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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2006-01-08 7:18 pm   Permalink

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On 2006-01-08 18:36, aquarj wrote:
BTW, question from a tiki nerd. What is the border graphic on the collage page from? That looks similar to the inside pages of the dinner menu from the Lanai in San Mateo, but it looks different from any of the specific pages I remember. Maybe the same artist, for a different menu?

-Randy



Why Randy! Page 73 of the BOT of course. If those cannibal carvings didn't tip you off, the chopstick case above them should have told you it was from the Hollywood Don The Beachcomber menu.

By the way, do you see that small (added) writing right next to the chopstick case? It says "Photos and identity not contractual". If you ever wanted to know what the famous "small print" looks like, there is more of this kind of disclaimer on the first page on the right margin. Looks like it was written by ants!


 
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Humuhumu
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From: San Francisco
Posted: 2006-01-08 7:18 pm   Permalink

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On 2006-01-08 18:36, aquarj wrote:
BTW, question from a tiki nerd. What is the border graphic on the collage page from? That looks similar to the inside pages of the dinner menu from the Lanai in San Mateo, but it looks different from any of the specific pages I remember. Maybe the same artist, for a different menu?

-Randy



I think that's from the Don the Beachcomber menu.

Man, it really takes a bit of time to wrap one's head around that flyer. Nutty.

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SilverLine
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From: Kansas City
Posted: 2006-01-08 7:44 pm   Permalink

Wow! It's kinda like the Elephant Man doing stand-up. It's funny, but you try not to laugh. What if we all request a mailing?


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foamy
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Joined: Jun 15, 2004
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From: The Land of Pleasant Living
Posted: 2006-01-08 7:51 pm   Permalink

The sad part is that there will, most assuredly, be people who bite.

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makutiki
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Joined: Dec 03, 2005
Posts: 89
Posted: 2006-01-08 8:13 pm   Permalink

Mabye this guy is the author of the famous BOS!?
(the BOOK OF SCAM)


 
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KaptainKuku
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Joined: Sep 07, 2005
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From: Hollyweird
Posted: 2006-01-08 11:03 pm   Permalink

Since this is a completely fraudulent letter, how about sending him a xerox of a $50? I dare somebody to do that. Okay, that's a felony, maybe you shouldn't. But so's mail fraud.

Anyway, probably the funniest and most ridiculous come-on since the SANTO GOLD infomercial of the 1980's. And if anyone isn't familiar with that, do a Google search for SANTO GOLD and you will be richly rewarded, trust me.



 
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Hakalugi
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From: Redondo Beach, CA
Posted: 2006-01-09 12:02 am   Permalink

Uh-Oh. It looks like I better put a stop payment on that $50.00 check.

Now that I think about it, I'm wondering if Sabu is behind this. It looks like his work.


 
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schlagerman
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Posted: 2006-01-09 04:44 am   Permalink

Hello!
I am afraid to imagine that there are not so many folks familiar with MAIL ART. Based on the very elaborate irony of this stuff, I must argue that it is simply a very well-constructed art project that I wouzldn't even call a hoax, since it is clearly worth 50 bucks in itself as a piece of art.
Just one example... "I will have the physical sensation (how pleasant!)...." and there are so many more.
But does this mean I am suggesting that the master Himself, Herr Tiki, has actually been HAD!!!!??? Sven! Where is the proof that this is not a spoof?!
Love
JJ


 
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tikijackalope
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From: KS/MO
Posted: 2006-01-09 06:03 am   Permalink

I can't make out the name of the country(?) on the address to which one is supposed to remit the money. Usually, a parody or mail art piece will not have a credible remit address at all, to avoid legal problems.
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2006-01-09 06:12 am   Permalink

I don't know JJ...In my life's experience, when I have come across apparently overdone cliche items like these, that so clearly seemed like a parody (or concept art), they often WERE real, proving that cliches are cliches for a reason.

The skill and seeming irony of the author are absolutely that of an artist, and it is clear that he must be aware of his artistry as a bull shitter, I am sure he had lots of fun putting this together. But con men simply know what I stated above: Cliches work BECAUSE, audacity works, and one can never be too pushy. We all cannot believe those "African exiled prince" e-mails could be meant seriously or ever bought by anyone, but apparently they are, and their scatter shot distribution yields some hits.

The rarefied consciousness of Berlin's art scene is so far away from the un-intellectual wastelands of LA's sub-suburbs where this letter was directed to, I would not expect pranksterism to be at work here. And the writer has no idea of the Tiki revival scene, there would be more recognizable references in the text, and there is nothing even remotely connected to the Tiki lingo of today.

I am having our Tiki operative in Switzerland look into the address, maybe he can at least tell us if it is a common "swiss bank account" type of set up.


 
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schlagerman
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Posted: 2006-01-09 07:25 am   Permalink

Sven!
I must admit I absoutely love this quandry of detecting intention in art. It certainly always served Fuzzy Love well! I realize what you are saying about the African Prince eMails, but as I recall there is no detectable irony in them, whereby this thing is just dripping with schmalz.
I very seriously doubt that this appeals to the sensibilities of desperate people truly in search of cheap metaphysical powers. Isn't this more of the kind of thing that such people would truly distrust? I would love to know the truth about this. It's got all the FORM but none of the CONTENT of a traditional rip-off scheme. It makes no attempt to be SERIOUS but is instead consistently playful.
I really wonder what makes you think it is an honest effort to take advantage of truly desperate people.
On the other hand we may also consider that gamblers can be very very playfully superstitious, carrying around all sorts of GOOD LUCK CHARMS hoping to win the next big jackpot -- but these things tend to have a very personal significance and I find it hard to believe this would be more appealing than a penny found on the street....
In any case I can't wait for some PROOF of the SPOOF!!!
Best
JJ


 
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schlagerman
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Posted: 2006-01-09 07:27 am   Permalink

By the way the street address and postal code seem to exist, although there is nothing in the web regarding the names attached... We need to send someone over to the address to find out what's really there and see if we can't make some contact....

 
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DawnTiki
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From: next stop Hulaville!
Posted: 2006-01-09 07:58 am   Permalink

Where's David Horowitz when you need him?

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foamy
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Joined: Jun 15, 2004
Posts: 590
From: The Land of Pleasant Living
Posted: 2006-01-09 08:13 am   Permalink

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On 2006-01-09 07:25, schlagerman wrote:
I really wonder what makes you think it is an honest effort to take advantage of truly desperate people.



Why would anyone go to the trouble and expense if it were not a real effort to separate the feeble minded from their cash? If it were not serious, then they are in worse shape than their intended targets. We laugh at this. There are some who won't. The elderly come to mind.


 
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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2006-01-09 08:17 am   Permalink

You mean the Horn of Plenty WON'T make me Plenty Horny.. I Want my $100 back because I paid for a double dose...
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