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1960s Tiki Erotica (WARNING: NUDITY)
bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-01-18 7:34 pm   Permalink

As a Tiki researcher, I am always thrilled when the two mid-century escapist motifs of Nudism and Tiki are found together, which to my mind should be more often the case than it actually is. Nudism is a fascinating, simultaneously square and alternative lifestyle. The fact that it was an outdoor "back to nature" recreational activity, around Barb-B-Qs and pools, would make it seem a natural for Tiki decor. But unfortunately, not much visual evidence has appeared over my years of research.

So now, let's take a look at these Titis...err I mean TIKIS:

We can make out four distinctly different Tikis in these stills so graciously provided by Martian Tiki. The only thing they have in common is the fact that they are stone or concrete Tikis. Otherwise, they seem to have no stylistic similarities.

Let's start with this guy, let's call him the "Jaw Dropper", frozen in disbelief at what he sees:



Never seen this style before, very unique, the expression reminds me of some gargoyles, maybe...
Next to "Jaw Dropper" we find "Black Ku Face", the only truly "Tiki"-looking piece of the bunch:



....unlike this creation below, which I'd like to call "Wise Guy":



...and last, peaking in from outside, we have..."Devil Alien"!:



Though he was the strangest of the bunch, my Tiki memory was triggered.
Devil Alien somehow reminded me of this beast from the B-movie "Pagan Island":



Some kindred soul at Something Weird Video hat recognized the head of this "Pagan Idol" in a little nudie clip that he saw about a Florida Artist named Lewis VanDercar, it was resting on his fireplace:



And it dawned on me: Though none of these four Tikis are alike, they have all been created by the same artist!

I came upon Lewis VanDercar in this photo by Bunny Yeager first:



He seemed to embody the quintessential Bohemian artist/Swinger in this picture, and so I used it in the Book of Tiki.
Since then, I was able to attribute Tikis in three Poly pop locations to him: The Miami Luau, the Little Hut in Vero Beach Florida, and recently, thanks to Tiki Kiliki, the Tiki Motel in Lake George.

The little nudie flic shows VanDerCar at work in his studio at his home in Miami...



,,,but he also gives two of his models a tour of the outside of his house:



We can make out two Moai-style sculptures among the wild array of other styles...

...but in a close up, we can see a sculpture that looks kind of like the "Wise Guy" by the pool above...



...and as we pan with the group, a Ku-type face appears on the left edge of frame!:



This again proves that Van DerCar was capable of sculpting any style, from Moai to Ku to Gargoyle to Dragon to mermaid, (as we already know):
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=7197&forum=1

Bunny Yeager also has a credit on "Pagan Idol", and it seems like the two were part of the same swinging 60s scene of artists, photographers and nudists in Miami.

http://miamimemories.blogspot.com/2007/07/lewis-vandercar-miamis-andy-warhol.html

It is a shame that so far nor good photos of the exterior of his Miami house have surfaced, with all the interest in "Outsider Art" there should be something to be found.

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martian-tiki
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Posted: 2010-01-18 9:00 pm   Permalink

Fascinating deduction.

May I ask what, if anything, made your mind dismiss the angled head of a KU tiki in favor of a Pagan Idol?

I admit it now looks more like a gremlin or a shadow than a Ku after my expert artistic enhancement so this may have
been immediately obvious to those with more than my minimal tiki experience.


(ku image "borrowed" from
http://creativehawaiian.com/souvenirs-gifts-c-5.html?page=4)

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-01-18 10:19 pm   Permalink

I don't understand...is there another mid-century Florida Tiki carver that did angular head-shapes like that that I could have connected the design with? Do tell!

 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-01-19 3:52 pm   Permalink

Oh well, I can see the Tiki community is just in shock and awe over my discovery that these Tikis are Lewis Vandercar's work. My theories are violently discussed and weighed, and urban archeologists everywhere are feverishly at work scanning more nudist films for his statues! All the work it took me to put that post together has really paid off!

Meanwhile, to avoid further confusion, here a little Tiki design course:

I referred to the waterfall mask as "Ku Face" because of his figure 8 mouth. A couple of other Hawaiian deities feature that type of mouth, and if one wants to compare the above "Devil Alien" statue to one of them...



...the head dress of KANE bears a closer resemblance to that statue. Ku Kukailimoko usually has a rounded of head dress, and Tane has a long, ribbed antenna.


 
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GatorRob
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Posted: 2010-01-19 4:08 pm   Permalink

Fantastic images of the outside of his home! There seem to be faces everywhere you look. He obviously did not have to deal with my home owner's association! I do hope more images of his home surface.

