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The "Lurid" Tiki Art of Brad (Tiki Shark) Parker
tigertail777
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Joined: Nov 25, 2004
Posts: 671
From: Oregon
Posted: 2014-02-26 4:14 pm   Permalink

AS you well know "Beyond the Reef" is my favorite of your paintings, I really am digging the towel treatment of it so far! Grrreat stuff! It's fun watching you dig into the graphic design aspect of creating typography. Illustrator isn't all THAT bad.

 
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Tiki Shark Art
Grand Member (6 years)  

Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 3506
From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2014-02-26 4:50 pm   Permalink

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On 2014-02-26 03:13, Atomic Tiki Punk wrote:
Here you go Brad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIu85WQTPRc



Looks Great so far! Great moody tone! Let's hope they keep it serious.
(and don't fall back on dumb-New-Yorker-Mayor-humor the way the 1980's US version did.)
Sheesh, it's mostly unwatchable now because of the horrible jokes.
"Cloverfield" was serious, I liked it.
"The Host", was serious (mostly), I Liked that too, even if it was a little depressing.
Japanese Godzilla - is stylized.
Godzilla is kinda' like Japanese Bunraku (traditional Japanese puppet theater). We know they are big puppets, we know the guys working the rod puppets dressed as ninja are not supposed to be there (hence invisible ninjas!), but... the Puppets are really, really beautiful, and really, really cool!
Same with Godzilla.
We know he's a guy in a suit, but it's a really beautifully detailed suit ....and there are LOTS of great explosions!

Perhaps my favorite Godzilla film: "Godzilla Vs Destroyah" was darned serious. I really like it. - Great in that traditional, stylized form, that TOHO has of presenting Godzilla. Got everything you could ever want in a Godzilla movie. Even Godzilla's radioactive heart going critical and if it melts down the whole planet will go with him! (hmmm.... too much like art imitating real life!)

Anyways, you gotta' know it ALL comes down to good story telling.
No matter how good your effects.
A good story is what we all really want.

(....and LOTS of great explosions!)


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Tele295
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Joined: Mar 22, 2013
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From: RinKonTiki, CA
Posted: 2014-02-26 6:11 pm   Permalink

I need one of those Beyond the Reef beach towels, Brad!

 
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Tiki Shark Art
Grand Member (6 years)  

Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 3506
From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2014-02-27 04:54 am   Permalink

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On 2014-02-26 18:11, Tele295 wrote:
I need one of those Beyond the Reef beach towels, Brad!



I Agree!
You do need one!
Heck, You DESERVE one!!
You all do!
Every Tourist should! Every local should too!
I want to increase the quality of souvenirs being sold in Hawaii.
For too many years I've seen the same old, sad, tired, re-used designs being cranked out by the same companies. These designs do not reflect the swanky hipster Tiki-Art Renaissance going on in many other parts of the world!
Sadly, Hawaii itself, largely lacks the awareness of "Tiki-Culture!'

I was asked to lecture at the "University of Hawaii" on "Tiki Culture". I'm happy to say the lecturer was packed to standing-room-only, extremely well received! The young students (and many adult students) of Hawaiian ancestry had no idea how their own Heritage has inspired and invigorated pop-culture / counter-culture & Kustom-Kulture around the world!

I'm designing four Beach Towels in partner ship with K C Hawaii. Four of what I hope are a set of Low-Brow Tiki-Art Beach Towels so magnificent that the buyers for local retail chains won't be able to say "No" to them.

If they do well, we'll move on and do more. All kinds of new stuff! BEACH TOWELS: Set # 1 should be: "Beyond The Reef", "The Moon of Manakoora", "Tiki Cat" and "Forbidden Island".

If you would like to urge on the production of these beach towels, Drop K.C Hawaii a letter to let them know you are excited about this rumor you heard about them making Brad Tiki-Shark Parker "Tiki-Art" Souvenirs! What can swanky stuff can you get? Let 'em know you'd buy these towels if you saw them on the shelfs, and ask them when, and where, will they will be available for sale!

