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Official Introductions Thread. New Members, Post your introduction here...
Kaikaina
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Feb 14, 2006
Posts: 63
From: Columbus, OH
Posted: 2006-02-28 3:26 pm   Permalink

I'm pretty new to TC. I guess my initiation into tiki came when my brother was kind enough to give me a shag serigraph as a gift for Christmas a few years ago. He had it custom-framed and chose a really cool purple-zebra type material for the matting. I think it looks great too, but it's different from your matting. Here's what it looks like:



this one shows a bit more detail of the matting...



He had one of his own framed where the image "floats" on grass.. the kind of grass you see on the tops of tiki bars, etc. It's very cool. (yes - they were framed by a professional, so there is no danger of damage due to the fames, matting, etc.) Another flots on Banana leaves...

He chose this print for me because he's a certified tiki-phile, and my name is JT. I'm not much of a jet-setter though. He had his picture made with Josh Angle and it's taped to the back. It was a terrific gift -it's my first (so far it's my only) Shag print.


 
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Phoenix
Member

Joined: Feb 28, 2006
Posts: 2
From: Germany
Posted: 2006-02-28 4:14 pm   Permalink

Hi Everyone, I'm new here too... I'm 24 (since yesterday) and I love Tiki stuff.
Never thought there's so many more Tiki-lovers out there but I guess that explains
why I never win anything on Ebay that I want..LOL I live in Germany and theres not
much Tiki stuff around here. So I didnt really come across 'Tiki' until recently
(a few months ago). Before that I started collecting African masks, seashells and
beach-stuff and then realized that 'Tiki' is the word for the stuff I like. I'm working
on a acrylic painting at the moment with a Tiki mask on it, so I googled for other Tiki
art and came across this board. My collection consists of 7 Tiki mugs and the book
'Tiki style' + the painting I'm working on at the moment, thats it. I think I want to
start collecting vintage stuff. I've always planned to have a 'Hawaiian Tiki Style Bar'
in my basement one day with a lot of cool stuff in it. Seems like you people here on
this board share this interest... so I'm glad I've found it! )


 
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PockyTiki
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Feb 28, 2006
Posts: 575
From: central MA
Posted: 2006-02-28 4:24 pm   Permalink

Yeah i'm new here too. I probably should've posted here first, but that was then, this is now. teehee Anyways! I'm from MA, and just recently (off and on) an avid Tiki lover. Just recently have i figured out that there is infact a Tiki lounge say...ooh...25 minutes from my house (aka Tiki Lau!) I ordered from that place once, but alas i am too young to drink (im only 18 *sigh*) Yeah so anyways. Just sending out my Welcome Rays of Doom to you all. I got AIM if any of you are willing to talk to a youngster.

 
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Benzart
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jan 09, 2004
Posts: 10397
From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2006-03-02 08:18 am   Permalink

Welcome TheBigT, Glad you finally decided to become a full fleged member. Come on in and stay awhile. Glad to have you aboard.

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Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
Posts: 10397
From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2006-03-02 08:21 am   Permalink

Big Welcomes too for BEachnik, Kaikaina,Phoenix, and PockyTiki, we are proud to have you as new members. Come on and look around. If you have any questions , don't hesitate to ask and there is a lot of info in the FAQ's above right. Come on in and join the fun, be the fun, or make the fun, any way you want to have it.
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Beachnik
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Feb 27, 2006
Posts: 42
From: Venice, Ca
Posted: 2006-03-02 11:46 pm   Permalink

Once again, mahalo for the welcome mat! The TC community is incredible...happy to be in the club.

Here's a little background. Started carving as an apprentice/student under a Hungarian master carver about 10 years back. When I started carving, my 74 year old teacher was a real firecracker....verrrry HARDCORE! Just follow directions and you will be fine ....yea right! After smashing fingers and drawing blood I finally got it. My first projects were very eastern european style, Byzantine to be exact. My instructer insisted that I enter one of my pieces in a corny woodcarver show and competition. After spending bucks to be a Cali carvers guild member and local club member I was allowed to enter the competition. What a hassle! To top it off, I was a little pissed because my instructer entered my piece in the expert level. To make a long story short, I took second place...yeaaaa! I was on top of the woodcarver world...NOT!

Traditional carving was getting old. Time for some Tiki/Hawaiiana! I had to cheat and sneak around the Hungarian while doing my style of woodcarving.

10 years went by and now I am ready for a tiki revival! I have carved 4 tikis, a story board and built my tiki bar...time for a mai tai or two!

