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Tiki Motel in Tucson
cheeky half
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Joined: Nov 22, 2002
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From: Tucson, AZ
Posted: 2003-01-18 08:27 am   Permalink

Tucson has one other tiki relic to go with the Kon Tiki and the Magic Carpet Golf tiki, here it is... the Tiki Motel. It appears to be closed and I couldn't find any other signs of tiki around the place.

Humuhumu, I didn't know that you were coming to Tucson or we would've met up with you at the Kon Tiki. Mr. Cheeky Half and I live within stumbling distance and we do like to stumble frequently.





 
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2003-01-18 10:43 am   Permalink

If it's closed you should by all means try to get that sign...that's as classic as it gets.

 
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Tiki Diablo
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From: socal
Posted: 2003-01-18 1:57 pm   Permalink

While you're at it, grab the "No Tell Motel" sign in Tuscon.

 
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Tiki Diablo
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Posted: 2003-01-18 1:58 pm   Permalink

While you're at it, grab the "No Tell Motel" sign in Tuscon.

 
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cheeky half
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Joined: Nov 22, 2002
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From: Tucson, AZ
Posted: 2003-01-18 3:58 pm   Permalink

...now taking orders for vintage Tucson signs.

P.S. Who's got welding gear?


 
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tiki_kiliki
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From: Hamtown USA
Posted: 2003-01-22 10:27 am   Permalink

Can anyone tell me where this sign is located in Tuscon?
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tikitucson
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tucson, AZ
Posted: 2003-01-22 10:43 am   Permalink

The exact address is 2649 N Oracle. It's just north of Grant if that means anything to you.

 
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PolynesianPop
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Posted: 2003-01-23 8:54 pm   Permalink

Look what I found -- a postcard of the place!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2155457405&category=13997



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tikijackalope
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Joined: Oct 23, 2003
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Posted: 2003-10-31 01:56 am   Permalink

Not only is the Tiki Motel open, but it's neon sign is fully operational. I was thrilled to photograph it on a trip to Tucson in early October, 2003. The spotlight in front of the face part of the sign makes it look like the tiki is speaking into a microphone, but other than that, its great. They even have business cards with graphic art of the sign as a logo. If you like googie and googie-ish motel signs, be sure to drive South to see the Tucson, the Flamingo and the Sahara. To the North of the Tiki Motel, be sure to turn left (West) onto Miracle Mile to see the sign for the Tropicana Adult Theater; I'm sure it was once a motel. Be careful in this area at night though...way too many guys just hanging around looking like they wondered how many rocks of crack they could get for my camera. By the way, the No-Tell Motel had no business cards, but the nice (if befuddled) man at the desk gave me a match book...a fine souvenir or great practical joke item for slipping into a friend's pocket before his wife does the laundry.

 
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2003-10-31 09:05 am   Permalink

There was also a Tiki Inn in Palo Alto, Ca.

 
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Unga Bunga
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Posted: 2003-10-31 1:43 pm   Permalink

Here's another shot.

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Unga Bunga
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Posted: 2003-10-31 1:53 pm   Permalink

I just did something crazy, and called the Tiki Motel, to see if they have a website or shirts for sale. This was the conversation:
(7 rings)Hello?
Unga-Is this the Tiki Motel?
Lady-Yes it is, what do you want?
Unga- Do you have a website?
Lady-What's that?
Unga- That's OK, never mind. Do you sell t-shirts?
Lady -Just in our lost and found. What did it look like?
Unga - Uh, sorry to bother you. Goodbye
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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2003-10-31 3:28 pm   Permalink

The tiki motel in Tucson is Tiki in signage only. And a cool sign it is! I think someone posted photos around the beginning of 2003. The motel is of the early motel design in which each room is separated by a covered parking space for your car. The manager seemed interested that Tiki is having a resurgence and that his motel was mentioned on Tiki Central.
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tikijackalope
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Joined: Oct 23, 2003
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From: KS/MO
Posted: 2003-11-03 02:49 am   Permalink

I don't think they would conceive of having t-shirts, Unga Bunga, though the iconic simplicity of the logo would make for a great one. I did get this business card, although Shutterfly seems to have cropped it.



Some night shots:





The North side of the sign is blocked by the building unless you are some distance away. It is not as well maintained:



Happy hunting, everyone!


 
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christiki295
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2004-11-09 7:11 pm   Permalink

Has anyone actually stayed in one of these mid-Century marvels?

Or would you?

I'd like to before they are all gone, although one the other hand, maybe a photo safari would suffice.


 
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