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The "Lurid" Tiki Art of Brad (Tiki Shark) Parker
Tiki Shark Art
Grand Member (6 years)  

Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 3375
From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2013-12-20 03:06 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Still working on "The RED TIKI LOUNGE". This painting is taking forever. It's so hard to work while being distracted with lawyers and reporters asking you things about "artist's rights" important stuff, of course. But it's cutting into my art making time, and sorry to say really getting me down. It's all dampened my Tiki art making mojo.
Here's the current work -

Painting Crazy Al as a zombie has been a lot of fun.

It's tough, but I gotta get to a place where I forget all the day to day junk and just fall into the creative flow and make the best art I can.

Of course, while the first law suit against Cafe Press for the using of one of my paintings with out my permission or knowledge is getting under way, what happens? Something ELSE pops up on Cafe Press web site that...well it's one of my paintings that's been reworked in photo-shop. One of the Tiki Tribe found it on line. Just depressing.

Here's my painting "Mystic Tiki #5 - the Skull"

And here's the image being sold as someone else's art work on Cafe Press. Looks like a photo shop reworking on my art. Lots of changes I know. But still creepy.
Well at least this guy slightly changed the design:
http://www.cafepress.com/mf/68649915/mathews-matryoshkas_mugs?productId=654006403

What really creepy is this actual painting was stolen from the art patron who bought it. Stolen from his home here on the big island. Now this image turns up on Cafe Press. I hope this guy just grabbed the image off line, and isn't the guy who actually stole the real painting. Strange and creepy indeed.

Trying to Live Aloha, BP~


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Tiki Shark Art
Grand Member (6 years)  

Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 3375
From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2013-12-21 01:33 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Working on the RED TIKI LOUNGE painting...a few more days should do it. Right now taking few days to travel to Oahu for a business meeting with a local company (NOT CAFE PRESS) to actually make souvenir gift items featuring my art work ...for real, with my knowledge and permission! Let's hope it all goes well and we can reach some kind of arrangement we are all happy with. This way next time Cafe Press steals an image they'll be stealing from a large Hawaiian souvenir company as well, and not just one small local artist. Guess it's one of the few ways to protect yourself and your Art-work in this world.
Anywho's, more on that laters, if all goes well (fingers crossed)

Here;s da; Tiki Art!

RED TIKI LOUNGE the top part...

RED TIKI LOUNGE the lower part.

Here's what the whole image is starting to look like.

Thanks so much for watching the paint dry!
BP~


 
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Kai Koa
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Joined: Nov 11, 2012
Posts: 60
From: Seattle
Posted: 2013-12-21 08:53 am   Permalink

So much imagery in this piece, looking good! Cant wait to see some Tiki Shark Hawaiian souvenir's!

 
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Tiki Shark Art
Grand Member (6 years)  

Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 3375
From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2013-12-23 11:28 pm   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!

Kai Koa - In da' works. Things look good. The souvenir company we are in talks with are responsible for every single souvenir tiki you can buy in Hawaii. I think it's all meant to be and got a good feel about it. But, things gotta get worked out... we'll see. It may take a few weeks, my Agent is pushing to get final decisions made by years end.

LLT (Kenny) told me never to go any where with out your sketch book. EVERY DAY you gotta' make some art. So I did. And got some really f=good break through ideas on the painting worked out in the hotel room. Here's some sketches:

Got an idea how of finish the SIGH for the RED TIKI LOUNGE.

Looking' better I think...

Then got kind of a plan of attack on the areas still unfinished on the painting.

Big break through on that weird thing in front of the Chrysler 300 - it's a kinda Dog-Tiki done in a 1930's cartoon style.

There's a dark area on the canvas that needed something...and it might be this cat.

I wanted it to have a shape and flow.

Got a very strange feel on how I wanted this cat to look.

Then there was one tiki to the right of the Crazy Al zombie that needed some thought.

I got to put some paint o the canvas to make him more real.

And I needed to address the question of "RED TIKI LOUNGE" needed the tikis to have some kind of red light or hue to them, so some base transparent layers of red were applied to the blue lighted tikis. It should work out, but looks a bit rough now. However, I dig this challenge, it'll be cool if I can pull it off.

Big Mahalo for watching the paint dry!
Mele Kalikimaka!





 
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Tiki Shark Art
Grand Member (6 years)  

Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 3375
From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2013-12-25 9:37 pm   Permalink

Mele kalikimaka!

aloha!


