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The Lurid low-brow Tiki-Art of Brad (tiki-shark) Parker
GROG
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From: Tujunga
Posted: 2015-09-28 06:45 am   Permalink

GROG love your inked stuff. Good job on the chef piece.

 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2015-10-01 12:12 am   Permalink

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On 2015-09-28 06:45, GROG wrote:
GROG love your inked stuff. Good job on the chef piece.


It was so popular it required another be created.

Thank you so much for the KIND words!
BIG MA HA LO!


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2015-10-01 08:47 am   Permalink

Catching a lighten strike is pretty special but not a special as your art. I sure like the step by steps.
I worked my way through college as a dental assistant and my mother made gold teeth in her dental lab.
Those photos were very nostalgic for me. Nice smile with or without those crowns.

I just wrote on my Brad Parker calendar and then it occurred to me that I need next years. I'll have to grab Mahalo Tiki at the crawl this weekend.

Keep up the great work, Wendy
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2015-10-04 2:54 pm   Permalink

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On 2015-10-01 08:47, danlovestikis wrote:
Catching a lighten strike is pretty special but not a special as your art. I sure like the step by steps.
I worked my way through college as a dental assistant and my mother made gold teeth in her dental lab.
Those photos were very nostalgic for me. Nice smile with or without those crowns.

I just wrote on my Brad Parker calendar and then it occurred to me that I need next years. I'll have to grab Mahalo Tiki at the crawl this weekend.

Keep up the great work, Wendy




Wendy,
THANX!
Well, if you'd like an "autographed" calendar,

I can do that too! Mahalo Tiki sells lots of my stuff, (thanks Mahalo tiki!) however, feel free to message me or e-mail me or contact my web site
www.tikishark.com to get an autographed one!

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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2015-10-04 3:17 pm   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!
Aloha from…. "Moku o Keawe"!

HEY- I just learned from a real Hawaiian eldar that this is yet ANOTHER name for"The big Island", or "the Big Island of Hawaii" - or "Hawaii" all which describe the largest island in the state of "Hawaii", and all having sort of the same name which is at times extremely confusing.

So this elder tells me it's known as "Moku O Keawe".
WHAT I gasp?
"Moku O Keawe"... "the Island of Chef Keawe"
"Chief Keawe" was around BEFORE the famous King Kahamehameha. Chef Keawe was a very good and wise ruler, and ruled over a peaceful kingdom.
I tell ya' I learn more all the time I'm here. The more I learn, the more I learn there is to learn!
I just discovered the mythology about HAWAIIAN DRAGONS!
Yes, D R A G O N S !!! Dig it!
But, more on dat later…& the painting that will go with it!

I got the Local Newspaper coming over today to "shoot" my house. Wha? Jeepers Creepers, they must need stuff for the Halloween Issue!
OKAY, I can be painting on my EPIC "Night Marchers " painting in my art studio… set up my "Pumpkin Carving station" out on da' open on da' back Lanai ( with the sweeping View of Kona since today it's not raining!) and….ah…. be working on my "Chef Sam Choy Ink Drawing" out in the Front room area where there's nice light and space.
That's gotta' cover anything they'd want.

If not that, I can pull out all my monster models and toys and do a puppet show of the "Mystery-History of Halloween!"
...all very un-staged and natural of course!


This is my latest Tiki Ink Drawing I just finished up.

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Remember to RAWK ON & BE MOST EXCELLENT TO EACH OTHER!

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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2015-10-04 3:18 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2015-10-01 08:47, danlovestikis wrote:
Catching a lighten strike is pretty special but not a special as your art. I sure like the step by steps.
I worked my way through college as a dental assistant and my mother made gold teeth in her dental lab.
Those photos were very nostalgic for me. Nice smile with or without those crowns.

I just wrote on my Brad Parker calendar and then it occurred to me that I need next years. I'll have to grab Mahalo Tiki at the crawl this weekend.

Keep up the great work, Wendy





and I will try to do more STEP BY STEP! Thank you for the kind words and feed back!
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2015-10-06 10:37 pm   Permalink

ALOHA Tiki Tribe!

When the sun starts to drop into the Pacific I get a incredible double sun effect from the glare off the ocean. The double-sun hits my art studio with all that solar energy and heats up my tin roofed shack like an oven. Today it was so hot that my agent walked in and thought I had left the oven on or something. It was blazing inside, yet nice out side. More than usual… strange! So hot I couldn't work, or even think. A lot of places in Hawaii are built cheaply and have no insulation at all, like this joint for instance. I had to wait for the sun to dip into the water before the place cooled down.

