Weekend Maker parents, Artists in the Animation / Theme Parks industries, & two Disney fanatics! Doug’s the builder, Jess’s the finisher!
Chrissy Weena resides in Littleton, Colorado making art inspired by her love for Tiki, Disney, and Adventure.
Al Kocab, who died in 1994 at the age of 64, is closely associated with the Mai-Kai.
Mai-Kai founder Bob Thornton was so impressed with Kocab's art and design work that he got him involved designing many projects.
Al illustrated Happy Talk, a humor magazine that the restaurant published semi-regularly. He also designed postcards, lamps for each of the dining rooms, dining chairs, annual souvenir calendars, the Shrunken Skull Shrunken Head Mug ("dangerous and deadly"), the Abelam Mask Mug for their Coffee Grog, and the Mai Kai Tangaroa decanter.
Dave Dexter is an accomplished lowbrow/pop surrealist artist whose works have appeared at La Luz de Jesus and other galleries. He came on board with Munktiki as a studio artist in January 2022, with his first limited mug release, Punch Drunk.
Ben is a Portland, Oregon based artist and sculptor. He currently works at Laika animation studio.
Long before his introduction to the Tiki sub-culture, Doc Parks was collaborating with artists and musicians to create good times. Before moving from San Diego to the Bay Area and making a name for himself in the San Francisco bar scene, Doc ran a production company, curated art shows, managed tasting rooms, and played in bands. In the coming years, Pagan Idol and Zombie Village would be brought to fruition, with Doc Parks at the helm. Both bars commanded the attention of restauranteurs and bar owners from around the country who sought out his expertise for their own projects. This prompted Doc to found DDP Hospitality Consulting. During the Covid-19 pandemic, a consulting client would make him an offer, pulling him from the City by the Bay to Napa Valley to run a tiki bar, and today, Doc Parks is the General Manager of Wilfred's Lounge in Downtown Napa.
All sales made from Doc Parks Designs merchandise will go towards funding his next great escape!
Founded in January 2018 in Pasadena, California by veteran animation director/producer, Jordan Reichek.
Peekaboo Gallery The Pop-Culture Time Machine™, is a fresh concept in the curation, exhibition and sale of exceptional antiques and collectable memorabilia.
Started in 1993. Their corporate headquarters is in Seattle, Washington, but they have stores and restaurants all over the United States.
Tommy Bahama is an American manufacturer of casual, men's and women's sportswear and activewear, denim, swimwear, accessories, footwear and a complete home furnishings collection. Tommy Bahama is available at Macy's, Dillard's, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Belk and Von Maur, along with resort locations around the world.
Tommy is an imaginary mascot for the brand, whose leisure themes run the gamut and often include vintage Hawaiian/Floridian/Cuban/Mid-Century imagery. Other popular themes include grilling & barbecuing, sailing and fishing, surfing, and sports.
For tiki collectors, Tommy Bahama is known for producing generously fitted silk or cotton "camp shirts" with tropical or tiki-adjacent imagery. Their seasonal offerings sometimes include tiki themed barware or other accoutrements.
Artist Alex Gupton’s energy, joy for life, and infectious spirit are infused into his art. Alex has spent most of his life living on the Kona coast of the Big Island, and the exposure to Hawaii’s stunning tropical landscapes, bountiful undersea life, and rich traditions sparked the passion for the islands that is readily apparent in his work. Whether drawing his fine pen & ink creations, forming the clay to be cast into his bronze sculpture or piecing together the intricate mosaic tile installations, Alex is constantly pushing the envelope of his talent and has been exploring new forms of expression as a professional artist for nearly 30 years. Inspired by his mother, artist Penny Gupton, a lifetime of sketching, drawing and designing have yielded a diverse portfolio of artwork ranging from tiny drawings to large scale murals. During this time, Alex has worked with his clients on a vast number of private and corporate commissions. Many of Alex’s pieces can be seen in fine art galleries throughout the Hawaiian Islands and beyond. Alex makes his home overlooking the Kona Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii, with his beautiful wife Jacqueline, their three wonderful children and a couple of cats.
