advertise on Tiki Central

Celebrating classic and modern Polynesian Pop
  [Edit Profile]  [Edit Preferences]  [Search] [Sign Up]
[Personal Messages]  [Member List]  [Help/FAQ]  [Rules]  [Login]
Tiki Central Forums Creating Tiki Other Crafts "trader hic's" finally painted and posted here!! enjoy!!!
Goto page ( 1 | 2 | 3 Next Page )
"trader hic's" finally painted and posted here!! enjoy!!!
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Apr 30, 2004
Posts: 610
Posted: 2008-10-09 09:54 am   Permalink


My painting I shared the thinking process with you all on was finished almost a year ago. I have had several TC'ers ask me at events why I have not posted the final result, and I have no excuses, except I just plain forgot! This painting kept being postponed for other more "marketable" images and sat in drawing form for a few years until it was finally painted around this time last year. All those who understand Tiki have loved this piece..but those who do not have said this was about the weirdest freaking image they ever saw! I was accused of doing speedballs chased by corn liquor to come up with such nonsense.

To view the very first idea sketches in my sketchbook and the feedback from all the great TC friends, view the original thread:

So here it is!! Inspired by my trips to paint old farm houses while at Disney and doing what we called "paint-outs". I visited many old barns in the deep mid-west..and wondered what would happen is some homespun farmer out there wanted to BS all his neighbors and kin into thinking he had been to the Islands and knew how to create an "authentic" Tiki bar. So he took all his farming junk, his wild imagination and talent for weaving tales about his adventures in Tiki and created this! ENJOY!! The Mai Tai's are "genuine" plain label punch and fine corn liquor!! OH...and they are served up in hand painted "Tiki" milk bottles, garnished with REAL canned pineapple rings and maraschino cherries straight from the jar! Great with a pickle or corn on the cobb..FREE from the Poo Poo platter!!!


This guy is stealing from the pickled egg lava lamp...note the cork lei, carved apple core tiki necklace and magnificent POO POO platter!! Nothin' like "Cheese Wup" on white bread and corn on a stick too..and FREE yet!!!

What great puffer lights can be made with a nice hot water bottle, a couple corks and a hand full of toothpicks!! That old mounted trout sure came in handy!! Just add an old butcher knife and twine and they'll all believe its a real life "Tropical sordfish from "Hawaia"!! Strung tin cans are the base of one of two palm tree and nothin' like chicken wire for fish netting! Dig the farmer's wife in the back!! She makes real hula dancer's "pale" in comparison!!

Here's a better view of the other "palm tree" made of a couple moose antler plaques, bowling ball "coconuts" and strung tin can trunk. A neighbor farmer tries out the "surfing simulator" made out of an old Ironing board. Note the "januine" shark jaws above the door(bear trap), and the "Moo Moo" with Hawaiian Island markings(miracle?... or was it from the help of a little creative white wash adjustments??).

Now meet "Trader Hic" himself..tendin' to bar! He is cleanin' off a milk bottle for the next customer. Note his hand carved Tiki pendant("carrot wood" of course!). His authentic Island "Parit" sits patiently in it's bike inner tube ring perch. No FEEDIN', now!!..He's on strict exotic diet (most likely the Poo Poo's).

last but not least,this shows a close up of a "hillbilly outrigger". This one is a fountain and jacuzzi! He is shootin' us the Shaka! Surrounding him are two of the Tiki's made of stuff found around the farm.

Soooooo FOLKS!! If Ya ever make it to The Trader's parts!! Look Him up!!! Rest assured...you can find a little Tiki in a LOT of unlikely places!!!

Look for more of this series.. It's part of the "Home Spun Tiki Bars" Series I plan to continue where you will see the creativity of Tiki bars in basements and backyards that refuse to be without Tiki..and makeeTiki out of whatever is available!!

Aloha y'All!! THOR

[ This Message was edited by: THOR's 2008-10-09 10:24 ]

 View Profile of THOR's Send a personal message to THOR's  Email THOR's Goto the website of THOR's     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Oct 02, 2002
Posts: 2765
From: The Coast of Kauai
Posted: 2008-10-09 10:25 am   Permalink

Yee hoo that looks like a bar where you might find my kin folks talkin' story like about the time grandpappy while all snockered up on roadhouse corn tried to tie a grass skirt to the neighbors sow. Well that ol pig knocked him clear o'er into the still and Grandpappy burned his sunday britches clean through to the skin. He ended up marrying that pig.

As always an amazing piece of work Thor. So much to take in and boggle on.


Stoke & Flow

 View Profile of Chongolio Send a personal message to Chongolio  Email Chongolio Goto the website of Chongolio     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Apr 30, 2004
Posts: 610
Posted: 2008-10-09 10:35 am   Permalink

Chongolio!! YOU are a HOOT!!! lol!! Just don't get Squid started on this Hillbilly banter again...He can go on till the cows come home!!! Giggle....Snort~

View Profile of THOR's Send a personal message to THOR's  Email THOR's Goto the website of THOR's     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 17, 2008
Posts: 1560
From: Riverside, California
Posted: 2008-10-09 10:45 am   Permalink

Thor -

GOD THIS IS HILARIOUS - A true modern classic!

This is on par with anything created for MAD magazine - and I say this with utmost respect and admiration. Your technique is so intense, the characters are spot on and the end result is universal; The scene created here inspires out-bursts of laughter from everybody I've shown this to.

