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Captain Jack
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Joined: May 01, 2010
Posts: 343
From: Menifee, California
Posted: 2012-02-09 1:08 pm   Permalink

Good points, Swanky!

If someone took that photo and carved a tiki from it - slice for slice - ..... and even had the audacity to put his own name where that guy usually puts his .... well, that deserves a swift kick in the onions!

But there has to be levels of latitude for the commonalities of tiki carving ... that nose looks like some I've seen before ... did he copy it from someone else's work? Those teeth look like the same teeth I've seen on hundreds of tikis, why can't he be ORIGINAL? Why can't he strive to be DIFFERENT? ... there's only so much one can do to design a never before seen set of chompers! .... I will give him this, the eyes he puts on his logs are unique and after having seen this topic, I would now question a tiki that I saw with eyes like that.

Blatent duplication of someone's work is not right and I don't blame the guy if that is what he is finding ... but that doesn't mean "similarities" as a part of someone's carve should be ballooned into a blanket statement that one's work is being "ripped off!"

Have a Great Day!

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Joined: Jun 01, 2009
Posts: 2379
From: Tampa, FL
Posted: 2012-02-09 3:07 pm   Permalink

Whatever. In my world there aren't any good excuses for treating nice people like shit, so no, I would never act like that regardless of how many people copied my stuff.

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Joined: Aug 22, 2004
Posts: 1962
From: Sunny Florida
Posted: 2012-02-10 03:27 am   Permalink

"I like big teeth I can't deny"....

The Coombs has many many stories revolving around being a total tool towards people.



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Joined: Apr 03, 2002
Posts: 5306
From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2012-02-10 07:59 am   Permalink

I know Wayne is a hard ass. So I suggest steering clear of this very touchy subject with him. And if it comes up, don't discus it either. Too many people were "inspired" by Wayne and started selling Wayne style rip offs over in Tampa or wherever.

But, before Wayne did it, there were no "Jimmy Carter" tikis out there. If you have seen a hundred of them out there, it is because 100 guys have copied his very populate style.

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Joined: Jun 01, 2009
Posts: 2379
From: Tampa, FL
Posted: 2012-02-12 06:36 am   Permalink

well, just know that some of us here in Tampa are doin' our own thing brother!

And I don't ever plan on engaging him on the subject of tikis (or anything else for that matter) ever again, so I doubt it will "come up".

But hey, on a separate note, I really don't like being a hater, and I still respect the guy despite my bad encounter with him. He is one of the main dudes in Florida, period. I used to live & surf in Cocoa Beach, and his work is one of the main things that inspired me to start doing my own, period.

And I also have to admit, my bad encounter with him may have been what inspired me most. I left his shop PISSED...and told myself "F this guy...I'm going to do better stuff than him someday". It still drives me. So I guess maybe I owe him more than I want to admit.

Mahalos to all, Wayne too. Now I'd better get my a$$ over to the Tahitian and get back to work.

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