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Electric Tiki sign: need help!
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Joined: Mar 31, 2002
Posts: 1528
From: MD
Posted: 2004-04-22 5:34 pm   Permalink

Am I smoking crack or is that the same sign available at Spencer's for 30 bucks? I'm reading all these posts advising to leave it the way it is...why? I whole-heartedly think the sign needs some customization! I got a flyer from Spencer's Monday and immediately began brainstorming about what to do with one to personalize it! Don't let that ugly "tiki" grow on you! Off with his hideous head!!


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Joined: Feb 08, 2003
Posts: 481
From: Hutikihi Island ~ near Seattle
Posted: 2004-04-23 01:13 am   Permalink

Well, there's a reason why I have a Go-Go cage in my Tiki Room. It all started when we decided to be some of the planners for an event with a 60's theme, called Kiddlepalooza. We tend to be a bit extravagant with our ideas and quickly decided we wanted Go-Go cages and a Laugh-In Wall.

Since the Laugh-In wall was my idea, I had to come up with the design and paint it (don't ask about the hours of my life that I lost working on that thing!) while some other friends worked on the cages. There are 6 openings hidden in the wall and it was a great place for photo ops.

Since I was one of the two main dancers for the event, they gave me a cage after it ended. It sat in the garage for quite awhile until I finally got the Tiki Room space cleared. THAT is why my room has a Go-Go cage. Pretty much everyone who has been in the Tiki Room has to at least step inside of it and feel its mojo.

This is one of the many pics from our photo session before the event:

We were trying to get the right shot so I could use it for the cover of this CD, which was later auctioned off to raise money for the New Beginnings Women's Shelter in Seattle. It contained the music that was played during our dance portion of the event.

We even had our own Goldie Hawn:

Live action shots from the event:

Lastly, I designed a sign for the event and based it on an actual place that existed in the 60's called the Pussycat a' Go-Go. I couldn't find out much info on it, but I did buy a casino coin on eBay and recreated the design from that. I made the cat's head out black light reactive tubing that I bent on wire, then painted the logo in acrylics. I photographed the sign then made it into an animated gif:

Email me with your qualifications if you want to be my private dancer in the Go-Go Cage.... *I'm kidding*.

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Joined: Feb 29, 2004
Posts: 599
From: outside the windy city
Posted: 2004-04-23 06:37 am   Permalink

Exoticat-thanks for posting the great pics-the fun I bet you have!!!Cool,man!

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Joined: Feb 08, 2003
Posts: 481
From: Hutikihi Island ~ near Seattle
Posted: 2004-04-24 2:18 pm   Permalink

Yes, on the crack, John.

I mean no on the crack! It IS from Spencers. I couldn't tell where I got it from previously until I was assured that my friend who gave me the tip on it got hers first (they had to get one in for her). Our Spencers only had two...the one I got, and the one on display. They could restock them though.

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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
Posts: 10397
From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2004-04-24 4:51 pm   Permalink

In that case, Butcher away with great fun.

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Unkle John
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Joined: Oct 22, 2003
Posts: 1217
From: Middle-of-the-Ocean, TX
Posted: 2004-05-06 8:57 pm   Permalink

Speaking from a professional sign maker's view, that tiki would fit perfectly in my bar.

Actually I wouldn't touch it at all. There should be a diode or modulator built in the sign where you can change out the switch for the t-i-k-i part of the sign. but personally, if i owned it and thought it wouldn't fit in my mellow room, i'd place it out side in the hallway. Just please-please don't destroy that sign, (spensors or not) remake it if you could.. or give him a new home.

ths post was never edited, no matter what the thread at the bottom says.. it is full of lies.. LIES!!!

-one man aspiring to be everyone’s favorite unkle.

[ This Message was edited by: Unkle John on 2004-05-06 20:59 ]

[ This Message was edited by: Unkle John on 2004-05-06 21:12 ]

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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Mar 02, 2004
Posts: 13
From: melbourne,Australia
Posted: 2004-05-10 02:06 am   Permalink

firstly i think he looks pretty cool as he is.but if u really want to change him i'd make a new one if the face comes out u could replace it with same thickness perspex your best option is to use a hand jigsaw with a fine blade ahardware store carries the fine blades i think there the same as for sheet metal cutting (a lot of teeth per inch of blade )and try to use a jigsaw with an adjustable speed. use this guy as atemplate for your new face.if using acrylic perspex (plastic)leave the gum like paper that protects it on when cutting &just take your time.
the actual face will probably be either sprayed on with acrylic lacquer paint (mask &spray which is how most signs were done until about 10 years ago before computer cut lettering . the design was drawn up and cut out by hand and sections removed &painted one by one until the design was complete)
or it may be screen printed on but this method was usualy only done inthe case of several signs all identical being done in one hitit too would be acrylic based ink to print on the plastic in both cases u could probably use acrylic thinners to remove the design in if is spray &masked it will probably have scalpel marks where the design was originaly cut if the solvent (thinner)doe'snt eat into the plastic and cause crazing (small cracks apppear ) u will have to wet sand down the panel to remove the old image from the surface with fine (800) wet &dry paper &a lot of waterthats if your plastic is green to start with & not just painted green. easiest solution ..make a new one just keep this guy hes original
the wiring part u prbably need to see a elec trician to try to change the sequence the electrical boxe which controls the secquence is called a "chaser" they are sometimes adjustable for speed depending on manufacturer try a illuminated sign shop they would be the best guys to help u they create these things in the first place ..i used to work in one here in oz thats how ive got a bit of an idea ..sorry this is so long hope it helps..

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Unga Bunga
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Joined: Jun 06, 2003
Posts: 5857
From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2004-05-10 08:06 am   Permalink


On 2004-04-24 16:51, Benzart wrote:
In that case, Butcher away with great fun.

Ya, I thought it was one of a kind. Not a Spencers knock off.

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