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TRADER VIC's Warehouse Sale
Tipsy McStagger
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From: HELL
Posted: 2008-05-29 8:25 pm   Permalink


On 2008-05-29 19:20, bigtikidude wrote:
well I know that what you say is partially true.

but I am holding my breath the the New TVs in Downtown LA will be somewhat old school looking.

but I will probably pass out, waiting, and it not be worth the wait.
but a guy can dream can't he?


I hear you!!......they say chicago trader vics is comin' too!!!....

..and so is christmas!!!....

...and jesus!!!.......

..and lower taxes......!!!

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Joined: Aug 20, 2004
Posts: 1784
From: Orlando
Posted: 2008-07-02 05:10 am   Permalink


On 2008-02-27 10:40, bigbrotiki wrote:
OK...now, WHO got this one?:


On 2008-02-24 19:14, midnite_tiki wrote:
The above painting many will recognize from San Francisco. The carving on the right many may not. It sat in the front area at Cosmo Place. It was a bargain, and was sold. Not terribly interesting compared to others but a rather historical piece nonetheless.

Historical, indeed. Very appropriately placed right next to that painting, midnite, for in MY book, he should be considered TIKI ROYALTY. Among all the tons of stuff in that warehouse, this one would have been my "Rosebud".

In 20th Century Tiki history, there are only a few what I would call "arch-Tikis":
Tikis that were there during the Pre-Tiki era of Polynesian pop, or at the BIRTH of the Tiki-era, and thus were the forefathers of Tiki. Looking back, I would name Picasso's Marquesan Tiki for instance
( http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=27442&forum=2&vpost=363189 ) ,
and Don The Beachcomber's Cannibal Carvings come to mind...then the iconic Tiki Bob Tiki, which marks perhaps THE turning point of the TIKI becoming the icon of Polynesia...but before him came THIS seemingly mundane, simple fellow.

He was one of the two FIRST entry way Tikis ever, serving as guardian not only at that hub of urban Tiki, Trader Vic's San Francisco on Cosmo Place (above), but these figures did the same at the mother ship of Vic's empire, the original Oakland Trader Vic's ! :

(See BOT p.82 for the original Hinky Dinks hut evolving into the above)

There is a different, very nice original rendering of the Oakland location by "Kay" on the wall at the Emeryville T.V.s that shows these two Tikis even better, done in a style like this:

Imagine the hordes of revelers that these two Tikis must have seen enter and leave those two Tiki power places!
But before I go any further, aside from its historic value, isn't the Tiki's style kind of artless and boring? Allow me to disagree. It is exactly in lime with the early 20th Century modernist influence that I describe in Tiki Modern, look at this 1910 piece of Brancusi...

...and this famous Man Ray:

...honing down the face to its basic lines, returning to the beginning of man's expression: modern primitivism! This Tiki's simplicity is an early example of one of the trademark's of Tiki style, modernist stylization. One of the same style can be seen in this interior of Vic's first franchise in Seattle (BOT p.86)...

...right behind the maitre d'. Was this a THIRD Tiki? And where did they come from? Now here is a Tiki very much like it:

Posing with it is our favorite Miss Hawaii. This one seems to have been standing in the Fern Forest National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii:

He was raised to further prominence by having the illustrious Martin Denny Group pose with it:

I have been dying to find out who carved it, and what happened to it, but had no luck so far...

I estimate that Vic got these Tikis from Hawaii around the late 40s, early 50s, when there was NO American Tiki to be had yet, and Vic was also importing big head Marquesans and Tiki posts from Tahiti for his early franchises. Back then, the Hula girl was the prevalent icon of Polynesia...but the first Tikis began to appear, like on this 1953 invite. This makes this guy one of the earliest logo Tikis in Polynesian pop:

Whoever got this guy (Martin?) knew his Tiki stuff, congrats. I never considered going up there to the sale, because my Leipzig job evaporated, and I am currently not buying, rather will I have to start selling...but this would have been one baby that would have tempted me.

[ This Message was edited by: bigbrotiki 2008-02-27 10:46 ]

Sorry for the long quote, but otherwise there would be no context for my reply since Sven's post is buried in this long thread. Anyhoo, here's another picture of one of these early tikis that should be added to the collection:

EDIT: Maybe this topic deserves its own thread?

EDIT 2 (I can't stop!): Based on the fern and rock placement, this appears to be the exact same tiki as the one above with Miss Hawaii.

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From: Orlando
Posted: 2008-09-05 4:04 pm   Permalink

Once again, the same tiki. Same photo shoot as before.

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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-09-05 11:19 pm   Permalink

WHOOOO carved them !!?

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Tonnikan Jinn
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Joined: Feb 28, 2004
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From: La Conchita
Posted: 2010-07-21 10:03 pm   Permalink

I seriously can't believe that for the last 3 years I engaged to a woman that didn't dig the tiki, and I completely missed out on this!!
Now she's gone, nearly all the Trader Vic's are gone, and this warehouse sale is GONE!!!!

Anyone out there have a Starboard Light glass they don't need?


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Tiki Kupcake
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From: Portland, OR
Posted: 2010-07-22 10:03 pm   Permalink

They had another sale last September. I drove down from Portland for it. Had a great tiki weekend and came home with many tiki treasures.

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From: Tiki in a Crowsnest, AB., Canada
Posted: 2010-07-25 11:44 am   Permalink

I guess this Topic should really be about the Trader Vic warehouse sales and the items people have picked up from them or if they are gonna have another.
Well, crazy collector Psycho Tiki D posted a cool postcard of "The Coconut Palm Garden" at Don The Beachcombers in Hawaii over in the collecting Tiki thread.

I noticed something in it that I didn't really hear too much about being posted here before. Check out this picture:

Look in the foliage off to the right, just under the palm tree, and you see that same mysterious Tiki that has got alot of talk on here and has had alot of famous pictures taken! In alot of the posts where these images of the Tiki are taken, I never noticed any mention of Don the Beachcombers before. Maybe it's just me, I may have missed it. I don't have one of those cards so I am not sure if it says where the pictures were taken on the back.

I think this is the same Tiki and the same spot alot of the above posted pictures and postcards came from. Still doesn't help with who carved them but probably a local Hawaiian carver.

This topic probably does deserve it's own thread just to see how many shots and how much info. we can actually find out about this style of Tiki and this famous spot. Even though there is alot of info. on this thread!

Mahalo, TabooDan

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