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THOR asks for your HOME SPUN TIKI BAR CREATIONS to inspire new series!!!
THOR's
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Posted: 2006-07-17 08:47 am   Permalink

Greetings fellow Tiki types!

OK...this is a project that will be a first for me as far as incorporating the wonderful and ACTUAL creations of other real "home spun" tiki enthusiasts into a new published painting. I have a series that I have planned to paint that is REALLY FUN!! I often get people suggesting ideas for Drink Machines and other stuff they would like to see in my work. Many times, this feedback inspires me to elaborate into a strong idea and painting. In this case, I am looking to see inspiration of things other TC'ers have made themselves that could be incorporated. Let me explain.

This new series will incorporate a half dozen or so different story scenarios relating to what a hand crafted tike bar area would look like if created. For example, one is going to be of a Tiki Bar and surrounding in a very typical, older basement someplace in the Midwest. I want to paint a detailed, fun and characterized piece in my style that reflects this. What would be in the space? Well, I imagine an old coal furnace that has been decorated to look like a Tiki with the coal/fire door being a warm glowing "mouth." There would be all sorts of pipes and evidence of being under the home. However, there are creative solutions all over the place to "run with it," and dress up the pipes and build in a rattan bar with aquarium..etc. It will look VERY home made and enchanting...the type of spot anyone in a cold Midwestern small town would gladly retreat to for escaping into a warm tropical bliss. I would like to create time references for each piece too. This one would be, ohh, 70's I see, cus I recall personally visiting my aunt's Chicago basement bar when I was little in the early 70's.

Other ideas are: A pool side Tiki backyard circa mid 60's, an old barn Tiki bar in a very, very farm mentality small town in Kansas, a Tiki "bar" made in a military camp in the Middle East today, a college dorm room, and a New York roof penthouse Tiki garden in spring. I have TONS of ideas but would love to incorporate a few elements of my friends here on TC. It makes the painting more authentic and shares some of the fun of the creative process.

One thing, I hate having to even bring this up, but if anyone is anticipating royalties or something if I paint small part of your basement or use one of your mug designs or a lamps you built in your garage. PLEASE, DON'T PARTICIPATE. I have a lot of ideas here already to make these successful, I just thought this could be a lot of fun to incorporate other peoples images or that you may find it fun to see something you've created in what is likely to be published and broadly seen/shared by a lot of this wonderful Tiki culture. I will offer this, though, If I am to use a MAJOR representation of anyone's complete bar in a painting, I will be happy to offer a signed full size print and acknowledgment of their participation in inspiring the published artwork. In this I mean half or better of the painting image is a painted representation of an existing bar interior and elements, not just that I used a lamp or mug or sculpture or something.

Again, sorry to even mention all this above, but you would be surprised what I have experienced as to people openly offering ideas and then saying, "OK NOW..if you use that idea..Do I get a percentage?" Believe me, ask anyone who has EVER worked with me, I am VERY generous in sharing credit and compensation when this is the understanding from the get go. In this case, I will be spending the hours drawing, designing and painting this image.

OK!! If you want to participate and understand this whole concept, Please post me a few photos or let me know where to access your pictures. I know there are some on TC already, but reference me to them if you have pics here already. I want the most HOME MADE things, creations and ideas you have. Actually, the LESS professional something looks..the better!! This is about cost free, home inginuity, spirit and culture! Also, anything that is very Kitsch or in line with these eras I described that are Tiki I need too...not only hand craft items. I will see if people are interested here from what I have said so far and add, perhaps a "story" to follow that helps drive the painting that becomes the first focus. I will also post rough sketches of some ideas I have for your feedback.

LETS HAVE FUN!!! If we publish this piece, I will speak to the publshers about a special discount on prints for all TC'rs too. For those of you not familiar with my work or style, Please go to
http://www.thorstor.com and click on "Thor's Gallery tour".

Warmest Aloha's!! THOR






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McTiki
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From: Sunny Florida
Posted: 2006-07-17 4:02 pm   Permalink

Well I will humbly offer my outdoor bar as an inspiration. And I won't dog you for royalties.

I Love your work Thor


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THOR's
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Posted: 2006-07-17 6:06 pm   Permalink

OK MC!!! Lemme see what ya got!!!!

~THOR


 
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rodeotiki
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Joined: Jan 21, 2004
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From: calgary
Posted: 2006-07-17 6:21 pm   Permalink

Not sure if any of my stuff works , its carvings not bars. here, here or here.

Cant wait to see what you come up with no matter where the insperation comes from.


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McTiki
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Posted: 2006-07-17 6:51 pm   Permalink

You have PM!

 
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hewey
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Posted: 2006-07-17 7:59 pm   Permalink

Sounds like a top project. I dont have a bar, but will let you in on some of my ideas.
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2006-07-17 8:28 pm   Permalink

I was thinking it would be cool if you did a painting of Bungy hedlys house when she was growing up. Though it would need to be done from her memories.

 
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GROG
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From: Tujunga
Posted: 2006-07-17 11:32 pm   Permalink

Whoa!!! Now that's an awesome idea.A REAL
beachcombers house made by real beachcombers from
real beachcombing. An adventurous, romantic way to
grow up,and knowing THOR's work, a very romantic,
captivating painting capturing the image and essence
of such a magical place to grow up.GROG second the
vote.


 
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monkeyskull
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From: Seattle
Posted: 2006-07-18 12:38 am   Permalink

My basement bar isn't in the midwest and it isn't pure tiki, but I am rather fond of my new POND OF VOODOO, with moai fountain by Seamus:



I haven't been able to capture it with my point-and-shoot camera, but you must imagine it with the water from the fountain and underwater lights making rippling patterns of light on the rock above. Or, optionally, with the fogger filling it with mysterious mist.

