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teaKEY
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Posted: 2006-11-04 10:39 am   Permalink

I was thinking that I would start a thread where I post some of my thoughts on the tiki mugs and the companies that do them. This thread could turn out to turn south down the road but I'll get it a shot. Just my opinions.

The first thing that I found today is a great Munktiki wallpaper. Its not close to all of them but would be a great print out and checklist.

checklist

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teaKEY
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Posted: 2006-11-04 11:56 am   Permalink

On the subject of Munktiki, I was thinking that it would be great to have a certain item or items. Just like people and most of people's things, they are into accessories. I know that Munktiki has accessories but not for the items that they make. I like the silver tiki necklace but I would like to see ceramic charms. Its the medium that they work in and its my favorite medium for tikis. Its the mugs of course.

I can buy the mugs from both main companies, both what my collection is lacking is the items that go with the mug. The stir sticks are what I can never find in the wild nor buy. Maybe Munktiki is already planning to branch out and make some sticks but if there wasn't a push, maybe this will be it. Many of the mugs would look good on top of a stir stick. Of course you would have to have the stick that goes with your mug.

I would even like to see a beefy ceramic stir stick with big weighted mug shaped tiki on the top. Could probably work, aren't some chop sticks made from ceramic.

Also, it would be a great idea to have a swizzle stick trading system. I treasure my couple of sticks highly because I only have a few. I just bought a bulk shipment of swizzles and anytime that I do Ebay business or mug trading, I going to thrown a couple in just to speard these sticks as far as I can. I wouldn't mind having a few different ones come back my way in the future. And maybe if more different makes are made, the trading could be real exciting.


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Koolau
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Posted: 2006-11-04 1:53 pm   Permalink

teaKEY - I started a reply, but it turned into gripes and "why don't theys" that weren't as positive as I'd like and probably meets your definition of "turning south", so I deleted it.

Where are you thinking this thread should go?


 
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kingstiedye
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Posted: 2006-11-04 2:09 pm   Permalink

munktiki has made a few pendants. i have 9. but i like the idea of more pendants that look like mugs. i also like the idea of munktiki ceramic swizzle sticks. sorry i don't have much to add to this except i like your ideas. maybe you could e-mail stuckie.
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teaKEY
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From: The thumb !
Posted: 2006-11-04 4:44 pm   Permalink

The going south part, but it doesn't have too.
TikiCentral is an unusual place. All sides of the coin are represented. Most of the buyers of tiki are represented and then the sellers and makers are here too. Take example of the Pink Panther Shag mug. The seller presented it to the collectors and about half did not like the combination. A lot of forums, you can say hate it or love it. But here if you say you don't like it, you aren't just placing a negative stigma to it, you are also saying something directly to the artist and the financial backer. Sorta like standing in front of a product at a store and telling the people that walk by, why its not a good product. Thats why we have so many nice commits and the whole BK thread. We do have a lot of power. The mug companies woundn't to around if it wasn't for us.

"Where are you thinking this thread should go" . I tend to have ideas, a lot of ideas about my favorite part about tiki, the mugs. Each mug is amazing (well most) and the new tikis leads me to new ideas about what a great mug could be. Since I don't have all the resources and I have never made a mug casting, I'm more of a thinker than a doer. Maybe some of my thoughts will indirectly lead to pull tiki mugs in a direction that would have never been pulled. And that the pay off.

Like why does the white Asian figure mugs need such a big hole in the backs of the head plus a straw hole. Ok, maybe those do. I have lots of ideas and I'm sure they will flow when a particular items catches my eye. But I do think more talk could be made about the tikis everyday. I love tikis, I'm here to talk about tikis.

How about this, If a mug maker chooses to bite. Just thought of this now.

We the people, get to decide on the next mug with different choices. Five choices of the head to pick from, five from the eyes, mouth, nose, five choices of the body. The TC mug contest was the closest to having someone else pick a design and some members picking the winning mug, But what if all the common members that buy the mugs get to decide.

I think it would be good to just generate ideas .
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teaKEY
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Posted: 2006-11-04 5:13 pm   Permalink

Anyone feel free to say anything.

I will just continue to post when I get that feeling. Although, I hope to start making some art and less time on TC. TC can be like a drug. You love it but its hard to get off of.

Take Gecko for instance. Probably makes the best mugs, cause he put more time and love into each piece. His Mouth of Pele is the sweetest mug that I have been looking at for the moment. The price just keeps going up and so it should. Its a great mug with a low number. And gecko tells you up front, how many he is going to make of that mug and sticks to it. He makes that small amount of number that is less than the number of died-hard collectors. Smart. So, I keep looking at the Pele mug and its going for over 150.00 and since the mugs are reaching that price, the price will continue to go up. Now on ebay, there is a brown version of the mug for cheap. 30 left at the moment, and I haven't even bought one yet. Heck, I just bought a couple of mugs and I like to buy all at once. But..

LOve this design. Love the black color. Now that the brown ones are out, does the design still hold that magic? How many will be made? (maybe we should never know) 30 left, is there going to be more and when?? Does having these cheaper versions, raise or lower the price of the black, and does the black ones pull the brown ones up. I do know that the more affordable Gecko mugs are never there for long. And its becoming a "get them quicker" more and more each day.