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 3375
From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2013-12-26 2:55 pm   Permalink

Mele Kalikimaka! Tiki Tribe!!!

The red Tiki Lounge - with it's see-through walls and it's looming pulp/mystery woman crime fighter designed by my mentor. "She-Bat".

Finally got the TIKI out front of the lounge to be more RED!
Plus a strange dog-tiki 1930's cartoon character in front of the classic KUSTOM chrysler 300. He's a nod to Micky, and a nod to Max, and a wink at Betty Boop, but a strange thing that I'm happy with now.... I think. Maybe. Well, he's new and strange, and retro, all of which are fun things.

Here's the whole she bang!
Hmmmmmm.....
A step into the Surreal side of the Low-Brow Tiki-Art world.
More Pop-Surreal for sure!

My agent has given me till the 31st to finish! I got several commissions waiting(!) soooo gotta get this puppy done. But I was very lost on it for a while, was distracted and derailed by the Cafe Press law suit and theft. But feel I learned some things that are now coming together well in this piece. It's a step into the surreal.


 
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Badd Tiki
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Joined: Aug 28, 2008
Posts: 345
Posted: 2013-12-26 9:00 pm   Permalink

The cats are cool.

The worst thing about the Mystic tiki rip off is it is such a hideous job it barely even represents tiki. They didn't even flip it so the house was on other side or anything. It's just so insanely amatuer and horribly done. At least a good copy is some sort of flattery, that thing is an insult. Then again, who would buy it?

I dunno, sad seeing artwork stolen.

------
But the latest is coming along great, keep on pushi9ng the envelope!


 
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danlovestikis
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Joined: Jun 17, 2002
Posts: 4486
Posted: 2013-12-27 07:40 am   Permalink

Your art is addictive I have to check it out twice a day. Wendy

 
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Kai Koa
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Joined: Nov 11, 2012
Posts: 60
From: Seattle
Posted: 2013-12-27 08:44 am   Permalink

A lot of time has gone into this one Brad and it's coming along nicely, cant wait to see all the Cool pieces you are going to have at your July 2014 showing at La Luz De Jesus Gallery in L.A. YOU RAWK BRAD!

 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Joined: Aug 31, 2006
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2013-12-27 5:08 pm   Permalink


Badd Tiki amen brother!


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Joined: Aug 31, 2006
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2013-12-28 6:56 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Here s more tiki art!

slapping paint...

I believe in Alcoholic Spirits ...one phantom in every cocktail!

Here's where we are so far....
Still more to do. Hope to finish on the 31st!

ALOHA!



 
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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2014-01-04 4:56 pm   Permalink

aloha Tiki Tribe!
"The Red Tiki Lounge"
The only unsold "Brad Tiki-Shark Parker" painting. 24" x 30" acrylic on canvas. Showing at The Wyland Kona Oceanfront Gallery & Wyland Coffee Cafe (808) 334-0037, & La Luz de Jesus Gallery - (323) 666-7667

It's finally finished!

Here's a closer look,

Here's some detail, and brother, there is a lot of detail. Sheesh, I think I'd like to paint something a little more simple now.
ALOHA!
BP~


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2014-01-04 5:17 pm   Permalink

Hi Brad, I think everyone is out at a tiki bar having a wonderful time tonight. Living on the Big Island you must have some great places to hang too.

The painting is super cool. My favorite part is the shark, head to fin, on the car. It's all terrific congratulations on making your deadline.

Wendy


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2014-01-04 9:10 pm   Permalink

danlovestikis - thank you so much. This was a huge epic with a mind of it's own. I'm not sure if it is done... as much as it is done with me!
Here is some more looks...

Hung on da' wall... (perhaps in a home tiki bar...?)

The Bela Lugosi Tiki Mug with the Hula Spirit...

The Red Tiki Lounge ...
24" x 30"
Acrylic on canvas
A real lesson for me on a lot of things...
Still a few creatures didn't make it onto the canvas, but will have to wait for the next....

The whole thing...a step towards the surreal in the tiki-Art world I guess.

Thanks for watching it be made.
Big ALOHA!



 
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Tiki Shark Art
Grand Member (6 years)  

Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 3375
From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2014-01-06 01:49 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe
Finally finished!
"The Red Tiki Lounge!"


Showing at The Wyland Kona Oceanfront Gallery (808) 334-0037,
& in July at La Luz de Jesus Gallery - (323) 666-7667


 
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