Ken Hudson (KenTiki) is an artist based out of Lomita, CA.
He works in several mediums, including photography.
For many years, he was a member of the Los Angeles-based Adventurer's Club, and ran their annual Tiki Night dinner presentations which started in 2018, but he stepped down after 2021.
Ken's Tiki Lounge is also an impressive home tiki bar, featured in The Home Bar Guide To Tropical Cocktails, and elsewhere.
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 by Will Fugate 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. Later items were produced in-house or with other collaborators.
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.
Wayne Coombs (1949-2012) was the creator of the animated “Florida style” of Tiki carving, which was emulated by many other carvers who followed.
Wayne also did other more traditional wood carvings and masks.
He was a prolific fine artist later in his career, turning out many paintings and also creating art from salvaged items.
Wayne carved Tikis for 45 years, from 1967 until the day he died of an apparent heart attack on Sept. 4, 2012. He was 62.
His tikis line the walkways at International Palms Resort on Cocoa Beach and can be found in bars, restaurants and theme parks around the world. They’re spread throughout public places in Brevard County and fittingly serve as guardians of the beach at the end of Minutemen Causeway, not far from Wayne’s studio.
Ben Vagnozzi makes tiki themed products for sale through Forgotten Idols Tiki.
Promystix is a Los Angeles based designer specializing in Enamel Pins and Screen Printed Shirts. They have released their first Tiki Mug with the Death Blow Cannon.
Ohana is Dead is a collective of artists with a shared love of tiki, tattoo art, and horror. Ohana is Dead considers themselves as tiki counterculture. While many elements of Ohana is Dead is inspired by tiki and its culture, it does not fall within the guidelines of classic tiki. Rather, it combines aspects from different cultures and pop movements.
Their first produced tiki mug design was the "Surfing Reaper" designed by Rob Fink and manufactured by Munktiki Imports (2020).
Gordon E. Keith (1924-2015) was a graduate of North H.S. and attended the Columbus Art School for many years. He honorably served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the 1621 model-making detachment assigned to the 5th Army under General Patton in North Africa and Italy.
After the war, he started his first business in Boston and soon thereafter moved to Indian Lake, OH with his brother and sister. He married Dorothy Marshall and opened Gordon Keith Originals in Columbus. He created many displays such as the talking tree for Lazarus, the outside nativity for State Auto, the Street of Yesteryear at the old Cosi, the 12 panel screen and voiceover for the American Freedom train in 1976. Served as President of NADI from 1964-66. He worked for Congressman Wylie's TV spots and campaign headquarters. Gordon studied under Chester Nickodemus and Conger Metcalf in the Army. He painted over 6000 original paintings and sold paintings to the Lincoln LeVequeTower for their remodel in 2012.
Gordon worked on projects all over the world including helping Frank and Joe Byers build the TIKI GARDENS at Indian Rocks Beach. He designed the massive tikis all around the gardens.
Kristina Rousseau is a 3D Designer and Concept Artist living in Los Angeles, California. With a BFA in Digital Media from Otis College of Art and Design, and professional graduate training at Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Games, and Animation, she aspires to create engaging content for games and entertainment that ignites imagination, diversity, and passion. Working as a Freelance 3D Artist, she enjoys using her skills to create visual effects, action figures, cinematic and game ready 3D art. She fell in love with games at an early age, becoming a Pokémon champion when Gameboy and Nintendo 64 were high tech. She is passionate about building welcoming communities that solve problems and cultivate diversity and inclusivity in the games industry. Her goals are to use gamification to promote body positivity, self-care, and appreciation of nature and wildlife.
She has done work for MONDO and for The Pokemon Company, among others.
Sex and Monsters produces comics and other fun stuff!
Eli Hedley created the aesthetic we now know today as the “beachcomber” look. Hedley had been a grocer in Oklahoma, when the Depression sent him and his family west in search of a better life. They found it on the beaches of Southern California. Hedley, with the help of his wife and daughters, found ways to use items found on the beach — glass, shells, nautical equipment — and turn them into housewares and decorations. They built a home at White Point half out of driftwood, and they started selling their unique housewares to the department stores in the area.
