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The Lurid Low-Brow "Tiki Art" of Brad Tiki-Shark Parker
Tiki Shark Art
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Joined: Aug 31, 2006
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From: The Big Island o' Hawaii
Posted: 2014-06-23 11:33 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
This is a little playing around in Photo-shop. Using "patina" and "scratch" filters from DC comics (same they use to make comic cover art look vintage - I got them from LLT) I made "Token Tiki on a Sincere Blue Back-Ground" look "antique".

"Token Tiki on a Sincere-Blue Back-Ground" (antique version).
If anyone likes this, please contact info @tikishark.com and ask for Art Prints of it,
not sure if I'll make them yet, but I might if I get requests.
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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The Big Island o' Hawaii
Posted: 2014-06-27 9:11 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Had a dream. In the dream had a great idea for a painting. A painting about the "Night Marchers" - which I've wanted to paint them for a long time, but I could never get a good visual idea of how to paint them. Then, I had this really strange and vivid dream.
OK!
First step is work up some great "Night Marcher" Tiki design Ideas.

Night Tiki 01
Pencil on paper
Study for a painting.


 
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pjc5150
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Posted: 2014-06-28 6:53 pm   Permalink

neat stuff Brad.

 
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Kahuna Kraig
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Posted: 2014-08-28 8:15 pm   Permalink

LOVE your work!
Keep it up, it is so cool!


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The Big Island o' Hawaii
Posted: 2014-10-02 10:13 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki-Tribe!
Sometimes art hopes out into the world and has adventures of it's own with it's new owners. "The Tourist" certainly did. It ended up torn into pieces, with a note, in a sac,k on someone's door step.

It was given back to me as the doorstep didn't belong to the person who purchased "The Tourist". The note read "Don't sod me any favors". Seems a broken heart was involved somehow. The pieces ended up with me. I took them to my framer. She thought it was "...even more beautiful!"

It's now called "Vacation Gone Wrong."
Framed in a Heavy Bamboo Box-Frame with black velvet backing. Gives it a swanky look.


 
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tikicoma
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Posted: 2014-10-02 10:32 pm   Permalink

Don't sod me any favors? Not don't do me any favors? strange. Nice save though.
aloha, tikicoma


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2014-10-04 7:39 pm   Permalink

HA! Oops! My spell check keeps changing my words on me! No no, you are correct it was "Don't do me any favors." on the mysterious note…


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2014-10-17 5:56 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

Dragon Wrapped Tiki!
Here's a drawing that will make a fine painting one day I hope.
It's an idea that has been lurking in my mind since I saw Big Toes' painting "Fink-Dragon" so many years ago.
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2014-11-30 10:39 pm   Permalink


"Scardy Cat meets the Ghost of Exotica"
or…

"Haunted Hotel Honolulu"

24" x 30" Acrylic on Canvas.
to be part of my 2016 show at "La Luz De Jesus Gallery".
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2014-12-20 12:53 am   Permalink




 
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Tiki Shark Art
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www.tikishark.com
"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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Posted: 2014-12-20 12:55 am   Permalink


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www.tikishark.com
"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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AlohaTexasTikiCo
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Posted: 2014-12-20 7:52 pm   Permalink

I gotta say Brad, all your stuff is amazing but "Jungle Witch" is my fave.

hehe
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2015-02-10 9:45 pm   Permalink

Thank you AlohaTexasTikiCo!

Here's "The Sea Witch"
24" x 30"
Acrylic on Canvas.



 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2015-02-27 03:21 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
A cool business called Custom Grafix in Australia asked to use two of my paintings to decorate their show room for their customized cars.
They wanted to blow them up to enormous size. I thought it sounded like a really dramatic visual and if they could spend the cash to get it done right… sure!
Here's how it came out, what do you think? Their customers have had great response to the new showroom.


It gets printed on to Giant sheets…quite amazing what they can do now a days!

Nice!

A low-Brow Boat!


Beautiful!

Wow…not what it is about my work that makes it look nice when blown up so large.

It's the same thing about me always worried that I did or did not have a "Style".

After about 50 paintings I can say I guess I do have a "style"

I didn't pick it… it simply developed as how I paint.

At first I just tried to paint like the artist's I liked.
Patrick Wooddroffe - (who did the cover of the first "Judas Priest" Album and got me wanting to be a professional artist.)
Robert Williams - Blew my mind with his Zap Comics, and his Zombie Mystery Paintings, and his "Super Cartoons" these changed my life.
Changed me from commercial artist to Gallery Artist. the seed was planted.
Robert Williams coined the name "Low-Brow Art" and once I saw his painting "Patrick Has a Glue Dream" I knew I had to be a "Low-Brow Artist"! I was still working in Hollywood, and it took another 10 to 20 years to
get out of the $ hand cuffs - I finally had to go cold turkey by moving to the big Island of Hawaii so I couldn't do any art but Gallery Art ...for tourists.
But I also knew I wanted to "talk" more about Tiki-Culture like THOR, Big Toe. Ken Ruzic. So- That was where I went - after my heart. "Do what you Love. Love What you do."
Mark Ryden. - his Low-Brow is so good that museums are now buying it. He was scary at first, because his subject matter was nearly kiddie porn, but it was Art - it broke down walls.
Then I discovered Todd Schorr. He's amazing. Todd's Low-Brow Art was almost exactly what I wished I could paint like. So, I must admit to drooling the most over his Art.
I secretly wanted to be Todd Schorr - but on permanent vacation in Hawaii (and thus painting tikis!).
Of course, all my childhood I loved artists who did comic book art, pulp paper back covers, Horror magazine covers.
Most of my comic book collection was for the artist heroes who drew them.
Mike Mignola's HELLBOY. Berni Wrightson's SWAMPTHING. Stan Lee. Frank Frazetta. Rick Rietveld. Damian Fulton. Shawn Dickinson.
SHAG. Ragnar. Tim Hildebrandt. Basil Gogos. James Bama. Burne Hogarth.Stephen Hickman.
And my personal friends who are artist, Christopher Michals, Ken Ruzic, Tom Laura, Erioc October,
Almost every artist who's shown at "La Luz De Jesus Gallery" in LA,
...and/or who's been shown in Art magazines like "Hi Fructose".
I love art books, and books "The Art of" such and such movie or animated Show, like The HELL BOY movies & Pacific Rim are amazing "The Art of" books.
And

When I failed to paint just like any of my heroes - what every way I was left painting in became my "Style".
I'm lucky it's a Style people like, and that seems "buyable"
...and it blows up nicely to make big cool walls! (who would have thought of that? Not me!)

Oh, wow! Look at that! Now we're talking! Swanky!
That made the whole project worth it right there!
ALOHA!

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