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Official Introductions Thread. New Members, Post your introduction here...
hapa_haole
Member

Joined: Jul 11, 2010
Posts: 2
From: Central CA
Posted: 2010-07-22 2:59 pm   Permalink

Hi! I originally posted my "introduction" in the Ohana forum (BAD newbie). Like many of you, I've lurked for a while around here before becoming a member. About me: I'm the manager of services and support for a healthcare software company in Fresno, my beautiful wife and I just celebrated our 15th anniversary and we have two boys, 9 and 12. One of my interests has always been Hawaiiana, but I'm relatively new to vintage tiki, pop culture and the like. I've been searching for a new style for an old pool bar - that search led me to Frankie's Tiki Room in Vegas, which opened my eyes to this new world, and Rumshaker pointed me here. You are all so creative and talented that I will no doubt unabashedly steal some of your ideas for my own space. I am absolutely stunned by some of the spaces, large and small, that you have managed to design and build. I know that my progress will be slow, because although I fancy myself relatively comfortable with power tools I've also committed myself to learning to carve my own trim pieces and small tikis, as well as possibly creating my own tapa. Some of my ancestors were Hawaiian, and as I get older I feel the connection more and more - what better way to show respect for my heritage than to learn their ancient artistic methods?

The ancient Hawaiians DID have the Dremel, right?


 
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socksoff
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jul 26, 2010
Posts: 214
From: A private Island off the coast of Macau
Posted: 2010-07-26 11:27 pm   Permalink

Aloha everyone. I'm another one who has lurked here for a while to get a feel of the place and finally taken the membership plunge. I'm an independent filmmaker living in Los Angeles and currently living the debauched life of a man in a long term relationship. I've been a fan of tiki music (Marty, Les and Art) for about 10 years. I'm also a big fan of the 60s, vintage tv shows (my favorite is Mission Impossible), googie architecture, space-age themes, Soviet women, airport departure lounges, stewardesses (especially Swedish ones), alcohol and tropical midnight watering holes.

Looking forward to interacting with the personalities here.


 
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Zeta
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Feb 13, 2007
Posts: 2102
From: Atlantis/Basque Country/Spain/Mexico
Posted: 2010-07-26 11:50 pm   Permalink

Welcome newbie ex-lurkers! Nice to meet you.
Now get working posting cool tiki stuff (or bilge or beyond) to compensate those years of lazy selfish leachness!

P.D. Avoid the too simple comments like "cool man" and never make fun of artists.

It's really a jungle out there!
Good luck

Zeta
Ambassador of Tiki in Mexico
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íViva Tiki! Ambassador of Tiki in Mexico. Zeta is specialized in the research, study and preservation of Tiki culture in Latin countries.


 
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Bau
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Jul 27, 2010
Posts: 40
Posted: 2010-07-27 10:44 am   Permalink

Hi,

I am a female guitarist from New Jersey. I play mostly rock and metal but am working on slack key and that is what led me to an interest in polynesian culture and all things tiki.

I have a homemade backyard tiki bar (even though I can't drink alchohol lol) that I have had for about 3 years and slowly expanding on as ill health (Lyme Disease)and finances allow. Reading this forum has been great for inspiration.

I read when signing up that this forum is geared for tiki 'pop culture' of the '60s type stuff?
I am still a bit confused as to what is considered 'traditional' and what isn't, so please excuse my rampant ignorance.
As a natural course, I have always loved many forms of tribal art and music and incorporate all sorts of things from various influences and cultures in my art and decore and and have more historical influences and knowledge over pop culture.

I love the escapism my tikibar and looking at all the great tiki art on here provides. visions of paradise, even if only fantasy, are a wonderful escape and cheerful distraction from my rather painful incapacitation. I can't ever travel to beautiful exotic places, but I can , in a way , bring them to me

cheers everyone


 
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lucas vigor
Tiki Socialite

Joined: May 12, 2004
Posts: 4089
From: SOCAL
Posted: 2010-07-27 12:37 pm   Permalink

Read Sven Kirsten's "Book of Tiki" or "Tiki Modern"..and you will learn all about Tiki!
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I AM A SOCIOPATH!


 
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bigbrotiki
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11587
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2010-07-27 12:59 pm   Permalink

Thanks Lucas. It is really very simple. There are three main categories:

1.) REAL Polynesian and Oceanic tribal art and culture

2.) The 20th (Mid-)Century Americanization of that culture (which was inspired by 1.)) now known as TIKI culture

3.) The Tiki Revival of the 1990s and 2000s (which was inspired by 2.), and also a bit by 1.))

