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Official Introductions Thread. New Members, Post your introduction here...
tikitube
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Apr 25, 2017
Posts: 17
From: Ozark Underwater Cliffs
Posted: 2017-05-11 11:59 am   Permalink

Greetings fellow tikiphiles!

My name's Jeff and I'm excited to be here and talk tiki with you all. I currently live in the Ozarks, where I am building a tiki themed screened-in addition to our home. I think my fascination with tiki culture is the result two childhood experiences : a stay at Disney's Polynesian Hotel in '83, and a restaurant called the "Mai Tai" that my family frequented when I was young. I am an artist, musician, writer, deejay, and special event producer. That last gig is about as close to my dream job as I've been able to get - building a theme park. Until I can amass many, many millions of dollars, that will have to do.

Thanks to the Tiki Central crew for such a wonderful resource! Looking forward to getting to know some of you.
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Prikli Pear
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Joined: Jan 04, 2017
Posts: 120
From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted: 2017-05-11 12:27 pm   Permalink

Welcome Jeff! Beware of the Home Bar section--there are so many amazing lounges and creative ideas there than any project you begin is bound to grow much bigger than planned. Inspiration is a dangerous thing!

 
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tikitube
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Apr 25, 2017
Posts: 17
From: Ozark Underwater Cliffs
Posted: 2017-05-11 12:33 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2017-05-11 12:27, Prikli Pear wrote:
Welcome Jeff! Beware of the Home Bar section--there are so many amazing lounges and creative ideas there than any project you begin is bound to grow much bigger than planned. Inspiration is a dangerous thing!



Thanks! Too late...!


 
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AceExplorer
Grand Member (6 years)  

Joined: Apr 03, 2008
Posts: 2083
From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2017-05-11 1:03 pm   Permalink

Welcome, Jeff! Have fun here!

 
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Piddersthecat
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Joined: Mar 16, 2017
Posts: 17
Posted: 17 days ago; 10:03 am   Permalink

Hi,

My name is Natasha, and I've been lurking and learning from everyone here for quite a while.

I live in Alberta, Canada (St. Albert), but I'm originally from a small town in Newfoundland (far east coast of Canada). In Newfoundland, we have a lot of rum but the closest we come to tiki is a tropical-Jimmy Buffett inspired chain restaurant.

I grew up surrounded by art from the South Pacific that my father brought back when he travelled for work (he was a deep sea sailor for more than 40 years). But I'm old enough that the internet didn't exist, and while we were fascinated by the art and the places that it was from, there was no knowledge of tiki (we were too far away apparently). The Encyclopedia Britannica from the 80s didn't link the South Pacific with tiki . I've tried searching for tiki in Newfoundland and come up empty handed.

Unfortunately, I have very little to contribute, but I'm in awe of the home bars, the collections, the information, and the art that I see here.

Thank you for fueling my imagination!


 
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tikitube
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Apr 25, 2017
Posts: 17
From: Ozark Underwater Cliffs
Posted: 17 days ago; 12:41 pm   Permalink

Greetings Natasha! Sounds like you may have to do what I'm trying to do here in Arkansas... create your own tiki surroundings.

Welcome!


 
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Piddersthecat
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Joined: Mar 16, 2017
Posts: 17
Posted: 17 days ago; 2:06 pm   Permalink

Thanks!

I guess my forays into diy will have to include bamboo


 
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Prikli Pear
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jan 04, 2017
Posts: 120
From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted: 16 days ago; 07:31 am   Permalink

Quote:
I guess my forays into diy will have to include bamboo



Welcome, Natasha! There's a lot of us here who don't have the luxury of a vibrant, modern tiki culture (West Coast) or the garage sale vestiges of a lost one (U.S. Midwest), but it's still within your reach with a little (or a lot) time and elbow grease. I'm not sure if you were joking or not when you said your DIY would have to include bamboo, but that is a serious option for you and your climate. There are several threads here and posts on YouTube about how to convert simple PVC pipe into a convincing, durable faux-bamboo. I look forward to seeing more of your posts here!


