||Official Introductions Thread. New Members, Post your introduction here...
Joined: Jun 01, 2004
From: wisconsin northwoods
|Posted: 2007-01-23 7:37 pm  Permalink|
Greetings to the newbies among us...and Sunrise...get them chisels and start chipping
away. you will find a lot of support and encouragement in "Creating." Looking forward
to some new creations.
Joined: Sep 16, 2006
From: U.S. FUGGIN A
|Posted: 2007-01-25 10:11 pm  Permalink|
I'd like to introduce myself,My name is Mondo.Ive been into Tiki for alittle over 2 years now and I can't seem to get enough of it.First started with a Tiki mug I found @ a thrift store "Tiki Leilani"Then an avalanche of other tiki mugs I got here and there,antique and thrift stores,Ebay (CRUIZINACADDY),and then Coco Joe stuff,post cards,Tiki bar Menus,Then carvings,and now its anything Tiki I'm insane I guess.I like to hang out @ Forbidden Island when I get a chance with some of my buddies like Kahaka or Nacho and some of the Tiki Central Grand Members a great bunch of the koolest people you could ever meet and I can't wait to meet all of you.
MAHALA @ ME
Joined: Jan 28, 2007
From: Skull & Bones Island
|Posted: 2007-01-28 3:13 pm  Permalink|
Hey everyone, baked pajamas here...Kinda new to the Tiki community, about a year now, and I'm a little confused where I fit in, in all of this. Maybe someone here can help.
Tiki Bar TV got me hooked into the Tiki lifestyle, and after looking around for a while, I still have the questions "What is Tiki, and what does it mean to you?"
On one hand you have your Tiki purists who live the Polynesian island life and then on the other end of the spectrum, you have zombies and werewolves, all somewhat under the Tiki umbrella.
Personally, Tiki to me is somewhere in between. I love the vintage clothes the women wear, of course the killer rum drinks, but then I also love the art deco-noir colors and overall look, Cheesy home made Tiki Bars and goofy things like zombies.
This is what Tiki means to me.
Now, should I hang my head in shame and walk away for being a faux-tiki fan, or, can Tiki be more than one thing, cover many different aspects, and still be called Tiki.
I am interested in everyone's answer to this. I would really love to see what Tiki means to Y-O-U. -Baked Pajamas
Fantasy is the new Reality...
Grand Member (first year)
Joined: Nov 23, 2006
From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
|Posted: 2007-01-28 3:48 pm  Permalink|
Love your name...LOL. There are so many members in this community that are tiki experts and supporters of Polynesian Pop, that I am sure you will get lots of different answers. Click on the about link at the top of the page and you will get the basics. I think if you cruise around on this board and all the related links, you will find your style and people are really helpful and friendly on this board, so glad you posted and welcome to TC.
"Oh waiter, another cocktail please!!!"
Joined: Aug 22, 2002
From: San Francisco
|Posted: 2007-01-28 3:54 pm  Permalink|
Welcome to TC, BP!
I know BP from the Tiki Bar TV boards, he's a good guy.
In regards to your question: 1) one should never hang their head in shame for liking what they like (unless what they like is to kick puppies, or to listen to Celine Dion), 2) Tiki Central is focused on a kind of specific thing, with a definite value placed on quality & history, best described here: About Tiki Central, 3) the best way to get a feel for what tiki is and isn't as it pertains to the discussions here on TC is to soak it up, read as much as you can.
The "what does it mean to you" question has come up many times before, here's a response I gave in 2004, which still holds true:
On 2004-09-09 21:02, Humuhumu wrote:
I feel like I've described my attraction to tiki in threads similar to this one a dozen times over (but it's a topic worth bringing up again and again, I certainly don't mind). If I were in a searchy mood, I'd link to more threads (like christiki did), I think you newer folks would love to read them.
Right now, I'll just say that when I walk into a good tiki bar, especially a good home tiki bar, though I get the same feeling from a good Trader Vic's or Tiki-Ti, it feels like a no-contact massage. I don't understand it entirely, but that environment--with its dim lighting, clutter, and a vague air of mystery--completely relaxes me even if I'm not drinking. It's nutty. It feels like home to me more than any other environment I've ever encountered. It's like one big, grassy, musty, dusty womb.
Here's the rest of that topic:
Welcome to TC, and have fun exploring!
Critiki - Critiki News - Ooga-Mooga
Joined: Jan 28, 2007
From: Canton, MI
|Posted: 2007-01-28 9:29 pm  Permalink|
Hello Tiki Central! My Hubby was in the UK hoping to get to the New Tiki Bar in London but had to come home. Bullocks! Maybe he'll get a fabulous drink and some great pictures of Tiki on the next visit. Please report if you've had a chance to get there.