This site embraces all three, favors 2.), and has had an active part in promoting and inspiring 3.)


 
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evel
Member

Joined: Jul 30, 2010
Posts: 6
From: Sucksville Ca.
Posted: 2010-07-30 3:40 pm   Permalink

Hey I'm Piero and I use to be on here but it was a while ago...

I run Mad Fabricators Society witch is a Hot Rod and Custom DVD Production Company..

I also work for George Barris and started a new site called Barris Kustom City witch focus's on
early Barris.. Pre Hollywood..

I've been Collection everything that is Polinesian for about 10 years now and even have 14 Tikis
tattooed on me.. I know..

I also have time share in Maui that my whole year revolves around trying to make enough dough to
get out there,,,

I'm going to start to sell off some of my collection and I figured this is the best place to have people
that respect vintage Polinesian goods...


 
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blacklagoon
Grand Member (first year)  

Joined: Aug 03, 2010
Posts: 154
Posted: 2010-08-03 07:47 am   Permalink

Hello all,

My name is Paul Francis and we have been lurking for a long time. My wife and I are artists and have been bitten by the Tiki craze thanks to our friends Swanky and Tiki65.

The wife has made several Tiki mugs and our future 1200 sq ft Bar will be Creature From the Black Lagoon Tiki Theme. I know a little weird but we are huge Creature fans and think it will fit the theme nicely.

Attached are several of our mugs and a pic of my full sized creature that will be the included in the new bar once we start construction.

Tiki Rex





Creech tiki



KNB Creature




We are active on Facebook and have started adding our mug collection to our Facebook pages.

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1014120709

Our website is: www.lucasfrancisstudio.com

We are just here to share and enjoy everything tiki!

Thanks,

Paul



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Zeta
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Feb 13, 2007
Posts: 2102
From: Atlantis/Basque Country/Spain/Mexico
Posted: 2010-08-03 07:58 am   Permalink

Welcome my friends.

 
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MauiRose
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Feb 28, 2009
Posts: 170
From: Los Angeles
Posted: 2010-08-03 11:16 am   Permalink

Welcome, blacklagoon!

Maybe it's just me, but Shag's "Jetsam" mug always struck me as slightly resembling the Creature from the Black Lagoon. (Well, he's green, at any rate!)



 
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blacklagoon
Grand Member (first year)  

Joined: Aug 03, 2010
Posts: 154
Posted: 2010-08-03 1:12 pm   Permalink

Thanks guys, I'll need to keep an eye out for that mug, he does resemble the Creature a little.

I also just applied to be a grand member, a cool place like this needs funds to exist, so the least I can do is throw in a few bones.

Paul

[ This Message was edited by: blacklagoon 2010-08-03 13:20 ]


 
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phinz
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Dec 30, 2007
Posts: 197
From: Southeast of Disorder
Posted: 2010-08-03 1:44 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-08-03 07:47, blacklagoon wrote:
thanks to our friends Swanky and Tiki65.




/me feels left out...
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blacklagoon
Grand Member (first year)  

Joined: Aug 03, 2010
Posts: 154
Posted: 2010-08-03 2:00 pm   Permalink

Sorry and my first Friday brother Scott!!!!

Paul


 
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JOHN-O
Tiki Socialite

Joined: May 16, 2008
Posts: 2720
From: Dogtown, USA
Posted: 2010-08-03 2:08 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-08-03 07:47, blacklagoon wrote:

...know a little weird but we are huge Creature fans and think it will fit the theme nicely.


Maybe not so weird. In Tiki Magazine (Winter 09/10 Vol. 5, No. 3), writer Will Viharo (who I believe posts here as AquaZombie) lists TCFTBL as #2 on the list of Top Ten Horror Cult Classics that complement Tiki.

"The Gill Man is the ruling Tiki God of Classic Monsters".

I agree. I look forward to seeing your upcoming "Creature" Tiki bar.



 
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Bongo Ben
Member

Joined: Aug 06, 2010
Posts: 7
From: Los Angeles, grew up in Chicago
Posted: 2010-08-06 3:19 pm   Permalink

Hi all!

Long time reader, first time user. This is my first post. So glad to finally be a part of the community.


 
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