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Joined: Apr 12, 2008
Posts: 1190
Posted: 2009-03-24 1:02 pm   Permalink

Aloha everybody!

I'm so behind in posting, I've been so busy lately!

Thanks everybody for your kind words about the tiki valentines cards.
The were produced pretty close to the wire this year, but if I can figure out whom to solicit about have them produced on a large scale, they may be available to purchase next year at like Target and Wallgreens! If not, I'll just print some up myself!

So I'm finally getting around to posting pix of work I did for the Kona/Sam's Salute to the Swordfish show on my own thread:

"Kona Tapa"

11" x 14" ink on paper. The Tikis and the Tapa Cloth border are based on Tikis and the Tapa Cloth that can be found at the restaurant.

"Swordfish Serenade"

The name comes from a suggestion by BigToe... Thanks Tom!
It measures 19.5" x 27", and is done in acrylic. I even made a kooky bamboo frame for it!

The piece is a celebration of Sam's and Kona, each represented by a swordfish. The tikis in the scene are tikis from the restaurant, and in the foreground shadows, a familiar figure foreshadows the future...

"Swordfish By Night"

11" x 14"
colored pencil on paper
It's based on the photo that I shot that was used for the flier for the show.

"Plush Swordfishies"

Each doll is 15" in length and represent the swordfish sign. The blue fish are the sign during the day, and the black fish is the sign as it appears at night.

Mahalo fer lookin'!
Yer pal,
Eric October



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Iokona Ki'i
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Joined: Nov 14, 2008
Posts: 816
From: SoCal
Posted: 2009-03-24 4:49 pm   Permalink

it was fun meeting you guys at the Mayflower.
Great Kona/Sam's artwork! Love how you delve into many styles,
techniques, and projects. Tiki stuff animals are a brilliant idea.
looking forward to seeing what else you got up your sleeves!

Wahiniana Art by Iokona

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 19, 2006
Posts: 2511
From: Lemon Grove
Posted: 2009-04-17 07:13 am   Permalink

Hey Eric,

It was great seeing all your work at the Tonga...Amy about killed me when I told her you offered me a tiki cookie and I didn't bring it home to her. Next time, I need to get Amy a cookie

Your Duk Duk hats are a riot brother!

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Apr 12, 2008
Posts: 1190
Posted: 2009-07-10 12:43 pm   Permalink

Aloha everybody!

It's been months since I've posted new work... I don't know where the time goes!
Some of this stuff I've posted in other threads, but I'm gathering it all together here, plus posting new stuff.

Here's stuff I did for the Tikiyaki Orchestra's Lodge Night at the Mayflower Club in North Hollywood.
Since the theme was lodges and secret societies and such, I decided to do the Polynesian version...

I started with some Duk Duk Dancer figures.

Each one is 9" high and made from various materials, including felt and artificial leaves.

I also made some Aloha Jhoe's mascots, as they are stylized Duk Duks.

Each one is 9" high and made from various materials, including felt and flannel.

Then I made some larger Aloha Jhoe's figures, that also double as hats! The front fringe comes off, and they look really sporty and stylin'!

These figures stand about 17" high on their bases, and are made from various fabric, including felt, flannel, satin, with buttons.

This was also the debut of my Chocolatiki cookies!
There are currently three styles/flavors:

Chocolate Tangaroa

Mocha Hei TIki

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Marquesan

I was selling sets that came in a box that included a hand-rubbed block print of PNG inspiration!

The next batch of stuff I completed in time for the Hand Built show at Tonga Hut in April.

I happened upon two kid-sized skateboards and I immediately thought that I could turn them into something tiki. I had PNG on my mind a lot, so that was the direction I took.

I painted them with some PNG designs, both top and bottom, and finished them off with some polynesian-looking fringe I got from Kirby (Thanks, Kirby!)
The smaller skateboard is 18" long, and the larger one is 20".

I also made some mini tiki huts, which feature my first officially carved tikis, although they are only 2" tall. The Huts started out as bird houses, but with a little tiki ingenuity, I was able to transform them into mini-tiki huts, complete with marble-sized (well, actually, they're marbles) fish floats... for which I wove the netting myself. Now THAT was a fun task!

I had been toying with the idea of doing some colored pencil drawings on black paper, so I did one as a test, and I came out pretty good. I decided to do some more, and then as I am wont to do, I went crazy and made a bunch. I was very excited at the way they turned out... mysterious and moody... some of them even looked photo realistic! I was happy!

