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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: 3563
From: The Big Island o' Hawaii
Posted: 2014-04-14 09:40 am   Permalink

Thanks Tiki Tribe!
Well, layer after layer of semi transparent paint make for slow going, and seems like you can paint for hours and not much changes, then suddenly out pops a rounded fish! Here's what we go...

Here's the ocean with da' motion.

Here's the very low -brow looking shark. Seems I build up reflected light, then takes it back down then build it back up agin till it "feels " right in my gut, I often surprise myself with results this way... sometimes in good ways some times in not so good ways. But I'm going with an inner gyroscope on this, making it the best it can be , wanting to surpass my previous efforts with something I've never done before.

Layers and layers of paint and suddenly out popped a few fish! Finally!
More laters!



 
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littlegiles
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Joined: Jun 08, 2003
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From: Lancaster, SC
Posted: 2014-04-14 5:18 pm   Permalink

Looking great! Those fish are surprisingly happy considering the size of the shark headed their way to play! HAHA Beautiful work on those. I'm really digging this painting.

- Dale
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Kai Koa
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Joined: Nov 11, 2012
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From: Kailua Kona
Posted: 2014-04-14 8:00 pm   Permalink

It's coming along nicely Brad, thanks for posting the progress, I have enjoyed watching this piece come ALIVE!
~Kevin.

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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The Big Island o' Hawaii
Posted: 2014-04-23 8:12 pm   Permalink

Thanks my brother.
I am so sorry I didn't have this masterpiece finished before you arrived.

I had so many distractions.

Right now my lawyer is trying to prep me for a 7 hour deposition that the high powered Lawyers from Cafe Press are flying all the way here to try and make me break down and say that "Forbidden Island" was not my art (?), and I guess, just use scare tactics to get me to back down and drop the case against Cafe Press for taking my art with out my knowledge or permission and selling it on line.

From what I hear, this is their usual tact. Big scary law firm against the small time artist.

This has really screwed up my art production, my bank account, and I would love to just wish it all away. And you know what , if when this started if someone from Cafe Press actually contacted me personally, apologized to me, said how sorry they were, what can we do to fix this. You know what, I'm a push over for the kind, honest touch and I totally would have worked it out with out lawyers. But Cafe Press doesn't seem to be kind or honest. No personal touch at all. They don't seem to care about the Artist's they are ripping off.

Only Lawyers get their attention. Then they in return, sick their gigantic bloodless LA law firm on you till you break or break down. This is so sick and twisted. They have taken the "Information super-highway " and made it into the "Plagiarism super-highway" and are make big time dead presidents off it.

I can't back down. For the fact that they are eroding pop-culture by emotional damaging small time artists. They'd also, I hear, use me as an example to scare the next artist they rip off. They are destroying everything I love. Someone has to stand up to this monster.

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TikiTacky
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Joined: Nov 23, 2010
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Posted: 2014-04-23 8:21 pm   Permalink

Brad,

I wish you all the best in your fight. You certainly deserve to get what you're owed. I've heard so many people say "if only they apologized, I would never have had to sue." But lawyers tell them apologizing is an admission of guilt, so they do nothing. I'm reminded of Shakespeare: "First thing, let's kill all the lawyers."

Keep us informed, and good luck with your deposition! The good news is that you're clearly in the right, so you can be confident in that.

On another note, someone sent me a card for my birthday, and it had your art on it! The good news is, it was legitimate.
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Tiki Republic
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Joined: Oct 27, 2013
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From: Mesa, Arizona
Posted: 2014-04-23 9:08 pm   Permalink

Brad, I've never met you nor responded to any of your posts. I will this time because you are intimidated by individuals paid to rough you up mentally. Just so you know, YOU ARE NOT ALONE in fighting for what's right. I was in a legal battle that lasted 5 long stressful years. I lost sleep and weight too! I wasn't intimidated by someones job title though nor their education. I looked at the attorneys as individuals just like me. They put their pants on one leg at a time and were therefore no better than I. I had more fight in me, sometimes without my attorney, than everyone expected. Everyone that knew me including the opposing side were very surprised that I could go through hell and beyond for 5 years. You have to realize that what you're doing is not only right but you also have a judge most likely on your side. It's a David and Goliath situation aka a giant picking on you. The judge will make the final decision not Café Press. If you think about it, those so called high paid attorney's are looking forward to your case because they are going to get a paid vacation out of this. All the attorney's that I came across really didn't want to work if they had to. Dealing with and having negativity in their lives is more trying on them than you might think. They are just actors on a stage. He who tells the best story wins. Keep your head up and stop being intimidated by someone or something trying to take advantage of your work. By the way, I won my battle and you most likely will too. Focus!

