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Official Introductions Thread. New Members, Post your introduction here...
Chuck Tatum is Tiki
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Joined: May 12, 2011
Posts: 1674
From: Southern Cailifornia
Posted: 2012-02-02 10:53 pm   Permalink

Get a room, you two...

 
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simplydlacruz
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Joined: Feb 05, 2012
Posts: 35
Posted: 2012-02-05 8:16 pm   Permalink

Aloha everyone! I'm Riannon and I'm new here (very cool site!) I am originally from Kauai and now live in Southern California. I have always enjoyed tiki's and look forward to getting to know a lot of you.

 
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Chuck Tatum is Tiki
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Joined: May 12, 2011
Posts: 1674
From: Southern Cailifornia
Posted: 2012-02-05 8:20 pm   Permalink

Welcome Riannon, now get to your local Tiki Bar asap!

 
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Hamiltonianstudio
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Joined: Feb 09, 2012
Posts: 4
From: Exotic New Jersey!!!
Posted: 2012-02-09 11:24 am   Permalink

Hey everyone!!! My name is Jason Hamilton. I'm a 36 year old artist/musician from the land of exotica, New Jersey!!! Yes 36 years here and i'm just about ready to leave the mainland. For me this all started back in the mid 90's. I read a review in Juxtapoz art magazine for a cd by Esquivel. I bought the cd, brought it home, listened to 2 tracks, paused it, went back to the store, bought another cd. This led me to find Martin Denny, Les Baxter and all the rest. I have been working on some very realistic tiki, stone idol, designs using Zbrush and Photoshop. I'm going to be posting them as they are finished. I also am working on a few tiki tunes here in my home studio. I keep the traditional style intact but i've added some heavier percussion. Conga's and all with 808 style drum beats underneath. Growing up in NJ and having a strong desire to be on some tropical island i decided to blend the two together. Not a new concept but it's a little bit harder and moodier than I've heard so far. I'm hoping this site can help me find some new things. I'll be posting more very soon. Hope to hear from some of you!!!!!!!

 
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Chuck Tatum is Tiki
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Joined: May 12, 2011
Posts: 1674
From: Southern Cailifornia
Posted: 2012-02-09 2:04 pm   Permalink

Welcome Hamiltonianstudio

I don't know if everyone here is ready for the "Techno Tiki" sound
but I think it will be an interesting conversation, but prepare yourself
for a very "Heated" discussion.


 
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tiki_martin
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Joined: Sep 23, 2011
Posts: 25
From: No Bikini Atoll
Posted: 2012-02-10 08:22 am   Permalink

Aloha. I'm tiki_martin from Glendale, California. I signed up a few months ago but thought I'd introduce myself to those tiki folk I've not met. I've really enjoyed meeting the So Cal crowd...such a fun group! I look forward to many more Mai Tai's with everyone. See you at the Tonga Hut!
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elizabethmc
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Joined: Feb 12, 2012
Posts: 1
Posted: 2012-02-12 7:17 pm   Permalink

Hello,

My name is Elizabeth. I am new to this forum. Just thought I should say hi to everyone here.

Cheers!







This is an excellent site I love it

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VampiressRN
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Joined: Nov 23, 2006
Posts: 6151
From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2012-02-12 7:26 pm   Permalink

Welcome to all the new folks...look forward to seeing many of you at the San Diego Crawl and the 2012 Oasis.
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Nokie
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Joined: Feb 12, 2012
Posts: 3
Posted: 2012-02-12 10:28 pm   Permalink

I'm happy to know this sight exists! I was turned on to it tonight by Big Tiki Dude as he DJ'd at the Tunga room in North Hollyweird. My interest in the Tiki scene is primarily the music. I got hooked on the lounge/ bachelor/ space age scene in the '90's. My particular interest is in what I call the early "stereo exploitation" records. I love the imaginative arrangements and excellent stereo fidelity of the Enoch Light Command label albums, Esquival - the great genius of the era, and of course all the great Drasnin, Baxter, Lyman and Denny exotica records.

That Beachcomber Trio at Kahiki '65 that Lee Joseph put out was a great treasure. I was happy to see more detail on the release here. I'd love to see more detail posted about the discovery of the tape. I'll be sure to ask that on the appropriate string.

I've got my Username set as 'Nokie' (in tribute to the great Ventures guitarist) but my name is Marty. See y'all inside!


 
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HeavyD
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Joined: Feb 12, 2012
Posts: 10
From: Kentucky
Posted: 2012-02-13 04:31 am   Permalink

Hello, my name is Derek, and I'm a tiki-holic! Lol, just a little play on Miss Hell's post. I'm from Kentucky, aka the anti-tiki state. It's almost impossible to find good tiki stuff locally. Oh well, thank goodness for the internet. I just recently started getting into tiki, but thanks to this site and a few others, I'm learning. If you wanna know anything else, just send me a message.

