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Trader Gino's Storeroom of Art & Precious Cargo
Trader Gino
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From: Charlotte, NC
Posted: 2013-06-17 10:03 pm   Permalink

ATP thanks for the dedication! <raised glass>

 
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Hale Tiki
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From: Pittsburgh
Posted: 2013-06-18 05:14 am   Permalink

So all your outdoor tikis are foam?

Are you familiar with Styrospray?


 
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GROG
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From: Tujunga
Posted: 2013-06-18 09:48 am   Permalink

Gino, is your last name Cologist?

(I bet you never heard THAT one before)

GROG crack GROG up!

Nice foam Moai.

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Trader Gino
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From: Charlotte, NC
Posted: 2013-06-18 10:25 am   Permalink

Hale Tiki THANK YOU for finally giving a name to what I've been looking for. I'd love to try that stuff out. I knew something like that existed, but didn't know the name.
HAH! Nice one GROG! ...took me a sec



 
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Trader Gino
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From: Charlotte, NC
Posted: 2013-07-12 1:47 pm   Permalink

Aloha all!
Here's a replica of an old show poster, also the cover of Taschen's "Hula" book. Did it on rough cedar planks - the texture came through nicely, almost mimicking a coarse canvas. I dig it and will probably use it a lot in the future.


Acrylic on wood


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Trader Gino
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From: Charlotte, NC
Posted: 2013-08-03 4:26 pm   Permalink

Aloha all!
Just finished a new store hours sign. Pretty happy with the way it came out. It was my first big project with a router, so there's definitely room for improvement there. I was going for a Paul Marshall mug - inspired look. If you could see the sign up close, you'd see that all the dark brown and red areas are gloss coated and the beige area is matte...like the mugs.
7' x 2'. Acrylic on wood



Routing out the background


Seeing how the cut out letters look/ checking placement


Lick o' paint


..and voila.


Thanks for looking!


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swizzle
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From: Melbourne,Australia
Posted: 2013-08-03 5:06 pm   Permalink

I really like your work and you did a great job on that sign, it looks fantastic.

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Trader Gino
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From: Charlotte, NC
Posted: 2013-08-04 07:55 am   Permalink

Thanks so much swizzle!

 
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LoriLovesTiki
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From: NJ
Posted: 2013-08-04 09:38 am   Permalink

Nice skills! Nice tikis. My closest Trader Joe's is pretty far away, I have only been in it once or twice. (I wish they'd build another closer.) But I do remember a few tiki-ish signs.

Keep sharing & welcome back!
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Trader Gino
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From: Charlotte, NC
Posted: 2013-08-05 07:34 am   Permalink

Thank you Lori!

 
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tobunga
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Posted: 2013-08-07 10:37 pm   Permalink

Aloha Gino!

Awesome work!!!

I was in Burbank today, and coincidentally needed to stop by a Trader Joe's to restock supplies... I'd passed the location on Alameda a few times in the past, but after seeing this thread, I made a point of visiting this location, and...

WOW!!! This is by far the Tikiest Trader Joe's I've ever seen! Approaching the entrance the terrific trading hours sign you made creates an incredible introduction to the tikiness that awaits! Not to mention the tapa patterns on the windows! Nice!

I only needed a loaf of wheat and a loaf of sourdough bread, but I spent lots of time perusing the aisles (isles?), checking out the great artwork... so inventive and inviting! I especially liked the wine barrels that looked like tikis and the little bits of tapa and tiki that were positioned along the bamboo wall along the perimeter of the store. Very cool!

Just one question... what's the story with the skunks piloting planes at checkout? Interesting, but I couldn't figure out what it meant!

OH! You mentioned that you are a regional artist... sounds like your home base is the Burbank store, but how much influence do you have over surrounding locations? I ask because our local Joe's, in West Hollywood, just west of Santa Monica & La Brea, has made a concerted effort to move away from tiki... not that there was lots in the first place... it's been redone all Hollywood, with nary a tiki in sight... which is strange, since the shopping center where the store is located is slated for eminent demolition (TJ's is the last business in the whole complex)... why update the artwork when you're not long for this world anyway?

Well, keep on getting tiki out there for the masses!

Mucho Mahalos!!!
Eric



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Trader Gino
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From: Charlotte, NC
Posted: 2013-08-09 07:59 am   Permalink

Eric, thanks for stopping by and thanks so much for the kind words! It's a goal of mine to make the store the last bastion of TJ's tiki. As I learn more about Polynesian history and all the design aesthetics, I push myself to try new things and make the store a place that (hopefully) tikiphiles can enjoy. I've got a lot of plans for transforming the entry area - hopefully those plans will see the light of day.

SKUNK! SO, every TJ's tries to tie in an identity with its surrounding neighborhood and its history. I catch heat sometimes because I'd rather fill the place with tiki stuff, so I have to add elements of Burbank every now and then. Back in the day, Lockheed was a big part of Burbank. They had a department that was responsible for may cutting edge aircraft, called Skunk Works, and the skunks you saw were the logo.

Here's a pic so everyone can catch up


These signs are SUPPOSED to be next to the skunks




I don't know what's going on with that West Hollywood store. I thought it was going to close soon after the store near Hollywood & Vine opened.
I'll find out and PM you if I get any info. If you happen to stop in the Hollywood & Vine store, check out these two by the street entrance. Had fun doing 'em!




Thanks again Eric!



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Trader Gino
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From: Charlotte, NC
Posted: 2013-08-13 09:17 am   Permalink

Aloha all!

Working on a new sign frame. The right side is open so signs can be slid in & out. I painted the inside panel of the sign frame so it never looks empty if there's no sign inside.

Here are some WIP pics:













Will post finished pics soon!



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TikiTacky
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Posted: 2013-08-13 09:57 am   Permalink

We're getting a new Trader Joe's out here in lovely Boulder, Colorado. Maybe you could make a trip out to help them with their identity?
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Trader Gino
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From: Charlotte, NC
Posted: 2013-08-14 3:55 pm   Permalink

...and all done!





TikiTacky, it's funny because a buddy of mine is transferring out to Boulder to help open the store. He told me I should come up and help out too! We'll see what happens. Maybe I'll at least be able to design some shelf tags from home with tikis or something...



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