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    Max's South Seas Beam Mug AP

    This mug sculpt was designed by Gecko. This version was produced at the Max's in house ceramic studio. There have been many Artist Proof (AP) versions made by Max's. It was based on one of the 30 carvings Gecko did for Max's South Seas Hideaway that he carved from beams from the old Ward Warehouse. While this version was made at Max's Gecko continues to make more editions of this sculpt in Hawaii.

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Gecko- Kissed by Pele

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    Skull & Crown Trading Co. Tiki Mug - by Gecko a.k.a. Ward Gecko

    This is the first ever tiki mug for Skull & Crown, created by Gecko and based on a carving from the beams of the old Ward Warehouse.

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Gecko- Kissed by Pele. #1 from mold

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    Pineapple Po'o

    Pineapple Po'o was sculpted and handmade by Gecko and was based on a design by Gary Ehrlich. The tiki has large oval eyes that are squinted shut, an open figure eight mouth that show off his many teeth, and wide, flared nostrils. He has a pineapple in the middle of his forehead. The mug features a brown glaze. The back of the mug has a bark-like texture.

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Gecko- Kissed by Pele

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    Lono Tiki Mug Custom

    Muscular Lono with gritted teeth and a long headdress, standing on a wood pedestal. Custom version glazes and details vary.

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Gecko- Studio Red Lava Glaze

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    Shaka Hand Mug Custom a.k.a. Hang Loose Mug Custom

    This mug is shaped like a hand giving the shaka sign. Custom glaze colors and details vary. When the surf culture grew and spread through California and America during the 1960s, a new body gesture gained enthusiasts. Surfers from Hawaii started saluting fellow wave riders and friends with an original hand sign. Shaka is physically made by extending the thumb and smallest finger while holding the three middle fingers curled into the palm of the hand. Surfers loved it, and before long, the original Shaka from Hawaii had an alternative nickname: Hang Loose.

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Custom 1:1 Painted by Kainoa

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    War God Custom

    This mug features an angry Tiki face with large teeth. It is a recreation of Frankoma's War God sculpted by Wendy Cevola and cast and glazed by Gecko. This is a custom version and as such, color and decoration varies.

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Original Sculpture of War God by Gecko and Wendy Cevola

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    Nefertiki Scorched Sands Edition #48 a.k.a. Nefertiki Third Edition

    The Nefertiki Scorched Sands Edition is limited to only 200 mugs. Glazed in golden yellow with hot red and brown satin tones, the inside is glazed in a gloss yellow and her crown is adorned with a single jewel. Nefertiki comes in a custom mid-modern design burial crate.‬ ‪Nefertiki is hand numbered and includes a membership card for The Order of The Golden Fez, and a random official OOTGF label pin.‬ This third edition was preceded by a first edition in blue/green and a second edition (Ghost Edition) in white/blue for the Tonga Hut.

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    Maori Head - Limited Edition - by PopTiki #6

    This mug is sculpted like the face of a Maori chief with moko tribal tattoos on the face, feathers in hair, and bone and greenstone (jade) earrings.

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    KanniSkull - Limited Edition - by Tiki Kaimuki #8

    This mug is shaped like a skull, but instead of teeth the lower part has been replaced by the traditional Tahitian Cannibal Tiki Trio (Hunter, Catcher, Ingestor).

    From Tiki Kaimuki:

    "This is the latest mug in the Kult of the Kannibal series. The KanniSkull mug is about the size of a cantelope and will hold a nice amount of liquid. This design will be limited to around 100."

    These were available in a variety of glaze combinations.

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Custom 1:1 Orange Fantasy Glaze

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    Pacific Islander Collection Lono Mug for Tiki Iniki

    This is one of three mugs in a set of South Sea Islander designs by Chongolio that portray classic Polynesian gods. This Lono has a tall headdress and a grinning mouth with rows of small square teeth. Back of mug has a heat decal for Tiki Iniki along with clip art by Derek Yaniger of a happy Kane and Wahine.

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    Mokai - by Tiki Rob #33

    This mug was inspired by a tattoo of a tiki and hula girl which was in turn inspired by a Tiki Farm tiki mug (created for the now defunct Hale Tiki) which Basement Kahuna designed. Mokai has more defined eyes, a toothier mouth, and is glazed in brown.

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Custom w/ Tongue

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    Pirate At The Helm Mug - by THOR - for Tikiland Trading Company

    From Tikiland Trading Company:

    "Maritime legend tells of a fine pirate that sailed the Pacific searching to add to his growing collection of Tiki carvings from the islands he explored.

