Aaron is one of the founders of Tidbit Design, a small Los Angeles area design firm.
Seattle-based producer of novelty items (perhaps more famous for their Nunzilla and Devil Duckie). Products are mostly manufactured in China. Accoutrements sells to a wide number of retail establishments, and has their own retail store in Seattle, Archie McPhee's. Around 2019-2020, Accoutrements changed its name to Archie Mcphee Wholesale.
For a time, Acme carried an exclusive line of Tiki ceramics designed by Squid (David Cohen). Many of these ceramics were sold through Freaky Boutiki in Mission Beach, CA, and some were sold at events.
Squeaky Tiki's art is a combination of four simple elements: lowbrow tiki, retro 3D, screen printed gig posters and funny band names.
Far from a tiki traditionalist, Squeaky Tiki's style draws as much inspiration from authentic tiki and retro Polynesian Pop as it does from punk rock flyers, psychedelia, lowbrow hot rod kustom kulture, Looney-Tunes absurdism and cheesy ’50s sci-fi/monster movies.
Squeaky Tiki cut his teeth way back in the prehistoric days before computers, home printers and social media. Back when "copy and paste" literally meant copying and pasting. These were the early '90s when underground artists handcrafted flyers and zines for DIY music scenes in all-nite copy shops on big smelly B&W Xerox machines. ¢2 copy machines were the medium and the art was created with their limitations in mind. Delicate penmanship and shades of gray were out of the question. That kind of subtlety would get lost, so the art needed to be bold. Heavy black lines were de rigueur. Ahhhh, those big bold beautiful black lines. They were so delicious.
Well times change and ol’ Squeaky Teaks spent the last 30 years mastering the computer as an artistic tool. Rather than letting it dictate his style, he’s held onto his those big bold lines but he uses the computer to push his art into the 3D realm. Here's the rub: he uses modern technology to create an antiquated form of 3D. "Anaglyph" is the official word, but that's just a sciency term for 3D that uses those old red/blue glasses that were all the rage back in the '50s. The computer allows Squeaky Tiki to isolate each element in his art and move them independently forward or back on the three dimensional plane. The result is a multi-layered feast for the eyes... particularly after a couple Mai Tais.
The last piece of the puzzle dates back to Squeaky Tiki's teenage years when he and his friends would sit around drinking beers they'd clandestinely liberated from their unsuspecting dads and make up funny band names. They were, after all, going to all grow up to be famous rock stars and needed to be prepared. Sadly, that dream never came to fruition, but the past time of cracking each other up with lists of funny band names continues to this day. Indeed, some things never change.
Adele Davis formerly ran a business called Sunset Shore Studio (with pieces often marked "SSS"). She ran a kiln out of Kalihi and lived/designed near Sunset Beach before selling out to Dan and Gary Coscina who went by "Polynesian Pottery" and later renamed their company "Daga" in 1972 by combining the first letters of their first names.
Adrian Eustaquio is a long time Tiki enthusiast, active member in the Tiki community and avid supporter of the current Tiki revival, considered as one of the major influencers of the Tiki scene. He began collecting Tiki, Hawaiian and South Pacific ephemera over 2 decades ago and has been studying and continues to study the mainland Tiki movement and it's relation to American pop culture and cocktail culture, both currently and historically.
Adrian currently runs and administers bot the Home Tiki Bar Builds and Inside the Desert Oasis Room group pages on Facebook in addition to hosting, managing and producing the "Inside the Desert Oasis Room" podcast from his home tiki space of the same name, created in tribute to and in the style of the great exotic lounges of the long past Polynesian Pop era. His current island inspired art collection amounts to over 1000 mugs and dozens of one-of-a-kind carvings from various reknown artists including a comprehensive grouping of traditional Hawaiian, Cook Islands and Papua New Guinea art.
Aesthete is an artist working at the South Sea Arts Studio along with Gecko.
Agiftcorp is a very large wholesale giftware corporation based in Miami, Florida.
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.
Alberta's is an online mold supply distribution company for hobbyists and businesses. In turn, their mold lines are manufactured by Starlight Molds.
Alec Yuill-Thornton's main claim to fame is that he designed the classic Tiki Bob logo, which was turned into a mug for Tiki Bob's in San Francisco and later "borrowed" by a few other tiki establishments. Yuill-Thornton also illustrated Trader Vic's Kitchen Kibbitzer cookbook. Born in Manila, PI on April 29, 1917. About 1933 Alec Yuill-Thornton moved to the San Diego, CA to attend the Army & Navy Academy. He then studied architecture at San Mateo Jr. College and UC Berkeley. Following a few years in Boulder City, NV, he returned to San Francisco and worked as an architect for Gardner Dailey and others. In the 1960s he took up etching, which he studied at the San Francisco Art Institute, as well as metal smithing, calligraphy, and jewelry making. His watercolors include scenes of Yosemite, the Mother Lode country, and San Francisco. He died in San Francisco on Nov. 14, 1986.
