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The Lurid low-brow Tiki-Art of Brad (tiki-shark) Parker
Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2015-12-13 08:06 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Workin' on da' "REVENGE OF da' CREATURE From KONA"!

Just watched the 1st & the 2nd CREATURE films.
~ Research... don't ya' know! Yeah, it's a hard and tedious part of this job, but SOMEONE has to do it. ~
So, THIS time instead of the Creature being on a beach… I'm putting him in his SUB-Marine LAIR.
I think I will put him in his Tropical-Underwater-Cave, and I really want to put an old TIKI in this sunken hideout as well, like it's partially the ruins of an old temple.
Then, add in some more rotting old skulls, a small water-fall, some strange rock formations, Giant Crawlly Bugs, some Bats, maybe even a pirates treasure (?)
...well, what ever we have room for on this tiny small canvas.
Cool lighting effects from the pool of water for sure!
We shall see…

Then I wanna' do ONE MORE Classic Movie Monster in Hawaii - and because I am going here:

I am inspired to make it about Robby the Robot:

But, of course my version , it's a TIKI that carries the Girl. , natch!
Anyways...

Remember to come see me at the ForBidden Island Tiki Lounge December 20Th
Ask me if 've starting on the Forbidden Island "Tiki and the Girl" painting yet!

Mele Kalikimaka!


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2015-12-15 6:33 pm   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!

Making Art for my 2nd wave of skate board designs from Made on Mars
www.madeommars.com

"The Flying Tiger Shark Mo'o (Dragon) "
I am looking for a black & white iconic Skate image.
Powerful, exciting, Epic even! Like the things I saw in the 80's.
the thing about reproducing million color painting images is the vast cost in printing, and the many things that can go wrong in the printing process.
If I can create a hand full of solid really darned good B & W images, translated intone vector graphics for easy reproduction in many sizes, and with much less the printing cost,
that will take me farther down the road to a more secure financial statement in the skate world of Low-Brow and Tiki Art. It'll help pay for the million zillion proper printing of
my more elaborate full color paintings onto boards. I really want to hit both side, have graphics of limited color I can reproduce on boards, t-shirts and many other things with ease, and not only
the expensive full color board graphics.
Also I really dig powerful B & W Art! Reminds me of my roots and the indy comic books where I started. to this day, I prefer b & w comic books to full color ones.

"The Flying Tiger Shark Mo'o - Dragon"
Here I'm transferring the image to a better quality paper.
Bigger, heavier, more clay than rag content, ...and suitable to create an elaborate ink drawing on instead of the small cheap pepper of my sketch book.

"The Flying Tiger-Shark Mo'o ( Dragon )
This image should be inked in as a full on black and white illustration for a deck.
Then I'll scan it in and re-create it again in Adobe illustrator so I can reproduce and print in in a variety of media and on many things without loosing any details.

More laters!


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sirginn
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Posted: 2015-12-16 5:34 pm   Permalink

Looking good Brad, I think you are on the right track! I know a couple little skate punks that would be stoked with that image on a deck!

 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2015-12-18 04:35 am   Permalink

sirginn - Awesome news!
While I'm traveling fer da' Holidays I'll have my sketch book, and my good inking paper to work on such things.

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!
Hope all your Holiday plans R going GREAT!
I'm traveling, and sketching…
I had an idea for a new TIKI souvenir. VERY "Low Brow & Pop-Culture". I would love to translate it into "Tiki Art" and an actual Souvenir you could buy in a Gift shop on da' Islands.
Don't know if it'll happen. BUT, that's exactly what I said about…

...the "Monsters in Hawaii Post Cards" !

Submitted for your approval...

"The Forbidden Souvenir Tiki"

More laters as it all develops!


 
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Kraken007
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Posted: 2015-12-18 06:28 am   Permalink


"The Forbidden Souvenir Tiki"

WOW!

That would be an awesome Mug design!!

[ This Message was edited by: Kraken007 2015-12-18 06:29 ]


 
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Posted: 2015-12-18 11:56 am   Permalink

Kraken007 - Thank you! I'm working on that version too. First just wanted the basic idea down.
Had this as a print long ago…

A b & W

Then this color version…

Always wanted to do more...


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2016-01-14 11:23 pm   Permalink

Aloha tiki Tribe!

I am fear full.
Full of Fear.
Fear of falling on my face.
I gotta big art shaw July 1st. I have a reoccurring nightmare that I am not ready and I blow it.
Hope it's not a prophecy.

I awoke last night about 4 Am and scrawled this in my sketch book.


I think I know why it means…
gonna try to paint it now.


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2016-01-14 11:27 pm   Permalink

..why it is? Or WHAT it is…either I guess.
I think it's got to do with this…

remember this?

Now it looks more like this.

The dream sketch is about the one with the skulls.



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cy
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Posted: 2016-01-15 7:17 pm   Permalink

It is cool for me to think that the greatest of artists also worry about their work, but fear not Tiki Shark for you are one of the best!

 
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Posted: 2016-01-17 3:59 pm   Permalink

cy - Well, I went fishing for some kind worlds of encouragement, and I've very happy to have nabbed a few.
I kinda' needed them that day. Thank you! They helped.
( I had a "yes, you are getting older..." check-up at the doctor. Nothing wrong, for a guy my age. A guy MY AGE... sheesh, I anit a kid no more! )
OK….
Deep breath. I get scared out of my wits before EVERY art show!
Especially at an art show at known gallery - the bigger the gallery the bigger my nervous-artist "freak-out!"
Just part of makin' da' Art, I suppose.

