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Tiki Central Forums Creating Tiki Other Crafts 2 of my New Wacky Packages paintings for Series 9, 2012. p. 103
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2 of my New Wacky Packages paintings for Series 9, 2012. p. 103
Thanatos
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Posted: 2005-07-27 08:42 am   Permalink

Met grandpa once. Cool guy. Art work is great!

 
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Posted: 2005-07-27 10:17 pm   Permalink

Thanks, Thanatos. I'd love to meet him too. It's great that he's still kicking after all these years!
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Posted: 2005-08-01 03:33 am   Permalink

Hi Sam - fantastic gear shift knob! Grandpa is so realistic - could easily be mistaken as a photo! I sorta have a gear shift fetish - cant get enough of the little fellas - in fact I have started carving my own and have been asked to carve some unique ones for hot rods and custom cars.
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Posted: 2005-08-01 7:33 pm   Permalink

Thanks a bunch for all of the kind words, Marcus. For the record, here's the story behind the gearshift knob painting:

We fled to Birmingham, Alabama to get away from Hurricane Dennis earlier this month - I have a great uncle there who owns a speed shop which he and his brothers started in the '50s. There is quite a bit of old stock there from way back when, and when I went to the shop, I asked him if he had any old skull shift knobs around. He went behind the counter and just handed it to me. When I got home, I dug out a 1960 Car Craft magazine with an old ad in it showing a drawing of the very same knob with that same wording: "Voodoo Head Gearshift Knob" - so I added my own layout, letter styles and colors, and did the painting. The whole irritating hurricane ordeal turned out to be quite inspirational!



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Posted: 2005-08-02 4:58 pm   Permalink

Grandpa's eyes look just right. Brings back good memories, Sam.

 
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Posted: 2005-08-02 6:49 pm   Permalink

I really dig those new paintings Sam. Those must be for the DVA show. I always like hearing how an artist gets inspiration for doing a painting, very cool.
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Sam Gambino
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Posted: 2005-08-02 7:12 pm   Permalink

Thanks, AA. Grandpa brings back good memories for me too. He and Vincent Price when he did those commercials for the shrunken head kits back in the mid-70's.

Thanks too, Doug. The VooDoo Head is for the DvA Stickshifts show, and Grandpa went to the Tikis and Terrors show at A StuART Gallery in Encino.
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Posted: 2005-08-14 10:42 pm   Permalink

Here's the artwork for Cheekytiki's London Luau at Trader Vic's...



Here's the link for it:

http://www.thelondonluau.co.uk/


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hewey
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Posted: 2005-08-14 11:30 pm   Permalink

Man I love this one too. Another awesome piece. The layout is perfect. The text is awesome. Very cool.

I can't wait to recieve my Sam Gambino print! Should be making the trip down under any day now!
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Benzart
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Posted: 2005-08-15 08:40 am   Permalink

I really love this one too Sam. Love the deep Blue and Big Ben is Just Perfect(how could I not love that!) Plus the tiki face just looks so typically British with that toothy grin and cleft chin. Just plain Beautiful. Cheerio!
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Fez Ape
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Posted: 2005-08-15 11:07 am   Permalink

Clean, classy, and classic looking, just SUPERB! Hope it is a hit.

 
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Posted: 2005-08-15 2:00 pm   Permalink

Thanks, hewey, Ben and Fez Ape. I watched 18 hours straight of Monty Python, Benny Hill and Fawlty Towers to get the right feel for the art... Okay, I'm kidding! Those shows are hilarious though.
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Posted: 2005-08-15 2:29 pm   Permalink

I think this one is your best of this style so far. Are they flying you out for the Luau?
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Posted: 2005-08-15 8:19 pm   Permalink

Thanks, Raffer - I don't believe I'll be flying over, but of course that may not be out of the question! Cheekytiki?....Cheekytiki??
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Posted: 2005-08-15 9:34 pm   Permalink

great artwork Sam....and it looks like a great time too...
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