My dad was my first tiki inspiration. He was a carver from the Dick Dale/Beach Blanket Bingo/Elvis Hawai'i era. Taught me to carve at 15 and we would sit and jam to 60s beach music and carve together. My 16th bday was at Mai-Kai Restaurant and Polynesian Show and the rest was history. I was hooked.Fast forward to the social media days and my first 2 inspirations were the whimsy of Tiki Tony and authenticity/badassery of Gecko'z carved boards and mugs. Since they were the first 2 that inspired me later in life I reached out for their blessing in giving me some of their favorites to include in a new piece. They were gracious to help. I was honored!!!
Of course my close friendship and current work with fast up and comer Oakwash made it a clear choice to include his faves too.
Put it all together, add a hula girl bobble, some Pua style TeakiTiles, our pal Shaka the gecko and I really feel we have a winner on our hands!
Printed on wood just like the original and mounted onto real woven bamboo backing enhances its tropical feel. This print is framed in a 11 "x 18" faux dark bamboo which compliments the work and gives a refined tiki/tropical feel. Wired on the back for instant hanging, it can be enjoyed immediately upon unpacking!