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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2014-04-23 9:26 pm   Permalink

Brad, Right is on your side, keep your head up.

 
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Kai Koa
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From: Kailua Kona
Posted: 2014-04-23 11:14 pm   Permalink

I know you have a lot going on Brad, I'm in no hurry on my piece, take your time.
I'm well aware of this fight you have going on with the thieves at café press and I admire you for standing up to the A#% holes. Your in the right and Im sure what your doing will benefit changes in the future against companies that try to steal the hard work of true artist's.


 
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Woodtiki
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From: Oakland,CA
Posted: 2014-04-24 09:54 am   Permalink

Keep up the good fight Brad, and know there are tons of cool people behind you! It always makes me angry and sad to see that there are people like this in the world, that have no thought or concern for the person they are dealing with. It is a game to them, and they play to win. But keep at it! Your art is awesome and so inspiring! Show them what "tiki shark" really means!
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littlegiles
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From: Lancaster, SC
Posted: 2014-04-24 10:07 am   Permalink

Great advice from everyone Brad. Keep you head high and remember that you are in the right....not them. You will do awesome and win this thing!! A true hero and warrior for the right.

Just think about your painting you are working on...you know those little fish looking so happy and swimming around in the beautiful underwater scenery? They don't give a crap about that big shark circling above cause they know they are awesome. You that little fish...happy and secure in knowing you are good.

Hang tough man.

- Dale
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2014-04-24 10:09 am   Permalink

Best Wishes for a good outcome. Wendy

 
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tigertail777
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From: Oregon
Posted: 2014-04-28 5:52 pm   Permalink

Brad its sad you have to go through this, but I thank you for doing it on behalf of artist's everywhere that have to put up with this kind of nonsense. You are paving the way for us all to be treated more fairly. What they have done is one of the most terrible wrongs that can be visited upon an artist. Stand your ground with knowledge that all your fellow artists have got your back, brother. That judge better do the right thing or he might meet an army of ill tempered artists.

 
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From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2014-04-28 9:28 pm   Permalink

Hope everything is going well for you. Don't let the fight take over your life....keep your energy and release in your art. The big bullies will do all they can to wear you out and weaken you, stay strong, you have so many people behind you and you have truth on your side.
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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The Big Island o' Hawaii
Posted: 2014-05-03 9:32 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe ~ and to whom it may concern…
Mahalo, thank you for your PEACEFUL support and ALOHA!
Really I am awed by the aloha.
Well, Cafe Press deposed me for what seemed about 10 to 12 hours or so Monday. However, I believe the attorney they sent to represent them in this matter is, in his heart of hearts, a good man. The "depo" took a long time because I became emotional, confused, and had difficulty continuing. To his credit, he stopped, and we went "off recored" and he talked to me like a human being - and not an attorney. He is a logical, intelligent author. We talked as Author to Artist. I greatly appreciated him doing so. I understand it may have been unusual for a "deposition". However, I think it was the best, most important part of the day. I will cherish the time he talked to me in an honest and sincere manner. I deeply thank him for that. I wish we had been able to talk thusly at the beginning of this situation. I still do not condone or understand what his client is doing, but I think his harsh actions stem from just not fully understanding "Art" or the "Art world". I believe the opposing attorney is a good man. I was introducing him to who SHAG was, Todd Schorr, Robert Williams and the revealing the whole "Low-Brow Art-Movement". Even the difference 'tween a Coffee-Mug and a Tiki-Mug!

Tragically, the next day, (during another deposition) something awful happened; he was threatened by an out-side party. It was shocking and very frightening. What is extremely sad is, I believe, (perhaps naively) I thought I was actually building a real rapport with this man, and my many hours of emotionally draining work to understand him, & create a friendly relationship was damaged, & probably forever destroyed.

A terrible loss of what could have been steps to bringing Cafe Press back to actually helping small Artists and not preying on them.

If this out-side party, (who may have taken these actions thinking they were helping me) is reading this, I urge & beseech you to stop all your hateful actions at once.

I am trying to "Live Aloha" and you're not creating "Aloha". How can we teach the world, even the "corporate world", about "Aloha" if we do not practice it ourselves? Anyways, let's all focus on truly "Living Aloha". Mahalo, thank you for your PEACEFUL support and ALOHA…. Okay? "A L O H A".
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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 personal Yoda)
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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The Big Island o' Hawaii
Posted: 2014-05-04 05:24 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

Sendin' you good vibes from the Big Island!

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www.tikishark.com
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K. Angel Pilago (Hawaiian Elder & my personal Yoda)
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