Tiki guy, mug collector/maker, cocktail enthusiast, Penguin wrangler, bass for Hang-Ten Hangmen & Mai Tai Friday.
Tracy M. Lee (President/Creative Director).
At the time of Tracy's formation of Electric Tiki Design in 2001, Tracy had been in feature animation for 13 years and was burnt out and ready to work in a new medium.
Tracy's track record up until this point had been impressive: Having won an internship with Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida in 1989, he went on to a supervisory position within two years. While in Florida he worked on such features as "Beauty and the Beast", "Aladdin", "The Lion King", and "Pocahontas". In 1995 he relocated to LA where he contributed to such films as "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", "Tarzan", "Atlantis:The Lost Empire", "Treasure Planet", "Loony Tunes: Back in Action", "Fat Albert", "Enchanted", "The Princess and the Frog", and "Winnie the Pooh". At Warner Bros., Tracy has been involved with "The Looney Tunes Show", "Wabbit", "Scooby Doo and Guess Who?", multiple Tom and Jerry movies and most recently "Space Jam: A New Legacy".
UPDATE: Tracy has been back in animation full-time since 2011, but still runs Electric Tiki Design and welcomes projects that interest him.
Tiki Geo is a San Diego based artist specializing in Tiki Fantasy Comic Art styling.
Cory Starr currently leads the Tiki Tatsu-Ya beverage program in Austin, Texas.
His previous experience includes the Four Seasons Hualalai, Hawaii and Three Dots and a Dash in Chicago
Some of the cocktail vessels at Tiki Tatsu-Ya were designed by others, but the S.O.S. Banzai! Boat and Skeleton Cruise, were designed by Cory Starr himself.
From the DS Edwards website:
"WRITER. ILLUSTRATOR. ANIMATOR.
Since 1999, Dan has been writing, drawing and creating professionally.
His clients include Kevin Smith, RKO Pictures, PopCap/EA, National Geographic Kids, Philips, and Discovery Kids. His work has been featured in films, television, and at San Diego Comic-Con.
He lives in Maine with two great kids, a crooked little dog, and a lovely wife."
Alex is a freelance artist based out of Costa Mesa, CA. He does custom 2-D and 3-D design work.
David McNeley, also known as “Mcbiff”, is a traditional artist from Huntington Beach, CA. specializing in Acrylic Painting. Clean simplicity and hidden surprises characterize his paintings with American mid century modern. Inspired by Disney artists that came before him and a healthy union with a paintbrush, Mcbiff has created a style that is familiar but enthusiastically new.
Skipper Brodie and Lord Paddy, two makers and sellers based in Michigan, created Colonel Coconut in 2020. Their first mug, "Snakes on the Brain" premiered in 2022.
Brian is a freelance commercial artist and sculptor from the Washington D.C. and Baltimore area. He has done several mug projects for MONDO.
TH Tikis (T. Helber) is a small pottery studio that is located in Carroll, Ohio, and sells tiki mugs on Etsy.
Cat Magic Punks is the brainchild of Louisville, Kentucky-based artist/musician Ryan Patterson, owner of Shirt Killer and founder of the bands Fotocrime and Coliseum.
Patterson is known for his dense, instantly recognizable collage-based artwork. Patterson utilizes digital and physical tools to create hypnotic imagery with a proclivity for symmetry and a fixation on the dark and mysterious aspects of popular culture. Inspired equally by the cut-n-paste, photocopied aesthetic of early punk/hardcore and the cluttered kitsch of '60s and '70s exploitation film posters, Patterson blends elements of both.
His work has graced t-shirt and album cover designs for countless bands.
Cat Magic Punks was inspired by Ryan and his partner Jamie’s beloved and dearly departed cats, Waylon and Willie. Waylon and Willie each appeared on Coliseum’s band t-shirts to great acclaim, and the idea for an entirely cat-themed line of apparel was born.