    So fascinated with this art form, he wove their beauty into the wooden skin of his galleon! But great and mighty were the squalls that locked their talons grip upon his sails and left them tattered and a flutter!

    The lighting and beckoning of Davy Jones took life and flesh from both ship and captain, leaving him lifeless, with iron grip at the great ship's helm. His crimson red frock coat shredded and fluttering like the tell tails of a jib. His bones bleached from the salty sea and scorching sun. Yet he remains fast to the wheel...on a ghost ship destined for lands unknown.

    Pirate at the Helm, a continuation of Thor’s pirate tiki mug series is limited to 300 mugs, and comes with a custom tiki cocktail recipe crafted by Kelly Merrell.

    This ceramic tiki mug is was designed by Thor, sculpted by Thor, and is one of our first two mugs that has been manufactured in-house at TikiLand Trading Co. by the same team that previously made mugs released by Thor Arts!"

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Hand-signed

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    Pufferfish - by Tiki Rob #55

    This is a mug shaped like a pufferfish. They come in several unique colors and some are more embellished or customized than others.

    They are made with the help of Rob's children, Hayden and Hannah.

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    Pufferfish - by Tiki Rob #7

    This is a mug shaped like a pufferfish. They come in several unique colors and some are more embellished or customized than others.

    They are made with the help of Rob's children, Hayden and Hannah.

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    Milan Guanko's Kona Gold Mug Custom a.k.a. Gilligan's Island Tiki Mug

    Milan Guanko's Kona Gold Tiki mug is inspired by a Tiki that appeared on the television show, Gilligan's Island. This Tiki has coffee bean shaped eyes and rough palm texture at the top of its head as well as the base. This mug was issued in a regular open edition, a limited edition, an Okolemaluna edition, a "bloody" edition, and a paua shell purple edition. Lastly, there is a unique custom version. Customized versions vary with changes to the sculpt, glaze, and additional ornament.

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Gecko- Custom w/ Lei and Flower

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    Milan Guanko's Kona Gold Mug Custom #1 a.k.a. Gilligan's Island Tiki Mug

    Milan Guanko's Kona Gold Tiki mug is inspired by a Tiki that appeared on the television show, Gilligan's Island. This Tiki has coffee bean shaped eyes and rough palm texture at the top of its head as well as the base. This mug was issued in a regular open edition, a limited edition, an Okolemaluna edition, a "bloody" edition, and a paua shell purple edition. Lastly, there is a unique custom version. Customized versions vary with changes to the sculpt, glaze, and additional ornament.

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Gecko- Hand-painted Custom 1:1

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    Menehune Goblet Custom #1

    This is a mug shaped like a standing Ku tiki with wide toothless mouth and large slanted coffee bean eyes, holding one arm out for inserted spear. Each custom version is different with natural fiber hula skirts, shells, and different glazes.

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Gecko- AP w/ hand-card wooden weapon

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    LavaTay Mug Custom #1 a.k.a. Gecko LavaTay Mug Custom

    The LavaTay mug was designed by Gecko and pays tribute to the Bumatay mug and adds Gecko's signature lava glaze into the mix. This mug's tiki has striking, large eyes, and a small fish-like mouth. Custom mugs vary in design details and glaze colors.

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Gecko- Custom hand-carved

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    Ku Ku Kachoo Cobalt Blue #1

    Ku Ku Kachoo was designed by Squid and manufactured by Gecko'z South Sea Arts. The tiki is a full-body Ku. He has long streaming eyes, a deep dogbone-shaped mouth and an upturned chin. This version has a Cobalt Blue glaze.

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Gecko- Studio Only special glaze as most are red

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    Kona Kai Custom Painted #1

    This Tiki mug has large slanted coffee-bean-shaped eyes and an open, toothless, mouth. Inspired by a Tiki at La Mariana. A friend of Gecko's said there was a similar one in the back of the old Chicago Kona Kai bar (carved by Leroy Schmaltz of Oceanic Arts and pictured on page 142 of The Book of Tiki). So he named the mug for Kona Kai. Made in Oahu, Hawaii. This version of the mug is hand painted on the back. The mug is glazed in a crackle white glaze on front of forehead and entire back of mug. Face of mug remains brownish glaze.