Joined: Jan 31, 2007
From: South Texas
|Posted: 2007-01-31 1:49 pm  Permalink|
It is refreshing to see I am not the only tiki nut around! How active is the Texas Tiki contingent? I am down here in South Texas on the coast and am wondering how many more afflicted with a passion for all things Tiki might be around here.
|10 ton nose job|
Joined: Nov 19, 2006
|Posted: 2007-02-01 3:32 pm  Permalink|
Hello all. There are a lot of good artists on this here site. I hope to show my spin on the subject to those that might appreciate. Been makin easter island stuff and tikis for a while, but don't get much chance to show it off. Looking forward to dialogue with fellow artists, and socialites.
Joined: Feb 05, 2007
From: Columbus, OH
|Posted: 2007-02-05 08:33 am  Permalink|
I'm Jamie Fellrath, from Columbus, OH. I'm not going to lie and say I've been a tiki culture fan for decades or anything like that, it's sort of a passing interest/attraction that I've had for a long time but never anything concrete. But as I've gotten older, I've become more appreciative of lounge/cocktail culture in general and tiki culture specifically.
I've always liked the looks of island fashion in many respects, from Hawaiian-type shirts to home decor and such. My grandparents had a whole lot of island-type casual dinnerware, lots of bamboo furniture, and other polynesian-type stuff in their home when I was younger and I always loved it. I don't have any real "collectibles" myself, but I do have a few items around my home with a tiki flavor to them.
I consider myself fortunate enough to have been able to enjoy a meal at the Kahiki in Columbus before it was razed (and in outrage, I haven't been to a Walgreens since). I recently (just this past week, to be specific) discovered the Tropical Bistro in Hilliard, OH (suburb of Columbus) and greatly enjoyed an evening there with my family visiting in town. That visit and the fond memories I have of the Kahiki, along with my ongoing interest in the topic, prompted me to jump on board the outrigger and join you here!
I'm also a fan of Celtic culture and entertaining, hence the username. Yes, I really wear kilts quite a bit. Currently considering trying to make myself a Hawaiian print casual kilt... that might be fun to have.
I'm still discovering a lot about the history of tiki culture but look forward to learning more with you!
Joined: Mar 21, 2004
From: Exotic Isle of Alameda
|Posted: 2007-02-06 10:35 pm  Permalink|
On 2007-01-22 12:47, NOTCH wrote:
ALOHA EVERYONE.. A little late on introducing myself but better late than never.. My real name is ignacio (nacho)fer short but you can call me notch. I build hot rods and custom for a living and ready to show some of yous my tiki carvings and you might have seen my monster tiki bar that wuz at forbidden island last swap meet(fun times) I will be posting up some pictures up later and hope you like..Also this site and everyone in it is AWESOME!!!!!!
[ This Message was edited by: notch 2007-01-23 18:57 ]
Hey Nacho! Welcome aboard. Glad to see you posting here. See ya at Forbidden Island!
"It's Mai Tai. It's out of this world." - Victor Jules Bergeron Jr.
Joined: Jan 19, 2007
|Posted: 2007-02-06 11:31 pm  Permalink|
my name is dave and i've been lurking for a little bit now. hmmm...im from chicago and have been absorbed in tiki-fantacism for about five months now. i dont know how to explain exactly how i got into it other than i awoke one morning and decided that my apartment needed a tiki bar. it might be from seeing the now defunct "pago pago" sign everyday on the train or my love of rum based drinks. i'm constantly trying to make "the tiki bar" (the defacto name the roomates have given it) more perfect but cost is always an issue. anyways, as lame as this sounds; even when i have the worst day at work i can always think about how great it is to have a tiki bar. cheers.
[ This Message was edited by: davealmost 2007-02-07 00:14 ]
Daniel C. Boyer
Joined: Jan 25, 2007
|Posted: 2007-02-08 07:35 am  Permalink|
Daniel C. Boyer from Houghton, Michigan.
Joined: Feb 11, 2007
From: Huntington Beach
|Posted: 2007-02-11 04:21 am  Permalink|
Hello everyone, Koka here (aka scott). A fellow Tiki nut down the street told me about the site a while back and I finally got around to stopping by. I've been in love with all things Tiki for a long time and I'm ready to start carving, so I'll be asking some questions that my searches don't answer and hopefully be posting some pics soon!
Joined: Feb 13, 2007
From: Atlantis/Basque Country/Spain/Mexico
|Posted: 2007-02-14 05:59 am  Permalink|
Aloha everyone! I Live in Spain and know a lot about spain´s tiki secrets. My favorite tiki treasure is a copy of Thor Heyerdahl´s AKU-AKU. Signed on 1981 in Madrid.
Any questions about TIKI in spain? contact me.
¡Viva Tiki! Ambassador of Tiki in Mexico. Zeta is specialized in the research, study and preservation of Tiki culture in Latin countries.
Joined: Aug 22, 2004
From: Sunny Florida
|Posted: 2007-02-14 08:24 am  Permalink|
Welcome to Tiki Central Koka and Zeta! Have fun here. It's a huge family.