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The "Lurid" Tiki Art of Brad (Tiki Shark) Parker
Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2012-09-22 6:16 pm   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!
Thanks everyone, thanks littlegiles... it should be a fun Halloween event at the Wyland Kona Ocean Front Gallery, and I'm very nervous about speaking at the University of Hawaii, but I gotta spread the word about Tiki Culture ... gotta!
Here's what I've been slapin' paint on recently:

Here's the next step...

getting more done on the Detective Tiki.... gettin close. I hope to finish before month's end.

Wanna hear some more scary (Chicken Skin) stories? Tales to Terrify took a request from me, and host Larry Santoro read "H.P. Lovecraft's "The Hound" on the latest episode!
http://talestoterrify.com/tales-to-terrify-no-37-h-p-lovecraft-conrad-williams/#comment-731

Chilling and very pulp-gothic stuff from a tale written about 80 years ago! I may get Tales to Terrify to use one of my paintings for their web site art for October... can you guess which painting?

Big ALOHA!


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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2012-09-22 6:22 pm   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!

So, am I dressin' up my art studio for Halloween? Naw, It always looks like a miniature House o' Horrors! That's the "Head Chopper" from the movie "Jeepers Creepers" signed by the Director & the Actor who played "The Creeper". Did I buy it off E-bay? Naw, It was given to me at the end of production... see I worked on that low budget cult classic , and I designed the Creeper! The high point of my Hollywood career fer shure!
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"You have not appropriated the Culture of Hawaii…the Culture of Hawaii has appropriated you."
K. Angel Pilago (Hawaiian Elder & my own personal Yoda)


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2012-09-23 12:20 am   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!

What the heck is this?

Home made Pineapple Man action figure? Yes. Halloween Decorations? Nope, just more of my miniature house O' Horrors in my art studio!

My local Gallery the "Wyland Kona Oceanfront Gallery" has moved a bunch of things around their wonderful art space...and I'm very happy to find I'm still in the place of "Big Eye Candy": the front window! They even have my brand-spankin' new Skate Decks!
Big Thanks and Aloha to the folks at the Gallery!
Check 'em out!
http://www.wylandbigisland.com/
Wyland Kona Oceanfront Gallery
75-5770 Alii Dr
Kailua Kona, HI 96740-1782
Phone – (808) 334-0037
Toll Free – (888) 435-6612
Email – artexpert@hawaii.rr.com

BIG ALOHA
B~

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"Brad Parker creates lurid paintings that pull in influences from tiki, comics, and rock."
- Honolulu Magazine "The Best Of" 2012 Issue

www.tikishark.com

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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2012-09-23 7:59 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Here's the next step on da' painting....


more to come!


 
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tigertail777
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Joined: Nov 25, 2004
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From: Oregon
Posted: 2012-09-24 02:00 am   Permalink

Forget the painting. Go back to the Halloween collection!

I have not seen Jeepers Creepers yet, I will have to try and track down a disc that will actually play.

I'm a sucker for the pulps and sleuthing stuff, so I naturally love your current painting. Are you going to go for "The Shadow" next? Who knows what lurks in the heart of the tiki aficionado?


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2012-09-24 04:35 am   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!
tigertail777 - The Shadow is one of my favorite Mystery Men. He is what spawned Batman. Did you see the Shadow film with Alec Baldwin? It's fun... but if they are making re-makes all the time why not another Shadow film? I'd be up for it!
I hope to finish "Hawaiian Eye - Episode II" by month's end.
Then, of course I need to finish my "She-Bat" painting by year's end.

But I'd like to start my "Body Glove Sea Creature" Painting in October. Nothing as much fun as painting a MONSTER for Halloween! What Body glove Sea Creature? Trans World Surf holds a annual surf photography short film contest. The fun loving surfer dudes at Body Glove thought it would be fun to make a short film with a MONSTER in it. This is why I love working with Body Glove!

Well, Body Glove's short monster movie won first place. You can see it here: Check it out!
http://bodygloveartbox.blogspot.com/2012/09/body-gloves-disappearance.html

I have my 24" x 30" canvas all ready, & a sketch that the folks at Body Glove are excited about - and Body Glove may use my Sea Creature art for tee-shirts, posters, skate Decks, board shorts... or some other fun stuff - I'll post news here as it happens.

