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Rise and Fall of Tiki feature in Wired magazine
AceExplorer
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From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2014-07-18 11:25 am   Permalink

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On 2014-07-17 13:23, Quinntiki wrote:
I get the Jimmy Buffett thing now. I just went to his website and found this collection of slightly offensive and anti-tiki tropical swag: http://www.margaritavillecaribbean.com/store/. Blech.



Thanks, I went and looked at that Jimmy Buffett store. I'll bet Jimmy Buffett himself has ZERO of that crapola in his house, his bar, his kitchen, etc.


 
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tikiskip
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Joined: Nov 26, 2005
Posts: 2851
Posted: 2014-07-18 11:27 am   Permalink

I've got two Indonesian masks myself, gifts I think.
But my point was more about the instant hate of Parrot heads/buffet when we got pockets of
parrot head behavior in our group as well.
But then Parrot heads did not seem to know each other or have celebrities like the tiki world does.
Went to a show 15 or so years ago, so you are less likely to be pissed at the drunken stuff people
that you know or respect do as in the tiki world.

Heck we could not find a tiki in Hawaii when we went, they were all Boskos work that we saw there.


 
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LostIsland
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Joined: Jul 27, 2012
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Posted: 2014-07-18 12:28 pm   Permalink

Good point, there are certainly Tiki fans that behave in the same manner, but it doesn't seem to be promoted by the community as much as with parrotheads. Within the Tiki community, it seems more the exception rather than rule. My complaint lies mostly with the design aesthetic as opposed to the fans behavior. Anytime alcohol comes into the mix, there will always be those who can't seem to behave reasonably. I think that tends to be the case regardless of what community is in question.

I can't begin to speak of how sad the over commercialization of Hawaii makes me. My biggest customers are native Hawaiians in the islands. It just seems profoundly sad that to get affordable Polynesian cultural crafts, islanders have to turn to a haole in California. I feel glad and thankful for the opportunity to help fill that role, but it makes me sad that the circumstances in the islands make it necessary.
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AceExplorer
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From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2014-08-29 08:11 am   Permalink

Over the past month or so I have received two email ads from two different bar supply companies touting their "tiki bar" stuff. One ad featured a plain thatched bar on a beach somewhere and they pasted a "tiki bar" sign onto the front. The other ad featured a bunch of "hand painted" bar signs, one of which was a "tiki bar" sign with a big colorful macaw ala Jimmy Buffett. In each instance I wrote back to the company and explained how they were doing an injustice to real tiki by perpetuating the myth that "tiki" was synonymous with thatched roofs, parrots, and Jimmy Buffett. Today I got another email with signage for sale and - to my surprise - the tiki bar sign with the bird was missing. I'm not sure that I had any influence, but I want to encourage others to help make advertisers aware of these types of gaffes when they make them.

A simple email may or may not have an impact - but it's definitely worth trying to put tiki into proper perspective, especially for the graphic artists and designers who create the ads for advertisers.



 
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