It would be really cool to get something from my bar in a Thor painting. You can get more glimpses into the Monkey Skull Voodoo Lounge
here.



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hewey
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Posted: 2006-07-18 04:24 am   Permalink

hey buddy - you didnt mention any funky 50s googie architecture inspired home bars. There's heaps of cool influences that are "period" correct like rockets, atomic designs etc.

Ill get some images for ya to inspire you

And there is my sub-terranian tiki bar idea you already know about
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teaKEY
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Posted: 2006-07-18 08:20 am   Permalink

Sounds like the best idea that I have heard yet on TikiCentral. I have said it before and I will say it again, "the best way art can be honored is through art-teakey".

Everyone wins with this. You get to have 3D models (in most cases) to work with and that is the best to work from. You get to have some of the best minds in tiki as a resource. You get TC involvement throughout your entire process.

We get to see your whole process. Maybe get some of your stuff moralized into your beautiful artwork, lasting the tests of time. And we get to buy your paintings and prints with other TC objects involved and then hang them in our bars to add the the objects that we have picked up over the years.

I got a few things that could go into a painting
here is a birdman fountain I made and I have the originial drawing of it too





 
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teaKEY
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Posted: 2006-07-18 08:32 am   Permalink

MonkeySkull, you sure do have a very interesting nightlife.

 
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THOR's
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Posted: 2006-07-18 09:44 am   Permalink

HOLY Tikification!!! AWESOME STUFF! I was not sure if this would be of interest to you all but I am really happy to see that it is so far! I will take ya all step by step on this painting..from this" blue sky" stage as we used to call it when I was at Disney, through the story and layout, color and final painting. It's really a LOT of fun when it's not just me alone doing this.

Since the ideas and items are sooo broad so far in application, I think I better start with the first painting in the series that I believe will be SUPER fun, funny and entertaining. This can focus us on a specific story so we all are more able to become part of it. In the end though, all ideas will be filed for the entire series.

OK, My first painting will have a "working title" of: "Trader Hick's BAR'N Tiki Lounge".
It incorporates the word barn in it playfully..cus, well that's where it takes pace Ya'll!! Here's the story....

We are in a very "back woods."...ok call it "hickish" farm in the Midwest or Kansas I was thinking. There lives there, a well seasoned farmer who has built a new barn to serve his practical needs. However, the old barn still stands despite his wife's wishes. Why, well, because he is a true bonified lover making his own lil Tiki oasis! Yep, this is HIS space to use anything he can muster up on the property to create the atmosphere and ambiance to impress his bumpkin buddies!

Now, this feller is a bit of a BS'er you could say! He likes to make his buddies "THINK" he knows everything about a tropical oasis bar in a real tropical location! However, he and all the visitors have never left this small town, so, what they come up with is gunna be something else!!! Ay, they have heard of things lie tikis and palm trees and Mai Tais from old travel posters and word of mouth. However, Lord knows what that meant in their minds. So, out favorite farmer is gunna dig up all the stuff he can find and dream up all the "fish tails" and bs he can muster to turn the inside of this here barn into a true Oasis for all the neibors and kin!! So, for these parts he truly is the Trader Vic..no!!...I meant,"Trader Hick" that will bring the Tiki culture to the farmlands!!!

K... just to start the juices flowin'... I won't show ya too much of what I am thinking already..except a couple items we could find in this "BAR'N Lounge." These are very small doodles from my sketchbook that I did in my notes. I often take a sketchbook with me everywhere to write new ideas and draw VERY rough thumbnail sketches I can later elaborate on and incorporate into a composition that's far more refined.


Above is an idea for a "farmer's palm tree" It could be in the painting stuck in a hay mound. It's made of things I have seen in a farm type environment. A pitchfork with old cans strung on the handle makes the coco palm trunk. The palm frond leaves are two Moose antler rack trophies roped together with bowling ball coconuts. Makes any country folk feel like they are right in Hawaii!


Above is a "Farmers Mai Tai" It uses an old milk bottle, perfectly round "pineapple ring" fresh from the can and a maraschino cherry and drink umbrella that was sent away for! Hmm wonder what this tastes like????


lastly, above is a genuine Hawaiian "Tropicle Sord Fish". Or, at least what one MIGHT look like if you only have a few old mounted catfish trophies, a dull steak knife and some twine!! Heck..who will know it ain't real..especially in the dark mood light'n????


Well, that's all for now. For those of you who may actually live on a small farm in Kansas..PLEASE don't be offended!! I have relatives out that way and they could actually be models for this who get a HUGE kick out of this sort of thing. This is VERY exaggerated and all in fun...and in this series I promise to make fun of all regional stereotypes equally!!!..K?? HAaaaa I am currently designing two other paintings, mug ideas and busy as all get out. I will get on and off here during break times!! Can't wait to see your ideas!!! Have fun!!

ALOHA TC OHANA!! ~~THOR


 
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teaKEY
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Posted: 2006-07-18 10:11 am   Permalink

your painting look so detailed. It must take you a long time to complete a painting, right? I would have to saw that you are the tiki Painter of Light, just with more skill and creativity. Not saying that the other guy isn't good or bad.

 
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THOR's
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Posted: 2006-07-18 10:31 am   Permalink

Ya, Teakey... Sometimes some take weeks, longer if you count that I work on several at once at times in some form. It's one step at a time...from a story in my head to developing the finished look. The painting is the easy part..the tip of the iceberg. A painting is just a visual to communicate an idea or feeling or story. So, I spend more time thinking a painting through and painting it in my head before touching a pencil or brush. Thanks for the message!!!

Hey, by the way, I usually just click to here without signing on most of the time, so if anyone wants to write me, it's better to add to this thread, otherwise I only fully sign in and check personal messages every few days.

Aloha!! THOR

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