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Trade Winds Motor Inn, Spokane, WA (motel)
Sweet Daddy Tiki
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Posted: 2007-07-29 10:15 pm   Permalink

Name:Trade Winds Motor Inn
Type:motel
Street:907 West 3rd Avenue
City:Spokane
State:WA
Zip:
country:USA
Phone:
Status:operational

Description:




 
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Sweet Daddy Tiki
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Posted: 2007-07-29 10:20 pm   Permalink

Photos from our "Lost in Paradise" vacation:



We caught sight of the sign on top of the building from the I-90 and decided to investigate.



Velvet painting flanked by tiki heads in the lobby.



This sign painted on the back of the building, featuring their signature tiki, is partly obscured by trees.
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Hakalugi
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From: Redondo Beach, CA
Posted: 2007-07-29 11:44 pm   Permalink

Here's a "before" photo that Sabu posted in this thread:
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=68&forum=1



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woofmutt
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Posted: 2008-07-22 11:39 pm   Permalink

I dropped in on the Trade Winds in 2002. The young guy working the front desk said his mom (the manager) had added the masks and black velvet to the lobby and that he himself had designed the new plastic Trade Winds sign. Nice efforts considering similar places often completely erase all traces of Tiki.

Out front or by the pool I saw some old gas Tiki torches. It looks as if they may have been removed by 2007.
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2009-08-27 09:25 am   Permalink

Great shot of the original sign.


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nuKKe
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Posted: 2009-11-14 09:50 am   Permalink

We stayed there in early May 2007, just a couple of months before Sweet Daddy Tiki's visit. It was dirt cheap, around $26 per night, but the word 'dodgy' does not even begin to describe the state of the place. Bed&Crank, my husband called it.

 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2011-02-17 12:14 pm   Permalink

This is by far one of my favorite Tiki motel signs, so I was really happy to score a matchbook from this place.





The graphics and fonts make the sign look even cooler in the rendering.







Had never seen this one before.

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abstractiki
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Posted: 2011-02-17 7:02 pm   Permalink

Nice score! the tiki in the sign reminds me of the Grimes Islander sign.

 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-02-18 12:19 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-02-17 19:02, abstractiki wrote:
Nice score! the tiki in the sign reminds me of the Grimes Islander sign.



Thanks Abstract. Don't you mean the Tiki No sign? Ha!








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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2011-02-19 03:32 am   Permalink

Nice find! This is indeed one of the best examples of the "Shield sign" concept found in other places like the Leilani Wisconsin and Kon Tiki Tuscon, a subject which was discussed here by Sabu. It is also clearly a Tiki-period design, while the "Tradewinds" moniker, as I mentioned here...
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=38951&forum=2



...is clearly a Pre-Tiki concept. Looking at some of the Tradewinds motels posted here on TC, it is interesting that there were a couple of non-affiliated Tradewinds Motels who seem to have emulated the impressive Tulsa Tradewinds sign:



...which was also a Pre-Tiki design. Here are the Nebraska and Lake Tahoe ones:




(This one was has both, palm and Tiki)

Not quite as impressive, but they did better than this late, un-themed, POST-Tiki sign :



This makes Tradewinds signage another nice example of the transition form Polynesian pop to Tiki style.


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naugatiki
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From: Port Angeles, Wa
Posted: 2011-02-19 05:17 am   Permalink

[quote]


I've always wondered what that was a painting of since it appeared in the BOT page 234 floating out of place in the middle of The Sea And Jungle Shop looking more like a founding father at a distance than the classic black velvet nudie painting.





 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2011-02-19 11:09 am   Permalink

That is a famous Leeteg painting entitled "Old Tahitian chief" (...or something like it, I'm not at home where my Leeteg material is). It is based on a B&W photographic portrait by a Tahitian photographer, who actually sued Leeteg for copying a couple of his photos without permission.

 
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Johnny Dollar
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Posted: 2011-02-19 11:13 am   Permalink

the same painting is in the Waikiki Supper Club at the tiki motor lodge in lake george.

 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2013-12-09 3:46 pm   Permalink

I picked up a postcard that has a photo of the Trade Winds sign in the evening with the torches lit.




Also spotted this ad from the Trade Winds on flikr.




Here is the rest of the postcard. Unfortunately no Tiki shown anywhere else on the premises.



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Sweet Daddy Tiki
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Posted: 2013-12-09 5:31 pm   Permalink

That round bed is SWANK!

 
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