Scott “Scooter” Burroughs is a painter, illustrator and designer working in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He graduated with his BA from Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California in 1994. Upon graduation he worked as a video game animator and conceptual artist for Sega before being hired by Walt Disney Feature Animation. Scooter worked 10 years for Disney as an animator on movies and mentor for new artists. His credits include: Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, Tarzan, Fantasia 2000, The Emperor’s New Groove, Lilo And Stitch, Brother Bear and several shorts. When the Florida animation studio closed its doors, nearly 20 years ago, he moved back to Colorado and began a career in illustration, fine art painting and design.
Scooter has always loved the mid-century modern commercial style from the 40’s through the 70’s and his distinct artistic style has been formed by a love and passion for the images from that era. Scooter's fun and playful paintings and illustrations celebrate the style of the past and give life to a modern-day retro style of all the things he loves most.
Launched April 26th, 2020, The Search For Tiki is a tiki mug collectors site owned and operated by Gabriel Bascom. They also produce some of their own mugs and merchandise.
Artist Ray Murray started both Tiki Isle and Hana Isle in the 60s after he stepped down from operations manager at Treasure Craft in Maui. Murray was previously a designer for Bauer Pottery and for Frankoma.
Born and raised in Los Angeles California, Alec Shumate is an illustrator for the film and television industry and a civilian Combat Artist for the United States Marine Corps. Inspired by the long history of expeditionary art, Alec has sketched exotic sights and locales all over the world, from remote villages and ancient ruins in Asia, to indigenous tribes in the Amazon jungle. Along the way he has been (voluntarily) poisoned, burned, whipped, starved, and temporarily blinded in pursuit of adventure.
Alec is also a member of the Explorers Club and participated in the inaugural research expedition for the Next Generation Explorers Network. Since joining the Adventurers' Club in 2018, he has served two terms on the board of directors and has had the honor of carrying two Expedition Flags into the field. As of 2021, he is the current President of the Adventurer's Club.
Ken Hudson (KenTiki) is an artist based out of Lomita, CA. He works in several mediums, including photography. He is also a member of the Los Angeles-based Adventurer's Club, and runs their annual Tiki Night dinner presentations which started in 2018.
Hip Arcade is a brand owned by Avedon Arcade. It creates original art, apparel, and accessories tailored to the nerd, geek, and savant crowds interested in gaming, tabletop, film, tiki, exotica and more. Hip Tiki is a tiki-specific collection produced by Hip Arcade
Fraternal Order of Moai (FOM), is a secret society founded in Columbus, Ohio, in 2005 with chapters and at-large members all around the United States and Canada. The Foundation is a recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
Trader Duck (Mark Poutenis) is a freelance graphic designer based in New England.
He began making small batches of mugs in early 2020 and selling them through the Trader Sam's Mug Trading Facebook group. After his first few designs, he began advertising his tiki mugs more broadly.
Sara is a visual artist residing in Ontario, Canada. She studied Editorial Illustration at Sheridan College and now works as a freelance artist focusing on pop culture and surrealist art.
Hidden on the streets of Vancouver is a rogue tiki stand build by a couple of friends who wanted to have a rallying point for neighborhood socials. The goal of the Walden Tiki Hut is to encourage neighbors to get together, share some rum, music and their love for tiki.
Walden Tiki is the place where some of the art created by Baird is shared and sold.
Avedon is an artist based out of Los Angeles, CA.
Lindz is a tiki mug maker, photographer, and vintage enthusiast based in Dallas, Texas.
Faust is a California artist.
He has done limited authorized & customized runs of hand-painted mugs. He is also highly sought after by mug owners to do commissions of one-off embellishment on tiki mugs they've purchased.
An "embellished" piece is one that has been customized by a second party (not the original artist or manufacturer) and as such, colors and other details vary -- each "embellished" piece is different and unique. Customized or "Kustom" work could be done by any artist who is authorized, but "embellishment" is exclusive to unauthorized second-party work.
Many do not make the distinction and call all work "customization" but this site is seeking to differentiate between what is authorized or unauthorized with additional nomenclature.