I spend 99% of my time alone, trying to focus on that nebulas thing that will get me to a place where I can "MAKE da' ART"… not always easy.

So, when I suddenly have to deal with one, or with a room full, of folks who all wanna' talk about MY art, or MY paintings, I have a bit of that "introvert" gets thrown into a an "extrovert" environment.
Yep, I get sweaty hands, loose my voice, nervous twitches, say stupid things I groan over inside, every time.
Maybe one day it'll all seem normal, but this whole ARTIST thing is still like a strange dream. Hard to grasp whats happening. What am I supposed to do next? I keep thinking will sit down to make art and nothing will come out of my hands! Like I "USED UP" all of the "ART" I was allowed. This "no more art left " is a reoccurring nightmare.

….Onto nightmares, and dreams.
A old friend, who is known for his writing, told me his best stories came from his dreams.
He keeps a diary next to his bed, and he jots down every dream he can recall.

This painting on this Skate deck is following a "Dream" I had about painting this skate deck! I'm trying to pant it like it was in the dream - really tricky stuff! Nothing seems like the dream, sort of! Then sometimes it all does! Weird!


Here's where we are now. Still painting the skulls. I have a few things left to do to them...

I found out after my first pass of the "wall of skulls" that many of them went off in a "goofy looking" direction, and I had to go back over each and every one and make sure it "looked" serious, or at least, as good as that particular skull could look.

Yes, I have read H. P. Lovecraft's "The Call of Cthulhu". It's one of my favorite stories; it inspired me as a teenager, and is still doing so now.
It's about an overly sensitive artist who dreams about a great giant monster rising up from a sunken city in the South Pacific, and taking over the world…

I look out at this every scenery night; watching for "Dreaming Cthulhlu"!
I was just re-listening to an audio-book of many of Lovecraft's horror/fantasy stories.
Fuel for the fire!

More laters!


 
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hiltiki
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Posted: 2016-01-18 10:06 am   Permalink

Nice to see you back to posting, love the last sunset photo.

 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2016-01-19 2:58 pm   Permalink

Thanks hiltiki!
ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!

U can get lost in the FB rat race if not careful. But I feel I can talk more freely here. Let folks see my REAL neurosis!
so been RE-Designing some Tikis for the souvenir market.
seems the Poem was too many words, especially for folks who do not know english. and if the TIKI is shrunk down in size, makes the
words very hard to read.
so trying to make a more universal symbol Tiki with directions on how to play with
what my Hawaiian artist friend refers to as "a Hawaiian 8-Ball" toy.
Exactly, I said!

We had the directions on a "HANG TAG" but the business owner said hang tags are things that kids just rip off in stores, and a waste of time and $!
So we thought how to make the directions ON the TIKI without being in the way.
Simple.
check out theBottom solution…. whata ya think?


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2016-01-19 3:04 pm   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!
working on new TIKI ART on a new medium - a Japanese Newspaper! It will be held suspended tween two plexi-glass sheets.
I got the idea from a Russian Gallery owner and Artist Elena Bulatova.

I bought here pop-art new-paper art, liked them soooo much, asked permission to do something like ti, she said yes - on Japanese Newspaper

Scaredy Cat on his Ukulele is the first subject.

Rough start…
more to come!

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Posted: 2016-01-20 01:21 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

It's been a long hard eye-screaming frozen rocky-road. Battles bare-neked-&-bear-fisted were fight-ed. Still Are being fighting-ed.
Yep, and even another mother-ofa' new Law Suit in the way.
"The Dark Side" is seeking to stop the forces of "TIKI" any-way they can…
but despair not...
However…
Mean while….
My buddy, Hawaiian comic book (and all around amazing ) artist is now the ART DIRECTOR a the company where I am trying to get my TIKI souvenirs made. Now, the stars are in the right spot for REEL for shire dis time!! I think finally The TIKI gods have smiled down on us. Things are starting to happen! So very very very happy to be working with the amazing, and inspirational Sam Campos.

He just sent me photos of Alex, his son, playing with the prototypes of the Tiki-Toys.

THIS, my tiki-brothers and sisters, THIS is is what it's all about.

Big Mahalo and ALOHA!


 
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Posted: 2016-01-21 10:58 pm   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!

In da Studio -
Heard from my Brother-of-Hawaiian-ancestry, and fellow Artist, SAM today. Remember him? I got him a gig as AD at the Hawaiian Company that is making the TIKI souvenirs I have been working on for, oh quite a while now. Good news, after these last few rounds of re-draws, it seems like the TIKIS are FINALLY just about all done being poked and prided with sharp sticks!
We are gonna' go in to production, ( unless SOMETHING ELSE goes wrong! )
YIPEE!

The big La Luz Art show:

"Scaredy Cat in progress on a Japanese Newspaper

Backwards check to make sure the art is not totally f-ed u

Artist at work

Piece so far…

"Needs A Tiki and some SKULLS!" - advise from my agent. so here's a sketch of the ghostly trio- o' Skullz dat Scardy Cat is Sacred of.


The volcano must be emitting something truly unearthly due to my summoning the great "DARK-ART GAWD Cthulhu-Farquahr" the other night, ( see LLT's Blog on TC ) as... when I took a photo of the sun-set tonight, duplicated it, and hit "Multiply" on photo-shop... it brought out some really strange colors ( not of this earth).
Hmmmm….

More Weird Tiki Tales to come…..


 
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