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New work posted! Inexplicable business card holders! Tiki Bob keychains! More Islander! Pg. 15!
leleliz
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Posted: 2010-02-02 8:30 pm   Permalink

Eric the Islander painting is one of the best paintings I have ever seen from you. It was doubley awesome in person.

I showed some coworkers your Valentine cards and they were in awe of how talented you are!

Thanks again for the pendant.

I am looking forward to getting one of those vinyl maps from you in the near future.

Keep posting more often!


 
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Posted: 2010-02-09 09:39 am   Permalink

Love those bongo beat down guys and the Islander piece is fantastic!

Cool stuff Eric.
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Posted: 2010-02-09 09:48 am   Permalink

YEAH!

Eric - the Stockton Islander painting turned out fantastic - and with Stockton Islander bamboo incorporated as the frame?

YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!

I'm stoked you started laying paint to canvas on that one in my living room a couple weeks ago at the SFV CHOP
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beadtiki
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Posted: 2010-02-09 11:26 am   Permalink

Wow - those vinyl Tikis are really fun! They would have looked great in the built in bar in the house I grew up in - we had a full-on built-in in the basement with bright yellow formica countertops and the padding around the bar was that dark brown "nagahyde" with the buttons! I still have the swivel bar stools my folks bought for the bar - well I have 3 of the 4, my dad kept one and put wheels on it for some reason! I wish I still had the lighting from there - they were the metal cones with punch hole designs in them. I miss that bar! But I digressed! Nice work and neat idea!
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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2010-02-10 08:49 am   Permalink

Lovin it all!
Vinyl Cuties!
and those lovely drawings!
Thanks for givin us some sneak peeks on those at G's Chop!
you're an inspiration and font of brilliant artwork!
YAY!


 
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tobunga
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Posted: 2010-02-28 1:12 pm   Permalink

Mahalo Liz! So glad you like my work! Hey, see if you can get your co-workers to buy some of it! Hee hee!
Doug- Great praise from a GREAT artist! Mahalo!
TikiG- That was one fun and productive chop! Let's do it again soon!
beadtiki- glad my work feels like it would be at home in a vintage home tiki bar... although wheels on a swivel bar stool seems kinds dangerous!
Kinny, you my friend, are the inspiration!

So in keeping with my trying to post at least once a month, here goes for February... short month, so I didn't finish a lot of stuff...

You may have seen by now the tiki I made out of Cheetos Snacks... I posted it in a thread about the event on the 3rd St. Promenade in Santa Monica where it was on display.
Here's the tiki near completion. it's 32" high and 14" wide, made from a paste of Cheetos, water, and tissue paper... yummy!

Me and my Cheetos tiki.

The mighty Cheetos Snacks Tiki!!!

It took about 5 hours of messy, sticky sculpting to complete, then I had to dry for a couple of days. I wasn't sure if it would dry in time, so I put it in the oven at a low heat for a couple of hours. It was too big to fit inside the oven completely, so I constructed a makeshift box out of aluminum foil lined wood panels around the open door of the oven... and it actually worked!

The videos with the Cheetos Tiki I did have been posted, check 'em out here:
http://info.break.com/static/live/v1/pages/sponsors/cheetlism/cheetlism.html

For Valentines Day, I made Manuel a card and plush tiki. I was toying with the idea to make a duk duk valentine, and did some drawings, but I decided that duk duks at New Year's was a good close to that motif. I then started thinking PNG...

So I made a Plush PNG Valentine and card. Here's the packaging and envelope:


Here's the card:

It has a cut out shape of a PNG tiki, with heart shaped elements. he inside of the card is red, so when it is closed, the body of the tiki is red.

The plush tiki doll is 9" tall and has a body of red velvet, with vinyl, corduroy, and flannel details.


And then, near the end of the month, it was Kirby's birthday! I found out only hours before heading out to the Rumpus Room that week, but I had enough time to whip up this black paper card of the Rumpus Room tiki that Kirby carved.

I painted a frame in tapa pattern to make it more "gifty"... I was running out the door balancing the frame to keep it from smearing or dripping... it was still wet, and had to dry on the way to La Crescenta!

Well, that's it! Not much this time around, but I'm workin' on it!

Mahalo fer lookin'!
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Matt Reese
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Posted: 2010-02-28 1:59 pm   Permalink

The Cheese Tiki is one of the funniest things I've seen in a long time. At first all I could think was "why?" then I realized "why not?". Classic.

 
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beadtiki
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Posted: 2010-02-28 11:38 pm   Permalink

Your Cheetos Tiki is GREAT! Your medium is akin to that of the chef who made a turkey meatloaf Moai centerpiece for his thanksgiving a few years back. There's a thread here somewhere (food section I imagine) that shows the entire dinner and what happened to the Moai! I'm happy to see ANYTHING made into Tikis! Your rock!
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Posted: 2010-03-01 10:16 am   Permalink

That PNG Valentine plushie
is as huggable as you and manuel!


