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The Lurid low-brow Tiki-Art of Brad (tiki-shark) Parker
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Posted: 2014-12-15 04:42 am   Permalink

Mele Kalikimaka Tiki-Tribe,
Here's some drawings I was commissioned to do.

"The Sweet Tiki"
Some were from previous done designs, but that remain very popular,
so I do occasionally draw a very popular "Tiki" again for an Art Patron who missed out on buying the original, but REEAALLY wants to have an original of it now. Well, anything is possible, and my agent Abbas can make about anything happen - at least it seems so to me! (Thanks Abbas!) .

"Tiki Island"
I usually don't, as I like to move forward not backward, or just not get trapped re-drawing the same "Happy Dolphin" so many time you get burned out. The Artist "Wyland" is a very popular artist for his dolphin oil paintings, and many many many many people want an original dolphin from him. Great, when you are staring out as a starving artist I bet! Now, 30 years later, sometimes he looks like he might not be getting his full satisfaction from his work. Not always, now, I've seen him live many times, and he lovesY o make art, and he LOVES his marine creatures…. you can see it in his eyes when he's working…But once I asked him "Hey, what number dolphin is this one?" Wyland paused painting, and gave me a smirk and chuckled a bit.

I know, it IS WORK. And, as artists, we should be very happy to even have work in this VERY difficult and VERY competitive field.
I am very grateful to have work!
Please don't get me wrong, I LOVE making Tiki-Art…. but, I don't think I've ever painted the same exact tiki twice… OK - two special gigs, where the patron missed buying the original, and REALLY REALLY loved it, and had to have an original. BUT, that's only a handful of gigs like that.. so far.

And I always change something….. ACTUALLY, Truth is I CAN'T seem to recreate perfectly any of my own stuff… I TRY to maintain a nice consistency and CAN'T! At least in my eyes! the same image over and over in my search down this path for true "Tiki" perfection.
However, some characters strike deep and hit a pop-culture bone, and take on a life all their own, ...and then they become fun to draw.

"The Ghost Tiki"
Like, I think that THIS tiki design is one of my most popular …it was first named the "Ghost Tiki" - now, that I've lived here on the Big Island, and know more about local legend, I think it's more along the lines of a "Night Marcher", or maybe it's a "menehune" that has gone over to he dark-side of the FORCE.
This wicked little Tiki/Skeleton looking creature has become one of my most popular designs that have made the jump over to the Tattoo world! Yipee!!
I'm always happy when I see tat photos of my work! Amazing! It's a HUGE complement for an artist, I think! …and I've seen several photos of folks with "The Ghost Tiki" Inked on them-selves!

It's quite cool to think you've made a "mark" on pop-culture … Wow!
That my Art can mean that much to some one.
Jeepers-creepers, that's really mind blowing.
I'm thrilled that I can bring that kind of joy and happiness to someone with my Art that they want it so much that some people are taking my Art with them ...EVERY WHERE they go, ...FOREVER!

Guess he's my tiki version of the ever popular: "Angry Wood-Pecker smoking' a cigar" .

At least, so far….

Happy Holidaze…and happy Holiday shopping!
If you wanna' tattoo for Christmas, may I suggest taking a look-see at
www.tikishark.com to see if anything grabs your fancy? Cool!
Oh, and if you want to make something not-possible into maybe-possible, try talking to my Art agent Abbas at abbas@tikishark.com.

ALOHA!


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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2014-12-16 06:59 am   Permalink

Mele Kalikimaka Tiki-Tribe!


Sketching Tiki-Ideas for an up coming project…still. Gotta get these babies worked out soon.

I wan a get 6 to 8 good "types", like this is what I'll call a "Hero" Tiki.

These are ideas from one of my favorite sources… Crazy AL! I always love his designs. so animated and expressive, with out being "silly" or "disrespectful" to what a Tiki can really look like.

One of my most popular designs (the one that made it into becoming a tattoo the most) is this one, the "ghost tiki", here he's in a more "Palm tree" shape than a "stalking" shape. To lighten him up maybe he gets a uke instead of a shark tooth war club?