So, great I start making some art… and because of all the thunder storms that have been sweeping over the islands, it's been extra wet, creating extra bug infestation. Now I'm being swarmed! AHHH!


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2015-10-07 01:10 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Well, as requested I am posting more step by step process shots.
I am working on a huge epic piece - huge in scope, and idea, the canvas isn't THAT big. 30" by 40". (I usually work 24" x 30").
This painting came to me in a dream. I was over a friend's house for dinner. She told me her house was built on the path of the "Night Marchers".
The Night Marchers are a local Legend about a ghostly procession of ancient Hawaiian Spirits that march across the islands at night.
Much like the Wild Hunt in England and Ireland, you do not want to be caught in their path. It's considered Very Bad Luck. So, my friend told me she had to take
certain precautions to protect her from invading spirits.
The main part of this was a huge and striking portrait of the Volcano Goddess PELE in her entry way.
I asked about the painting, and that's what brought up the whole topic. Anyways, later I go home with this thought bouncing around my head and I have a dream about it.
I don't recall the whole dream, just pieces. Being in her house. Knowing, and hearing the Night Marchers coming.
THEN… in some weird Low-Brow twist the thought pops up "What happens if another form of Bad Luck intersects with the Night Marcher's path?
Like… a Black Cat Crossing your path, or in this case What would happen if "A Black Cat Crossed the Path of the Night Marchers"?
I wake up,
...and think, wow, that's one weird, Low-Brow idea!
Long ago, another friend who is a writer told me he keeps a pad next to his bed as most of his best and strangest story ideas come to him in dreams,
and he immediately writes them down before they disappear the way dreams do.
I grab my sketch book and scrawl down as much as I can recall.

I started painting this a while ago, but have had a lot of commercial work stop it's progress. However now is the time to focus and finish it.
The Night Marchers "path" is based on M.C. Esher's "Ascending and Descending" lithograph of the un-ending stairway.
I am seeking to make this structure look like it was built out of Lava rock by the Menehunes.
I got stuck for a while on just what the Night Marchers would look like. I choose a "Tiki-fied" skeleton.

But I think each Marcher will look slightly different. They carry glowing "Torch flowers" which grow in abundance here on the Big Island.

Now I'm working on placement of each Marcher on the stairs.

This one will be starting up the stars closest to the viewer. Looking down at the Black Cat crossing his path.
I'm starting them all as sketches of just Skeletons, and bringing in the "Tiki" as I go.

More Laters!



 
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nicework
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Posted: 2015-10-07 03:21 am   Permalink

Hello . I love your thread. You have worked very hard to improve your skills. Lol! I think that is the correct way to describe your art.
People tell me often that i have talent. TALENT! I dont have talent i worked my ass off for many years. Some people are just born with talent. I diffinitley was not. I guess i do have a talent for surrounding my self with great artist. . So i guess i do have talent. I just wanted to let you know i appriciate your paintings drawings and sculpting mugs.. I am a carver but made a decision to start painting with acrylic. I have never painted yet but i want to start because carving every day is taking a tole on me. I cant wait to start. I am just behind on tiki carvings for my first art show. Thank you for sharing your craft on Tiki Central its very inspiring


 
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komohana
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Posted: 2015-10-07 04:23 am   Permalink


nicework, I totally commiserate with your sentiment.

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nicework
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Posted: 2015-10-07 05:59 am   Permalink

thanks

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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2015-10-08 02:33 am   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!

nicework - Good Luck! I didn't start painting till about 8 years or so ago.


Varoom!


 
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nicework
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Posted: 2015-10-08 7:46 pm   Permalink

Tiki shark thank you for the hope!

 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2015-10-09 03:04 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

nicework, hey no worries! I think of Tiki Central like a big virtual Artist's Studio, where we can look over what our fellow artist's are working on. Like I always like watching Big Toe and Ken Ruzic and many others. Very inspirational! It's how I got started.

Here's a more finished study for the night marcher near the Black Cat.

Ghost Squids? Yep! Had this visual idea of floating glowing squids ringing a night Marcher.
What do ya think?
Still working on it, more to come…



 
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RVICTOR
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Posted: 2015-10-10 9:27 pm   Permalink

Brad...the squids are cool but you would probably be committed to them. I think that they would have to either be in other parts of the painting or there would need to be similar floating "ghost" figures in other places in the painting to balance it out. The idea of the marchers walking on the never ending stairs with other "companion" spirits following...like some sort of surreal, never ending procession works with what you've done so far I would think....just threw it out here since you were asking.

 
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