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The "Lurid" Tiki Art of Brad (Tiki Shark) Parker
Tiki Shark Art
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 3697
From: The Big Island o' Hawaii
Posted: 6 days ago; 5:33 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

Speaking of the show at LA LUZ de JESUS GALLERY - it's only a year away! One tiny teeny year to make and finish up my body of work for that show. Yeah, that's the show that's already SOLD OUT!
I used to day dream about being a well known artist like "SHAG" & having folks waiting for new Tiki Art paintings… having plunked down $ and are waiting… that's "Job Security" I thought.
HOWEVER, Now that I'm actually lucky enough to be in this "SOLD OUT position", I gotta' tell you it's scary as all get out! !
Crazy ideas like this fill yer head
What if I'm all out of "ART"?
What if I can't paint any more?
I know, silly, but they are there!
I got sketch books of ideas…
but getting em to the canvas, or wood, and then on the wall is a whole OTHER trip!

There are some things I'd like to try… like I have some prototypes of old Skate Decks. I think a few came out too dark, and I want to re-paint them with new brighter images, because I love shape of the boards.

Beautiful maple wood boards - can't let 'em go to waste!

So I'm experimenting : RE-painting one. See if it'll be worthy for the La luz Show.

Tomorrow I have a trip to Oahu, for business. One thing on the schedule is talking to KC HAWAII about development of new "TIKI TOYS".

Should be fun. I hope to see a 3-dimensional tiki of my own design on the shelves of souvenir shops in Hawaii. That will be a real mile-stone in my "Low-Brow Tiki-Artist's Journey"!
More Laters!


 
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little lost tiki
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 12, 2006
Posts: 7637
From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 6 days ago; 8:02 pm   Permalink

Great to hear the gears turning
and you're thinking up some goodies for laLuz!
That Gent with a Spear,That fellow on the right on the last pic
has GOT to be a Tourist Staple item....
AND a MUG!
A Year? Pssshaw! You can do it!
Don't let it be a weight...
Think of it
These patrons have put immense faith in you
and deep down you know you can do it
but it'll be a struggle
What adventures aren't?

Tho, i must say
the nurturing,creative,idea time
that seething lave of thought
BEFORE all the paintings
is DA BEST!
Enjoy that
and enjoy the fact that
You are in Paradise
and are returning the Deep Impression the land has grooved into your brain
via your art.
most of us are merely visitors there.
We carry what we were raised with
deep inside
to that island
as your art does
it mixes these two aspects of American culture
mainland and island
and melds them together.

Chaw on that and breathe deeply
and KNOW that this will be done
and the show will be Awesome
and you will enjoy the most rewarding sleep
when the evening is over
and wake up with a smile

You are a talented art brother
fear not
it's inya.


 
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RVICTOR
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Joined: Sep 18, 2014
Posts: 192
Posted: 6 days ago; 9:53 pm   Permalink

I second LLT's sentiment....If anyone can do it, you can Shark.

 
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Tiki Shark Art
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 3697
From: The Big Island o' Hawaii
Posted: 3 days ago; 10:52 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

365 days until my big Tiki-Art Show at La Luz De Jesus gallery.

Thanks LLT, and RVICTOR - I really appreciate your words of encouragement.
U guys RAWK!

Thanks soooo much!

Every one in the Tiki Tribe who has told me they dig my art has really done me a huge favor, .. you may not know it. But it's those little things that keep you going.

A year seems like a long time ...until you see it fly past in a blur of office work & paying bills with commercial art work, business trips, & all that day to day stuff that sucks the "art time" right outa' ya!

Life is not constructed to make it easy for anyone to be an Artist & make a living at it. Just isn't.

I have many really talented friends who work so hard with no reward in sight, just a dream...

These people inspire me with their determination and perseverance. When they do get a break - it's magical!

Jeepers -freakin' Creepers! I thought I really had two years for this. But, something happened, and I turned around, and now I have one year to do this.
hmmm… I dunno. Life happened.

A special art-charity-event locally.

I had a problem with a lower back injury. It's on going, had some medical procedures to get that fixed… kinda' getting better… finally. (ah, fingers crossed on that one)

Oh other things happened like a couple huge business opportunities where you gotta' fly off some where and put on a dog-and-pony show for some-one so "maybe" a big business deal "might" happen and later on you'll get a piece of that action.

Just work stuff. All that kinda' thing.

A big Art show like this at a "name" gallery like la Luz…
It's very exciting, and extremely scary, all at once. It's the chance to be the great artist you "hope" you are, but also the possibility to fall on your face in front of the world because you couldn't generate the self discipline to schedule up every day to make sure you put in the man-hours to make it happen. There's no secret to making amazing art. It's just putting in the hours, and days, and weeks, and months of work. That, and pushing yourself to be better. You can't rest back, and think you "made it" cause there is no such place.

But, sometimes I REALLY wish I was one of those artists who throws paint on a canvas for five minutes and gets 20 grand or more 4 one hour's work.
But, course, that's not how my "Art Muse" instructs me.
That's not what makes my blood turn to liquid fire and get me going… super-cartoon Low-brow Art with a million man-hours in it does!