And I really want to re-visit my "Shark-Tiki" and see what other things I can do with it.

Someone suggested using a Hammer Head on top of his head, which lead me to make his head one with the Hammer-head. Hmmm…

Something interesting is starting to develop I think…

Lots of teeth and claws, am I influenced by my environment?

Here's another beautiful Hawaiian Sunset for you… where ever you are… even if your looking at snow.

Laters!


 
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RVICTOR
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Posted: 2014-12-17 06:37 am   Permalink

Brad - Love the direction you took your sketches in. I think your onto something with the hammerhead face. How many hammerhead tiki mugs are out there? I don't recall seeing many. I'd be first in line to buy one of those. Very cool man.

Mahalo for sharing your work with us all.


 
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Posted: 2014-12-17 07:24 am   Permalink

Brad - Love the direction you took your sketches in. I think your onto something with the hammerhead face. How many hammerhead tiki mugs are out there? I don't recall seeing many. I'd be first in line to buy one of those. Very cool man.

Mahalo for sharing your work with us all.


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2014-12-17 12:26 pm   Permalink

Sketch books of artists are treasures. I love watching your facebook videos as you work in yours. Thank you for sharing in both places. Wendy
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Posted: 2014-12-18 02:13 am   Permalink

Thanks so much!
I'm still working on this project that has me designing several tikis.

They might be made into 3-D objects… like the resin souvenir tikis you buy at the ABC stores in Honolulu.
We'll find out which ones the company that makes souvenir tikis picks. They have their line of classic Tikis,
so these are gonna be more …ah… Low Brow, Pop-Culture versions.
This one's a Mo'o wrapped around a Tiki. I've been reading up on Hawaiian Mythology. It's full of monsters and Dragons
héros and sorcerers and sea witches … great stuff!



 
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Posted: 2014-12-18 02:34 am   Permalink

http://www.mauimagazine.net/Maui-Magazine/September-October-2012/The-Sacred-Spine/index.php?cparticle=5&siarticle=4#artanc
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Posted: 2014-12-19 11:02 pm   Permalink

Mele Kalikimaka Tiki-Tribe!
Not sure how I feel when I read just the first 3 words of the head line…


http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/news/2014/12/09/hawaiistiki-shark-art-sells-out-la-art-show-two.html?ana=fbk

Funny, but getting the Tiki-Art out there is starting to happen like , in ways I never expected.

This one sez my Tiki-Art is for sale on Swag in Costco in Canada! Huh! What do ya' know!
Well, I guess the point of "Low Brow Art" was Art you could enjoy with out having a doctorate in Art Appreciation or Art History.
One Time Clive Barker told me, Art is for the Masses…he wasn't mad his art was in comic books, or low budget movies…he still wrote and painted…he thought it should be for every one. I had the great luck to talk to Todd Schorr about his HUGE low brow canvases…the ones owned by the big cheese at Nike. That very rich art patron keeps them locked away in a special vault that's all environmentally controlled and protected. I asked Todd of he'd rather have them out for people to enjoy every day, he just shrugged. "What can I do? He owns it!"

Well, it is nice you can still find Todd's work out there in books, if you look for it, it's in some great books! Books So important! It'd be a crime if no one could see Todd's Art except for a a few select uber rich folks!

Guess that's how it was in the OLD days…

If more eye balls roll over a piece of art does it loose it's value?
Hmmm?
If I never showed my art anywhere but at La luz de Jesus Gallery, I bet no one would even know it was there and buy it.
But since people have seen the art ion calendars and other places, when they see the original it seems more important now…weird.

I'm so proud to be in books like "Surf Graphics" with Big Toe and "Tiki Pop" with Ken Ruzic! That feel's really important.
I bet some kid is gonna be walking through Costco, see a skate deck with a Tiki-Shark Tiki Art on it, love it, and take it home hang it on the wall, (or ride it) and look at it every day. That feels important too.
What's it all mean? Who knows?
Laters!