Faust's customizing or embellishing is usually done through use of acrylic or enamel paint.
Chandler is an artist and mug maker living in Dana Point, CA.
Eva Lacy is a self-taught cartoonist, artist/illustrator. She sells her own artwork under the Critterosity brand/storefront.
Rumwild is a travel/lifestyle website about all things rum.
Atomica Exotica is a Tiki Toy Line under the Toys Are Sanity Banner. Soft Vinyl figures made in Japan for your Tiki Adventures.
Shenango China, incorporated in 1901 with $100,000 in stock. A plant to manufacture semi-vitreous plain and decorated china was constructed at Emery Street and the Erie & Pittsburg Railroad in New Castle, Pennsylvania. It initially employed 150.
In January 1905, Shenango China declared bankruptcy. The company was reorganized as Shenango Pottery in 1909.
With the conclusion of World War II, there was a pent-up demand for dinnerware and over-glazed hotelware.
An effort to modernize its plant and its branding began in 1954 when Shenango Pottery was renamed to Shenango China once again.
Shenango acquired Wallace China, to be operated as a subsidiary, in March 1959 and Mayer China in 1964. The company was sold for $5.4 million 16 in 1968 to Inerpace Corporation.
Interpace sold Shenango to Anchor Hocking in March 1979, and then Anchor Hocking sold Shenango to Newell Company of Freeport, Illinois in 1987, although Newell sold Shenango to Canadian Pacific, the parent company of Syracuse China, within six months. Syracuse, citing labor costs, closed Shenango China and reorganized. All former employees were forced to apply for their old positions at a lower pay scale, although many chose not to return.
Canadian Pacific sold Shenango China, along with Mayer and Syracuse, to the Pfaltzgraff Company of York, Pennsylvania in 1989. The Mayer operation moved to Shenango. Plans were drawn up for an expansion of Shenango, but consolidation in physical plants and a downturn in the economy led to the permanent closure of New Castle factory in December 1991. An auction of some equipment and finished china was held on March 24, 1992.
A fire later ruled an arson engulfed a part of the former Shenango facility on June 28, 2011. Workers who had been in the factory the day prior cleaning up debris and brush, had chased out individuals who were using torches to burn plastic coatings off of wire in attempted copper theft. The factory was the site of another fire on May 25, 2012. Since then, the remains of the site appear to have abandoned.
Jason is an artist based out of Danvers, MA. He owns and operates The Lost Idols Co.
Hector Arce is an artist and is one of the Creative Directors of MONDO’s Toy and Collectibles division.
Göksu Aydınhan runs Noya Ceramic Design, a company based out of Turkey that makes hand-painted pottery/ceramics. They sell through their Etsy online store and other venues.
This is a company based out of Turkey that makes hand-painted pottery/ceramics. They sell through their Etsy online store and other venues.
Tiki Classics was created in December 2020 with the intent of manufacturing tiki mugs based on classic tiki imagery.
Their first successful mug project was with Biggs Tiki, creating a faithful rendition of the iconic Aku Aku moai that used to be stationed at the Stardust Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Jeremy is an accomplished artist based out of Redondo Beach, CA. He is known to mug enthusiasts for some of his design work with Tiki Maniacs.
Luke is an artist based out of Chino Hills, CA.
He runs the company, Terrible Tiki.
Founded in 2014.
Middle of Beyond offers sweaters, cardigans, scarves, blankets, pillows, ornaments, rugs, t-shirts, mugs, and toys. Its collections include Mondo, Toys, Alien, Baphomet, Bigfoot, Christmas, Critical Hit, Cthulhu, Hotel, Krampus, Loch Ness, Vintage+Tattoo, Zombie, and Beyond.
Middle of Beyond was founded by Ezra Haidet and is based in Austin, Texas.
Dan Watson is an artist, carver and pinstriper based out of Acton, California.
His home bar is the Black Pearl Lounge.
Paul is an animator, whose most recent credits include working at Disney Animation: Co-Directing Raya & the Last Dragon. He is based in Los Angeles, California.