 
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teaKEY
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Posted: 2006-11-04 5:32 pm   Permalink

Mouth of Pele

I did buy some. I figured they could be fun on a rainy day. Although, my collection is bigger than I can handle. No I not giving anyone a mug to help myself with my problem I actually like the tops of these mugs better. They are not cut. 22 left as of now.


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Koolau
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Posted: 2006-11-04 8:49 pm   Permalink

I'm probably in the minority here, but it does bug me that many of the contemporary mugs are really not meant to be used as mugs - they are instead art pieces or collectibles. Not to pick on Bosko, but I noticed that his description for the Kumu line of mugs says "Especially created for regular use (that's right -- you're actually supposed to DRINK from these, not lock 'em away in your display case!)". I appreciate that irony was probably intended in that description.

I'm mostly a vintage mug guy, and part of an old mug's charm is that it was actually used at a classic tiki bar. Too many contemporary mugs, with various extended horns and legs, deep crevices, exotic glazes, and (to be honest) hefty price, really discourage me from filling them with ice, rum and mixer.

I guess I'm just a functionalist - I think a mug should be usable as a mug.


 
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kikekeki
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Posted: 2006-11-05 07:31 am   Permalink

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On 2006-11-04 20:49, Koolau wrote:
I'm probably in the minority here, but it does bug me that many of the contemporary mugs are really not meant to be used as mugs - they are instead art pieces or collectibles. Not to pick on Bosko, but I noticed that his description for the Kumu line of mugs says "Especially created for regular use (that's right -- you're actually supposed to DRINK from these, not lock 'em away in your display case!)". I appreciate that irony was probably intended in that description.

I'm mostly a vintage mug guy, and part of an old mug's charm is that it was actually used at a classic tiki bar. Too many contemporary mugs, with various extended horns and legs, deep crevices, exotic glazes, and (to be honest) hefty price, really discourage me from filling them with ice, rum and mixer.

I guess I'm just a functionalist - I think a mug should be usable as a mug.




...yeah, what Koolau said...my thoughts exactly!


 
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Koolau
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Posted: 2006-11-08 12:16 am   Permalink

Let's discuss Tiki Farm. I like and use a lot of their mugs - pretty good quality, likable designs, decent price. How are they doing these days? The website doesn't get updated all that often, and it seems like there are more out of stock/discontinued items than available items. I bought a couple of mugs this weekend from the Thor Stor, and noticed they are dated 2001, 2003 and 2004. The only new Tiki Farm items I can think of are those strange moai chimney things (what are they used for anyway?) and the Pink Panther mugs/bowl.

 
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teaKEY
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Posted: 2006-11-08 06:48 am   Permalink

"The only new Tiki Farm items I can think of are those strange moai chimney things (what are they used for anyway?" Those chimney things are just that, chimneys. Their are two versions, a large outdoor one and a much smaller table-top one.

I think, based on what I have seen over the last two years, is that Tikifarm would bring out a group of different mugs all at once. But with their limited editions mugs, like the TikiMagazine's Derek Moai, (which was released recently) they did a weekend sale of those and sold out quickly.
But as of lately, there are more mugs that they are showing in the process stage or pre sales stage then anything selling stage.
Just from stuff that has been shown on TC like the recent Donny Shrunken head (soon to be called Tied Died ), then the long waited Benzart heads and then the new Flounder spaceman mugs, and the Squid's Skull mug (very cool) plus the other mugs that are on the back of the last Tikimagazine, along with different mugs that they make with other companies which don't sell on their website all the time.

Speaking of Tikifarm, they certainly have their own style and its like no one else (a good thing) but I would like to see at least one mug without the high glossy glaze. I know that some of the black mugs are matte but something like some of the more expensive mug company glazes look. This would mean that the mug would have to be more based on sculptural then detailed line-work. I like the satin glazes on mugs because the glare of the shine does block the view of the mug. Plus its a different feel in the hands, one I like.

But Tikifarm looks to be pushing the envelope and thats the best part of the mugs. Always seeing something new and that new is a welcomed good.
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teaKEY
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Posted: 2006-11-12 6:37 pm   Permalink



photo from TikiTed

Is that What I think it is???


 
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Posted: 2006-11-13 05:31 am   Permalink

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On 2006-11-12 18:37, teaKEY wrote:


photo from TikiTed

Is that What I think it is???



You betcha. That Al really is crazy.
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teaKEY
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Posted: 2006-11-13 08:50 am   Permalink


photo from Ooga-Mooga

This one makes me wonder what that is too. I told my friend and now she hates looking at this mug.


 
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Posted: 2006-11-13 1:23 pm   Permalink

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On 2006-11-08 00:16, Koolau wrote:
Let's discuss Tiki Farm. I like and use a lot of their mugs - pretty good quality, likable designs, decent price. How are they doing these days? The website doesn't get updated all that often, and it seems like there are more out of stock/discontinued items than available items. The only new Tiki Farm items I can think of are those strange moai chimney things (what are they used for anyway?) and the Pink Panther mugs/bowl.




Check out
this thread for all the stuff Tiki Farm is making....
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