This is, as the name suggests, a mug based on a very modernist version of a tiki. This tiki once stood outside the Trader Vic's in San Francisco. It has simple tear-drop shaped eyes, a long rectangular nose and a small closed mouth.
This design, like others in partnership from Sven and Tiki Farm, was released in three different glaze colors. The first in a light beige/brown was released December 2nd at Trader Vic's in Emeryville for the first book signing ($125) hosted/produced by Eve Bergeron and Trader Vic's. The second in a light celadon green glaze was released by Tiki Farm through their website December 17th ($75). The third was released in a light yellowish beige/green glaze to be sold by Sven, himself.
From Tiki Farm:
"'The Modernist' - Where Modern Art and Polynesian Pop meet!
Don’t miss the Tiki Farm edition online launch of the first Trader Vic’s, Tiki Farm & Sven Kirsten collaboration!
Purchases of ‘The Modernist’ Mug by Tiki Farm come with a 48-page hardbound book written by Sven Kirsten in collaboration with Eve Bergeron. The Tiki Farm edition of the mug and book is limited to a total production of 450 sets.
Learn all about the design that is the missing link between the 1920s European avant-garde movement and mid-century modernism. Fill the mug! Hold the mug! Read the book!"
This modern glass with ceramic tiki stem hearkens back to the amber tiki stemmed glasses once produced by Morgantown Glass for Trader Vic's. This one has a brown glazed tiki stem, with a small, steeply angled clear glass bowl. Premiered October 2020.
From Trader Vic's:
"Designed by Trader Vic's legend, Javier Del Campo, the Ramu mug is part of our Papua New Guinea mug collection. This mug holds 24 OZ. The inspiration for this design comes from the Ramu river, where the Bosmun people live."
There is also a mini mug version of this same design.
This mug is shaped like a pufferfish with primarily yellow glaze on back and white underbelly. Black spots.
The Trader Vic's Rum Barrel Bowl is shaped like a rum barrel on its side with a square opening. It is supported by short legs and has two straps around each end of the barrel. This version is glazed in glossy brown and the words "Fine Old Rum" are in a cursive style font, whereas earlier editions have a blockier font.
This mug is commonly called the Suffering Bastard, though it was originally marketed as Mai Tai Joe. Trader Vic's originally sold these in sets with a matching decanter. Later, modern-day reproductions were also made by Tiki Farm, which have a black interior. This version was made in 2015 for Trader Vic's and manufactured in Thailand.
This loball glass was manufactured for Trader Vic's. It features their logo abelam mask in black and red and reads "Trader Vic's Since 1934" underneath the mask in black.
This mai tai glass was manufactured for Trader Vic's to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the mai tai. It reads "Trader Vic 75 Mai Tai Roa Ae" on front in orange and features graphics of palm trees and a figure with rum barrels in orange and green.
This ceramic green hiball with gold painted details was made in Thailand for Trader Vic's. It is a later version of the glass Starboard Light hiball. Another earlier version has a black rim, rather than gold. Trader Vic's also used a companion glass, a red Port Light Glass. This version has more of a dull/matte/brushed finished gold rather than the shiny gold rim that often flaked from use on the 1979 version.
This bowl was used by Trader Vic's, and is full of the familiar scenery of lounging men, rum barrels and hula girls as seen on other Trader Vic's items. Three kneeling girls, holding uli uli, support the bowl, the girls have their knees out and are molded separately. Bowl is white with details painted in many colors. This newer version has crisper graphics than previously, with side scenes in "low relief/bas relief" and the faces and figures of the kneeling hula girls are slightly thinner than previous versions. The bottom has mold supports from all three girls continuing into almost the center and is marked "Trader Vic's 2012" in recessed molded lettering with a "Made In Mexico" sticker as well. Contracted for production through Tiki Farm although not labeled as such.
These salt & pepper shakers are from Trader Vic's, and have "Trader Vic's" labeled on the back. They depict a male and female menehune, each wearing nothing but a loincloth, each with tiny stubby arms sticking out. There are earlier issues of these shakers and more recent (2016) issued shakers but with little visible difference between them.
