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VeroTiki
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Joined: Mar 11, 2009
Posts: 43
From: Vero Beach, Florida
Posted: 2013-02-04 10:03 am   Permalink

OK--I'm going right to the source of ALL of the Tiki knowledge, experience and passion--you all on TC. I have a question that I hope you can answer. If you could earn a full time living from Tiki, whatever form that takes, what would you do? Any ideas? Thanks in advance!!

 
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tikilongbeach
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Joined: Aug 05, 2011
Posts: 1346
From: Long Beach, CA via Dallas, TX
Posted: 2013-02-04 10:22 am   Permalink

Creating animatronics and lighting special effects for tiki bars and restaurants.
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Bay Park Buzzy
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Joined: Apr 07, 2006
Posts: 2843
From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2013-02-04 10:24 am   Permalink

My top three fantasy tiki jobs:

I'd order a big container full of tikis, signs, masks, and bamboo from Indonesia, and sell them all for 4 times what I paid.


Or...

I'd just knock out a bunch of Witco and Wayne Coombs ripoffs.

Or...

I'd make a bunch of molded Tiki Bob copies and Moai mugs.


I definitely wouldn't start a tiki band, if money is an issue.

Buzzy Out!
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Hale Tiki
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Joined: Oct 19, 2004
Posts: 1798
From: Pittsburgh
Posted: 2013-02-04 10:28 am   Permalink

Restaurant, or bar a la the Tiki Ti.

I've dreamed of that last one ever since I read about the Tiki Ti a long, long time ago.

Small bar, set menu, nice and cozy, get to know your patrons.

That's my dream.


 
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GROG
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Joined: Jun 21, 2006
Posts: 6902
From: Tujunga
Posted: 2013-02-04 10:36 am   Permalink

Tiki porn star, like Buzzy.

 
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LoriLovesTiki
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Joined: Jul 03, 2011
Posts: 881
From: NJ
Posted: 2013-02-04 10:46 am   Permalink

I'd like to do something on the side that's tiki related, seriously, but I am not talented! If I were (or if we're dreaming) I'd like to make something that's both tiki and beautiful like the many artists on TC. But if we're dreaming I'd also like to be a millionaire princess.


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Bay Park Buzzy
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Joined: Apr 07, 2006
Posts: 2843
From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2013-02-04 10:53 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-02-04 10:36, GROG wrote:
Tiki porn star, like Buzzy.



You start out doing it solely for the love of what you do. Then you acheive some success,and with that, the inevitable money that follows. Downside is: in Oakland they start protesting you and calling you an "evil 1 percenter!" because you do so well at what you do, and are rewarded for it. Sometimes I wish I was still a amateur, still just doing it only for the love of the act itself. Not for the commercial appeal and gain of my work, which sems to be the case now.

Don't get me wrong, the money is nice! But it used to be all so simple, and fun...
Buzzy Out!

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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11171
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2013-02-04 11:17 am   Permalink

I'd be Shag. Otherwise, keep it a hobby.

 
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Cammo
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Joined: May 18, 2006
Posts: 1952
From: San Diego
Posted: 2013-02-04 11:55 am   Permalink

"I definitely wouldn't start a tiki band, if money is an issue."

The Buzz makes a great point. I've always wondered what the thinking is behind the Tiki bands. It takes a huge and I mean HUGE amount of practice time, organizing, buying instruments, and even gas to get to all of your gigs. Some of the bands are smart (Martini Kings) and do it on a shoestring and make decent dough by playing a LOT of shows.

What's up with the other groups? What's the goal? It seems like they're losing money every time they play. This music will never be popular enough to sell past the breaking point online either, you can't dance to it and even music nerds barely acknowledge Exotica's existence.

Don't get me wrong; I love Exotica and wish it well, but I just read David Byrne's How Music Works and there simply ain't any cash in the game anymore.


 
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LostIsland
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Joined: Jul 27, 2012
Posts: 105
Posted: 2013-02-04 11:58 am   Permalink

Let demand dictate your course. Research as much tiki as you can and try your hand at creating anything that comes to mind. Working on your own Tiki lounge is a good way to find out if you have a talent for the work. If your creations are truly inspired, someone will likely inquire about them. If you try to push products into a market where there is no demand, you will likely be spinning your wheels. I say push on if for no other reason than the joy of creating. As long as you are happy with your creations, that's all that matters. If others show interest, great, you may be able to build that into something. If not, at least you enjoyed the process of creating and have some cool items and artifacts for your own tiki lounge.
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hiltiki
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Joined: Jun 10, 2004
Posts: 3119
From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2013-02-04 12:12 pm   Permalink

On a serious note, I would love to be the curator of a South Pacific collection in any museum... that would be fantastic.

 
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khan_tiki_mon
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Joined: Sep 15, 2006
Posts: 278
From: Syracuse, NY
Posted: 2013-02-04 12:38 pm   Permalink

Curator for a Tiki museum is awesome. I don't know where there is a Tiki museum and if I could find one I probably couldn't get the job anyway so I just just pretend my collecting is to build a museum of which I am the curator. If you don't plan on ever getting paid or ever making any money then it is a very rewarding occupation. It is most helpful if you have a spouse that will work and buy the groceries so that your time isn't wasted on the mundane but necessary crap needed for survival.
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Hale Tiki
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Joined: Oct 19, 2004
Posts: 1798
From: Pittsburgh
Posted: 2013-02-04 12:53 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-02-04 11:17, bigbrotiki wrote:
I'd be Shag. Otherwise, keep it a hobby.



This is funny.


 
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Hale Tiki
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Oct 19, 2004
Posts: 1798
From: Pittsburgh
Posted: 2013-02-04 12:54 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-02-04 10:53, Bay Park Buzzy wrote:
Quote:

On 2013-02-04 10:36, GROG wrote:
Tiki porn star, like Buzzy.



You start out doing it solely for the love of what you do. Then you acheive some success,and with that, the inevitable money that follows. Downside is: in Oakland they start protesting you and calling you an "evil 1 percenter!" because you do so well at what you do, and are rewarded for it. Sometimes I wish I was still a amateur, still just doing it only for the love of the act itself. Not for the commercial appeal and gain of my work, which sems to be the case now.

Don't get me wrong, the money is nice! But it used to be all so simple, and fun...
Buzzy Out!

[ This Message was edited by: Bay Park Buzzy 2013-02-04 10:54 ]



I am a star. I'm a star, I'm a star, I'm a star. I am a big, bright, shining star. That's right.


 
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lucas vigor
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Joined: May 12, 2004
Posts: 3985
From: SOCAL
Posted: 2013-02-04 1:01 pm   Permalink

"jack, do you want me to use the spanish accent this time?"

 
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