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Gecko- Hand-painted

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    Kona Kai with Fat Lava #1

    This Tiki mug has large slanted coffee-bean-shaped eyes and an open, toothless, mouth. Inspired by a Tiki at La Mariana. A friend of Gecko's said there was a similar one in the back of the old Chicago Kona Kai bar (carved by Leroy Schmaltz of Oceanic Arts and pictured on page 142 of The Book of Tiki). So he named the mug for Kona Kai. Made in Oahu, Hawaii. This is a fat lava glaze version of this design.

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Gecko- Fat Lava Custom 1:1

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    Lono Tiki Mug Custom #1

    Muscular Lono with gritted teeth and a long headdress, standing on a wood pedestal. Custom version glazes and details vary.

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Gecko- Hand-carved w/ ring in nose

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    Mr. Bony Trophy Skull Mug Custom #1

    This is a mug shaped like a skull missing the lower jaw. Sculpted by Mr. Bony and manufactured by Gecko'z South Sea Arts. As a custom piece, designs and glazes vary and each is unique.

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Gecko- 1:1 Mix Medium w/ boar Jaw

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    Born of Fire Mug #1

    Brown Ku with gritted teeth emerging from blackened lava rock.

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Custom 1:1 Hand-carved

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    Big Toe Mug Custom #1

    Full body Tiki mug with open mouth, slanted coffee-bean-shaped eyes, and brow line incised with repeated triangle pattern. This piece was designed with vintage Hawaiian Island Tikis from the 60's in mind. Many of the Tikis from this period were carved with very big toes on their feet, and many carvers used this style on the islands back then, including the ones who were locked up on the big island's Kulani prison, where more of the very detailed versions came from. Sculpted by Squid. Glazes and details vary on custom pieces.

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Custom- Kissed by Pele

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    Legends of Exotica Arthur Lyman Custom Painted #1

    The Legends of Exotica Arthur Lyman mug was designed by Gecko and Squid and sculpted by Squid. It features an open-mouthed tiki with closed, slanted eyes who is playing the vibes. This version is hand painted and no two are alike.

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Gecko- Custom 1:1

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    Angelfish

    This is a ceramic sculpture shaped like an angelfish with a Marquesan facial design, including round eyes and tattoo work. These were produced in a variety of glaze colors and custom finishes. Measures: 6.5"H X 1.75"W X 9.25"L

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Gecko- Custom Hand-painted

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    Frankiestein Green a.k.a. Frankie's Frankenstein's Monster Green

    This is a mug shaped like a crouching Frankenstein's monster. Glazed green with black hair and lettering and silver bolts in the neck.

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Frankie's - 2nd Edition

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    Forbidden Island 15th Anniversary Mug - Black Dress Glaze - by Tiki Shark - for Forbidden Island

    This mug features a brown standing tiki carrying a woman in a dress. The mug was designed by Tiki Shark (Brad Parker) and manufactured by Munktiki Imports. It comes in two glaze variations, including one where the woman is wearing a red dress and one where she is wearing a black dress. The back features a skull with a "15", bones, and tropical leaves.

    The mug was based on one of Tiki Shark's most admired paintings, "Forbidden Island" which in turn was based on the classic 1956 science fiction film, "Forbidden Planet". The tiki is meant to resemble the 1956 film poster's Robbie the Robot and the hula girl resembles the unconscious woman he is holding.

    *NOTE: These mugs were cast in two pieces (the main tiki as one piece and the arms of the tiki and the woman as a second piece) and then glued together after having been cast and fired. In some cases the glue did not hold, in which case Forbidden Island offered to replace the mugs, but in most cases all that was required was re-gluing the two pieces back together with a stronger glue such as Liquid Nails.

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    Forbidden Island 15th Anniversary Mug - Red Dress Glaze - by Tiki Shark - for Forbidden Island

    This mug features a brown standing tiki carrying a woman in a dress. The mug was designed by Tiki Shark (Brad Parker) and manufactured by Munktiki Imports. It comes in two glaze variations, including one where the woman is wearing a red dress and one where she is wearing a black dress. The back features a skull with a "15", bones, and tropical leaves.

    The mug was based on one of Tiki Shark's most admired paintings, "Forbidden Island" which in turn was based on the classic 1956 science fiction film, "Forbidden Planet". The tiki is meant to resemble the 1956 film poster's Robbie the Robot and the hula girl resembles the unconscious woman he is holding.