This ceramic red hiball with gold painted details was made for Trader Vic's. It is a later version of the glass Port Light hiball. An earlier version of this ceramic design with gold details was made by Imperial Imports in 1979. They also made a version with a black rim, rather than gold. Trader Vic's also used a companion glass, a green Starboard Light Glass, and there is a modern version of that design as well.
This glass loball features the Trader Vic's logo abelam mask and reads "Trader Vic's Since 1934."
This simple tumbler is used by Trader Vic's for serving the classic Mai Tai. The glass is clear, with a white printed design inspired by tapa cloth. At the side of the design, "Trader Vic's" is in vertical letters.
This tall, pale green mug is a stylized moai design with bug eyes, sharp nose, prominent lips and rounded eyebrows. From the Mark Thomas Outrigger Restaurant on Cannery Row in Monterey, and marked as such.
This very nice pineapple mug was manufactured by Otagiri for Mark Thomas' Outrigger in Monterey, California. The pineapple is well defined, unglazed tan with a deep brown glazed crown of leaves. Marked "Mark Thomas' Outrigger" in black on the bottom.
A severed head mug sold exclusively on location at The Reef tiki bar in Palm Springs, California. The head wears a yellow pitch helmet decorated with a small tiki on front. The mug is made to look like Rory Snyder, owner of The Reef, who is also good friends with John Mulder of Eekum Bookum. The first 100 mugs of this open edition was released on October 1, 2020 and immediately sold out. A delicious libation was created for this mug by The Reef’s Cameron Robbins, called “Wildsville’s Wrong Turn”.
Whereas the earlier Tiki Farm Goof Mug design was based on the artwork on the matchbook from Christian's Hut in Corona Del Mar, this more primitive-looking version is designed to resemble the actual Goof on the roof of the Bali Hai. The mug is shaped like a man's head with pointed teeth. He is grinning and wearing a tall headpiece that flares at the top. His hat, teeth and earrings are white, and his right eye and hat have red accents. This is the second version of the Primitive Goof and is an open edition to be sold at the Bali Hai restaurant. It differs from the previous version with its matte glaze and the addition of a gold tooth.
This mug is a reproduction of the original Mr. Bali Hai, the mascot for the Bali Hai Restaurant in San Diego. This version of the mug was manufactured by Tiki Farm and portrays Mr. Bali Hai as an oblong head with a bone through the nose and large white hoop earrings, with sleepily lidded orange eyes. The mug comes with a lid with two straw holes. This version, which started in Summer 2018, can be easily distinguished by the orange eyes, the bone through nose is "droopier" than previous versions, and the eyebrows are not painted white -- just brown like the rest. This is a near duplicate of the earlier OMC Concave Bottom version in many ways. However, the sticker on the bottom looks like an Otagiri sticker but instead of the letters OMC in the leaves, it has a T and an F and an image of a little tiki head that looks to be the logo of Tiki Farm.
This mug is a reproduction of the original Mr. Bali Hai, the mascot for the Bali Hai Restaurant in San Diego. This version of the mug was manufactured by Tiki Farm. Mr. Bali Hai is an oblong head with a bone through the nose and large white hoop earrings, with sleepily lidded eyes. The mug comes with a lid with two straw holes. Face is slightly more full than the original vintage mug. Edition III has white painted eyebrows, which is an easy way to distinguish it from the first two editions.
This mug is a reproduction of the original Mr. Bali Hai, the mascot for the Bali Hai Restaurant in San Diego. This version of the mug was manufactured by Tiki Farm. Mr. Bali Hai is an oblong head with a bone through the nose and large white hoop earrings, with sleepily lidded eyes. The mug comes with a lid with two straw holes. This version, which started in 2016, can be easily distinguished by the olive colored irises and the large script font on back.
This mug is of the original Mr. Bali Hai, the mascot for the Bali Hai Restaurant in San Diego. This version of the mug was manufactured by OMC and bears the OMC sticker, and has a concave base marked "Mr. Bali Hai made Exclusively for Bali Hai Restaurant San Diego, Calif" printed on the bottom. Mr. Bali Hai is an oblong head with a bone through the nose and large white hoop earrings, with sleepily lidded eyes (eyes are usually brown, sometimes blue). The mug comes with a lid with two straw holes.