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.
Alex is an artist based out of Mesa Arizona.
Alex is a freelance artist based out of Costa Mesa, CA. He does custom 2-D and 3-D design work.
Alexandre (Al's Tikis) is a Swiss carver, artist and ceramicist. He has a store website at http://www.als-tikis.com/home.htm
Horror In Clay is a purveyor of fine horror, tiki, and SciFi themed barware and accessories, including the Horror In Clay Tiki Mug. The company is owned and run by Jonathan "Atari" Chaffin and Allison Chaffin in Atlanta, GA
Alan moved to Cotopaxi, Co., in 1971 and set up a pottery studio. The first studio was a primitive set up with alternative sources of energy used for living as well as working. The first two kilns were salt and wood kilns with a kick wheel and not much else. Developing a style of his own, Alan started formulating shiny glazes of blues and bright colors, which have remained his trademark. After eleven years he moved his studio to downtown Salida, and started his first retail store. Still doing retail shows and renaissance fairs, Alan also sold to stores throughout the USA. In late 1980 the emphasis of the pottery became dinnerware place settings which are the strongest selling items (about four hundred sets of dinnerware a year). Each functional piece of pottery is dishwasher/microwave/oven safe and lead-free. In 1996 the pottery moved once again; this time to Villa Grove on Highway 285. The store in Villa Grove has been the best location so far. The highway brings many diverse tourists to the pottery in the summer and fall.
Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation is a manufacturer of glassware. The Hocking Glass Company was founded in 1905 by Isaac Jacob (Ike) Collins. That company merged with the AnchorCap and Closure Corporations in 1937. Anchor Hocking is primarily located in Lancaster, Ohio. (Plant #44 is located in Monaca, Pennsylvania.) The first glassware they produced as the Anchor Hocking Glass Company was Royal Ruby in 1939.
Andres Bumatay (1931-1996) was a tiki carver in the 1960s in Southern California.
Andrew Cooke is an artist specializing in ceramics. Based in Co Down Northern Ireland, a love of motorcycles from an early age has influenced a lot of his work. Kustom Kulture and hot rods have also played their part along with a love of the Blues. His work ranges from musical instruments to Tiki mugs and a lot in between.
Glassblower Andrew Iannazzi's hand-blown glass products have been featured in Imbibe Magazine, Artful Home, The New York Times, The Boston Globe and more. He draws from historical Italian and Scandinavian design as well as American popular imagery. Iannazzi uses his objects to explore functionality, form, and iconic representations. Iannazzi uses off-hand blowing and traditional mold-blowing techniques.
Andrew Kolb is an artist, designer, and illustrator. Shortly after obtaining his diploma in graphic design at Conestoga College he continued on to the Queensland College of Art in Brisbane, Australia, for his Bachelor of Design. Andrew has been featured in numerous galleries, countless exhibits, and a number of respected publications. He has collaborated with clients ranging from start-ups to major television networks on everything from fitness apps to animated shorts. He lives in Kitchener, Ontario.
Anthony is an accomplished artist whose work has appeared in many places in the tiki community, including at Max's South Seas Hideaway in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
"Art of Private Shaking" or "APS" Bar Supply was started in 1990 and is centered in Hamburg, Germany, with distributors all over Europe. Their Tiki line, designed by Dirk Rehder, began in 2012.
Arc International is a French manufacturer and distributor of household goods. The company was established in Arques, Pas-de-Calais, where it is still headquartered, as a glass-making firm under the name Verrerie des Sept Ecluses in 1825. In 1892 the name was changed to Verrerie Cristallerie d'Arques, and after a series of acquisitions in the 1990s the group was renamed in 2000 to the current name. It is the leading manufacturer of crystal and glassware in the world. It is privately held and has been owned by members of the Durand family since 1916. Competitors include Lenox Group, World Kitchen and Waterford Wedgwood.
Aric describes himself as "A User Experience Designer, Front-End Developer, and visual artist in Indianapolis, IN with a passion for Tiki and Polynesian Pop."
Defunct Spanish mug manufacturer whose molds were acquired by Porcelanas Pavon.
Liz is a ceramicist based in Franklin, Ohio. She sells pieces through her company, Artifact Pottery.
As of August 2018, Michaels Stores brand reported that in addition to its main brand that it produces over a dozen private brands including Recollections, Studio Décor, Bead Landing, Creatology and Ashland.
Atlantic Mold was a large supplier of hobbyist molds. They ceased operation as of July 2001. However, many of their mold designs were sold and are still available through the following companies: Gem Molds, Macky Molds, Dac Molds, Cindy's Ceramics, and Norwood Molds. The Atlantic Mold catalogue is archived online at Atlantic Mold Archive
Atomica Exotica is a Tiki Toy Line under the Toys Are Sanity Banner. Soft Vinyl figures made in Japan for your Tiki Adventures.
