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Blowfish Bar – Flagler Beach, FL
TikiTomD
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From: Flagler Beach, FL
Posted: 2011-08-19 06:26 am   Permalink

Aloha, komohana, from the East Coast of Florida to the West Coast of Australia! Mahalo for sailing across oceans and continents to visit...

Well, tigertail777, you know it’s human nature never to be satisfied with the present, so the bar will never be finished... as to what’s next, I think we’ll take some time out to invite the Central Florida ohana and anyone else who can make it to the Blowfish Bar for a mural celebration. You’re invited, if you need an East Coast break. I’m also going to see if I can find a good photographer to better capture the beauty of Dave’s work.

“Keylo” Lewis of Haka Tiki in Daytona Beach is carving us a re-creation of the iconic Kona Kai logo tiki found on tea cups, cocktail menus, matchbook covers and the like. It will go in a corner adjacent to the bar, next to the Shag print. He’s using wood from condemned Sable Palms, part of the carnage from Hurricane Charley in 2004. It’s so hard to carve that he’s referring to it as petrified palm. Here is a photo of the head roughed out...




-Tom


 
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tigertail777
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Posted: 2011-08-19 08:05 am   Permalink

I would absolutely LOVE to come, but I have not had work in a while so funds are at an all time low. Guess I will have to take a tropical rainstorm check for now. But I would love to see pics of the soiree when you put it on.

 
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TikiTomD
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From: Flagler Beach, FL
Posted: 2011-08-20 06:06 am   Permalink

Tigertail777, rain check noted. Best of luck on your situation. These really are hard times for many folks. Around the Space Coast, thousands have been laid off with the end of the Space Shuttle program, joining the throngs already in that situation from this terrible economy.

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As my wife and I were admiring Dave's artwork on the mural, Pat called my attention to something strikingly familiar about the kane (Hawaiian word for man) carrying the bananas at the outrigger canoe... he had the face of our son, Tommy! We finally got Tommy to admit that he and Dave conspired, with the two of them wondering when we would stumble on to it...






Since then, Mom & Dad have been mercilessly regaling Son with the distinctly non-tiki Banana Boat Song (of Jamaican folk origin), popularized by Harry Belafonte. My favorite performance of that was in the movie Beetlejuice...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQXVHITd1N4

-Tom


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TikiTomD
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From: Flagler Beach, FL
Posted: 2011-08-21 06:46 am   Permalink

Dave came by on Saturday to apply a clear, dead flat varnish over the entire mural for protection of the underlying acrylic paint and to level the sheen, as some of the paint colors were flat and others had varying degrees of gloss. The product he used is manufactured by a California company called Modern Masters (www.modernmasters.com). The product number is DP609.




Here’s a departing photo of Dave by his grateful client...




The artist’s signature...




Dave will be returning to enjoy tropical cocktails at the next Blowfish Bar soiree.

This afternoon, a professional photographer friend of Dave’s named Don Bok will be visiting to take photos. Don’s clients have included the Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR and the Tampa Bay Bucs. His work has appeared in a number of publications, including Mechanics Illustrated, Powerboat, Road and Track, Circle Track Magazine, Cycle News, Road Racing World and online at NASCAR.com. It will be interesting to see how he composes and captures images of the mural and bar area. Don has a website at www.donbok.com.

Keylo completed carving the re-created Kona Kai tiki for the Blowfish Bar. He applied a Colonial Maple stain yesterday afternoon. It stands 38 to 40 inches tall (will get precise height later). Here are a couple of photos before and after staining, framed in his business graphics...







Hope to rendezvous with Keylo this afternoon near the Lifeguard Station at the old Ormond Beach Pier, where he and his friends often hang out on Sundays and chase a few waves.

Tropical Storm Irene is projected to affect next weekend’s local activities. The latest official forecast track by the National Hurricane Center has it hitting Florida as at least a Category I hurricane on Friday and Saturday. She still has miles and miles to go, so we’ll just undertake some preliminary securing before the workweek starts.

-Tom


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tigertail777
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Posted: 2011-08-22 03:17 am   Permalink

First the incredible mural, and now this awesome tiki? DANG! I GOTTA see pics of the bar when you open it for your party. It is going to be stratospherically spectacular!

careful with that hurricane... maybe you should throw a "Hurricane tiki party" to ride out the storm? Seriously though, I'll keep you in my thoughts and hope the hurricane doesn't happen.


 
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TikiTomD
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From: Flagler Beach, FL
Posted: 2011-08-22 5:07 pm   Permalink

Aloha, tigertail777. Appreciate your application of mana to diminish the impact of Hurricane Irene. You can be assured that rum spirits and other cocktail necessities will be stocked and mixed to help us ride out the storm, once everything’s been done to secure home, family, friends and animals as best we can. Hurricane parties are a normal, if thankfully infrequent, part of life in tropical latitudes, especially near a coast. They help folks cope when the power goes out and you’re captive amidst darkness, deafening noise, sweltering heat and humidity.

We had a successful rendezvous with “Keylo” Lewis in Ormond Beach yesterday afternoon. Here’s Keylo with the Kona Kai tiki he carved for the Blowfish Bar...




I think he did an awesome job of re-creating the iconic logo tiki. Compare it, for example, to this 1960’s Kona Kai cocktail menu in Mimi Payne’s collection (
http://www.arkivatropika.com/)...