Wanna' see more art studio eye-candy? OK. Here's one of the best things I got off of E-bay: My jumbo glow-in-the-dark Godzilla!
LATERS!
A LO HA!
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"You have not appropriated the Culture of Hawaii…the Culture of Hawaii has appropriated you."
K. Angel Pilago (Hawaiian Elder & my own personal Yoda)


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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2012-09-24 8:56 pm   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!

Here's the latest... working on the Aloha Shirt... a bunch o' work... but it'll be worth it (I hope!)
more 2 come....


 
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little lost tiki
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From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2012-09-25 01:01 am   Permalink

Dang! that piece is looking MASTERPIECE-ish!
Thanks for the peeps of the studio!
When can i visit?
and hells yeah that jumbo Glow-in-the-Darl Godzilla is awesome!
and those Aurora models...the box art was the BEST!

Besides the Creature
i also had a few of these Aurora goodies..


wish i still had this!

SNAP TOGETHER so we wouldn't huff the glue!


Also had one of her during my pre-teen years and fondly remember
rubbing my thumb allover it wishing she would become all reals and be my girlfriend!


looking forward to seeing the O'Neill creature come to life
the film was great!





www.kenruzic.com will be up someday,REALLY!
I'm on FaceBook Too!Look me UP,folks! Lot's of work to see there!

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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2012-09-26 9:00 pm   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!
little lost tiki - Dude! Monster Scenes from Aurora - "Rated X for Excitement!" Oh yeah baby!! I had the "Pain Parlor" and the "Gruesome Goodies" and "Frankenstein" and "Dr. Deadly" and "The Victim" and "Vamperella" ... torture devices and helpless or evil scantly clad women... wow, was there ever any less politically correct models for kids? I remember my mother threw them all out! Ee-gads! Now I'm slowly buying them again on e-bay at truly torturous prices! AND.."Snap-together" (!?!?) so you don't have any glue to huff! PAH-LEEZE! How evil! What was a childhood with out that delightful glue buzz while putting together monster models?
Of course now that I'm making art for a living, who has time to paint monster models any more? I have them so I can look at the beautiful George Bama cover art. Great Stuff! Inspirational!
Now my paintings are my monster models. Each one is a box cover for an Aurora "Tiki" model that was made in an alternate Universe.

Here's the "Tiki" model box art so far...

Here's a closer look see at this 3-D aloha shirt... (getting a fun Ruzic feel I think to it?)
More laters!


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"You have not appropriated the Culture of Hawaii…the Culture of Hawaii has appropriated you."
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2012-09-27 02:17 am   Permalink

DUDE!!
LLT said
"looking forward to seeing the O'Neill creature come to life the film was great!"

Dude! Kenny! It's NOT O'Neill.
It's Body Glove.

There's a big 'ol difference!

O'Neill sold out a long time ago to become a big corporate money making machine that has a big Grey building with a lot of cubicles in it with harried looking people working there under the corporate yoke. They only pretend to be a hip surfer beach brand to sell to teen agers.

Body Glove is still owned by surfers. The original 2 brothers who started it in 1953 were surfers. One of the brothers, Uncle Bob, is still around. I've been boating with him. Snorkeling with him, and had him tell me stories about swimming with a great white shark, and raising a ship wreck in the Santa Monica Bay. Body Glove is a family business. Their sons now work there. One of them, Billy, owns a week end "get-a-way" called "The Freaky Tiki Shack" full of Tiki stuff... and my tiki art. (!) And their grand children now work there. They all are surfers and divers, and wake boarders. There are carved wooden Tikis in their offices! Cool folks. When I go to LA, they let me stay in their place in Manhattan Beach. These are cool beach people. I think they are the last surf brand that has not sold out to become a big corporation. And, so far , there are no plans to do that. That's why I like working with them. They have my tiki art calendars up in their offices, which are only a few blocks from the beach. So, when they made a "monster" movie for the Surf Photography contest, I sort of thought maybe My art was influencing them a little bit... fun stuff. Surf culture. The real deal. Check 'em out
http://www.bodyglove.com/

Well, Body Glove's short monster movie won first place. You can see it here: Check it out!
http://bodygloveartbox.blogspot.com/2012/09/body-gloves-disappearance.html

ALOHA!