I'm honored to have the chance to express my gratitude to you here on this forum, and I look forward to all of your future works that share the same degree of brilliant execution and level of comedy / satire that this piece explodes with. Thanks Tom for sharing.


View Profile of TikiG Send a personal message to TikiG  Email TikiG     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Apr 03, 2002
Posts: 5311
From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2008-10-09 10:47 am   Permalink

Ah bleve that's just over the ridge from Nawger Nob up in Townsend. Just past Tater Sparks place.

View Profile of Swanky Send a personal message to Swanky  Email Swanky Goto the website of Swanky     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
little lost tiki
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 12, 2006
Posts: 7750
From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2008-10-09 11:06 am   Permalink

Very Nice, Tom!
You're an incredible artist
with an incredible imagination !
what a powerful combo!

i just wish we had a Trader Hicks in Danville, Illinois
where i grew up....
free pickles...man!
Kudos to You-dos!


www.kinnyruzic.com Art Blogs Wishes Fulfilled!
I'm on Facebook and now Instagram under Ken Ruzic
AW Jeah!

View Profile of little lost tiki Send a personal message to little lost tiki  Email little lost tiki Goto the website of little lost tiki     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Grand Member (8 years)  

Joined: Mar 30, 2008
Posts: 9064
From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2008-10-09 12:37 pm   Permalink

There's a fine line between lunacy and genius...that's all I have to say 'bout that Great work! I had seen your amazing shrunken heads in various posts but somehow missed your paintings, guess I'll have to go back and search them out.

View Profile of MadDogMike Send a personal message to MadDogMike  Goto the website of MadDogMike     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Tiki Socialite

Joined: May 12, 2006
Posts: 431
From: Vacant lot where T. Vic's, Van. was
Posted: 2008-10-09 3:55 pm   Permalink

That is completely awesome. And the light/coloring is amazing. Brings back memories of visiting the relatives in Saskatchewan. (Well, sorta)
A Collection of Exotic Albums! & The Sandy Warner Files

 View Profile of twitch Send a personal message to twitch      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Sep 14, 2004
Posts: 4284
From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2008-10-10 12:13 am   Permalink

Looks great, as Id expect from you Some great ideas in there

 View Profile of hewey Send a personal message to hewey  Email hewey     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jan 05, 2003
Posts: 1195
From: Texas Tikiland
Posted: 2008-10-10 10:16 am   Permalink

Love the puffer fish water bottle

Thanks for sharing, Thor - Fabulous!!!!!!

View Profile of croe67 Send a personal message to croe67      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Apr 30, 2004
Posts: 610
Posted: 2008-10-12 10:34 am   Permalink

Thanks!! I couldn't think of anything at the time to be glass fishfloats that would be in a barn....so went with the puffer bottles. Anyway..I am currently working on what I call "Huma Hummer". It's a view at what a hard core Tiki fan does with a military hummer, a .50 cal. machine gun and other military periphenalia in the middle of the Iraqui dessert amid the date palms. Stay tuned!! Thjat will be done in the next couple days!

View Profile of THOR's Send a personal message to THOR's  Email THOR's Goto the website of THOR's     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Robb Hamel
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 07, 2008
Posts: 1013
From: Ohio
Posted: 2008-10-12 3:19 pm   Permalink

This is a MONSTER piece of work, nothing less.

View Profile of Robb Hamel Send a personal message to Robb Hamel  Goto the website of Robb Hamel     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Grand Member (8 years)  

Joined: Jun 17, 2002
Posts: 7401
Posted: 2008-10-12 4:20 pm   Permalink

I'm sitting here thinking that I can't even find the right words to say how I feel. It's so fun and imaginative and covers ever base, a great work of art.

We are looking forward to all the tiki treasures we signed up for at Oasis 8. You rock. Wendy and Dan


[ This Message was edited by: danlovestikis 2008-10-12 16:26 ]

View Profile of danlovestikis Send a personal message to danlovestikis      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Apr 30, 2004
Posts: 610
Posted: 2008-10-12 5:26 pm   Permalink

Thanks Dan and Wendy!! My goodness I look hung over in all the Oasis pics I have seen!! HAaaa It was great meeting you.

Robb, I have been meaning to write on your blog for months. Your velvets are absolutely AWESOME!!! I have a series I began a while back that sold well in the Gallery and have all sorts of ideas I need to get onto the fuzzy canvas of love myself. I appreciate your sense of light and we share a similar background in past careers where we had to learn to imagine light and form when inventing things that don't exist. Anyway..I love your work as well and send you at LEAST equal praise.

View Profile of THOR's Send a personal message to THOR's  Email THOR's Goto the website of THOR's     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Dec 08, 2004
Posts: 322
From: Arcadia Ca.
Posted: 2008-10-12 5:46 pm   Permalink

Fantastic painting Tom! Love the depth and detail in it, from behind the bar to outside the front door. Great sense of humor too. Kudos to you.

View Profile of TIKI-TONGA Send a personal message to TIKI-TONGA  Email TIKI-TONGA     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Goto page ( 1 | 2 | 3 Next Page )

[ About Tiki Central | Contact Tiki Central | Advertise on Tiki Central ]
(c) 2000-2018 Tikiroom.com (tm), Tiki Central (tm)

Credits & copyright infomation