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New Nirve Bike - Tahitian Sunset (tiki laced)
Mongoloid
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Posted: 2010-05-12 5:52 pm   Permalink

Check out this sneak peek of the new Nirve beach cruiser bike called the Tahitian Sunset. Shoots!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coDTukhsK8A

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Mongoloid
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Posted: 2010-05-12 5:59 pm   Permalink

Should be available in a couple of weeks!

 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-05-12 8:28 pm   Permalink

Kool for kids. But here is a good opportunity for me to point out my pet peeve again, because we don't know the artist, and folks have not jumped in and oooh-ed and aaaah-ed about this bike yet, so nobody will feel personally attacked or like I am intending to "spoil their fun":

To me, this is another sad example of uninspired, generic Tiki, with the designer not having looked further than the internet, and copying a bunch of standard Tiki revival designs from it. Here is one, a cheapo (but cool) Tiki lighter, I could dig up each and every one, it's just to tiresome:



As I said many times: Drawing a cartoony face with a toothy grin and slapping the label TIKI on it does not make it a Tiki. The joke of Polynesian pop lies in using original Oceanic AND mid-century concepts as inspiration and giving them a new twist. By just repeating standard Tiki revival Tikis, Tiki culture will go in circles creatively, and become as cliche and redundant as Cadillac tail fins and Marilyn Monroe. And that would be a shame, considering that the initial appeal of Polynesian pop lies in its infinite variety of re-interpreting an art form in unique, creative ways.


 
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Tom Slick
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Posted: 2010-05-12 9:33 pm   Permalink

Knowing the Nirve bike line(been looking for months now for a bike for the GF), this will be simply, a nice accompaniment to the ladies "minx" model bike. Their other styles are pretty simple. I think this bike is alright, and it beats out "party city" by a longshot and it's still better than the "Jeep Wrangler" tiki package shown in another thread! . I can only imagine what it might cost to have a known artist to design graphics for a mass produced bike...I think its not bad for an off the shelf bike. No lie, I've seen worse tiki motif bikes! hahaha It kind of reminds me of the TF mugs that came out not too long ago....
(OT congrats Sven on the CD endeavor, and hope it is going good! The book and graphics look great!)


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-05-12 9:43 pm   Permalink

Thanks Tom. I am not saying the bike looks BAD. But at the same time, it is a good example to make my point, which, I am aware of, will not be understood and does not matter anywhere else -but on Tiki Central.

 
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Zeta
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Posted: 2010-05-12 9:47 pm   Permalink

Santo Guacamole Sven! It's impossible to please you!

JAJA I'm joking... I agree with you... The bike is cool but it could been subzero if they invested more creativity and originality in the tikis... time and love... it is possible, you know? But the bike is great anyway... How much?
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-05-12 10:59 pm   Permalink

I am just trying to keep peoples eyes and minds sharp. They are saying that, because of the uncertain economic times, people are looking for the familiar, the things they know, the easily recognizable, to make them feel safe.
But that ain't the way of Tiki.


 
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Bongo Bungalow
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Posted: 2010-05-13 03:03 am   Permalink

Do some degree, the internet and "desk top publishing" (is that phrase used anymore?), shares the blame for lack of original artwork. Wouldn't you agree? It's just so easy to take an idea such as "tiki-themed bike" and mock it up in minutes. Then, why spend months designing? "We're here to make money aren't we? We'll just adjust the mock-up a little!"

What's most interesting to me, is the fact that "tiki" is still occasionally used as a design theme. What brand position does the product acquire with this theme?




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Tom Slick
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Posted: 2010-05-13 09:10 am   Permalink

I get Sven's point. They didn't push the creative realm hard enough. The Concept is there, the fit and finish product as far as the artwork goes falls short. But devil's advocate here, Don't you think that Nirve used a more generic "public domain" tiki to avoid lawsuits, and avoid paying someone royalties or a fat paycheck given the economy? I would guess so, personally.

Believe me, I would have sold my soul, and ran out to Nirve factory if it was done in Bumatay fashion, but I'm sure nobody at Nirve has heard of him before. Still, I stand by my original post, that I actually like it, even the way the colors blend and fade into eachother, kinda like the "flounder art decal mug" from tiki farm.


 
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Tom Slick
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Posted: 2010-05-13 1:33 pm   Permalink

Something strange about a page I found, stating it was a bike made in 2004?
http://www.jlaforums.com/viewtopic.php?p=34075889
Maybe I'm not reading this right, or the bike has been a long prototype that came to being?



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Tom Slick
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Posted: 2010-05-14 11:30 am   Permalink

Just in from Nirve.
Steve from Nirve here. We did have a "Tahitian Sunset" bike in 2004. This is an updated re-release. you can find more info about on our website.

Solved my question.


 
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Mongoloid
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Posted: 2010-05-14 2:28 pm   Permalink

The bike will cost $339 available in a mens frame made of aluminum, which is lighter then the steel frames. There is going to be a matching tiki bell to come out later this month. I talked to Marissa the girl that created and designed the bike which is a Nirve in house artist. If you have any questions or comments you can reach her at marissa@nirve.com

I personally won't be buying the bike, but if any artists want to contact her and collaborate in the future maybe i would buy a tiki metamorhopsis of this one. I think a mix of Tiki Tony and Bosko would create a bitchin bike.


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leleliz
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Posted: 2010-05-14 2:49 pm   Permalink



Heaven forbid the creators didn't spend a lifetime devoted to researching polypop and tiki before they made it. How dare they use a tiki in their design that has been copied from similar images already out there!!

Good grief already. Its just a freakin bike!

Not my style but they do make nice bikes.



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Mongoloid
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Posted: 2010-05-14 4:19 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-05-14 14:49, leleliz wrote:

Not my style but they do make nice bikes.




Thats basiccly what i said. I own a Nirve also and im a fan of their bikes. I was just thinking and suggesting something along the lines of a collaboration like Nirve did with the Paul Frank bikes. Why not find that niche (Tiki Central) get input then design it? Marissa seemed very interested in this site, so im sure her exposure to the different artists on Tiki Central could inspire the next creation. But a collabo with the artists we know and love would be evolutionary!


 
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Bongo Bungalow
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Posted: 2010-05-14 4:50 pm   Permalink

Maybe a mix of a tiki bike and the breast artwork going on that other thread... that would be nice.


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