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!
This 14"x18" matted open edition deluxe print comes double matted and ready to pop into any of your favorite pre-made frames!
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