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Bongo Bungalow
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 20, 2007
Posts: 1295
From: Indiana
Posted: 2012-02-13 2:19 pm   Permalink

Derek-HeavyD, you'd be surprised how much tiki there is to find in the Midwest. I'm finding stuff all the time here in Indiana.



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KokoKele
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Joined: Feb 08, 2012
Posts: 93
Posted: 2012-02-13 9:27 pm   Permalink

Aloha!
My TC name is KokoKele. I live in Portland, OR but plan to move to Maui in about 18 months. I already own the home, I just need to break away from the mainland roots. Fortunately I'm spouseless and childless, so it shouldn't be too hard. The only thing stopping me is my job, which pays me handsomely enough to prevent my departure.

It's my love of the islands that interested me in Tiki Central. I have a pseudo artistic proclivity, so I wanted to make something that reminded me of Hawaii. You know where this is going. Yep, I decided to make a tiki. In fact, I decided to make a ceramic tiki fountain. I wanted to put it in my "prosperity corner" (a feng shui thing) so I could think of Hawaii and encourage the flow of money into my life. Corny, yes, but it gave me something to do while waiting for retirement.

I started researching tiki, which eventually led me to Tiki Central. Naturally I spent a lot of time in the "Other Crafts" section of "Creating Tiki." I'm constantly amazed at the talent of the artists who display their wares, and looking at their works gives me thoughts as to how to create my own original piece. It's going to be impossible for me to accurately reproduce an actual Hawaiian tiki, and it would be culturally insensitive for me to do, so I'm going to go for something that no one would ever mistake for an original Hawaiian tiki but could see the influence. If I can make something that is generally accepted as "neat" by TC members it will really be exciting!

I browsed "Creating Tiki" for years before finally joining the forum and commenting. Boy, did I screw up! The reason I joined is that some guy named BigBroTiki questioned the "tikiness" of a piece I really liked. I began arguing with him, and when he mentioned that I pretty much didn't know what I was talking about I got testy with him. Next thing I know someone mentions to me that BigBroTiki is none other than Sven Kirsten, the author of the Book of Tiki! He's pretty much the authority on tiki, and I was digging in my heels on questions of style! OH MY GAWWWWWWWWD! My first post and I lay a big, giant stupid egg! I quickly shifted gears, apologized profusely, and went right back to the About Tiki Central link to review the guiding principles, then thumbed through the Book of Tiki to see why I was wrong. It didn't take long to see the light. Sven is all about mid-century tiki style, which is heavily influenced by Polynesian styles but took on its own form when it came to America. From the mid-thirties to sometime in the late sixties or early seventies tiki style flourished and took on a very distinct form. Sven is a scholar of that era, but he also enjoys tiki art of subsequent decades as long as it stays true to the form. The piece we were arguing about was definitely outside the form though exquisitely executed. I also had a most un-scholarly, unstudied opinion about the piece, which made me look REALLY DUMB. At the time Sven noted that I was "culturally ignorant." It pissed me off before I realized an authority was making the statement. Now that I've seen the error of my ways I'm more than willing to admit that I was practicing cultural ignorance to a pretty high degree, and Sven called me on it.

Here's the good part, though. Once I re-grouped and got my act together Sven forgave me and pretty much told me that I'm OK. I will never have his knowledge and innate sense of "tiki" as enjoyed on TC, but I think now he knows I'm going to look at things from a much more considered perspective. One of these days I hope to even come up with something that challenges Sven in a positive fashion. Then I'll feel I've arrived. Sven certainly challenged me, and I'm a better member for it, I hope.

That's my intro to Tiki Central membership! I hope all the other newbies practice more sense and discretion than I did. But I hope they also have an immense amount of fun, learn a few things, and celebrate all things that are really, truly Tiki.

Mahalo nui loa for reading my tale. I hope to post some artwork before too long.


 
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Bongo Bungalow
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 20, 2007
Posts: 1295
From: Indiana
Posted: 2012-02-14 05:55 am   Permalink

Wow, KokoKele! I really enjoyed your outpouring. (Isn't tiki neato?)



 
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KokoKele
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Feb 08, 2012
Posts: 93
Posted: 2012-02-14 10:43 am   Permalink

Yes! Tiki is neato, and so is Tiki Forum when I'm not kicking my own ass on it!

 
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Miss Hell
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Joined: Feb 02, 2012
Posts: 76
Posted: 2012-02-18 07:49 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-02-13 04:31, HeavyD wrote:
Hello, my name is Derek, and I'm a tiki-holic! Lol, just a little play on Miss Hell's post. I'm from Kentucky, aka the anti-tiki state. It's almost impossible to find good tiki stuff locally. Oh well, thank goodness for the internet. I just recently started getting into tiki, but thanks to this site and a few others, I'm learning. If you wanna know anything else, just send me a message.

[ This Message was edited by: HeavyD 2012-02-13 04:33 ]



Hahahaha...tiki-aholic! I get it. Love it! And welcome!


 
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