I think your deduction may be correct. The "Wise Guy" sculpture isn't an exact match, but the eyes...

Hoping more will surface to nail it.


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-01-19 4:33 pm   Permalink

That is the difficulty: All of the pictures that have surfaced on the net of his work, like in his sculpture garden in his second home in Zephyrhills...



show dragons and gargoyles and other fantasy sculptures, but no actual Tikis:



It seems that except for those Moai, he did Tikis mostly on commission for restaurants and resorts.
But having looked at all that is out there, and how stylistically all over the place his paintings were...

http://vandercarsart.com/gallery.php?photo=7

...it seems to make sense that these Tikis all came from his shop.



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Zeta
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Posted: 2010-01-19 5:11 pm   Permalink

Thanks again Bigbro for your super cool, documented and ilustrated threads like this one! I love "the quintessential Bohemian artist/Swinger" theme!

 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-01-19 5:18 pm   Permalink

OK now, you didn't have to bring it on that thick! But I know you mean it, too.

Here's a little addition in the Tiki Nudie recon genre undertaken from martian's findings
(again, thank you martian for taking up my suggestion to post the actual pictures side by side with the links)::



This Tiki got to see his share nudie cuties in his day:





This Marquesan idol was quite popular, and was not only made into a lawn Tiki and wall hanging, but also a lamp base.


In fact he was so popular, he even was given (in modified form) as a gift to Bob Hope.




 
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martian-tiki
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Posted: 2010-01-20 06:12 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-01-18 22:19, bigbrotiki wrote:
I don't understand...is there another mid-century Florida Tiki carver that did angular head-shapes like that that I could have connected the design with? Do tell!



My post was poorly written but the head shape design tutorial was what I needed.

And thank you for the Marquesan idol identification in the other two images.


 
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martian-tiki
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Posted: 2010-01-25 4:58 pm   Permalink

Regarding the location of the pool in Diary of a Nudist...
I contacted an email friend Michael Bowen who is Doris Wishman's Biographer to let him know of bigbrotiki's finds. He wrote....

"It's likely, although not certain, that the pool scenes for the film were shot on Palm Island just off of Miami Beach at a large home owned by a man named Harold Chaskin. I am not 100% sure, but a number of clues / coincidences lead me to think this was probably the location.

(As you have probably guessed, the pool sequences had nothing to do with an actual nudist camp).

Let me know if I can contribute anything more to your investigation. Always happy to hear from people doing interesting detective work."

"If my theory is correct, the pool with the tikis was here (ironically, the house is currently in the market).

http://www.sunnyislesmiamirealestate.com/House-Sale-Palm_Island-mls-M1293658-in-Miami-Beach.htm "



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crazy al
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Posted: 2010-01-25 5:35 pm   Permalink


hey? is there yet another tiki hiding as a shadow figure just under the demon tiki?? looks to be a towel holder bar-table?? looks like a Ku and not a different angle of this guy??


Oh! I got a set of those tiki stamps over on Maui...

when I first went there to hock my 'new' tiki stuff... That was the first I knew of Kane, but have not seen that name and image together much. Is your image related to the rubber stamps?

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-01-25 6:12 pm   Permalink

Nope, it's from a "Speak Hawaiian" tourist book.

Good work on the location search. Man, this really hard to say. The millions these people put in refurbishing those kind of homes could have altered everything, from the pool to the pier outside. It definitely looks like the neighborhood, with the views across the channel...and if your guy knows the scene...there probably weren't that many owners letting their house be used for shooting nudist flics.
It looks like there is a mask hanging on the outside of the house...who will pretend they can afford an 11 Million dollar house and schedule a tour?


 
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martian-tiki
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Posted: 2010-01-25 7:27 pm   Permalink

A south seas themed issue of King's Man issue 9 1960.
http://martiantiki.com/kingsman-9-1960/









































































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crazy al
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Posted: 2010-01-25 7:29 pm   Permalink

crap... just another 'wise guy'......


 
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Or Got Rum?
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Posted: 2010-01-25 9:26 pm   Permalink

Martian-Tiki, Sounds like your info has some credibility....info from the net, from a book on the early porn industry....




....and another nudist camp frolic movie. Heh Heh "special effects"





Hideout in the Sun (1960)Paul Falkenberg, (as Victor F. Paul). Special Effects by Harold Chaskin .... special effects ... Filming Locations: Miami Beach, Florida, USA.






 
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