that really IS the story... in MARCH, when...

"Atomic Dreams in the RED TIKI LOUNGE" is released for sale!

MARCH 6th & 7th we're having a big party here in Kailua-Kona...at the Royal Kona Resort…

…and at the Kona Oceanfront Gallery.

...with Live Music, & guest musicians maybe…

Dancing and drinking (& Don's Mai-Tai Bar is gonna' have a new drink called "The Atomic Zombie"!)

I hear the local radio station (LAVA 105.3 FM) might broad cast from the event.

It's rumored even Billy Kenoi, the Mayor of the Big Island, may drop by,

...along with a few other Big Island ( or So Cal.) V.I.P.s…
If you are HERE, you might even get your HARD COVER, 1st edition copy AUTOGRAPHED by S.P. Grogan and Brad "Tiki-Shark" Parker!

WELL, ...that's the story I hear…
anyways…

Stay tuned for more info as we get closer… ALOHA!


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Posted: 2014-12-07 03:15 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe,

I'm grateful for TC and all the great people I've met through TC.


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2014-12-10 4:40 pm   Permalink

aloha tiki tribe!

So the other night I was a drawing …designing some tikis for a up coming project really…

I wanna design a new "Shark Tiki"

…here's some sketches…Ideas like a water line. It's crawling with sea life, as if it were half sunk. And swimming' with Shark Aumakua (spirits). Here it's holding a Pirate Treasure chest…that may be a bit too much. Dunno yet.

Here's an early doodle, just thinking of the concept…but how to translate it to a actual 3-D figurine? Tricky stuff.

Here's six ideas for six Tikis… very rough… top left is a "Dragon Wrapped Tiki " an idea I've been kicking around for a while now…

Here's a sketch I did a while back. I was inspired by Big Toe's "Fink Dragon" Wanted to do a painting, still do, now this project came up and I was wondering it if could translate to a 3-D figurine. Sure will need to be made much more simple to be put in a mold. That parts for sure.

Here's the start of a side view - I already am in question of what the heck to take out and how to make it work as a figurine. This one may not make it. But I'm gonna try.

Another idea I like was my old design of a "Hero" type Tiki. I like this design. A warrior but with a modern twist.
Old idea I had, but it should translate well I hope...

More Laters…. Thanks!


 
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Posted: 2014-12-10 11:45 pm   Permalink

Mele Kalikimaka Tiki Tribe!

As you know, we went to a charity event tonight for the Kona-Kohala Chamber of commerce with donation going to the Hawaii Food Basket.

We donated a giclee fine art-Print of "The Sunken Tiki" for the auction and a Tiki-Shark Skate-Deck.
The president of the Chamber made a big deal and introduced me to the crowd and told us how grateful they where for our donation!

Wow, we were not expecting that! Very nice people live here in this small town, on this erupting volcanic island… quite amazing how much they have welcomed me, my art, even Abbas: my "larger-Than-Life Ultra-Swanky Hipster Art -Agent / Partner"! These are the same people who voted us to go to Washington DC and represent Small Business from the Big Island of Hawaii this last summer.

The things you hear about "ALOHA" are all true. We have it in the Tiki community in So Cal. But I'm glad to say it's Maybe not on the big hustle and bustle of the Honolulu all the time, or the uber-rich Maui hipsters rock-stars and movie stars all the time, but here in this "sleepy fishing village" of Kailua-Kona, I've been made to feel so welcome, that this kid from 25 years in LA just didn't know what was going on at first. Now I cannot leave my house, go to the post office, the store, the beach, with-out people who to me are strangers, coming up and saying "HI!, gosh I love your art, and have it all over my house after I framed all the sheets out of the calendar (I never have the heart to tell them that the calendars are cheaply printed and they that might fade) and they ask, "What are you painting on now?"

These thing never happened when I went to the store in LA or the Post office. This is a very small town. I rethink it's really helped my art. I hope I can life up to all the aloha and support and create some really great stuff for my next big art show …back in Los Angeles at La Luz de Jesus Gallery. Cause, big island or not, the "swank west coast Art Scene all happens in LA baby!"

Don't know if you read this or not, but, I was surprised, and thrilled, then scared half to death when I read this…
http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/news/2014/12/09/hawaiistiki-shark-art-sells-out-la-art-show-two.html?ana=fbk

"Scared?" you ask? "What do ya mean?"
Well, yeah. Funny, cause a few years back. Before anyone out side of the group of folks on line watching Tiki Central… When I was taking care of an aging parent who was dying of Alzheimer's, I recall painting the "Moon of Manakooah", and I was listening to "Vegas Vic's Tiki Lounge" Pod Cast of exotica music on my computer. I was actually thinking that " Wow, SHAG had a waiting list of people who wanted his art. That's amazing! " Jeepers -Creepers! I dreamed that one day, wouldn't it be so cool to be like that. To be like SHAG. A waiting list? Wow! That was job security! In the art world, that is unheard of…I thought it was just a day dream. A struggling artist's wish.
Well be careful what you wish for.
Now…it seems (for the moment) I have that waiting list. However, along with that waiting list comes ...the pressure to preform!

See when I paint, it's like I feel like I reach into my rib cage, and through my guts, through the very fiber of my being, and pull forth something that HAS to be better than what I've painted before. Like, at the end of Ray Bradburys;' "The Halloween Tree", I feel like I am giving up one year from the end of my life to create each really "good " painting. It takes a piece of my soul or life-force right outta' me. Then, I gotta brush that blood and sweat and tears onto the canvas to really create something special that will make people pause and go "Hmmm, wow, there's something you don't see every day. That's cool."

Please, don't get me wrong, I am so excited about this chance. I am numb. However, I am also terrified I will blow it. What if I am all out of Art-Life Stuff? I've never understood what makes the creative process work. I have things I do, that are guidelines for me to know if I'm making art or making ka-ka-poo-poo, I'm not posting these thoughts on FB. FB is a TV commercial where I have been lucky enough to sell my stuff. I keep my real thought for you guys, my hard core Tiki Tribe on Tiki Central.

Big Mahalo to all the tiki tribe, Merry Christmas, Mele Kalikimaka! - no matter where you live, Thanx for all your support and Aloha!


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Posted: 2014-12-11 10:08 pm   Permalink

Mele Kalikimaka Tiki-Tribe!


ALOHA!
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RVICTOR
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Posted: 2014-12-12 09:06 am   Permalink

Brad - Really like your idea and sketches redoing the Tiki Shark...Even though you said that some of the sketches may be "too much", I really like the one holding the treasure chest. Your right, it has allot going on...but it's extremely cool and I think would make a top notch mug.

Not that you need any ideas (creativity is one of the defining characteristics of your art that we all really appreciate), but I had a thought while I was checking out the sketches...I started thinking, wouldn't it be cool if instead of the shark taking a bite of the head, it had a hammerhead shark coming over the top and the brow of the tiki was the hammerhead sharks head? Maybe flowing down the back to represent either a spine or more flowing like hair? I started imagining how it would look if you drew it...and thought I may want to just throw it out there.

Just an idea. Love your art. Look forward to seeing what you come up with next.

Robert


 
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Posted: 2014-12-12 1:36 pm   Permalink

RVICTOR - that's brilliant!

 
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Kona Kevin
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Posted: 2014-12-12 6:15 pm   Permalink

Brad your AWESOME!

 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2014-12-15 03:35 am   Permalink

THANX! Really, very much.

 
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