And then, since the show was the day before Easter, I decided, the night before the event, to do some Easter Island Eggs. It was a fun play on words, and people really liked them!

Each egg is 3" high. They are constructed of paper mache over a plastic egg, with a foamboard moai on the front, birdman petroglyphs painted all around, and a grass bow, or roof on top (I sort of thought the grass made the eggs look like little huts)

I was on a black paper/colored pencil kick, so I created an 8x10 drawing of Kirby's Rumpus Room, as a thanks for all the fun times we've had there. He liked it!

Then I made one for Grog, also 8x10, because he's so nice! It took a couple of tries to get it right, but I think it came out OK. I wanted to give his Grog character a 3D look, and I made the Moai look as if it was carved by Grog, using one of his mugs for inspiration.

I also got a commission from A Frame (Anders Anderson) to make a larger version (11x14) on one of the earlier drawings I had done. He requested a tangaroa in it, and I think it came out pretty good.

Then the Tiki Art Swap was announced, and it gave me the opportunity to work on some ideas I had for more plush tikis.

The first one I did was a PNG tiki. It's about 12" tall, made from various fabric including corduroy and flannel, with button eyes.

The second one was much more intricate, and I was very pleased with the way it turned out! This one was based on the Abelam style of tikis from PNG. It is also 12" tall, made of felt, corduroy, flannel and satin. I also decided that going forward, the plush tikis will sport a tag that is signed and numbered (1/1)

Each Abelam plush comes with a color version of the concept art I did while developing the idea for the doll. Each 8x10 drawing is original, in watercolor and ink.

Then I expanded on the plush tiki theme with a Tangaroa, also 12" high. It's made from corduroy and flannel.

I revisited my first plush tiki design, and after some debate, I decided to retire the original design. But Kuddly Ku II is here to take it's place! This version is more doll-like, as I was chagrined that most people referred to the first version as a pillow.

Kuddly Ku II is 12" high, made of corduroy and flannel and satin, with buttons on his nose.

I found a wooden hexagonal swag lamp at a thrift store and figured it would make a cool TIKI swag lamp. I stamped some fabric with the tapa patterns I had made a while back and replaced the yellow plastic that originally came with the lamp with my tapa fabric. I attached some bamboo on each corner, and then added a strip of burlap on the top and bottom. It came out pretty good, for eight bucks, the cost of the lamp!!

I then started working on some swag for the new Tikiyaki Orchestra album. Since it was all airline themed, I decided to do an activity sheet, like the kind they hand out to kids to keep them occupied on long flights. My idea was a paper airplane cut out in the shape of the 747 that was featured on the Tikiyaki Airways website. I did a drawing of the band also, that could be inserted into the top of the plane. I included the cool tiki drum, so there would be a tiki in it somewhere! These were included in the limited edition Jet Packs and Commuter Packs.

Here is the plane assembled.

Here is a larger version of the drawing of the band.

I also did a stamped mini-print to commemorate the listening party event that took place at Tonga Hut on June 27th. The image uses the color scheme from the album artwork and the piece measures 5x7. The prints were all signed and numbered.

Which brings us up to this weekend!
My mom's birthday is on July 5th, and this year my sister decided it would be a luau themed party. So naturally, I was all "I'll do the decorations!!!"

I wanted the decorations to be as authentic as possible, the only drawback being that I don't carve tikis... and I'm pretty dang broke at the moment, so there was zero budget... so I had to draw on all the (free) creative resources of my brain...

As the center piece, I decided to do an A-frame tiki hut and a moai. The 6' Moai is made of cardboard and paper mache, and was executed in about 6 hours (not including paper mache drying time). I never measured the A-frame, but it's probably 9 or 10 feet high. It was constructed mostly of cardboard, craft paper and palm fronds.

Both pieces started out as piles of material in the back of my car that were driven up north to my folks' house, with only a vague idea of how they were going to be constructed. I built both of them in the two days prior to my mom's luau birthday party.

I also created a sign for the luau. The party was called Loli's Luau. (my mom's name is Dolores, Loli is her nickname) It's made of foamboard and measures 30" long.

The week before, I made some tiki-themed wall hangings. They measure 17x26 inches and are constructed out of layers of foamboard. I made the frames to resemble bamboo, and the tikis to look wood-like. The backings are from a woven grass beach mat I got at the 99 cent store. All in all, fairly inexpensive for decorations of their size!

I wrapped twine around the handles of the war clubs to give them more dimension.