This mug depicts the actual Shelter Island Bali Hai building in the form of a round lidded bowl with Mr. Bali Hai and the Goof, with people visible through the windows. The San Diego Ohana meets once a month and was formed in 2013. Green glaze on bowl and straw hole in top of lid with The Goof serving as a pull handle for lid also.
This is a version of the classic Mr. Bali Hai tiki mug with the black and white skull mask of the Creepxotica band and with a black and white fez lid featuring a coffin and bat on the front.
Mr. Bali Hai is an oblong head with a bone through the nose and large hoop earrings, with sleepily lidded eyes -- the carved version being a mascot that greets visitors at the entrance to the Bali Hai.
Creepxotica is the Exotica Music playing alter ego of The Creepy Creeps band which started out doing a "haunted style" of Bossa Nova music.
Released at the Bali Hai on Friday April 30th, at a Creepxotica show at the Bali Hai.
This blue, orange, and black printed loball glass was created for the June 2nd, 2018 Tiki Trader marketplace at Shelter Island's Bali Hai. It features an image of Mr. Bali Hai, a ukulele, hibiscus blossoms, and a cocktail glass.
This mug is a reproduction of the original Mr. Bali Hai, the mascot for the Bali Hai Restaurant in San Diego. This version of the mug was manufactured by Tiki Farm. Mr. Bali Hai is an oblong head with a bone through the nose and large white hoop earrings, with sleepily lidded eyes. This mug is topped by a tapa printed red fez with black tassel and the words "Bali Hai" in gold on front. The back of the mug reads: "Bali Hai 1954-2014 60th Anniversary Shelter Island." The anniversary event was on 10/30/2014 and each attendee had a ticket for one drink with mug on admission. The remainder of the mug run went on sale at the restaurant the following day.
These salt & pepper shakers are from the Bali Hai restaurant in San Diego, California. They are shaped like the Mr. Bali Hai character seen at the restaurant, and also seen in their headhunter mugs.
This large rum barrel holds 26 ounces and was released in two colors, teal and white and a brown/ green speckled edition. The mugs were released on March 31, 2021, along with the blue seventh edition Drooling Bastard mug at Tonga Hut in North Hollywood. This open edition was made by Munktiki and sold at the bar for $40.00.
This is a mug shaped like a rum barrel and marked for Plantation Rum with its distinctive "netting" wrapped around the barrel as well. The idea is that in tropical climes the netting provides a non-slip grip. Mug also has some tropical plants around the exterior. Brown wipe-away glaze makes all the sculptural details pop, but leaves an overall beige color to piece.
This is a matte brown mug shaped like a large rum barrel whose interior is a volcano that is spilling over with red lava down the side. Consortium Holdings designer, Dane Danner (Trader Dane), created this mug design.
This is a light beige mug with a black wipe to leave definition in recesses of sculpt and shaped like a large rum barrel whose interior is a volcano that is spilling over with red lava down the side. Consortium Holdings designer, Dane Danner (Trader Dane), created this mug design.
This is a brown mug shaped like a large rum barrel whose interior is a volcano that is spilling over with red lava down the side. Matte finished green leaves and glossy brown wood with black hoops. Consortium Holdings designer, Dane Danner (Trader Dane), created this mug design.
This large lidded rum barrel mug was produced by Munktiki Imports for Smuggler's Cove in San Francisco, CA. The barrel is brown with black bands. White lettering. Removable lid has straw hole in top.
This is a mug shaped like a rum barrel with barnacles and seaweed clinging to the side. This fourth edition of the mug has a has a matte beige (with yellow tint) wipe-away finish with matte teal blue still left in the recesses. The interior is a glossy clear glaze. It appears to be a new sculpt and is slightly smaller than the previous editions. Used to serve the Shipwreck on the Rocks cocktail made with Maker's Mark bourbon, freshly muddled lemon and mint with organic agave nectar.