Skulls and Tiki’s
Tiki is often linked to fun, lightheartedness and partying. When people picture Tiki in their heads they see white sandy beaches, sipping cocktails with straws and those cute little umbrellas and girls throwing flowering Lai’s whilst singing Aloha-oe at a Luau. Though these are certainly ever present in the island culture, Tiki also deal with death and devastation, being a part of the passing rituals and more. Thus a skull representing death and tiki representing the celebration of life is not that far fetched. Prepare for a watery grave with this unique piece!
I personally really like the notion that Tiki is not jus all fun and games. While mostly associated with lightheartedness, it’s still, at it’s core, a tribal culture that got started eons ago. This has to mean that Tiki hasn’t always been the fun loving, hula-associated half-god but also must’ve had a sense of darkness and dread to it for a part. Death is as much a part of life as anything and skulls are often the representation of that in art and (pop) culture. So I figured I’d combine the two in colorful fashion. This watery grave is made up of blues, yellows, purples, reds and golds with finishes of clear black and white.
For this colourful aquarelle illustration I used a background and touches of Faber-Castell water colour paints and effects. I topped it off with Posca acrylic markers for extra effect. All was done on Terschelling 300 gr/m2 aquarelle paper. For more information please contact me!