Joined: Mar 25, 2002
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
|Posted: 2007-05-04 3:19 pm  Permalink|
On 2007-04-29 11:54, bigbrotiki wrote:
I just remembered a GREAT purely nautical place I visited when in Atlanta...arrgh, can't find the postcard I took, OR remember the name...Swanky, any Southerners, help!
Yessssss, DANTE'S, that was it, thanks Swank! I was quite impressed, there is not an un-themed corner in that place. Go check it out when in the area folks, they just don't make'em like that anymore.
Now that we are on a nautical roll, I'd like to reminisce about THE SEA in San Pedro, a giant shop that was the nautical equivalent to Oceanic Arts.
From the 1930s on, San Pedro's shipwrecking yards used to be a rich source of vintage nautical material for the builders and decorators of L.A. Tiki temples.
In the mid-90s, the Sea owners took over some of the Tikis from Danny Balsz's defunct "The Tikis" amusement park...only to close shop themselves a couple of years later:
You can see these two guys in Situ (and intact) on page 112 of the BOT.
Just a couple of blocks up from "The Sea" was the "Samoan Sea" apartment complex (still there?):
It had the classic nautical features of pylons and anchor chain fencing:
The place has only two Tiki guardians. We already saw this guy here on TC, in a post about slit drums