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The "Lurid" Tiki Art of Brad (Tiki Shark) Parker
Tiki Shark Art
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Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 3502
From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2013-04-02 02:34 am   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!
Oh, here's a nice little sketch that was used in the re-design of the last painting.

"Tiki on da' Beach" sketch.
pencil, acrylic wash.


 
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tigertail777
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Joined: Nov 25, 2004
Posts: 670
From: Oregon
Posted: 2013-04-02 4:51 pm   Permalink

"Hey mom! There's a Trick or Treater in a Tiki mask at the door asking for rum!"

Nice sketch Sharky, love the washes.


 
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Tiki Shark Art
Grand Member (6 years)  

Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 3502
From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2013-04-03 2:13 pm   Permalink

tigertail777 - Ha! There is a delightful little kid look to this one. Maybe part of it's huge popularity. I have never had as many people ask to buy a painting as they did on this one. i guess folks just want a painting of a happy, eager little tiki.

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!
Well on to the next painting. This is a commission. "Two Tikis"
The request is for 2 tikis, a cat , and a skull.
Here's some sketches...

Here's the skulls and the cat (s).

I then went to thumb nail sketches to get a basic shape of the composition.

Now I have an idea started.... one tiki is more modern, one is more ancient. One side has a tiki bar in the Back ground, the other raw natural... ah, nature in the back ground.
Ideas still percolating.
More to come....
ALOHA
BP~


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Holler Waller
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Joined: Mar 13, 2011
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From: NW TN
Posted: 2013-04-03 7:33 pm   Permalink

Bue-Dee-Full !!!

 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 3502
From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2013-04-05 12:19 am   Permalink

Holler Waller - THANX!
ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!
Next commissioned painting: "Two Tikis": ideas, Skulls. Cats. One old style tiki. One modern style Tiki. Tiki bar in the BG. Hawaiian sunset in the BG.

Two Tikis so far.... lots to do.
Are you going on a vacation to Kailua-Kona on the Big Island? Stay at the mega-hip mid-century very "Tiki" styled Royal Kona Resort, 75-5358 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740 (808) 329-3111
http://www.facebook.com/royalkonaresort
In the open air lobby, looking out over the Kona bay you'll see spinner dolphins, inside, you'll find a gift shop: "Lynn's Sundries"- http://www.facebook.com/lynns.sundries.

They have a full "Brad (Tiki-Shark) Parker" section. Big BIG Mahalo to Royal Kona managers Jeff Ibister & Lisa Rothka, for all their Aloha and support of me and my art.

A short walk down the street along Kona Bay, you find "the Wyland Kona Oceanfront Gallery". They have original Parker paintings, original drawings, plus a huge selection of high quality giclees of my work. Gallery owner Mark Hanna, Gallery High Priestess Jill Weiss, and Sales Amazon Pamela Soteros have been huge supporters of my art and career, plus the whole Wyland team. I owe them so much for getting my "Tiki Art" out into the pop-culture of the Tourist rich Hawaii art scene. U can find them at:
The Wyland Kona Oceanfront Gallery
75-5770 Alii Dr
Kailua Kona, Hawaii 96740-1782
USA
Phone – (808) 334-0037
Toll Free – (888) 435-6612
Email - Jillw@WylandBigIsland.com
All this happened through the wise guidence of my best buddy and Art Agent, Abbas. He has molded my career, and made it happen. Wait! What's that low rumble?! The ground is shaking! Is Madam Pele angry? Is the Volcano erupting?! Naw, Abbas purchased the "Bat-Mobile"... or, well, we call it the "Tiki-Mobile".

That deep roar is the Tiki-Mobile prowling along Ali'i drive as my Art Agent plays Batman.... and I get to be...ah... Robin?
Wha?
Look!
The Tiki Signal is lighting up the evening Vog!
Quick!
To the Tiki Lair!
Time to make TIKI ART!
ALOHA!!

_________________
Brad (Tiki Shark) Parker
"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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Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 3502
From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2013-04-05 07:58 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

"Two Tikis"
working out the Back ground...
A nice tiki bar, a slinking cat, a skull (maybe golden?, n the sand, with some shadowy noir flavors mixed into the city shapes...and a bright Hawaiian sunset.
More to come!
ALOHA!


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 3502
From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2013-04-05 4:30 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe & HAPPY ALOHA FRIDAY!!


Here is a better lit (lighted) sketch of "Two Tikis"
Things I'm working on...

I think the cat has to be smaller.
I like the gold skull in the sand idea - cursed taboo/kapu treasure.
I like the TIKI LOUNGE in the back ground on the left vs the raw natrual pristine Hawaiian sunset on the right.
I like the TIKI LOUNGE in a Waikiki/Gotham City Honolulu-that-never-was noir place of gum shoe detectives & tikis & 'aumakuas.
I like a wave breaking on shore-that hypnotic magical ocean moment us humans never tire of watching.

Now to figure out colors. (grrr! the hard part!)
Twilight/sunset. Sunset is vog red and orange. There fore, the tiki in-front of that has to be cool, blue-greens.
Should I try to reverse it on the other tiki? Dare I? That's asking for some tricky lighting...

Make the Waikiki Tiki Lounge green and purple lights, with a warm yellow and orange (or Woody) toned tiki in front of it.
That should make some tricky color work! But the tiki will stand out from their respective back grounds, now, how to make that all look like it makes sense on some level of pop-surrealistic logic.