 
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JasonMa
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Joined: Jun 05, 2017
Posts: 5
Posted: 16 days ago; 11:24 am   Permalink

Hi all. I've been lurking here for about a year and finally decided to dive in thanks to a comment on the kitsch thread I wanted to respond to. I'm not sure I'm as true a tiki fan as most of you but I dabble. I'm in the Denver area but travel to Florida regularly to visit family, so Trader Sam's and Jock Lindsey's are where I get most of my tiki time in (though I do get to Adrift here in Denver from time to time).

I used the thread on Trader Vic's London when we went in March to check it out and managed to wrangle some stuff from them like others have recently, so this place has already been helpful to my collection.


 
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Piddersthecat
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Joined: Mar 16, 2017
Posts: 17
Posted: 16 days ago; 1:09 pm   Permalink

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I'm not sure if you were joking or not when you said your DIY would have to include bamboo, but that is a serious option for you and your climate. There are several threads here and posts on YouTube about how to convert simple PVC pipe into a convincing, durable faux-bamboo. I look forward to seeing more of your posts here!



Oh I'm not joking about the bamboo, but my room will be inside (because well Canada and I don't have a backyard (condo maybe next year will be the year of the tiki patio)). I can get small diameter bamboo locally, so that will do for lots of things, but I've been thinking about the PVC pipe for other projects. I pretty much stunned enough to try anything!


 
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Prikli Pear
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jan 04, 2017
Posts: 120
From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted: 16 days ago; 1:19 pm   Permalink

Welcome Jason! Don't feel intimidated-- a year ago I had no idea tiki culture existed outside of the 1950s, and today I'm in the middle of my own bar build. So feel free to jump in with both feet. The folks here are pretty friendly and supportive.

 
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c-monkey
Member

Joined: May 25, 2017
Posts: 10
From: Long Beach, CA
Posted: 14 days ago; 09:50 am   Permalink

Hi all! My name is Chris, and I've dabbled in tiki for a while, but only seriously gotten the bug in the last couple of years. I recently joined this site and have been enjoying the posts.

I had to smile when I saw tikitube's mentioned of the Polynesian Resort at Disney World in the 80s. I hear ya, man. WDW was my dream place throughout my youth, and the Polynesian? Hold cow, dude ... that was paradise! Unfortunately, Mom and Dad always made us stay at the campground, which didn't have the same cache. I got a real blast from the past when I paid a recent visit to Oceanic Arts and noticed hanging from their ceiling a sign they had done for the Polynesian. If only I could take that baby home!

No plans for a home tiki bar yet. I haven't wrestled the spare room away from my wife, but I'm working on it. That said, the tradeoff has been a reasonable accommodation of space for my tiki mug collection in the living room. Hey, life is a compromise, eh?

Cheers! I look forward to reading more from all of you!
Chris


 
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tikitube
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Apr 25, 2017
Posts: 17
From: Ozark Underwater Cliffs
Posted: 14 days ago; 10:19 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2017-06-08 09:50, c-monkey wrote:
I had to smile when I saw tikitube's mentioned of the Polynesian Resort at Disney World in the 80s. I hear ya, man. WDW was my dream place throughout my youth, and the Polynesian? Hold cow, dude ... that was paradise! Unfortunately, Mom and Dad always made us stay at the campground, which didn't have the same cache. I got a real blast from the past when I paid a recent visit to Oceanic Arts and noticed hanging from their ceiling a sign they had done for the Polynesian. If only I could take that baby home!



Hey Chris! Welcome from one new member to another.

Yep, the Polynesian was stellar. They had just opened EPCOT, too. I still remember that new monorail smell. Wish I had the foresight to ask for tiki mugs instead of mouse ear hats. But whats a kid gonna do with a ceramic mug made for alcoholic beverages? (Don't answer that!)

Oh, well.


 
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c-monkey
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Joined: May 25, 2017
Posts: 10
From: Long Beach, CA
Posted: 13 days ago; 12:37 pm   Permalink

... or maybe a mug shaped like mouse ears ... hmmm.

I was at OA again today picking up some decorations for a party, saw the Disney sign, and was reminded of this thread. Dig the old school, baby!



 
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