A very similar Maori tattooed tiki image appeared on some of Trader Vic’s items, including this 1958 luncheon menu, again from Mimi Payne’s collection, perhaps serving as the precursor for the Kona Kai tiki icon...




Here’s Kona Kai in his new home at the Blowfish Bar...






-Tom


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tiki 65
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From: KnoxVegas
Posted: 2011-08-22 5:41 pm   Permalink

Hey Tom
Just wanted to say thanks for all the artist support. Looks like the Blowfish Bar is full of incredible works of art. Hope all goes well this weekend with the storms. Be safe and a big Mahalo for your support.
Thanks Chris AKA Tiki 65

P.S. The lamps look like they have a great home.


 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2011-08-22 5:45 pm   Permalink

Nice one! A tradition perpetuated! I got Danny Gallardo the job of carving two likenesses of that Tiki for the entrance of the new Trader Vic's in downtown L.A.

Here is a thread that discusses where the original carving can bee seen today:



http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?mode=viewtopic&topic=24081&forum=1&start=0

What still remains a mystery in what mid-century publication (magazine or art book), the Trader Vic and Kona Kai menu designers found a photo of this guy. I don't think that the Armet & Davis designer Irving Weisenberg necessarily ripped off the Trader Vic logo. Even though that came first, which makes sense, because the original was always in San Francisco.


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TikiHardBop
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From: Rockledge, FL
Posted: 2011-08-23 06:50 am   Permalink

And the resolution isn't that good, but I swear I see a drunken TikiHardBop underneath one of the palm trees as well. And he's still gripping his tiki mug!!!

 
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TikiTomD
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From: Flagler Beach, FL
Posted: 2011-08-23 12:20 pm   Permalink

Bigbrotiki, appreciate your insights on the origins of the Kona Kai and Trader Vic’s Maori logo Tikis. Those have always been among my favorite of mid-century Polynesian restaurant icons.

There are interesting Trader Vic / de Young intersections. According to this web site,
http://www.heald.edu/about/history, “Trader Vic” Bergeron and Michael de Young, after whom the museum was named, were both alumni of Heald College in San Francisco. De Young published the predecessor newspaper of the San Francisco Chronicle and died in 1925, long before Trader Vic launched his restaurant empire. So I’d file that as merely a coincidental artifact.

However, this publication on the web indicates an early 1950's Trader Vic engagement inside the de Young Museum, so perhaps the Trader actually viewed the original Maori Tiki inside the museum and took a photo himself or had one taken: http://www.rcj.com/PacificaDesigns.pdf

Here’s the relevant excerpt...




-Tom


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TikiTomD
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Posted: 2011-08-23 3:40 pm   Permalink

Aloha, Chris (Tiki 65). Glad you could stop by. Mahalo for those awesome Cannibal Trio Lamps – they’ve already elicited a lot of interest and kudos from my visitors.

TikiHardBop, I’m not sure that this is an issue of photographic resolution. You’ve likely been down in the Storm Shelter making those spirit potions again. A few of those and the vision tends to cloud over. However, I’m pretty sure that you’re correct... there seems to be a rather unsteady figure amongst the palm trees of the mural, holding firmly onto both mug and tree trunk. Don’t let go of either! Best regards to TornadoTiki.

On Sunday afternoon, Don Bok dropped by to take some photos of mural and Blowfish Bar. He’s a semi-retired professional photographer who was on the photography staff of Daytona International Speedway for 44 years. At well over six feet tall, he made me feel severely height impaired. His camera also dwarfed my little Canon PowerShot. Don is the nicest gentleman you could ever hope to meet. He’s also into plants, so he and my wife, Pat, established an immediate rapport, with promises to exchange Plumeria (aka Frangipani) cuttings. The flowers are used to make leis in Polynesia.

Here’s a photo of Don, the professional photographer with his giant Canon, taken by me, the amateur using my little Canon...




Don emailed me a couple of quick-look low resolution samples from his visit, with a full CD to follow later this week after he had time to do a bit of digital processing. One of those included Tango, best dog, general proprietor and couch potato of the moment...




Here’s a wide view sample that captures bar and mural...




And another of mural alone...




Then of great room with mural...




Finally of bar alone...




-Tom


 
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Swanky
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Posted: 2011-09-01 09:33 am   Permalink

Great! Like an ode to Julians and all the classic places and their murals. I can't say I have seen it done in any home before!
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TikiTomD
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Posted: 2011-09-10 3:25 pm   Permalink

Swanky, mahalo for your visit.

Ramay “Keylo” Lewis, who carved a Kon Kai Tiki for the Blowfish Bar, is also a talented graphic designer. He went to work creating a custom logo for the Blowfish Bar (e.g., for coasters and napkins). Here’s the new logo...





Other than Pat and I, the most frequent Blowfish Bar client is our son, Tommy, who just returned from a tour as surf guide and instructor at Morro Negrito Surf Camp in Chiriqui, Panama. One of the guests snapped this photo of him in action...




-Tom


 
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newB24
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From: Southwest Ohio
Posted: 2011-09-11 6:12 pm   Permalink

That mural really pops....WOW!!

Great new design on the Blowfish Bar logo...very slick...

cool as hell picture of your son, action shots are always sweet.


 
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tigertail777
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Posted: 2011-09-12 05:14 am   Permalink

Love the new Blowfish Bar logo. Very retro, would look fantastic on a matchbook cover.

 
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