I know, "you should do some color comps!" I hate color comps. They never come out right, and I can never get them right again if I get them right once....

Oh! The Tiki Phone just rang! It was the Pele Volcanic HOT line! My Art Patron was on the line, had seen the sketches, and is requesting going back a step or two...

... to these Tikis that were leaning against each other, the ones with more emotional warmth between them. Ah, yes, I was just thinking I had lost something... that sweet ALOHA feeling. Good we are on the same brain wave lengths. I had the same feeling too and was hoping my patron would clear up that question. All else is good to go.
Perfect!
It's nice when you synch up with your art patron.
Mo' Latters!
ALOHA!
BP~


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Tiki Shark Art
Grand Member (6 years)  

Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 3502
From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2013-04-06 01:19 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Hey, I found this on the net; A check list for a "good work space". - Here's my responses. Hope I did OK.

Here’s a personal checklist for creating a workspace that keeps you inspired, creative, and prolific.

1. Color = energy. - So splattered paint is good, right?

2. A daily fire library. - I have no idea what that means, other than fire one up every day?

3. Music that keeps you creative. - Martin Denny, Alice Cooper, Lex Baxter, KISS, Don Tiki, Lefthead, The Crazed Mugs, Ape, Judas Priest, Cumbustible Edison, Tikiyaki Orchestra, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Arthur Lyman, Gene Rains, Yma Sumac, Nine Inch Nails, The Ghastly Ones, Jimmy Vargas, The Aqua Velvets, and Clouseaux (lagoon is still one of the best exotica albums of all time, I think) and if that fails, I listen to the Quiet Village Pod Cast!

4. Let the light shine in. - I got two windows. and six lights.

5. Keep it clean. - Hmmmm... define "clean" please.

6. Map your flow. - What the...?

7. Keep your reasons why where you can see them. - My over due bills are taped on the wall above my desk.
(Well, that and I also write across the top of each month of my calendar "No Matter What Happens Don't Stop Making Art!")

8. Get a good chair - sit in a chair, kneel, stand ...with a bad back, ya' gotta move around a bunch, but these old bones do start to ache. Then out comes the rum!

9. Do the basic ergonomics. -Gonna' guess that means I can see my computer, and my canvas, ...when I have my glasses on.

10. Create a space for scheming. - A Bottle of rum and a nice comfy rug on the floor in the corner.

11. Get the tools you need. - Well, I got some brushes from Ace Hardware. Had a sale!

12. Check the Feng Shui. - I got some "asian art" on my shelfs...

See?

13. Notebooks. - Got lots of sketch books, old comics, and some great old art books by folks like Frazetta and Robert Williams, and of course, the Book of Tiki!

14.Vision statement. - Hmmm, guess that's back to the shelfs of "Inspirational reference material"

There, that should do the trick. Godzilla is Feng Shui, right? Or maybe they want I should move my mug collection in my art studio? Naw, I'd get get paint on 'em!

OkeeDookee, done. Great! I think my studio's all set to be a "creative space"! Ready! Time to make "Tiki Art"!
ALOHA!


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Tiki Shark Art
Grand Member (6 years)  

Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 3502
From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2013-04-06 8:37 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Hey, got some local press and made the cover of the Big Island Tourist Guide!

it's "Beyond the Reef".
SWEET!

Big aloha!
BP~



 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 3502
From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2013-04-06 9:18 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Here is a redo at the request of my gracious art patron:

I went back to the happier, more intimate tikis (as they are to represent a couple)
I left in the Skull in the "male" tiki's head, and I added in the skulls in his eyes, cause I liked them too, and my patron digs the same.
I worked up the tiki bar, getting a nice balance of Waikiki/Gotham City now. Framing it with palms, and will bring in some tropical flowers in the foreground to finish that bit. Now to work in a cat or kitties...

I will mystically consult with my Feng Shui Godzilla collection for guidance in the feline frequency work in this sketch.

Big Aloha!
BP~
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Brad (Tiki Shark) Parker
"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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little lost tiki
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Joined: Jun 12, 2006
Posts: 7581
From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2013-04-07 02:45 am   Permalink

Consult away with your godzilla clan...they have never failed you before!
This one is is going to sweet and a lil dark,and a whole lot Awesome!

Rented some episodes from the Kikaida series of the 70's recently.
i guess they were REAL popular on the islands back in the day....
Check them out....
the monsters are the BEST!
KAIJU MADNESS that is RIGHT up your alley!


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 3502
From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2013-04-07 04:42 am   Permalink

Totally, they still ARE! my friend has a Kikaida costume and makes mall appearances and small town parades!

These are my friends over on Oahu

and hanging out in Waikiki...

local tv commercials...
Hawaii is full of super heroes!



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Tiki Shark Art
Grand Member (6 years)  

Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 3502
From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2013-04-07 2:35 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Here's the redone sketch for the painting, with the changes requested by my art patrons.

The tiki are happier, more attached to each other, with a cat (he need's a little work) , a gold skull in the sand of the beach, and the taller tiki has a few skulls in it's, eyes and it's third eye too, or it's brain pan...top of it's head we'll say.
More to come....
Waikiki/Gothom City with a tiki lounge, and a nice sunset.... yep, lot's more to come, like color and all dat!
Aloha!


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zerostreet
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Posted: 2013-04-07 5:18 pm   Permalink

Beautiful sketch Brad! Interesting to see the changes requested.

 
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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2013-04-07 11:36 pm   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!
zerostreet - thank you!


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