Folks, It's hard to change the way people have been doing things. Especially in business, where money is on the line. "NEW" can be scary! So, boost the confidence of K.C. Hawaii, and let them know there ARE people looking to buy new hipster-style products, not just the same old stuff you saw on your last 6 vacations to Hawaii all featuring the same old Hula girl & or happy dolphins - you know the ones - we've seen for the last 40 years! K C Hawaii has never actually made Beach Towels - so they could use some encouragement to go up against the other souvenir towel manufacturers.

Send your letters to:

K.C. Hawaii
Sales Department
98-023 Hekaha Street,
#111
Aiea, Hawaii 96701

Other than that , I will always post here, and in the Tiki Market place on TC, when new TIKI-SWAG comes out!
ALOHA and THANS!

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Tiki Shark Art
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Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 3506
From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2014-02-27 11:37 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe,
Here's a little more work on the lettering...wow, me and fonts go round and round...
huge fight, change unchanged change unchanged... in the end less is more.
You gotta read the darned thing.




 
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TikiTacky
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Posted: 2014-02-27 11:49 am   Permalink

Brad,

I'll definitely do that! Any chance you might be able to get an email for KC Hawaii?

I also want to note that I would happily pay more money (within reason) for an item actually made in Hawaii. I bet a lot if other people would too.
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Tiki Shark Art
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Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 3506
From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2014-02-27 1:07 pm   Permalink

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On 2014-02-27 11:49, TikiTacky wrote:
Brad,

I'll definitely do that! Any chance you might be able to get an email for KC Hawaii?

I also want to note that I would happily pay more money (within reason) for an item actually made in Hawaii. I bet a lot if other people would too.




Hmmm... well, other than "my art work", I can't tell you what tourist "art" gift items are 100% made in Hawaii!
K C Hawaii. let's see the web site is
http://www.kchawaii.com. I don't think it's a good idea to hand out the president's e-mail,
so, if you only want to e-mail, u can can e-mail to info@kchawaii.com

Thanx!


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Tiki Shark Art
Grand Member (6 years)  

Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 3506
From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2014-02-28 10:20 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe,
Here's the "Beyond the Reef" beach towel design so far...

Here's the "Moon of Manakoora" beach towel.

So, both of these are basically cool blue paintings on towels surrounded by
warm colored text.

So far so good, let's hope the Factory can create some color separations that work well enough
that theses come out lookin' half as good as they do here.

That can be a whole art into is self. Finding a good factory, that don'st charge too much
but still produces good towels is an ongoing "Indiana Jones"-like search.

ALOHA, and Happy Aloha Friday!



 
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Kai Koa
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Joined: Nov 11, 2012
Posts: 67
From: Kailua Kona
Posted: 2014-02-28 9:19 pm   Permalink

Hey Brad just thought I would give you a tourist perspective of what I would look for in a beach towel purchased in Hawaiian gift shop, here goes: "Beyond the Reef" is great but "Yoho!" is not something I would associate with Hawaii, the pirate theme is cool and all but Im wanting a souvenir, so how about "ALOHA" on the "Beyond the Reef" beach towel.

Now for the "The Moon of Manakoora" beach towel I think it would be cool with the word "SHAKA" on it. That word seems to flow with the mysterious imagery.

Just my opinion.

They look great no matter what!



 
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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2014-03-01 11:15 pm   Permalink

Thanx Kai Koa - your suggestion is a good one. Ha, I'm laughing because it's now a standing joke around the Tiki Shark Studio just what "four letter word" should go on the beach towel...

I'm working out the words with our staff, and our new partners and marketing folks. I may go with "T I K I " ...

ALOHA!


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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2014-03-01 11:18 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe
Here's a sample of the "Beyond the Reef" beach Towel.
Pirates and Tikis...

A strange mash of pop-cultures for sure!


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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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Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 3506
From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2014-03-03 10:42 pm   Permalink

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On 2014-02-28 21:19, Kai Koa wrote:
Hey Brad just thought I would give you a tourist perspective of what I would look for in a beach towel purchased in Hawaiian gift shop, here goes: "Beyond the Reef" is great but "Yoho!" is not something I would associate with Hawaii, the pirate theme is cool and all but Im wanting a souvenir, so how about "ALOHA" on the "Beyond the Reef" beach towel.