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http://www.costco.ca/.product.100151517.html?cm_sp=RichRelevance-_-itempageVerticalRight-_-CategorySiloedViewCP&cm_vc=itempageVerticalRight%7CCategorySiloedViewCP

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Posted: 2014-12-20 08:27 am   Permalink

u rock Bruddah

Awesome

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Worst sound ever, slurp of an empty tiki mug through my straw!!!

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Posted: 2014-12-22 6:33 pm   Permalink

hang10tiki - Thnax! I'm working on it…

Working on the painting again, letting my producer look at all my tiki designs and waiting for feed back.
So "A Black Cat Crosses the Path of the Night Marchers" is back up being painted on.

Here's the sketch of the basic lay-out of the endless MC Esher stairs and the tree.
I decided to change the tree to be more palm-tree-like .
I think I also need to make the rocks of the stairs look like Lava Rocks.
That way they will look like all the stone-walls, half built structures, and other unfinished things made of Lava-Rock laying around the island.
These are the things they say the "Menehunes" made; but if they cannot finish a project in one night, they let it go and never finish it.


 
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Posted: 2014-12-23 12:27 am   Permalink

Mele kelikimaka Tiki Tribe,
Just got back from (urgh!) Yoga class. As an artist gets older you start to really feel things like lower back problems effecting your work. The many hours , days, years of hunched over drawing with a pen,pencil,brush, or mouse, has done a job on these ol' bones. So, back to the gym. Except now, my work outs are what used to be what I would have called a light warm up when I was younger. Oh well, gotta do what ya' gotta do. And I gotta make da' Art - no matter what.

Here a quick re-sketch of the lay-out with the palm tree.
also….
I have to show you tonight's sunset…what a beauty!

...and, speaking of ART and Beauty check out the Christmas Gift we ( Tiki-Shark Inc) got from Body Glove this year! HA!

Awesome! It came with a matching Night Light!!

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Posted: 2014-12-25 02:01 am   Permalink

Mele Kalikimaka Tiki-Tribe!

A beautiful sunset this Christmas Eve in Kona…

Had a nice Christmas Party with some of my Big Island Ohana.

Had all the important Christmas things. Like a cute little dog dressed in a Santa suit.

A little kid getting Christmas Presents, (my adopted god-son )
He got cool stuff an 11 year old should get like a Limited edition Comicon Explosion Godzilla and a mini-surf board with some swank Tiki-Art on it.

It's always magical seeing Christmas through the eyes of a little kid.

Even had new swanky Tiki-Swag from Tiki-Shark ; like these. ( Watch
www.tikishark.com for info. )

Later I took my sleigh through the snowy Hawaiian night to my art studio and worked on some Tiki-Art.

I re-worked some of my "A black Cat Crosses the Path of the Night Marchers" painting idea.
Even put brush to canvas.
A good Christmas eve!

ALOHA Tiki Tribe!


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Posted: 2014-12-26 8:14 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Getting ready for an art show this sunday night here in Kona. "The Spirit of Christmas Past" - Dec 28th, Sunday.

If you are in town, feel free to drop in!

I will reveal my latest painting - Well since it's SOLD, I'll have there #1 giclee on Canvas full size.
"Scardy Cat Meets the Ghost of Exotica"

I'm also gonna' have some new tiki-swag. Mini-Surf boards. I'll be hand retouching them up for sale in the Kona Oceanfront Gallery

Some fun stuff, much of it so new this will be the first time anyone's seen it for sale.

In my studio, I had a little help from a baby gecko who seemed to want nothing more than ride on my brush had while I was working. Funny little thing, so freaking tame!

I'm also working on another canvas: "A black Cat Crosses the Path of the Night Marchers"…. here it is so far…

More laters!


 
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Posted: 2014-12-27 09:02 am   Permalink

It's a good morning when I can log on and catch up on your artwork and activities.
I'm glad that we could see the rest of the words on the headline, I just don't see
you selling out. The tiki world couldn't stand that! Kids do make Christmas special
we had two at our celebration. I've been doing physical therapy because I too slouch
when doing my art work. In fact I do that when typing and I just had to remind myself
to sit up. Heath is important. I have a niece who teaches yoga, good choice.

Happy Holidays and thank you for the posts for us to enjoy, Wendy
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