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Brad "Tiki Shark" Parker
Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2010-05-26 7:54 pm   Permalink


Lava Surfer
Acrylic on Canvas
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"Brad Parker creates lurid paintings that pull in influences from tiki, comics, and rock."
- Honolulu Magazine "The Best Of" 2012 Issue

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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2010-05-26 7:57 pm   Permalink


The Ghost Shark
Acrylic On Canvas
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- Honolulu Magazine "The Best Of" 2012 Issue

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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2010-05-26 7:59 pm   Permalink


The Skull
Acrylic on canvas
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"Brad Parker creates lurid paintings that pull in influences from tiki, comics, and rock."
- Honolulu Magazine "The Best Of" 2012 Issue

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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2010-05-26 8:00 pm   Permalink


The Hut
Acrylic on canvas
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"Brad Parker creates lurid paintings that pull in influences from tiki, comics, and rock."
- Honolulu Magazine "The Best Of" 2012 Issue

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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2010-05-26 8:01 pm   Permalink


"Pele's Magic Pineapple"
acrylic on canvas

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- Honolulu Magazine "The Best Of" 2012 Issue

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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2010-05-26 8:02 pm   Permalink


"The Sunken Tiki"
acrylic on canvas
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"Brad Parker creates lurid paintings that pull in influences from tiki, comics, and rock."
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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2010-05-26 8:03 pm   Permalink


"The Tourist"
Acrylic on canvas
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"Brad Parker creates lurid paintings that pull in influences from tiki, comics, and rock."
- Honolulu Magazine "The Best Of" 2012 Issue

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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2010-05-26 8:04 pm   Permalink


"The Moon of Manakoora"
24" x 30"
Acrylic on canvas


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Aloha Tiki Tribe! This is the "Moon of Manakoora". It's a 24" x 30" acrylic on canvas. Sold years ago, now a limited edition, signed & numbered giclee (art print) full size on canvas, or a giclee on paper at 16" x 20". All my giclees are museum quality made right here on the Big Island, with archival fade resistant inks - no fading, EVEN in a bright room, even better in a dark home-tiki-Bar! It's named after the exotica tune by Martin Denny, from the movie The Hurricane" (1937) where it's sung by Dorothy LAMOUR. It's one of my first big TIKI-ART paintings that was properly photographed for the creation of high end giclee prints. It's about my experiences on the Big Island a while back when I was hangin' out in Puna, and going to alot of "full Moon Raves". These beautiful giclees can be bought through http://www.mahalotiki.com
or www.wylandbigisland.com

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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2010-05-26 8:06 pm   Permalink


"Forbidden Island"
24" x 48"
Acrylic on Canvas

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"Forbidden Island" 24" x 48", acrylic on canvas. I painted this in the exact size ratio to be a wrap around for a CD case. Luckily, a while later, I was able to see that come true when the "The Crazed Mugs" used this art as the cover art for their Album "Find Forbidden Island". This piece also won entry into the art contest - "Spectrum 15: The Years Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art" in 2007. It' s since been reproduced in Tiki Magazine, my 2011 Calendar, and even the swanky French magazine "KUSTOM": it was used in a special 16 page booklet about my art that was made to look like a vintage comic book "Tales from the Tiki Lounge" & came poly-bagged with their Hawaiian Issue. "Forbidden Island" is a double page fold out. Inspiration for the painting came from the film "Forbidden Planet". The painting has various things in it relating to the story in that classic Sci-Fi Movie. The painting sold long ago, but "Forbidden Island" is now for sale as full sized giclees on canvas, and 16" x 20" giclees on paper. You can purchase them through www.Mahalotiki.com or www.wylandbigisland.com

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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2010-05-26 8:07 pm   Permalink


"Bela Lugosi Has A Zombie"
30" x 24"
Acrylic on canvas

Bela won entry into SPECTRUM 16!
http://www.spectrumfantasticart.com
Spreading that tiki culture makes me soooo happy!
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"Bela Lugosi Has a Zombie" 24" x 30" Acrylic on Canvas. This painting was inspired by the film "White Zombie" 1932. It is the very first Zombie movie. Bela Lugosi was at his peak, just finished his awesome Universal Dracula, this film was an independent film. Béla Lugosi stars as the antagonist, Murder Legendre. Bela is awesome wearing nearly silent movie "Heavy" make up, ultra-arched eye brows, and a forked beard. Many of the films visuals are haunting and have been used by many horror films since. I wanted to play off the word "Zombie" - we have the "King of the Zombies", offering you a "Zombie" to drink, while in the back ground, at the bottom of 13 stairs a "zombie" waiter brings more drinks up to the tiki-bar. "Béla Lugosi has a Zombie" won entry into the art contest - "Spectrum 16: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art". It's since become a treating card, Halloween card, and appeared in my calendars. I thought it was too strange and would never sell, but there is a large and devoted following base of Lugosi fans out there, and this painting sold easily. I recall being extremely happy when this piece went out into the world, thinking, "wow, if this isn't "Low-Brow Art" I don't know what is!" Now it's for sale as a limited edition, full sized, giclee (museum quality Art print made with archival fade resistant inks) on Canvas, and a giclee on paper, 16" x 20", from www.mahalotiki.com. or, www.wylandbigisland.com

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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2010-05-26 8:08 pm   Permalink


