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Tiki Central Forums Locating Tiki Pitcairn Motel, Garden Grove, CA (motel)
Pitcairn Motel, Garden Grove, CA (motel)
Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2011-11-21 6:19 pm   Permalink

Name:Pitcairn Motel
Type:motel
Street:11715 Harbor Blvd
City:Garden Grove
State:CA
Zip:
country:USA
Phone:
Status:defunct

Description:


The Pitcairn Motel was located at 11751 Harbor Boulevard near Disneyland. It sported one of the "Best Ever" Tiki motel signs out there that lasted until it was demolished in 1998. I have seen very little paper ephemera from this place, occasionally spotting this matchbook on ebay.





There are a few nice photos of the sign and the A-Frame lobby building to be found on the web (and the Book of Tiki).




Near the end




The OC Tiki exhibit from Kevin and Jodie had a photo with info on the sign.




There was also a restaurant building located next door that had a bit of an A-frame/Poly Pop look to it. It was originally called the East Wind as shown in this photos





It later changed names to Yoshis's Japanese restaurant as shown here.


The sign has inspired a few artists.





Including some from TC






Sure would love to track down a postcard or brochure from this place.


DC



 
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abstractiki
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Joined: Aug 29, 2009
Posts: 604
From: Lodi, CA
Posted: 2011-11-21 10:23 pm   Permalink

This temple has developed a special kind of popularity in the tiki world. I'm surprised it didn't already have it's own thread. Thanks DC for finding all those images and putting them all together in this much needed thread.

 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11130
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2011-11-21 11:08 pm   Permalink

Nice post, for a spectacular sign! I have also been tracking the sign in contemporary works, since most were inspired by its full page photo in the BOT. It has also appeared in a video game...



...as a CD cover, and on boxer shorts. This one is my favorite though...



...since it unites TWO images form the BOT, that sign and the Leroy Tiki.


 
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bigtikidude
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Posts: 8869
From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2011-11-21 11:33 pm   Permalink

What Cd cover Sven?
and can you post a pic of it please?

thanks
Jeff(btd)



 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2011-11-22 07:25 am   Permalink

It was such an iconic Tiki sign, you can see why people where "drawn" to copy the image!

The CD cover was BJ Cole's Trouble in Paradise.



Never seen a pic of the Pitcairn boxers.

DC


 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2011-11-23 10:49 am   Permalink

For completionists, here's the boxers :



...altered quite a bit, but nevertheless:



The music of the previous CD has nothing to do with Tiki, or surf, or anything mid-century. The sign was just chosen by a graphic designer as a cool visual. The same goes for this CD for the Japanese pop group The High-Lows, which used parts of the sign, and helped itself to several other elements from the BOT:



The title of the CD also comes from the BOT, and is a funny insider joke.


 
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bigtikidude
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From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2011-11-28 4:07 pm   Permalink

thanks guys,

Jeff(btd)




 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-02-01 6:47 pm   Permalink

Another view of the sign, from the video game Grand Theft Auto



DC


 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2014-05-18 08:56 am   Permalink

Another artist inspiration from the Pitcairn Motel - This one entitled Tiki Palms.



By George Thomas, you can purchase a print
here

DC


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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2014-05-18 10:32 am   Permalink

Nicely done. And here, its death sentence, from my upcoming publication "Tiki Pop":



[ This Message was edited by: bigbrotiki 2014-05-18 15:37 ]


 
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