Joined: Aug 03, 2003
From: San Jose, CA
|Posted: 2012-12-18 9:43 pm  Permalink|
I stumbled upon Tiki quite by chance. I collected mugs and the related ephemera before I found Tiki Central or Sven's first Book of Tiki. I grew up in a Tiki-devoid locale known as Connecticut, but thankfully moved to California when I was 9. But for some unknown reason, I could determine what was and wasn't Tiki.
Then I found this site and then found out about the BoT and truly agreed with the way that early members on the site and Sven defined the genre. I like the purest aspects of Tiki and do what I can to adhere to vintage Tiki and Polynesiana for my own Tiki Bar-esqe environ. Why? Because I like the idea of something be pure and true to its origins.
Now, back to topic, the mugs I was originally asking about included these (thanks Humuhumu and the contributors from Ooga-Mooga - to pay proper respects). And as Sven had clearly called out, Tiki/Polynesian restaurants set the groundwork for modern Chinese restaurants (for both the good and the bad).:
While this is just a small sampling, I would absolutely love to see other mugs that fall under this sub-genre...I will do my best to add others that I have that aren't on Ooga-Mooga or Tiki Central (at least I haven't uncovered them yet!)