"Tiki of the Blue Pool"
acrylic on canvas

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Aloha Tiki Tribe! This is "Tiki of the Blue Pool". Acrylic on canvas, 10" x 30". I painted this one hot tropical summer when the volcano was pouring out VOG - "Volcanic Fog" which can blanket Kona, and make it look like a prehistoric island, swirling with vapors so thick you couldn't see 50 yards, ...and you'd expect to see dinosaurs lurking through the wet tropical murk. I don't know if this is my best piece, but it sure is my top selling. It was a study in the Hot RED sunsets the vog created in Kona. With a cool blue light coming the other way, to make the tiki POP out of canvas. I did this by placing a dancing Blue fire ball on the lagoon's water. On the Big Island, "green/blue" fire-balls are seen flying between the volcanic peaks and wandering through the jungle areas down south near the lava flows close to the area called Puna. Some kind of natural optical effect often seen - caused by living on an active volcano? Maybe. I also heard folks talk about spirits, Hawaiian mythology, and other such things. Who knows. The Big Island is a hot bed for interesting sights and experiences. This is a popular image with locals and tourists alike. The original was purchased by another artist - who I look up to quite a bit, and it's a thrill to know it hangs in his home. Now you can buy it as a museum quality giclee (fine art print) made with archival fade resistant inks, on canvas, same size as the original, or a giclee on paper 16" x 20". Contact www.mahalotiki.com or www.wylandbigisland.com

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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2010-05-26 8:09 pm   Permalink


"The Menehunes Come Out At Night"
30" x 24"
acrylic on canvas
"The Menehunes Come Out At Night", 24" x 30", acrylic on Canvas. This appeared in Tiki Magazine on their Tiki-Art featured "Page-7"... The painting's inspiration is from a story told to me by a Hawaiian friend who swore while camping on the beach one night, he had gone on a full moon walk into the jungle to "make water", as he came back, he saw, from a distance, "small dark figures" dancing around his fire he'd made on the beach. When he got to his camp site, the small figures were gone. Also, a Honolulu Police office swore to me that on several nights, he had seen "small dark figures" running/climbing up and down the tall palm trees in a court yard of a famous Historic Hotel in Waikiki. He would not tell me which hotel, but said the locals who work there never go to that court yard at night. Both these stories fit the stories of "Menehunes"; the "little people" of Hawaii. They only come out at night. It was not properly photographed, and as of now is not a giclee art print.
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"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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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2010-05-26 8:11 pm   Permalink


"Diga Diga Doo"
acrylic on canvas

"Diga Diga Doo" won entry into SPECTRUM 17!
http://www.spectrumfantasticart.com
Spreading the tiki culture (yipee!)
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"Diga Diga Doo", 24" x 18", acrylic on canvas. It's inspiration was the Martin Denny cover of the 1928 Broadway tune "Diga Diga Doo" - Denny's amazing other-worldy-animal-bird-sounds version is exotica taken to a surreal level - as most good exotica tunes are; surreal sound pictures of non-exsistant far-away-places. "Diga Diga Doo" became a Tiki-Mug produced by Tiki Farm, and was so popular, they also produced a small "little Dig": (the small mug you see in the painting) shot glass sized. These are very rare. "Diga Diga Doo" won entry into "SPECTRUM 17 The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art" & hung in an art show at the birthplace of Low-Brow Art; "La Luz de Jesus Gallery" in Los Angeles. "Diga Diga Doo's" been reproduced in various magazines in various countries, as well as in calendars, cards, stickers, and was featured in the book "Surf Graphics" by Korero Publishing UK; a collection of the top 50 "Outsider Artists" in the world. The original is sold. You can purchase a limited edition, signed & numbered giclee on canvas print (same size as the original) or a signed 16" x 20" giclee on heavy paper. All art prints are museum quality, made with archival, fade resistant inks. These swanky "Diga Diga Doo" items can be purchased through http://www.mahalotiki.com or http://www.wylandbigisland.com. Aloha!



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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2010-05-26 8:12 pm   Permalink


"Tiki Cat"
30" x 24"
Acrylic on canvas
~This image was inspired by my cat, and the urge to create something extremely Kitsch, very Hawaiian, and Tiki, and to see if I could get it out into the mainstream-tourist-gift-world, with out "them" knowing it was really "Low-Brow Art". It worked. It's now reproduced all over Hawaii. You can find it as birthday cards, refrigerator magnets, stickers, in calendars, post card sets, etc... It's an image that seemed to dig into the pop-culture here and take hold. I have a strange feeling that, like the vintage Hawaiiana images from the 30's, it will be reproduced on hawaiian post cards long after I am gone. Which was the point. This painting actually scared me when I was about 3/4 of the way through. I thought "Am I insane? What the heck am I doing?" This is a silly cat playing a ukulele, in a Hawaiian Aloha Shirt, on the beach in Waikiki... but painted with every drop of careful rendering love I could muster. It took a very long time, as I very carefully painted with tiny brushes every hair and grain of sand...months of work; on a cartoon cat. When I doubted my own sanity, that's when I knew I had been successful in creating a piece of real "Low-Brow Art". I knew It was going to work. Each piece since then, I try to push myself and the image until I feel doubt and fear about what I am doing. The humorous painting "The Widow" (a cat wearing a lace collar) by Frederick Dielman, early 1860's-70's is always shown as an example of "Kitsch Art". A cat then had to be my subject - plus my love of a previous pet, and when you look deep into the eyes of this painting, you will see how my cat saw herself; as the deadly, jungle-queen and ultimate huntress-of-the-night. Cat owners always get the joke.
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"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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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2010-05-26 8:13 pm   Permalink


"The Exotic Traveler"
30" x 24"
Acrylic on canvas
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"Brad Parker creates lurid paintings that pull in influences from tiki, comics, and rock."
- Honolulu Magazine "The Best Of" 2012 Issue

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