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The Lurid low-brow Tiki-Art of Brad (tiki-shark) Parker
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Posted: 2015-06-23 10:57 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe,

Sunset tonight in Kona town…



 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2015-06-24 05:49 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
More sketches on the Tiki souvenirs for the projects that Tiki Shark & KC HAWAII are creating…

I'm designing two-sided Tikis that you can ask a question and then "spin" to get an old "Eight Ball" take on what kind of day you'll have … or,
in this case, what response the "tiki gods" are going to favor you with if you so ask them what kind of day you are gonna have.

These tiki will appear in the souvenir shops in Hawaii along with all the tikis that KC HAWAII already makes for such shops.

some of these sketches are pretty rough and just partial ideas.

I noticed the souvenir Tikis in a lot of the stores were duplicates of REAL tikis found in museums…this I didn't think was very respectful.

This sketch is for a painting…

This is also an idea for a back ground in a painting…

ANYWAYS… Some of souvenir tikis with stickers calling them "good luck" or "Love tiki" were in fact gravely miss labeled, and as far as some museums could tell were used in , perhaps black magic rituals…I thought that "darkly toned kinda' mythological/historical replica object d' Art" wasn't a good thing for kids to be playing with, superstitious or not… it just got history and art-history so completely wrong, it went against my grain as an artist, and a person who enjoys historical Hawaii and also Pop-culture Hawaii.

I proposed to create a line of NEW "Tiki Toys" (based more on Tiki Lounges than historical Kapu Temples) TIKI TOYS that we could call a souvenir "Good luck Tiki" and know we were designing it exactly for that purpose, and only for that. No bad juju, or huge historical mistakes.

Like this "FORTUNE TIKI" - you give it a spin, ( I hope) and the tourist will see if they'll have "Good Fortune" or "Bad Fortune" - except we soften-ed it to be "Pono" (good) or "Lolo" (crazy) fortune.

Don't want to scare ( or bore) the tourists with a lot of historical explanation, ...it's bad for business!

More laters!

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Posted: 2015-06-24 9:51 pm   Permalink

The "FORTUNE Tiki" figure designed - a turn-around.
This should enable a sculptor over-seas at the factory to re-create it.
Then, they gotta' figure out how it make the base stay on the table (or what ever)... and the top of the TIKI to SPIN around,
...and stop on either "PONO" of "LOLO"… telling you what your fortune is gonna' be.



Laters!


 
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Posted: 2015-06-24 10:31 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

Caught the very end flash of this sunset… it LOOKED green, but that rare tricky optical illusion only happens in the tropics with the naked eye, and not with a camera it seems! ( awwwwww! )
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2015-06-25 1:12 pm   Permalink

What a wonderful life you have. I just caught up on your thread. The car the boogy board, the art...I bet you wake up with a smile on your face every day. I have one now just from being allowed to share through your photos. Thank you, Wendy
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Posted: 2015-06-26 04:19 am   Permalink

danlovestikis ~ Wendy, thanks so much for the kind words. I'm happy my wacky life-style gives you a smile, a hoot. Hey, it's a dirty job, but some one has ta' do it! I always feel I'm behind only Art, I should be better, more organized, that I'm not quite the painter I could be yet…. so , we all face troubles in our lives. Sometimes we can't see them from the outside, but inside a lot of us I think all think the same thoughts… "like how do I do this better?" I know I do….
Anyways, Hope you're gonna' have a HAPPY ALOHA FRIDAY, Tiki Tribe!
Working on new projects, and keeping up with geeing ready for my BIG ART SHOW in 2016…. ( tick-tock tick-tock! )

What is this?
Good question… more on this for my Art show later…

Here's another drawing of "Scared-y Cat", and a mysterious TIKI -

Stay tuned for the further adventures of Scardy Cat .

ALOHA!


 
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Posted: 2015-06-26 11:30 am   Permalink

It is always fun to come here and see your artwork.

 
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Posted: 2015-06-26 9:49 pm   Permalink

Thanx 4 the kind words hiltiki …
Got up while it was still dark out and did the LAVA 103 morning drive show again to promote the "BEST OF THE WEST" Group art show Saturday night.

Had gallery owner Mark Hana and last years (voted the BEST Artist of the west side of the BIG ISLAND) Alex Gupton with me.
We had some wacky fun saying' if Alex was voted the "Best of the West" then I could be .."the Worst of the West"?
Oh boy, give a low-brow Tiki Artist like me some silly-ness like THAT and we'll run-with-it, for sure!!
When the DJ asked if we had any "NEW" art, I asked "NUDE Art? Hmmm…. no not really, except I paint in the nude. You mean like that?"
Well started there, got much sillier, and soon it became the longest spot I'd ever done on the morning drive show, and we were all laughing at our own nutty-ness.
Basically. I think Alex and I were punchy from being artists & having to get up so darned early!!…
But, guess the the show was a huge hit with every one else too, and the station was extremely pleased with just how funny "those guys from the Art gallery are."
My agent, Abbas, said he got a really nice e-mail from the Station manger, saying how well the show went, and he wants to "take us out for coffee next week."
I think he wants to have us come on every Friday… who knows.
But… No time for dat, gotta' make da' Tiki ART!