    *NOTE: These mugs were cast in two pieces (the main tiki as one piece and the arms of the tiki and the woman as a second piece) and then glued together after having been cast and fired. In some cases the glue did not hold, in which case Forbidden Island offered to replace the mugs, but in most cases all that was required was re-gluing the two pieces back together with a stronger glue such as Liquid Nails.

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Forbidden Island

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    Geckoma Custom

    The Geckoma is a combination of the Frankoma War God mug and Gecko's signature tiki mug base style. This is a custom version, and, as such, glaze colors vary. Each is 1/1 and unique.

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Custom 1:1 Original sculpture Geckoma

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    Gecko'z South Sea Arts Skull Decanter Custom

    This is a decanter shaped like a human skull missing its lower jaw, with a bottle neck at top and cork stopper. Custom details and glazes can vary and each is unique. Neck of decanter is wrapped with lauhala rope.

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Custom 1:1- Sunken Treasure. Hand-Painted Octopus

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    Notch & Gecko Severed Head Tribute Mug Custom a.k.a. Nacho & Gecko Collaboration Ren Clark Severed Head Custom

    This is a tribute reproduction version of the famous Ren Clark Severed Head mug, created by Bay Area-artist Notch (a.k.a. Nacho). The mug is faithful to the original, although slightly larger, despite Notch having never seen one in person; he created this reproduction based on only a couple of available photos. The mug is of an upside-down man's head, eyes open and mouth agape, dripping in blood. The drink opening is the head's neck. This is a custom version with glazing done as a collaboration between Notch and Gecko of South Sea Arts.

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Custom 1:1- Hand-painted tattoo- Gecko

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    Wahoo Custom

    Wahoo is a standing Tiki based on an old vintage carving that is on the road to Hana, Maui. He has a figure eight mouth and almond shaped eyes. This is a custom edition of this mug and, as such, glazing and detail will vary. There is also a regular edition and a limited edition marked for the Maui Tiki Crawl held in 2014.

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    Gecko Tangaroa in Red Dirt Glaze

    This unusual mug is able to stand on its own two legs. Two arms make handles. Detailed tangaroa tiki design in a red dirt brown finish with orange glazed interior. Mug comes with loincloth. This is a one-off custom version.

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Red Dirt

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    Gecko'z South Seas Hawaii Max's Beam Green

    This mug was designed and made by Gecko. It was based on one of the 30 carvings Gecko did for Max's South Seas Hideaway that he carved from beams from the old Ward Warehouse. This version was made by Gecko in Hawaii in an edition of 30 and sold, by Gecko, at the grand opening of Max's in October 2019. A print of all 30 of the carvings was also given with the mug purchase. Gecko continues to make more editions of this sculpt in Hawaii. The sculpt is also produced at Max's in house ceramic studio in various colors and AP Glazes by their ceramic artist.

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    Max's South Seas Beam - Red

    This mug sculpt was designed by Gecko. This version was produced at the Max's in house ceramic studio. It is a glossy red and a matte dark brown around the top and base. It was based on one of the 30 carvings Gecko did for Max's South Seas Hideaway that he carved from beams from the old Ward Warehouse. While this version was made at Max's Gecko continues to make more editions of this sculpt in Hawaii.

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    Ape Ceramic Sculpture #1 a.k.a. Yakimon Ape Statue

    This is a ceramic sculpture from Munktiki's Yakimon line. Ape is a wild card in the Yakimon world. Little is known about it and it lives a rogue life not playing for either side. Sometimes he helps you while other times he betrays you. He's rumored to have special powers of immortality. Cut off one of his limbs and it's said it will rejoin. Made in a variety of glaze colors.

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Purchased 2020

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    The Sinking of the HMS Vernon Three Piece Mug & Votive Set - by Chris Shima - for Smuggler's Cove #18

    This three-piece set is the most intricate ceramic creation that Chris Shima had made up to this point. Limited to 50 pieces, each set shows the sinking of the HMS Vernon by a giant squid (kraken).

    The three pieces included (1) The Bow and Fo'c'sle with Squid's Head and Eye Exposed, measuring 9″L x 5″W x 7.5″H (2) The Stern and Captain's Cabin Section with LED Light, measuring 5″L x 5″W x 5.5″H (3) Tentacle Wrapped Around Remaining Rum Barrels, measuring 4″L x 3″W x 1.25″H.

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Purchased 2021- Smuggler's Cove

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    Smuggler's Cove Barrel Stack - First Edition - by Little Grass Shack/Cheeky Tiki - for Smuggler's Cove #29

    This was the second release in Smuggler's Cove's covid mug sales.