Hedley quickly made a name for himself, and in time he was outfitting bars, restaurants and hotels with his beachcomber pieces — he even created the massive moai for the Stardust’s Aku Aku in Las Vegas. Hedley became a decorator to the stars, too, and it was not unusual for Hollywood celebrities to escape to the Hedley home at White Point now and then. Hedley even became part of Disneyland, when Walt Disney asked him to help decorate Adventureland; for years he operated the Island Trade Store (& Tiki's Tropical Traders with its rubber snakes, glowing skulls, and shrunken heads), where the Bazaar is today.
Today, Hedley’s grandson, Bamboo Ben, continues his family’s tradition with tiki interior design and custom fabrication.
Megan Besmirched is the artist who owns the PinChe Loca Etsy store, a Chicago based pin and patch company specializing in kitsch and popcult.
The Tiki Doc, a.k.a. Trader George is a tiki artist making prints, pins, corkboards, and tiki mugs.
PinTiki makes pins that pay tribute to various tiki and polynesian pop icons.
PinTiki was started by a couple of tiki fanatics (just like you) who love nothing better than to share their love of all things Tiki.
After the sudden closing of our beloved Don The Beachcomber in 2018, we were looking for a way to get more involved with the Tiki Ohana. We decided to create limited-edition high-quality tribute pins to honor our favorite tropical rum palaces (and other Polynesian pop landmarks) and at the same time pay tribute to some of the places and faces that have already disappeared into Tiki history.
Islanders Trading is a tiki-focused side business of the "Disneyland Addicts" pin makers. They primarily sell tiki pins, mainly based around Trader Sams and other Disney Tiki properties.
Becky Cloonan is an American comic book creator, known for work published by Tokyopop and Vertigo. Among her many accolades, she was the first female comic artist to draw Batman. She designed the Splendor and Riches mug for Mondo.
Lost Cargo was initially a partnership that provided financing, design, and manufacturing assistance so you didn’t have to do all the legwork. They would finance ceramic mug runs of 50 to 5000 mugs. No payment until mugs were shipped! Lost Cargo helped finance the Submarine and Hornbill mugs for Tiki tOny plus 3 mugs for Ventiki including the 5 year anniversary Moai by Tiki Diablo.
More recently, however since 2018 or so, Lost Cargo's partnership ended and Ron and his wife, Mickee, use this label to produce their own products only.
Mikhail is the owner and main artist at KinPottery, based out of Samara, Russia.
Kin Pottery is a small creative workshop, with a small production, their team consists of young people who are engaged and constantly developing in their own direction. Sculptors, artists and potters. They like to do their work for you both for the interior and for everyday life. They are constantly updating their work.
Dale is a sculptor and artist based out of Lowell, Massachusetts.
John Markovich is an artist based in Los Angeles, CA.
Jimmy is an artist and worked with The Bikini Lounge in Phoenix on their Bikini Ka Blammi mug.
McCloud comes from a fine art background - specifically, the art of letterpress. Inspired by his uncle Roger Frith, who was once a historian with the Tennessee State Museum and focused on Nashville's printing history, McCloud got into letterpress early in his career. His Isle of Printing studio sits in an area he helped dub Pie Town - a pie-shaped sliver of land bordered by Lafayette Avenue, 8th Avenue, and the interstate. Bryce is a co-founder of Chopper bar, along with co-founder Mike Wolf, and co-founder Andy Mumma. Bryce is considered an artist-in-residence of sorts and it was he that suggested the robot influence on the bar.
Kevin is an artist based out of Simi Valley, CA.
Matt Stikker is an illustrator/graphic designer and musician who resides in Portland, Oregon. His work is grounded in the music and culture of heavy metal, horror movies, comics, fantasy, science fiction and the occult. He counts ink luminaries Bernie Wrightson, Jack Davis, R. Crumb, and Jack Kirby among his foremost influences. Primarily an illustrator, Matt's customary medium is pen and ink, although he also works in acrylic and digital painting. He is also a guitarist and vocalist/lyricist for Portland-based bands Drouth and Iron Scepter.
Tiki Nava is a designer and often collaborator with Lost Temple Traders on their mug designs.
This company is owned and operated by Ken Holewczynski. Ken is an accomplished artist and graphic designer based in South Bend, Indiana. He is also the owner of Exotica Moderne magazine.