 
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tobunga
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Posted: 2010-04-07 12:48 pm   Permalink

Ok, so my posting at least once a month plan isn't going so well, since I completely missed March, but only by a few days!
So here's what's been keeping my busy:

I actual worked on this a while ago, but it was sort of under wraps... the Tikiyaki Orchestra will be coming out with a new DVD of a live performance at the Mayflower Club in North Hollywood. Scott Mabbutt (Joe Banks) directed, and gave me to OK to post pix of the cover art... I saw some of the footage, it looks FANTASTIC! Can't wait for the release!


Then, I was among several artists asked by Mark and Maggie of Velvet Glass fame to contribute a piece for the raffle to benefit the Hope Animal Shelter that will be held at the Relight the Night event at the Kon Tiki in Tucson on April 10th.

I did an 11x14 black paper drawing of the Kon Tiki sign in all it's fired up glory. The Kon TIki liked it so much, it's their new avatar on Facebook! Sweet!


Speaking of raffle, I'm holding one of my own, to raise funds for the trip out to Tucson, and to Tiki Caliente...
I created a new framed vinyl tiki map. This time it's Rarotonga, "capitol" of the Cook Islands, complete with a tangaroa tiki. Map measures 11"x17".


There are 50 tickets, and each ticket consists of a 4"x 6" numbered, hand-rubbed linoblock print of the map (suitable for framing!) and a 2" resin tangaroa face pendant. Tickets are 10.00 each.


Here's the original thread:
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=35989&forum=12&7

Also, another project that I had to wait to discuss is a painting I did for iTiki... They wanted to give away some posters of original art featuring their cool iTiki iPhone cases. I PMed TerenceG (one of the guys behind the project,) with a suggestion about how he could interest artists through his post here on TC looking for artwork, and I ended up getting the gig!

Their idea was to have a human-sized iTiki and a pin-up type girl in a tiki bar surrounded by memorabilia from classic tiki establishments.

I did a drawing that he liked, and went from there to the painting, 11x14, acrylic on canvas.


Some of the imagery changed around during the course of painting it, as you can see from these progress images.



The finished piece:


Here's a link to the website:
http://www.tikicase.com
If you click on the "Tell" link in the lower left, it will take you to a page where you can see the painting!

We went to San Diego on the 20th for Manuel's mom's birthday. We tikified the bar in their den, and I created a couple of 6' tall foamboard tikis to help decorate the den.


I also created a few menus of the drinks we've created using our hand-crafted syrups, like ginger, black pepper, lemongrass, hibiscus and cardamom/cinnamon. The menus incorporated an updated version of our Changitos logo. (Changito being short for Changito Amorcito [little love monkey], our nickname for each other... Changitos being the name of our "home tiki bar").


Then it was time to prep for the Tonga Hut parking lot sale!

Continuing my obsession with the Stockton Islander, I created an 8x10 frame made from Islander bamboo that I acquired from Abstract tiki and used it for a vinyl Bumatay Islander mug.


I made an 11" vinyl plush Marquesan Tiki... unlike most the other plush tiki dolls I've created, this one stands!

It was very difficult to work with the vinyl on this one, so it will most likely be to only one I'll attempt!

I also made some "regular" plush marq tikis. That is, plush tikis made from corduroy, not vinyl.


I had an idea kicking around in my head for almost a year now, a Moai Bob... I did a drawing months ago, but didn't know what to do with the idea until
I woke up at 5am the day before the sale with the solution: pendants! I seem to have the knack to get an idea I really want to do with just barely enough time to get it done... so I sculpted, molded, cast and painted the pendants, and strung 'em up the morning of the sale!


I then did an 11x14 painting of Moai Bob.


Marty Lush asked me to do some artwork for his upcoming Lush Goes Latin show at Tonga Hut on May 1st.
He suggested maracas and margaritas, and I came up with this:


Check out the original link to his show here:
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=36056&forum=17&31

I was among several artists asked by Baby Doe to contribute a piece to the Keep A Breast project, and I received a plaster cast of "boobies" a couple weeks a go. I wasn't sure what to do, then inspiration struck. I hope we're allowed to turn 'em this way...


This is the most intimate I've ever been with a pair of breasts!



I decided to keep the plaster surface a rough as when I received it, and tried to do the image in a loose, brushy fashion to match the surface. Since every side could not be seen at once, I wanted there to be little vignettes on the sides: tikis on one, and an out rigger and an A-framed fishing pier on the other.

Then it was Easter, and I made some actual Easter Island Eggs in a basket for Manuel. Not actually from Easter Island, but actual hard boiled eggs, not the papier-mâché and paint versions I've done before. Three resemble those, and one says "Happy Easter Changito!" with a marq tiki face, reminiscent of our Changitos logo. (Changito being short for Changito Amorcito [little love monkey], our nickname for each other).


It was actually harder than I thought to draw the birdman petroglyphs on the eggshells and have them show up through the dye process!
The eggs made delicious egg salad sandwitches today! Yum!

So the last things I'll finish up before heading out to the Kon Tiki Relight the Night event is once again, my Islander obsession...
Plush Bumayay Islander mugs!!!





Again, it's an Idea I've been kicking around for a while, but didn't know how to do it until I did the framed vinyl Bumatay mug.
I had to stamp the fabric in a pattern to emulate the sides and back of the mug, and the actual tiki part is made from vinyl.
The dolls stand 7.5" high, and are 5" in diameter at the top, tapering down toward the bottom, just like the real mug! I am very pleased with the way the look!

