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Tiki and vintage Hot Rod / Custom Car culture
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11606
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2011-05-22 8:54 pm   Permalink

Cool, so we got the TAHITIAN, the HAWAIIAN, and the POLYNESIAN now! Shows how those monikers were part of peoples' world back then. Interesting how, especially in comparison to today's Tiki revival, none of those cars sport any Polynesian pop design elements (not to mention Tiki).

Well, I am not a custom car guy, but I can see that the Tahitian and Polynesian are all about stripped, clean lines, ANY ornament would have been extraneous and against their concept. But the Hawaiian, and those hot rods don't have anything Poly pop on them either (x-ept that cool Bamboo font!)

That spark plug ad rang a bell...

...and I dug up this large old water decal from my files, showing a smiling version of that mask:

I have no idea where it came from originally...

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