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tigertail777
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Posted: 2012-09-28 01:16 am   Permalink

Unless I am mistaken, my first exposure to the Body Glove company was their sponsorship of the Tidal Wave ride at Magic Mountain in California. I think I have some pics of it somewhere. They used to have some very creative signage in the Que line for the ride, and I think a little sort of tiki shack souvenir store. Unless I'm hallucinating. It was quite a long time ago, I think right when Warner Brothers first bought out the park. I'll have to look in my brochure collection and see.

 
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Elgarbo
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Posted: 2012-09-29 05:24 am   Permalink

Love your work, Brad. I read on Kustom Lane Gallery's website that you might be heading down to Australia for a show a little later this year. Do you think this is likely? I'd love to see your work in person - too often the computer screen just fails to convey the total awesomeness of a piece of art.

 
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tigertail777
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Posted: 2012-09-30 3:11 pm   Permalink

Sorry to derail your thread, that memory of the Tidal Wave ride sponsorship really bothered me and I had a hard time confirming it, there is very little on the internet and surprisingly no pictures of the awesome signage Body Glove did. Only thing I could find was an LA Times article, here is a snippet:

"...Executives at wetsuit maker Body Glove were excited by their licensing partnership with Winkler, which produced deals for swimwear, shoes, eye wear, jeans and accessories, said Vice President Bill Meistrell, a cousin of Randy.

The company poured millions into marketing, sponsoring hockey's Kings, basketball's Clippers, car races and a "Body Glove Tidal Wave" ride at Magic Mountain before realizing things were growing too fast, Bill Meistrell said."

Plus the description from my opening day brochure of Tidal Wave:

"Introducing Tidal Wave. You'll go hurtling down a 98 foot chute at 50 feet per second. Upon hitting the water, you'll be in the midst of a gigantic roaring, 20 foot wave. Followed by a drenching, 40 foot splash. You'd have to go to Hawaii's North Shore to find a more radical wave!" (The last sentence is of course the sponsorship tip off).

Again sorry for the derail. I now return you to your regular Brad programming.


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2012-10-02 11:41 pm   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!

No worries, like I said, I really dig working with Body glove. They are really the last Surf Brand not to go corporate, and are owned and run by real beach folk and surfers. Great folks. The ride at magic mountain was before my time with Body glove... I started working with them about 10 years ago designing beach towels. Sounds like a blast! Wonder if they'll add in an attach by their new "Sea Creature" to the water ride... could be a hoot!



"Just when you thought it was safe togo back to the water park..."
http://bodygloveartbox.blogspot.com/2012/09/body-gloves-disappearance.html
My next painting is going to be of the Body Glove Sea Creature - A great fun project to work on during the month of October!



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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2012-10-03 02:52 am   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!
I am nervous.
I've been asked to speak at the University of Hawaii about "Tiki Culture".

Coming up this month, on Oct 8th, yeah... I've been asked to speak as some kinda expert at the University of Hawaii and tell them intelligent things about "Tiki-culture".
Boy, I'm darned nervous, but... also excited to have this chance to inspire & corrupt young minds. Spread the knowledge of our sub-culture. Let the young people know about "Kustom Culture" & "Low Brow Art" & of course the counter culture art and glorious rich history of "TIKI Culture"...a thing that is strangely not so well known here in Hawaii - "Tiki"s ancient stomping grounds.

I may be up against some hard core actual Hawaiian Culture folks, who think I'm just some haole appropriating true Hawaiian Culture. - but I hope to let them know Tiki Culture is not here to replace Hawaiian Culture. HECK! We love real Hawaiian Culture, (how could we not? It's the mother that gave birth to us) but, we are more about "Hawaiiana" ... the make-believe Hawaii that the Hawaiian Tourist Bureau created in the 40's to bring world wide tourist money to the islands. This OZ-like Hawaii has gotten lost in the 80's... but we love it's unique and strange cartoon/Disney/psychedelic re-mix of many Polynesian art forms, transmogrified into a newly current resurgence as a different south seas world all together.

I know I mix in a lot more of the dark mythic things from ancient Hawaiian culture, Things so thrillingly told me by my Hawaiian best buddy, as well as many pop culture icons & things not from Hawaii, - but that mix well - at least in my mind.

Sheesh... think what I'll do is hand out some 2012 calenders I have left, plus my art post card, things representing my style of art. Let them know the images I am making... pictures should get what I do across. Wish me luck.

Anyone have any other good ideas that could help me?
Thanks , Mahalo & ...
ALOHA -


 
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