Oh, also, videos with the Cheetos Tiki I did have been posted, check 'em out here:
http://info.break.com/static/live/v1/pages/sponsors/cheetlism/cheetlism.html

Thanks fer lookin'!
Yer Pal,
Eric October!







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Queen Kamehameha
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Posted: 2010-04-07 5:06 pm   Permalink

very talented Eric!


Amy


 
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zerostreet
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Posted: 2010-04-07 5:34 pm   Permalink

Quite an update! Great work!

 
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leleliz
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Posted: 2010-04-07 5:41 pm   Permalink

Eric love the bumatay concept...and pretty much everything else!



 
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4WDtiki
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From: Omao, Kauai
Posted: 2010-04-07 7:48 pm   Permalink

Whoa, another avalanche of insane amounts of creativity!
Love the Moai Bob, love the upside-down breasteses (especially the inside!), love the word "Exotilixers" on your drink menu, and Manuel's Mom has a SWEET red bar!


 
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tobunga
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Posted: 2010-05-04 12:11 am   Permalink

Yeah, their bar is pretty cool! Manuel's dad built it, and did the upholstery himself!

So here's new stuff from the past month... I really want to get in progress shots posted while stuff is actually in progress, but I have not yet managed to find the time!

But I'll post some here, plus some pieces I didn't finish in time for Bamboo Ben's garage sale (Caliente II, here they come!)

Here is a Birthday Card I did for Atomikitty, Suzy Mosher, 4x6 colored pencil on black paper. I tried to picture what Atomikitty conjures in my mind!


This is a 4"x6" Birthday Card for Polly, wonderful Rumpus Room hostess! I decided to do acrylic washes on watercolor paper of stylized Polly as a wahine... not really sure if Polly is into tiki, or is more tiki by association, so I didn't go full-on tiki with the image.


I suggested to Marty Lush that he take the artwork I created for the Lush Goes Latin website and do something with it. I was out shopping and came across some honeycomb pine apple decorations. I look one look and said "hey, maybe I can do something with..." and before I could finish the sentence, this idea started to form in my mind... I grabbed several, and came up with this Table Decoration for the Tonga Hut performance on May 1st. Each one stands 18" high.



Marty then mentioned that Hiphipahula was working on a special drink menu for the show, and Kelly and I collaborated on this 4"x5.5" tent card Lush Goes Latin Drink Menu.


I wanted to have some new stuff for Bamboo Ben's garage sale, so I created these Tiki Bob Keychain and Luggage Tags 2"x4", vinyl and fabric.
These used up the last of the coppery-brown car fabric that I had, so there are only 10 of each style!


Here's an idea I was kicking around for almost as long as I've been making tiki art: TIki Business Card Holders.
Each one is 4"x6", cast in resin, with a wood base.

Holds both horizontal and vertical cards!


I figured they would be cast in resin, from an origninal sculpture. At the time, I had a basic grasp of resin casting, but had never done it. Now, over half a dozen resin pendant designs in, I decided to take a stab at it. This piece would be different in that it would be larger than anything I've done up until now, and more importantly, it would involve a pieces that would be almost completely enclosed in the silicon molds. The pendants I've done have flat backs, but this piece would have a front and back.

I decided to make the sculpt in two pieces, the body and the headdress. The body was fairly easy, but I kept re-sculpting it, adding more bulk to the legs, then re-doing the face, then filling out the body. Here's an early point in the sculpting, before pretty much everything got re-sculpted.


Here's the final sculpt.


The molding of the body was not terribly difficult. Since it had a flat bottom, it was similar to the molds I've made in the past. The headdress was much harder, and in fact, I had to re-mold it twice, since the first time I positioned the sculpture in a way that didn't allow for the silicon to completely envelop it, which I didn't discover until I pulled it from the mold. I had to rethink how I was going to suspend the sculpt in such a way that would allow the front, back, sides, top and as much of the bottom as possible to be molded... but finally, success!

And here's one of the things I'm doing now...
I was totally bummed when I saw the post about the old Stockton Islander building being raised... I always harbored a fantasy that as long as the building stood, the Islander could possibly, miraculously be resurrected. But, no chance of that now. I wanted to make a small version of the Islander to sooth the loss... so, I'm working on a cut out version of the Stockton Islander building!

Here is the drawing where I'm working out all the measurements and angles and stuff, making sure they'll all fit on the same piece of paper. The plan is to have it fit on an 11x17 piece of thick, acid-free paper.


Here is the first test of the assembly.

There were a couple of miscalculations on the roof. You can see that the side of the A-frame doesn't touch the rest of the roof. the overhang on one side was too long as well. Plus, I think I need to shorten the height of the walls to maximize the space for the triangular bank of windows below the A-frame.

I'll be ready to test the recalculations soon, and hopefully, I'll have time to post in progress... got some other things in the works, so hopefully I'll have a new batch of stuff that will get regular updates (yeah, right!)

Mahalo fer lookin'!
Yer pal.
Eric October

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