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Tiki and vintage Hot Rod / Custom Car culture
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11594
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2012-02-01 06:52 am   Permalink


On 2012-02-01 06:39, Cammo wrote:
"There is no need to prove the CURRENT connection, which is a pretty obvious fact."

Prove schmoove.

Why do we need to PROVE anything? Who exactly are we "proving" this to; nobody's in charge, nobody's taking tickets, there's no test at the end, nobody's completely right and nobody's completely wrong, this isn't a lab experiment or a doctoral thesis, and in every single TC case the deviation from the thread is always the most interesting!

I dig those TNT pics!!! Keep 'em coming!!! Color me gone!!!

Sigh, there he goes again. Why don't you go and start your own club, pal.

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King Bushwich the 33rd
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Joined: Jan 10, 2005
Posts: 1530
From: Ling Cod Beach, CA 90803
Posted: 2012-06-13 9:33 pm   Permalink

I heard that Rod and Custom Magazine was doing a photo shoot at Don the Beachcomber (Huntington Beach/Sunset Beach) today and shootin' vintage woodies.

Keep your eyes, ears, nose or whatever senses you have available on future issues.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: May 15, 2003
Posts: 152
Posted: 2012-08-31 9:14 pm   Permalink

Jungle Jim and Jungle Pam and a sorta tiki funny car.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Feb 04, 2006
Posts: 378
From: So Cal-holic
Posted: 2013-03-09 4:09 pm   Permalink

Here is another example I found of a car club plaque that is a direct link to tiki. The company who made these were in business from the late 1950s until about 1969.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: May 16, 2008
Posts: 2720
From: Dogtown, USA
Posted: 2013-07-13 07:59 am   Permalink

Never assume.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 12, 2002
Posts: 7918
From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2013-07-13 10:31 am   Permalink


On 2013-07-13 07:59, JOHN-O wrote:
This is pretty cool. It's a recreation of the the "Surfite with Tiki Hut" Revell model...

(photo by Bamboo Ben)

As Tiki documented on pages 236-237 in the "Surfin' Tiki" chapter in the BOT...

And our favorite Hula Girl, Miss Dinah DeRosa, who made the cover of the OC Weekly...

It's at the "Kustom Kulture II" exhibit running through August 31st in Huntington Beach, CA.

EDIT - Oh yeah, I'm assuming the Tiki Hut was built by Bamboo Ben. Big Daddy Roth gets credit for the Surfite.

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Hey Jon-O! Never assume ( Bad News Bears....) but YES! I built the hut!!

And, there is more tiki at the show! So come on down!!


Bamboo Ben
Tiki Bars I've designed/built. TikiCat, Royal Hawaiian, Kona Club, Frankie's Tiki Room, Pacific Seas, Don the Beachcomber,Forbidden Island, Kon Tiki Tucson, Tiki No,etc....

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 11, 2011
Posts: 929
Posted: 2013-07-13 10:46 am   Permalink

Looks awesome Ben!

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 5088
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2013-07-13 11:08 am   Permalink

Now that is really cool! Nice job. Looks like a busy Saturday next week, Don's Marketplace, Huntington Beach Art Center, and Tonga Hut 55th.


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Joined: Jul 13, 2013
Posts: 1
Posted: 2013-07-13 11:36 am   Permalink

Additional Products Pictures
Gilligan’s Tiki Huts began building quality Tiki Huts and bars in Florida in 1979. Bill White, the owner and builder of the huts, invested a great deal of time in research and study with the Native American Indians learning the techniques involved in order to perfect his trade. In the early years he was known to many as "the Hut Man" and "Gilligan" as in the popular TV series Gilligan’s Island, hence the name, Gilligan’s Tiki Huts, emerged.
tiki huts

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Sep 14, 2004
Posts: 4284
From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2017-04-08 06:08 am   Permalink


On 2011-05-25 23:30, Kon-Tiki Viking wrote:
I think it's more likely that the Hot Rod pith helmets are just US Military surplus...the Marine Corps wore them in WW2...see attached photo..

I think that makes the most sense. Here's another great salt flats pith helmet for good measure.


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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Sep 12, 2012
Posts: 173
From: broken arrow
Posted: 2017-04-08 2:46 pm   Permalink


On 2011-05-23 16:15, Lukeulele wrote:
Typically what a car club would do back in the 50s and 60s (and, today, as well) would be to have car club plaques cast with their logo or insignia. These were aluminum plaques approximately 6"X 9" in size (about the size of a license plate). They would usually be painted in the club colors and then sanded so the top portion of the image would be aluminum and the lower relief area painted. The plaques would be hung from the rear bumper in support of the club. The images below are raw aluminum plaques before painting and sanding. These are just a few of some original clubs from the late 1950's.

Not necessarily Tiki, but fitting for this forum....

Hey Rick, what's this cool club you speak of??

these guys are a great company, i've had them make plaques for us a few times - you can search a database at this manufacturer that has 12,000 old plaques - looks like they have the Mau Maus one, so they could probably remake it


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