    Designed by Little Grass Shack (formerly known as Cheeky Tiki), this big barrel stack bowl measures approximately 10"W x 5"D x 6"H and holds 70oz. Each bowl was made by hand in the UK. Each has the SC logo hand-painted on one of the barrel heads. SC commissioned an edition of 36, and they were signed and numbered and initially cost $100 each. Numbers were packed and sent randomly. Limit one per person. These were released on Wednesday, May 13th, 2020.

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Purchased 2021- Smuggler's Cove

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    Tuhuka #1

    This is a mug shaped like a Marquesan styled Tiki head with tiny Tiki heads in its eye sockets.

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Purchased 2021- Sunset glaze w/ hand-painting tattoo

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    Notch & Gecko Severed Head Tribute Mug Custom #1 a.k.a. Nacho & Gecko Collaboration Ren Clark Severed Head Custom

    This is a tribute reproduction version of the famous Ren Clark Severed Head mug, created by Bay Area-artist Notch (a.k.a. Nacho). The mug is faithful to the original, although slightly larger, despite Notch having never seen one in person; he created this reproduction based on only a couple of available photos. The mug is of an upside-down man's head, eyes open and mouth agape, dripping in blood. The drink opening is the head's neck. This is a custom version with glazing done as a collaboration between Notch and Gecko of South Sea Arts.

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Purchased 2020. Maori red velvet glaze. Hand-carved tattoo

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    Bird Of Paradise

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Purchased 2021. Red Dirt

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    Gecko'z Skull Mug Custom #1

    This is a mug shaped like a skull missing the lower jaw. There was a previous version of a jawless skull designed by Mr. Bony and manufactured by Gecko'z South Sea Arts, but it was a bit more stylized. Gecko'z version is more realistic and features a more defined nasal cavity, more rounded/smaller zygomatic bone (part of skull beneath eye sockets) and smaller more realistic teeth. It is not marked "Mr Bony" on bottom. This version of the mug is customized and, as such, glaze colors and details will vary.

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Purchased 2021- Custom 1:1 Mixed Medium. Hand-painted tribal

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    Gecko'z Skull Mug Custom #1

    This is a mug shaped like a skull missing the lower jaw. There was a previous version of a jawless skull designed by Mr. Bony and manufactured by Gecko'z South Sea Arts, but it was a bit more stylized. Gecko'z version is more realistic and features a more defined nasal cavity, more rounded/smaller zygomatic bone (part of skull beneath eye sockets) and smaller more realistic teeth. It is not marked "Mr Bony" on bottom. This version of the mug is customized and, as such, glaze colors and details will vary.

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Purchased 2021- Custom 1:1 Mixed Medium. Real boar jaw. w/ long tusks

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    Mr. Bony Trophy Skull Mug Studio Red Lava Glaze #1

    This is a mug shaped like a skull missing the lower jaw. Sculpted by Mr. Bony and manufactured by Gecko'z South Sea Arts. This version with Studio Red Glaze has been used on several designs but is only made available to those who visit Gecko at his studio on the island of Oahu.

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Purchased 2015- Studio Only Red Glaze Custom 1:1

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    Taboo #1 a.k.a. The Catcher

    This mug is part of the Forbidden Cannibal Set by Gecko. This set is inspired by the popular carvings which can be seen in photos and memorabilia from the Mai Kai, Don the Beachcomber, and many others. The origin of this design is native to Bora Bora. The mug set consists of three mugs, all named "Forbidden": Taboo (The Catcher), Tapu (The Eater), and Kapu (Full Belly). Mugs are antiqued brown with a darker overglaze in recessed areas. Interior is glazed red.

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Purchased 2020- Custom 1:1 w hand-painting. Red Dirt

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    Tapu #1 a.k.a. The Eater

    This mug is part of the Forbidden Cannibal Set by Gecko. This set is inspired by the popular carvings which can be seen in photos and memorabilia from the Mai Kai, Don the Beachcomber, and many others. The origin of this design is native to Bora Bora. The mug set consists of three mugs, all named "Forbidden": Taboo (The Catcher), Tapu (The Eater), and Kapu (Full Belly). Mugs are antiqued brown with a darker overglaze in recessed areas. Interior is glazed red.

    Distinguishing characteristics:

    Purchased 2020- Custom 1:1 w hand-painting. Red Dirt