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New work posted! Inexplicable business card holders! Tiki Bob keychains! More Islander! Pg. 15!
hiltiki
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Joined: Jun 10, 2004
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From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2008-08-16 10:35 pm   Permalink

Eric, your work is so nice, I love the flowers, they would make a nice design for beach towels.

 
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Tabu
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Joined: Sep 07, 2004
Posts: 137
From: Port Hope, Ont.
Posted: 2008-08-17 08:51 am   Permalink

That's a wicked idea. They are really nice.

 
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Kewlava
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Joined: May 21, 2007
Posts: 47
From: Phoenix
Posted: 2008-08-18 06:25 am   Permalink

I love your work!
The content is fun and the pieces are well executed. I particularly like Tobonga, and I think Tobonga's Revenge is better that the From Hell It Came movie!
A Creature From A Black Lagoon is brilliant, but I think your best concept here, is The Tiki Who Carved Its' self.

Keep up the kewl stuff!

Kelly
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little lost tiki
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Joined: Jun 12, 2006
Posts: 7590
From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2008-08-19 09:43 am   Permalink

Very cool flowers!
you've got a great style and sense of joy in your pieces!
Just keep going up your path and examining and challenging things
I see more awesome work that awaits you and us!
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tobunga
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Joined: Apr 12, 2008
Posts: 1047
Posted: 2008-08-23 2:01 pm   Permalink

Hey everybody! Thanks for the great feedback, it's most appreciated.

I found an interesting bamboo lamp shade at a thrift store for two bucks, and I figured I could make something out of it... so I made a lamp!

Here's the lamp shade (1)
I had a shadow box from the Dollar Tree Store that was perfect for the base. (2)


I popped off the back of the shadow box and unscrewed the door to make it easier to handle (3). Then I attached it to the bottom of the lamp shade (4).


I didn't have any authentic tapa cloth, so I decided to make my own version of it. I drew out the pattern I wanted to use, and then made stamps of the separate elements. The original drawing is on the left. I changed the shape of the tiki, to make it a simpler shape. I liked the re-design better!


I stamped a piece of cloth to make the pattern(6). When it was dry, I tied it to the lamp shade with twine and glued the bottom to the base. The clamps are holding the cloth and base together to dry. (7)


I made a wire support to hold the light in place and re-attached the door to the bottom and painted the wood. I also painted a tapa design on the glass. The cool thing about the door is that it opens easily to replace the bulb!


Here's the lamp lit:


Not bad for three bucks!

Thanks fer lookin'!











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Tiki-Kate
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Joined: Sep 21, 2003
Posts: 1700
From: Yucaipa, CA
Posted: 2008-08-23 2:29 pm   Permalink

That's gorgeous! I love that you made your own tapa.

 
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4WDtiki
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Joined: Aug 03, 2004
Posts: 1875
From: Omao, Kauai
Posted: 2008-08-23 8:06 pm   Permalink

Dude, what CAN'T you do!?! Make more!

 
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mieko
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Joined: May 01, 2006
Posts: 532
From: San Diego
Posted: 2008-08-23 9:20 pm   Permalink

Wow Eric! The tapa is incredible!! I can't believe those stamps you made!

 
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hiltiki
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Joined: Jun 10, 2004
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From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2008-08-24 08:04 am   Permalink

Tobunga, you are so creative and your work is very refreshing and different.

 
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OceaOtica
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Joined: Sep 29, 2003
Posts: 909
From: near Atlanta, Georgia
Posted: 2008-08-24 08:37 am   Permalink

Nice work Eric! the faux tapa you made would make a great shirt, got a sewing kit in the arsenal?

 
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hiltiki
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From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2008-08-24 08:47 am   Permalink

Come to think of it I would love to have a small tablecloth with this pattern on it.

 
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Babalu
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Joined: Nov 19, 2006
Posts: 2505
From: Lemon Grove
Posted: 2008-08-24 09:02 am   Permalink

ERIC!! Great how to thread on a sweet little idea...thanks for taking the time to share all of this with folks...you rock dude!

 
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ivanchan
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Joined: Jun 26, 2007
Posts: 114
From: www.ivanchan.com
Posted: 2008-08-30 4:39 pm   Permalink

Holy sh*t! This is so cool! And for three bucks??

Wow.

I.


 
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tobunga
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Joined: Apr 12, 2008
Posts: 1047
Posted: 2008-09-20 12:40 pm   Permalink

Hey everybody!

Sorry I've been out of it latley... I was prepping for the Forbidden Island Parking Lot Sale, and had my nose to the tiki grindstone for the past few weeks.

The event was pretty awesome, too! Met some great NoCal Ohana, and even met Changolio in person! Way cool!

So here's what I've been slaving away creating lately:

Tiki Buttons


Tiki On A Stick

Sort if like deluxe tiki drink garnish holders... skewer a cherry on one, and adorn your favorite libation! Ku is 4" high, Lono is.5" high.

Tiki Bar Protector Gods

The idea for these and the Tiki On A Stick came from a little vintage bar decoration that I have. He's a pipe cleaner figure wearing a top hat and holding a cane and a martini glass, looking completely soused. I thought a tiki version of this concept would be cool.

Tiki Votive Candle Holder

Then I got into doing linoleum-block prints. The image is a print on textured paper, wrapped around the glass candle holder.

Aloha Greeting Card

More with the linoleum-block prints! The card is 4"x6" on a textured, fibrous paper.

Mahalo Greeting Card

You can see how I can go nutty with an idea... This card is 4"x6" on a textured, fibrous paper.

Mele Kalikimaka Card

I also created a Tiki Christmas Card. I had them printed by a great company I found on line. I was selling them individually, and in sets of 10.

Mini Tiki Masks

I found these shaped plaques and converted them into New Guinea tiki masks. I attached little wooden circles for the eyes. They're about 5" in diameter.

Tiki Topped Boxes

I found some little resin bamboo patterned boxes and I thought I could tikify them, so I sculpted (out if Sculpy) little tikis and attached then to the tops. Originally, I wanted to make a mold, so all the tikis would be the same, but I didn't have time, so each one is individually sculpted.

Tiki Tapa Boxes

And more linoleum-block prints! This time, I had some little wooden boxes that I painted with tapa cloth designs. The tops of the boxes have a little window, so I did a lino-cut to fit inside. So the piece is like a little print, framed in a box... two pieces of art in one!

Tiki Lamps



I recently acquired some awesome vintage tiki shirts, but the all needed a little taloring before I could wear them. I took the left over material and made tiki lamps!
These took the longest to make, as I had to figure out the logistics of access to changing the bulb, and wiring that wouldn't burn down the house.

I also have FINALLY receive the first giclee prints of my work. The first four prints are:
The Tiki That Carved Itself


March Of The Tiki Gods


Hawaiian War Chant


Full Throttle Tiki


Signed and numbered edition on 25.
Each is 11" x 14", printed on acid-free Somerset Velvet Watercolor Paper with archival inks. They are all sized to fit into an 11" x 14" frame without matting (There is a border around the edge that acts as a mat), or the can be matted for a larger frame. Prints come in a protective plastic sleeve.

That's it for now... working on more stuff, which I will post soon.

Thanks fer lookin'!















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Babalu
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Joined: Nov 19, 2006
Posts: 2505
From: Lemon Grove
Posted: 2008-09-22 06:53 am   Permalink

Great seeing you guys at Kona the other night. The work looks marvelous! Keep cranking out the stuffs!

 
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