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 BEYOND honored!!! Of course I included a longtime friend and fast rising mug star, Oakwash, with some of his early faves and our collaborative mug of KOLOHE!!!
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 is the ORIGINAL painting, one of a kind, and measures a good 10"x20" before framing.
The frame is a dark bamboo measuring 16.5"x26", double matted, and ready to hang in your home, office, tiki bar, or whereever you want to bring the tiki vibe into you life!!!
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