As a Valentine’s Day gift, my dear Mr. Hockey surprised me with a logo for The Tiki Chick blog, which is something he’s talked about doing for years. Through Fiver.com he enlisted a cartoonist to create the final product, but he came up with a complete mock-up with as many tiki references as he could fit in, including a Moai, the Enchanted Tiki Room, and Rufus the carrot-eating fish from Bahooka (the “K” also matches the bamboo font from Bahooka’s sign).
(Sidenote: I’m just sickened by this whole situation with the new owners and Rufus’ uncertain fate…It’s still a developing story but you can get caught up here.)
Anyway, you can even spot Mr. Hockey and Charlie floating nearby on the Kon-Tiki raft. We have a bunch of business cards with the logo on the way so be sure to ask for one if you see us out and about at a tiki bar!
On the heels of summer’s Enchanted Tiki Room 50th Anniversary product release, Disneyland has come out with even more tiki art in the past few months. The following items were all still available in the WonderGround Gallery at Downtown Disney as of this past weekend when we visited.
In my previous post about the gallery, I highlighted Jerrod Maruyama and his “Hipster Mickey” art. He’s since followed up with a few companion pieces to it, including “Hanging at Sam’s” featuring Hipster Mickey and the logo for Trader Sam’s Tiki Bar and the Disneyland Hotel. (I wish he was sipping from one of their signature tiki mugs!) This made its debut in October and there are poster prints for sale plus postcards, magnets and canvas prints.
Highlighted as part of July’s Pop Fusion exhibit, “Mickey’s Enchanted Tiki Island” by Daniel Samakow features a vibrant sunset beach scene with Mickey Mouse, The Enchanted Tiki Room, Tangaroa tree and several Moai. According to the Disney Parks Blog, there are 50 tikis total in the image. I’ll take their word for it.
El Gato Gomez was recently profiled in Tiki magazine and I was pleased to see that her art has also been showcased here. I couldn’t help but pick up a print of her Enchanted Tiki Room painting (also available as a postcard), though it was difficult to decide considering she had also created beautiful depictions of the Haunted Mansion, Mad Tea Party and Space Mountain. (She has ordering information on her web site, if you’re interested.)
While it’s not tiki-related, “Mr. Toad’s New Mania” from September’s Pop Fusion exhibit also caught my eye with its steampunk sensibility. I’ve been a fan of Chris Reccardi since discovering his work in Palm Springs at M Modern Gallery and The Riviera hotel.
More Tiki Art at WonderGround Gallery at Disneyland
Recreation of Original 1963 Brochure for Enchanted Tiki Room
More Disney & Tiki Connections
My long-suffering boyfriend can attest that people who like tiki can be picky and notoriously hard to shop for, so here’s some last-minute gift ideas for the tiki fanatic in your life!
1. “I’m Dreaming of a Tiki Christmas” sign
While browsing Etsy, I stumbled upon these cute wooden signs painted by DiamondDustDesigns. She has several holiday designs but my favorite is this “I’m Dreaming of a Tiki Christmas” sign ($13) with a clever reindeer tiki.
2. Beachbum Berry’s Potions of the Caribbean: 500 Years of Tropical Drinks and the People Behind Them Book
Jeff Berry‘s previous books Beachbum Berry Remixed and Sippin’ Safari present recipes for vintage cocktails — and the history behind them — in a highly entertaining and enlightening fashion. I have not doubt the same can be said for his latest, Beachbum Berry’s Potions of the Caribbean: 500 Years of Tropical Drinks and the People Behind Them ($35).
3. Trader Vic’s London 50th Anniversary Shirt
Trader Vic’s London has released a limited edition t-shirt ($30) in honor of their 50th anniversary. I love the tapa print juxtaposed with the architectural icons of Big Ben, Tower Bridge and “The Gherkin.”
Kon-Tiki © Nordisk Film
4. “Kon-Tiki” DVD/Blu-ray
In case you missed “Kon-Tiki” in the theaters earlier this year, the DVD/Blu-ray is now available for this thrilling retelling of Thor Heyerdahl’s raft voyage from Peru to Polynesia. You can watch the English version on Netflix Instant, but you’ll have to get the DVD/Blu-ray for the original Norwegian (with English subtitles) version.
5. Liquid Vacation: 77 Refreshing Tropical Drinks from Frankie’s Tiki Room in Las Vegas
Frankie’s Tiki Room in Las Vegas is one of my favorite tiki bars, so I was very excited when they published a book over the summer: Liquid Vacation: 77 Refreshing Tropical Drinks from Frankie’s Tiki Room in Las Vegas ($25). Each of the recipes for these original creations is accompanied by vibrant photography and fun illustrations.
Last Year’s Tiki Holiday Gift Guide
5 Fascinating Facts About the “Kon-Tiki” Film”
Festive Fun: Watch “Frosty the Cheeseball Man” Melt Away!