I will post pix when I figure out (read the directions) how to. Now I need a bandaid for my chisel cut finger....yikes!

Beachnik



 
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bigtikidude
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 9186
From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2006-03-03 4:29 pm   Permalink

My Bad,
I guess I really should have looked around a bit more before I started Posting.
I saw the thread about what your name means, But I din't see this one. Dohhh!

I've been into Tiki since around 96 when I went to Hawaii and also got into surf music. Some surf bands used tikis on their cd covers. I used to see the Tiki Tones with SHAG in the band at the Doll Hut in Anaheim Ca. alot back in the late 90's. I'd go to some shag art exhibits, and other tiki events, that I heard of thru the Grapevine. And would recognize some of the same people over and over.
Now that I'm an actuall TC person I realize it's like a big family or Mafia of Tiki
People. I really like the friendly atmosphere in TC and at the events.

Hope to be getting to know more of you than I already do.
Jeff(bigtikidude)


 
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ChopSueySisters
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Mar 07, 2006
Posts: 26
From: Honolulu, born and raised!
Posted: 2006-03-07 1:30 pm   Permalink

Aloha All,

I just thought I would stop by and say Howzit to all the Tiki lovers out there. I am in Honolulu, born and raised. Hope to watch and participate in the conversations here from time to time.


Mahalo,
CSS


 
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Beachnik
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Feb 27, 2006
Posts: 42
From: Venice, Ca
Posted: 2006-03-07 9:31 pm   Permalink

Welcome to TC ChopSuey Sisters! Honolulu sounds real good about now. I hope to get to Hawaii this summer to do some research....and of course some tiki/hawaiiana crawling. Just another westcoaster dreaming of the islands!

Beachnik


 
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blood.red.elephant
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Joined: Mar 10, 2006
Posts: 2
Posted: 2006-03-10 5:00 pm   Permalink



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Beachnik
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Feb 27, 2006
Posts: 42
From: Venice, Ca
Posted: 2006-03-10 10:41 pm   Permalink

Looking forward to checking out the Puka Bar. Did Crazy Al put his touch on the place? See you for a Mai Tai soon!

Cheers,
Beachnik


 
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Mingina
Member

Joined: Mar 11, 2006
Posts: 1
Posted: 2006-03-11 11:49 am   Permalink

Tiki on ! Bamboo Baby

 
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chip197_98
Member

Joined: Mar 12, 2006
Posts: 1
From: London, Ontario,
Posted: 2006-03-12 4:31 pm   Permalink

Hey there fellow tiki lovers! I've been into tiki for about 4 yrs now. Got interested in it by osmosis, loved the lounge fad and all the music that goes with it. There is some cross over of lounge and tiki music; started looking for lounge music at garage sales found some tiki related music as well (Martin Denny, Les Baxter, etc). Love the decor and whatnot, so now I'm hoping to build a tiki bar of my own in the near future.

Anyone know where I can get items for decorating here in Canada? I'm hoping to find some suppliers here in Canada.

Thanks Chip

Email is
chip197_98@yahoo.com

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Tikitatt
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 08, 2004
Posts: 301
Posted: 2006-03-12 8:03 pm   Permalink

My name is John and I go by "Tikitatt".



 
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TravelingJones
Grand Member (first year)  

Joined: Mar 11, 2006
Posts: 916
From: Eastern Shores of Western Civilization
Posted: 2006-03-14 8:22 pm   Permalink

A balmy tropical breeze, sea salt of the voyage dries my tongue. Swaying palms in the moonlight envelope a bungalow. Flickering torchlight, this weary traveler shuffles through the dimly lit passage. A large wooden desk lies within the entranceway…I place my bag to the ground and tap the brass bell. Ding!…ding!... “hello?” Ding!! “uhmmm… Hello! Yes, Hello my name is…Jones.”

Hi folks, Traveling Jones…checking in! Please forgive any sand I may fling while finding my way around. I’ve browsed by Tiki Central many times in the past and found an overwhelming desire to register now. I have been ‘closet tiki’ for some time and suddenly realized…I am not alone! Anyway, I have a strong interest in the artist community – ‘Creating Tiki’ and collecting Polynesia, as well. I do travel about, a photographer by trade, and am fortunate to partake of the rapidly vanishing Tikisourus. I look forward to meeting each of you and hope that I may share a story, light wit or any savage collecting desires! Me ka Mahalo!!!


 
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