So that's pretty much what I've been doing these past few months. I've got a bunch of stuff in the works right now, but nothing at a stage that I can post anything coherent.

Mahalo fer lookin'!
Yer pal,
Eric October



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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 17, 2008
Posts: 1560
From: Riverside, California
Posted: 2009-07-10 1:09 pm   Permalink

Eric -

You never fail to impress me man! How do you find the time to do all this stuff?

Thanks for keeping me up to date with your arts and crafts. Very very cool.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Sep 02, 2008
Posts: 1981
From: NorCal
Posted: 2009-07-10 1:29 pm   Permalink

You have been busy!

Had I known that the airplane activity sheet was included in the swag I would of bought one for sure! (not like i am already kicking myself for NOT buying one anyways!)

I LOVE the pic of Grog..Kirby's pic is rad...your Ku drawings/stuffed dolls are my favorite Ku design out of anyone's here ..and for the art swap I originally started creating a Duk Duk dancer doll as well so I love your idea to do one.

Plus I have always respected you for the simple fact that you rock that hat with a big smile on your face!

I hope your mom loves her party - the decorations are excellent and I really dig the font for her sign.

You never fail to impress me and this thread is eye candy galore!!

Awesome as always!

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little lost tiki
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Joined: Jun 12, 2006
Posts: 7750
From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2009-07-10 1:37 pm   Permalink

was wonderin what you've been cooking lately,Eric
and WOW!!!
So much Quality in that Quantity!

your pieces on the black paper are gems!

Don't ever stop!

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 03, 2004
Posts: 1976
From: Omao, Kauai
Posted: 2009-07-10 4:04 pm   Permalink

Holy Motherload, what a post! My favs are the black paper drawings, all of them! But I'm most impressed with how you turn scraps and trash into cool good looking tiki art! The cardboard Moai rocks!

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Savage Daddy
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Joined: Jul 10, 2006
Posts: 168
From: Sarasota, Fl.
Posted: 2009-07-10 4:49 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the HUGE update. Amazing work! All of it. Looks like your having lots of fun.
Very creative and beautiful. Brings a big ole smile to my face!


Savage Daddy

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 17, 2008
Posts: 798
From: Satellite Beach, FL
Posted: 2009-07-10 7:00 pm   Permalink

Great stuff Eric! You are a creative dynamo. I'm liking the colored pencil, and them cookies look yummy.
Pupule Tiki!

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Coco Joe
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Joined: Sep 27, 2008
Posts: 724
From: Los Angeles
Posted: 2009-07-10 7:11 pm   Permalink

One of the Tiki Art Masters!

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Lake Surfer
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Joined: Oct 21, 2002
Posts: 3414
From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2009-07-10 11:32 pm   Permalink

Insane amount of diverse and creative work, Eric!

Thanks for all the eye candy!

Very cool stuff!

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Apr 12, 2008
Posts: 1190
Posted: 2009-07-11 12:08 am   Permalink

Thanks for all the words of encouragement everybody, I can sure use 'em!

TikiG- Well, it's like four months of work, so it just seems like a lot when it's all bunched together!

leleliz - Your duk duk doll sounds interesting... have you posted a pic of it anywhere? I'd love to see it!

Kinny- Yeah, I've been busy... I gotta get into the habit of posting more like you! And also get into the habit of creating great art like you!

4WDtiki- Mahalo! One man's trash is my material fer makin' art, 'cos I'm so broke!

Savage Daddy - This was a huge update... if I waited any longer, I'd probably crash the server trying to upload photos!

TikiMango- Hope yer doing well out in Florida... the Tangaroa cookies debuted at your going away party at the Rumpus Room... did you get a chance to taste 'em?

Coco Joe- Always nice to hear from you... are you Rumpus Rooming soon? We miss you!

Lake Surfer- Cool! Glad you like my work! Yours is awesome... I think I was trying to channel your creativity on the tiki wall plaques I did for my mom's luau!

Mahalo again, everybody!


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Cap'n Pharaoh
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Joined: May 07, 2009
Posts: 94
Posted: 2009-07-11 07:25 am   Permalink

AHoy, your work is awesome ... I love the diversity of stuff you have made.Keep up the good work. The Hats are a personal favourite. The cookies are also a standout....and I thought I was the only one who ever recieved baked tiki goods ...


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Joined: Apr 12, 2008
Posts: 1190
Posted: 2009-07-11 09:31 am   Permalink

Ahoy Cap'n! Glad you like the Aloha Jhoe's headgear!

More stuff to come!

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