The latest issue of Hi FRUCTOSE has a great article about my hero - the Father of Low-Brow Art: Robert Williams. It talks about how he would get up at 4:30 AM and make art all day till way after dark…every day... for years. Sounds familiar. Sometime you sacrifice a lot to get that image down on canvas. No free time to hang out with friends, go to the beach, go to movies, relax watching TV, kicking back doing nothing all week end… those things don't happen. You make art instead. Being bored because I have nothing to do is something I have not experienced in years… decades I think. But that's what being an artist is.

I personally know at least 5 to 10 people who are as talented and much more talented artists than I am, - who I've told that if they painted 8 hours a day for one year, they would be so good they would be selling in an Art gallery. Guaranteed. They all bitch about how hard it is to make a living, and how they hate their jobs. None of them has taken me up on that idea. Zero. No one I knew in art class from collage is a successful artist making a living at it. Not one fellow class mate… they all got "real jobs".

But, that kind of commitment is not easy. It's really hard, and you sometimes feel you give up your life to make your art.
However, I guess, if you are an "Artist" then that is your life, and the only way you feel good about your self is when you are making really great art.

You only feel great when you're making Art better than you've ever made before.

This drive to "make" Art. Robert Williams calls it "..a sort of psychosis."

Bitch bitch bitch…. sorry Tiki Tribe!
Thank you for reading the "Artist's Rant".
Now, back to work!

Here's da' fun stuff…

Here's a sketch…

...for another "Tiki-Toy Souvenir"…

...I'm working on with KC Hawaii:

This little guy is just exploding with "aloha!"

I'm doing turn arounds on 4…no, make that 5 tikis.

This is number 4… on to number five!

Man, with all that, I LOVE this.

I really love being a part of this under ground cultural Art movement. It's such a soul enriching thing for an artist to get to do… for all the bad days, there's that sheer joy of making Art no one's ever seen before, and seeing someone's face light up when they look at it.
There's nothing else like it on earth.
I'm extremely lucky to be able to do this.
Big MAHALO!


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Meheadhunter
Grand Member (first year)  

Joined: Sep 27, 2007
Posts: 373
From: Wichita KS,
Posted: 2 days ago; 09:27 am   Permalink

Brad....
I've been MIA for quite some time on this site,
Your art has definitely been a huge inspiration for me.
I am one those artists you speak of that have felt "life" gets in the way.
It does seem hard to make the time for art when so many other
things seem to take precedence.

I am in the process of making some huge life changes
and I truly look forward to becoming a part of this community again.
I have so many ideas I NEED to bring to fruition!

Thank you.....
I wish you the best....Inspiring others is one of the Greatest acts we could ever do!!


 
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Tiki Shark Art
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 3697
From: The Big Island o' Hawaii
Posted: 2 days ago; 2:01 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

364 days till the Big Art Show at La Luz de Jesus Gallery!

Meheadhunter - that's good to hear. I started doing "real" art, that is gallery - hang it on da' wall, kinda' art after watching artists like Ken Ruzic post his work here on TC. All I can say about re-arranging your life to make room for being that "Artist" you wanna' be is… well it's not easy, but it's greatly rewarding. Since I changed careers, (from making a lot of money working for other people to making less money working for my self) I have not had a day of panic where I felt my life was slipping past with out me making an effort to reach my full potential in regards to my art. Yes, I used to sit in my corporate art director office, with a full bank account, but I would feel my actual " artistic soul" was being drained out of me day by day… doing meaningless work for other people.

It's much more rewarding to do meaningless work for yourself!

HA!, kidding aside, you want to look back on your life and know you TRIED, not just got by.
This is it! No dress rehearsal! It's Show-Time!

The old motto: "Do what you love and love what you do" really does change your life 4 the better.

Anyways, here's some art I have made for other people to make some bucks, ...but it's also very much what I'm trying to say as an underground Tiki-Artist … worming my way into the "pop-culture":

Souvenir Tikis!…

Can I make new ones that are sellable, yet also weird & low-brow?

Will these things be selling in the ABC stores for the news 50 to 100 years long after I'm dead? We shall see…


Have a HAPPY ALOHA FRIDAY tiki tribe! -
And remember … on the 4th of July, when the fire-cracker's fuse is lit & sparking; count to 13, and then throw that Cherry Bomb straight up - as hard as you can! The first person who runs, looses. The last one who runs wins… ( ...a trip to the ER! )


 
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Kona Kevin
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Sep 29, 2014
Posts: 15
Posted: Today; 01:07 am   Permalink

I like where your going with the Tiki souvenirs Brad, they look really cool and I cant wait to see them in the stores here in Hawaii!
I check Tiki Central often to see what your up to, it seems your a lot more into showing an explaining what you got going on here than the whole Facebook thing.
And again thanks to you and Abbas for hooking me up with the "Tiger Shark Surfing" body board, I dont know if I should take it out on the waves at Magic's or display it but it's one of my favorites of you artwork, I even have that skull mountain waterfall tattooed on my leg.
Oh and by the way our house in Seattle sold in less than two days and we got more then we were asking, so hopefully soon we'll get our new home here on the island and I can get to work on my Tiki bar mancave with all my killa Tiki Shark art!
Take care Braddah!
~Kevin


 
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