Now for the "The Moon of Manakoora" beach towel I think it would be cool with the word "SHAKA" on it. That word seems to flow with the mysterious imagery.

Just my opinion.

They look great no matter what!





Kai Koa, so you stepped right into the middle of this on going debate about the text on the beach towels. We all like, (this is folks inside Tiki Shark & K C Hawaii, plus the kind in put of fans like yourself) all seem to think it's cool there are 4 in the set: 2 with no text, and 2 WITH text.

I, personally, like that if you "google" the text "Moon of Manakoora" and "Beyond the Reef" you learn they were not only the names of Tiki-Art paintings,- they are old exotic a songs. (which I named my paintings after) I am very inspired by music. I like that maybe someone will learn about Exotica who never heard of it before. Hear Martin Denny for the first Time! Become a Tiki -Culture / exotica Fan. They must already like TIKIs, they bought the fowl, now, theycan discover the music from that mid century tiki-time period!

Kai Koa mentioned changing the "Pirate"-ish "YO-HO!" on the "Beyond the Reef" towel It might might get changed to something more like "Aloha" or Shaka" or "TIKI" to be more Hawaiiana, and Tiki-culture.

There is a debate going on about what 4 letter words I should put on my towels. ( !).

What is funny though, is the folks who are Hawaiian don't mind the "Yo-Ho!", but the Main-landers think it's not "Hawaiian enough"! Strange, you would think the opposite, but not at all. The Hard Core "Tiki -Culture " folks all seem to be the folks NOT living in Hawaii... I guess cause if you live on the islands, u are are submerged in "it", so we like a little some thing else....but those from ..say Nebraska, in a cold, freezing March, they want MORE HAWAII, and only HAWAII Please! I understand....

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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2014-03-03 11:19 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe:
Still work to be done, but these are the first "roughs" of our first Set of FOUR Tiki-Culture Beach Towels with our new Partners KC HAwaii!
1.) "Tiki Cat"

2) "Forbidden Island"

3) "The Moon of Manakoora"

4.) "Beyond The Reef"


I think perhaps I am leaning towards Kai-Koa's thoughts on Pirates vs Tikis more. Maybe we should use a more "Tiki-Culture word than a Pirate word "YoHo!" - heck, we love Pirates here in Da' Island too...but folks do come here more for Tikis of the Hawaiiana then "Pirates of the Caribbean".

Any other thoughts, my ohana? Any four letter words you like to throw my way. (he he he - I know I'm really wearing that one out, but I think it's funny every time!) Laters, and thanks for the input! I would have felt funny not having thought that one all the way through before it hit the shelfs... really, no one here on the island caught it! Weird! Just shows you how Tiki-culture is not centered around Hawaii at all... and what does that mean? I keep thinking back when I lectured at the U of M to Hawaiian students who didn't know there are Tiki-Bars all over the world. (!)

A-YO-HO-LO-HA!

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

http://youtu.be/7HTCkZXaA

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Kai Koa
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Joined: Nov 11, 2012
Posts: 67
From: Kailua Kona
Posted: 2014-03-04 09:25 am   Permalink

I knew I couldn't be the only one that didn't care for the "YOHO!" on "Beyond the Reef" besides it not being more towards Hawaiian or Tiki related in my opinion, I just pictured some gangster or hiphop dude using the word "YOHO!" while yelling at his girl. If it said "YOHOHO!" I could understand the pirate theme better but I know that's a lot of words to put on the towel, not like the 4 letter word like "TIKI" or 5 letter words like "SHAKA" or "ALOHA" Anyway with all that being said I still would buy your "RAWKIN!" beach towels, and I look forward to seeing them soon. Congrats on getting them distributed through the Biggest chain stores in Hawaii for Hawaiiana souvenirs!

 
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Tele295
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From: RinKonTiki, CA
Posted: 2014-03-04 10:12 am   Permalink

You're going to let us know when we can buy the set of 4 towels, right, Brad?

 
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