AtomicTonyTiki is an artist based out of Glasgow, UK.
Susannah is a painter, freelance illustrator, and graphic designer living in Los Angeles, CA. A California native, she was born in the surf-side town of Santa Cruz.
August Holland was born June 23, 1928 in Sublette, Illinois. Two days later his parents, August and Nellie took him home to Mendota which was his home until his death. Holland began painting at age of 6. An uncle, who also painted, provided August with his first set of painting tools. These tools included tubes of oil pants, paint brushes, linseed oil, and turpentine. At the age of 15, August’s first published work was in Popular Science magazine. After high school he went to the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Since August’s father died when August was eighteen months old his family could not afford for him to stay in Chicago. August took the train back and forth to Chicago everyday. Upon finishing Art School, August gained employment at an advertising agency in Mendota. When August first became an artist in 1951-1961 he was in the Ivan Soritch Gallery located in the Edgewater Beach Gallery in Chicago. August wanted to have his works done into prints, so he went out to seek publishers. A firm in Chicago, Goes Lithographing, was his first publisher. Later he added Donald Art and Bernard Publishing in New York. Many of August’s originals went to the Merrill Chase and Marshall Field Galleries in Chicago. The most popular of his prints was titled "The Pearl of Wisdom" printed by Goes Lithographing. This is the most collected example of his "Tiki Art," which appeared in many furniture stores across the country. Additionally, he would go on to do other tiki prints, including "Drums of the Night" and "The Fire God" (sometimes referred to as "A Power Within").
Avedon is an artist based out of Los Angeles, CA.
Brian Rechenmacher is a digital artist with a passion for Mid Century Modern, Tiki, and Disney Parks. He studied at Chapman University in Orange, CA, where he received a B.F.A. in Digital Arts. When not creating new art pieces or fabric patterns, he bartends at Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge in Alameda, CA and also at Five Points in San Jose, CA.
Rick Henderson is an inventor and artist who makes molded as well as hand built mugs and produces them in his home.
Rick Henderson (AKA Babalu) is a San Diego based inventor. His many artistic talents include scuplting and carving. He fires his ceramics in his own kiln.
Badd Tiki sells his work on Etsy under the name Knez Ceramics. He is an artist based in Grand Junction, Colorado.
Raissa Meillon is a French artist and illustrator.
Raissa Meillon is a French artist and illustrator.
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.
Anyone who’s set foot in a tiki revival bar, from California to Las Vegas to Georgia, has probably enjoyed the work of “Bamboo Ben” Bassham, the world’s foremost tiki bar designer and grandson of Eli Hedley, famous for creating the décor at such fabulous destinations as the original Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland and the Las Vegas classic Aku Aku at the Stardust. Ben has followed in the family tradition and can tackle any project from modest home bars to grand tiki destinations, including Frankie's in Las Vegas, Forbidden Island in Alameda, and The Pacific Seas at Clifton's in downtown Los Angeles.
Mug manufacturer based out of Taiwan.
BarConic is a bar products wholesaler formed in 1995. They supply everything from shakers to bar mats, liquor pourers to muddlers to mugs. Primary offices based in Largo, Florida and a large warehouse facility in New Salisbury, Indiana.
West Palm Beach Florida based manufacturer of ceramic tiki items.
Barney West (1919-1981) was a tiki carver during the golden age of midcentury Polynesian Pop.
West, a native of Seattle, came to the Bay Area as a boy when his parents moved to Oakland. His father was chief engineer for the steam schooner Wapama which is now part of a San Francisco waterfront museum. During World War II, West joined the Merchant Marine and served as a steward on Liberty ships in the South Pacific. During his 15 years at sea, West became interested in the native art of Easter Island, Tahiti, Bora Bora, and Hawaii, an infatuation that later had a great influence on his art. West moved to an ark on Corte Madera creek shortly after the end of World War II. To set himself up in the woodcarving business, he drove spikes and laid heavy rails for a railroad crew. West’s first wood carving came from redwood pilings he floated to his home from San Pablo Bay. His first major customer was restaurateur Trader Vic Bergeron who purchased many pieces of West’s early art.
After establishing himself as a wood carver, West opened a studio in Sausalito ("Tiki Junction") on land lent to him by Zack’s owner, Sam Zakessian in 1963. The tiny studio soon became engulfed by tikis and other assorted tropical carvings and vegetation. West began his carving career with conventional carving tools but soon progressed to a chain saw. He shipped in mammoth redwood logs by rail and shipped his commissioned works on flatcars all over the country, West’s art can be found in London, Hawaii, and Cuba. West’s business thrived well in Sausalito and at one time he had five apprentices working with him.
Norman is an artist and the front man of the Ghastly Ones, which is a spooky themed surf band.