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Why do we classify mugs from Chinese restaurants as Tiki?
lucas vigor
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Joined: May 12, 2004
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Posted: 2012-12-18 7:54 pm   Permalink

I generally agree with Sven's idea of what tiki is. Actually, I buy into the idea wholeheartedly.....which is why I find it so strange that real tiki hardly exists anymore, and that very few people seem to have a problem with that. I find the greatest dilution of tiki to actually occur in the area of tiki music. What passes for tiki music these days is just a form of rock music with tiki imagery and tiki song titles.
In all other aspects of tiki, many here on this forum get it 100% correct...except for the music. I am pretty sure I disagree with Sven 100% on what tiki music is. It's probably the only thing I would disagree with him on, when it comes to tiki.

One thing I always feel is that tiki is a subset of mid century culture. I also like safari style, asian style, latin style...all done with a mid century flavor style...and of course, I like atomic age/jet age stuff as well, feeling that the sputnik motel is right at home next to the bali hai motor lodge. So I can safely say that a vintage chinese restaurant from the 50's is just as cool as a tiki bar, for different but same reasons.

[ This Message was edited by: lucas vigor 2012-12-18 19:59 ]

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