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Tiki Microcosms
bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2006-08-06 11:04 am   Permalink

I don't carve or build or paint, but I have this thing (being German) for miniature worlds and models. That's why one of my favorite concepts of classic Tiki Bars are 3D dioramas, like sunset beaches with miniature volcanoes and native villages.

At home, I do not even have a Tiki bar per se, I just have my collections concentrated in several spots, and basically there is no empty shelf or wall space left in the house. In presenting my artifacts, I sometimes like to create little Tiki environs.

Maybe others could share their Tiki microcosms here too, here are my three examples:
(I also hope this will prove that I am not just a stuffy ol' purist! )

1st, below: On top off my kitchen sink, a fake aquarium (meaning no real fish in it)




2nd, below: On my bathroom window, a female action figure, embellished by a Marquesan Tiki (by Mai Kai from Munich) and a little Japanese mummy carving




3rd, below: My favorite mini A-frame environment




Which all really proves that Tiki is for people who don't wanna grow up....


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Tikiwahine
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Posted: 2006-08-06 11:09 am   Permalink

Excellent and very creative!
Tiny little environs bode well in tiki environments, often being packed with items that take some exploring to discover, just like a well cluttered tiki bar.

I remember a post about candles that housed tiny dioramas.
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teaKEY
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Posted: 2006-08-06 12:16 pm   Permalink

I have this thing (being German) for miniature worlds and models. Is that what German's do. Never heard that. I'm 1/4 German but think its my strongest pull. My first mug collection was beer steins. Have you ever heard of Frankenmuth in Michigan.
http://www.frankenmuth.org/

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Sam Gambino
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Posted: 2006-08-06 1:28 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-08-06 12:16, teaKEY wrote:
I have this thing (being German) for miniature worlds and models. Is that what German's do. Never heard that. I'm 1/4 German but think its my strongest pull. My first mug collection was beer steins. Have you ever heard of Frankenmuth in Michigan.
http://www.frankenmuth.org/



Hey teaKey - I grew up hearing about Frankenmuth all of my life (I grew up in Lincoln Park, just south of Detroit), but I never actually went there. I always heard that if you like fried chicken and Christmas stores, then it is the place to go! Nice to know that you are from my old stomping grounds....

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Paipo
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Posted: 2006-08-06 7:03 pm   Permalink

I just moved all my tiki stuff out of the house and into my carving studio a couple of weeks ago, and set up little groups of objects wherever I could fit them. This is my favourite - 3 souvenir Moai with some pebbles, glass and smokey quartz:


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2006-08-07 04:49 am   Permalink

Righteous! And if now you would hide a small, low wattage lightbulb behind the crystal, it would glow, and eminate light from below on the Moais....ouuuh!



 
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ikitnrev
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Posted: 2006-08-07 6:53 pm   Permalink

I am the owner of the tiki candle mentioned above, with the miniature hula diorama at the base. Humuhumu took some great pictures of this, and they can be found on this thread.
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=12908&forum=5&hilite=candle

I have also created this miniature scenario....



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Suffering Bastard of Stumptown
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Posted: 2006-08-07 7:12 pm   Permalink

there is no more amazing miniature world than Roadside America.

http://www.roadsideamericainc.com/

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/attract/PASHAroad.html

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2006-08-08 01:28 am   Permalink

Vern, now THERE are some happy Tikis! And those cake decorations natives in the candle are among my favorite diorama inhabitants. I used them for my early Kon-Tiki display. I wish I would be home to re-photograph it, I only have the link to my ANCIENT website, which I am sure most are familiar with, but just for reference:

http://www.bookoftiki.com/012.html

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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2006-08-08 01:57 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-08-07 19:12, Suffering Bastard in Maine wrote:
there is no more amazing miniature world than Roadside America.




Very cool. My earlier remark about being German was in reference to the fact that they are absolutely nuts when it comes to model train sets. Here's a place in my hometown:

http://www.miniatur-wunderland.de/data/cms/en/200/

You can see pictures here (if you have the plug in) or in their gallery:

http://www.miniatur-wunderland.de/data/cms/en/530/

But back to Tiki dioramas: The pinnacle of all must be the island at the FRY's Electronic store in Manhatten Beach. Once I tried to take pictures of it, but I got shushed away, did anybody else have more luck? It WAS amazing when it was new, now it's a little run down, but still grand.


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kooche
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Posted: 2006-08-10 01:36 am   Permalink

SVEN
dear dear dear that third pic is a DOOOZE

- like a third chichi

i hope you are well - i was at the tiki tonight

ALOHA!
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2006-08-10 09:52 am   Permalink

Hi Bigbrotiki, so good to hear from you. Dan loves to make his villages of small tiki items. I still do not know how to do photos on TC, one day someone will visit us and show me how, hint, hint. Meanwhile if anyone would like to see a danlovestiki village just send me your email address and I'll email you some photos. He has made ten unique tiki habitates. Wendy

 
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hewey
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Posted: 2006-08-11 02:49 am   Permalink

Kool

 
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Sneakytiki
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Posted: 2006-09-05 3:20 pm   Permalink


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woofmutt
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From: Seattilite Telstar
Posted: 2006-10-24 9:19 pm   Permalink

I thought this thread was neat and just before what's-his-name (I kid!!!) started it I had just done up my pal's aquarium. Today I finally got a cell phone snap of it. The mat backin' is actually wrappin' paper with a photo print of palm mat on it. It's also taped (painters tape) to the front of the aquarium to "trim" it out. Paper cut tiki faces on the backin'. Dollar Tree tikis on either side. Some fake ferns. I wanted the aquarium "set" to look grand and epic. Like some big aquarium at a dream Tiki joint.





I'm surprised these little environments ain't more popular among the likes of us as yuh can make a fantasy come to life. And with a coupla Mai Tais in yuh and yer head sideways on the counter...It's the next best thing to bein' there!
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