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Kon-Hemsby
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Joined: Sep 17, 2003
Posts: 1274
From: Andover, England
Posted: 2013-02-01 05:38 am   Permalink

Sorry if this has already been covered, but I can't see it anywhere: Does anyone know the reason behind the tiki in the MGM logo?





 
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JOHN-O
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Joined: May 16, 2008
Posts: 2685
From: Dogtown, USA
Posted: 2013-02-01 05:56 am   Permalink

Not a Tiki but rather the comedy half of the tragedy/comedy theater mask icons...



 
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AceExplorer
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Joined: Apr 03, 2008
Posts: 947
From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2013-02-01 06:05 am   Permalink

I think that mask is actually a non-tiki and stylized representation of one of the "Tragedy" and "Comedy" masks which are a common symbol of theatre and related performing arts. Indeed a quick Google search, and a search of a couple other wikis, shows that others simply refer to this element of the MGM logo design as "a drama mask." I read that the MGM logo has undergone several changes throughout the life of the company, and the mask has appeared in several colors and has been surrounded by various (or lack thereof) embellishments at different times.

 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11107
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2013-02-01 07:30 am   Permalink

It is not unheard-of that comedy/tragedy masks get mistaken as Tiki designs, one of the most common examples is this Arrow liqueur decanter:





I am 100 % certain the designer of this lovely ceramic piece had nothing "Tiki" on his mind, rather the faces are those of a court jester, part of the history of the comedy/tragedy logo.


However, to make the matter a little more complicated, there are a few clear examples where mid-century Tiki artists used the comedy/tragedy concept in their work, as in the case of these air conditioner covers at the Kona Pali apartments in LA:




Another fine example for the deliberate use of both concepts is this pendant, a wonderful mix of mid-century modern, primitive, cartoon, and comedy/tragedy:



 
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Kon-Hemsby
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Joined: Sep 17, 2003
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From: Andover, England
Posted: 2013-02-02 10:30 am   Permalink

That makes sense. It just looked NZ tiki-ish with the ferns surrounding it.
Once it's been seen in the logo, you see it everytime.
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