I'm gonna try and get a mp3 file of it.

Hey, either I'm getting really OLD, or this Tiki fan just got outa' the military cause he kept calling me "sir" !?

The "rug rats" in the background were his kids - Really nice guy and mega cute and awesome kids!


 
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Posted: 2015-06-26 10:27 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Whew!
I am beat.
I got up really early, did the radio thing, then spent most the day at this Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, (that had Hawaiian Senators, Billy Kenoi the mayor of the Big Island, and all like dat at it ) event smooze-ing people, and talking with other Big-Island small-business owners, and such folk.

Really, I think I am exhausted from pretending to be a "responsible normal adult" all day long.
It really wears you out!

I was gonna' get some Art done, but…whew, I'm too beat! Instead, I'll see if my agent, Abbas, is as wiped-out as me, N' if so, ask him if wants to watch "Man of Steel" on the giant Tiki-Shark Entertainment Home Theater

Here's tonight's VOG colored sunset from Kona!
Hope you all had a good "Aloha Friday!".


 
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Posted: 2015-06-27 1:56 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

Well, dragged myself outa' bed this morning, and found out we were in the paper - the big art show tonight got a double page spread in the new "Entertainment " section of the local paper.
Cool!




 
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Posted: 2015-06-27 3:39 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Hey, yesterday at the gallery a military dude with his family, was buying some of my Tiki Art swag - and he had the darned cutest kids I'd seen in a while…
I got a photo someone else took that day.

Ohmigosh! ~ dez kid were too awesome, an' they were really digging' the Tiki swag just as much as their dad!
It's great fun to know that I got to be a small part of their Hawaiian vacation experience, and that they'll have Tiki Mugs to gawk at for years to come.

ALOHA!


 
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Posted: 2015-06-27 5:39 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Working on another Souvenir Tiki Toy design for KC HAWAII…

I really wanted to re-use my "Shark-Tiki" idea from a mug a designed for Body Glove a year or so back.

I'm reworking it and making it the flip-side (the Lolo side) of the "Happiness Tiki" toy.

More later…big Art Show tonight…gotta start getting ready.


 
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Posted: 2015-06-28 01:51 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Just got in tonight...
Wow, the BEST o' DA WEST Art show was bigger than last year!

More people. More artists… really fun event!

LOTS of fine folks came up to me and knew my Art,
..and knew me too!

Art Fans from the big Island, and from far away showed up.
Really amazing when people come to an event to see me.

I love people enjoying my Tiki-Art, and the Press showing it.
Hmmm… but I'm still getting used to being a "known" artist.
Don't know if I ever will, really.

Luckily, when all is said and done, I wasn't voted the BEST of the WEST, which would freak me out.
I'm still learning how to paint ( I think!), and I'm much more comfortable being collected by a hard core fan base that is not
the major public at large. My fans are a small faction of all the Art patrons, but they are passionate and really dig what I'm doing.
A big mahalo to the Kona Oceanfront Gallery for their support, and to all the awesome people who came to say "hi", and buy art!

BIG ALOHA!

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Posted: 2015-06-28 06:15 am   Permalink

That second place will keep you humble,but in our eyes you are Da BESTEST,Brad!
love the Fortune Tikiand so stoked you're getting that recognition you have so humbly earned! And good on you keeping in awe and respect of your talent. With an attitude like that,you will ALWAYS strive to become even better than YOU could imagine! Hope the back aches have subsided and those LaLuz pieces flow like water from your brush!


 
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Posted: 2015-06-29 4:12 pm   Permalink

LLT - thank you so much for such kind words. It was watching you post your ART on Tiki Central that got me into the Tiki-Art world, in the first place! You're always my Tiki Mentor… and a well of wisdom & inspiration!

I was at a friend's house last night. Across the street from me Live ex-Disney Imagineer Doug Miller.

He left So Cal years ago and created his own "Enchanted Tiki Hut" to live in here on the Big Island.

His Tiki collection has filled his house, and really taken over every nook and cranny.

He has bought most everything for pennies on the dollar at garage, years, estate sales.

Plus many swap meets and junk shops…

Al tougher they create quite the treasure trove and fantastic world in his house over looking the pacific Ocean.
Thanks for another great Sunset from your Enchanted iii Hut Doug!


 
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