Tiki VIP #38 Howard Moore III – Moore Ukuleles and Tiki Carver

Howard Moore III Moore Ukuleles

There are ukuleles and then there’s Moore Ukuleles!

As a guitar player, I’ve always had a love for the six-stringed instrument that I hung down in front of me. Not only is a guitar an instrument, but it’s also functional art. A guitar can sound good and look even better! Howard Moore III makes Ukuleles and I don’t know if they should be played or hung up on the wall, because they are so beautiful! Oh, and Howard also carves Tikis. Here is his story …

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Tiki VIP #37 Danielle Mann – Black Lagoon Designs (Tiki Mug Maker From Australia)

Danielle Mann Black Lagoon Designs

Danielle Mann is a tiki mug maker from Brisbane Australia and her work is truly incredible!

The name of her company is Black Lagoon Designs and she pulls influences from old school tiki bars, mid-century and the female form.

Her plan for the future is world domination! I think it’s safe to say that she already conquered the tiki scene in Australia. Watch out USA, you’re next!

Here is Danielle’s story …

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Tiki VIP #36 Bobby Doran – Graffitiki

Bobby Doran Graffitiki

Graffiti and Tiki, what a combination! Bobby Doran’s art, Graffitiki, combines elements of tiki with graffiti and a little bit of nostalgia thrown in for good measure. What makes Bobby’s art so special is that it pulls from the past, yet is still firmly planted in the present day. I could totally see Graffitiki painted on the sides of buildings just like Banksy work, but it’s tiki! Here is Bobby Doran’s story …

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Tiki VIP #33 Sammie Marie – WW2 Historian (The War Front) And Pinup Model

Sammie Marie

I’m living in the wrong decade…

If this holds true for anyone, it would be true for Sammie Marie. Sammie is the manager of a WW2 memorabilia shop called The War Front. She owns several WW2 uniforms and is also a pinup model. What’s her favorite era, the 40’s! Sammie has an in-depth knowledge of WW2 and I’ve learned a ton of information about WW2’s influence on the popularity of Tiki. Here is Sammie’s story…

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Tiki VIP #31 Nadia Reddy- Author Of Tiki ABC (The first Tiki children’s picture book in the world!)

Tiki ABC

Hey Gang! I would like you to meet Nadia Reddy. She wrote and illustrated the first Tiki children’s picture book ever! It’s called Tiki ABC. The story is simple, Nadia wanted a children’s Tiki picture to read to her baby. She searched around and found that none existed, so she wrote her own. I love that! If you want something and it doesn’t exist, create it yourself. Here is Nadia’s story…

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Tiki VIP #30 Tony Canepa-Tiki Artist

Tony Canepa

If you live in Seattle and have spent some time at Rumba or The Diller Room you have seen Tony Canepa’s artwork. It’s truly beautiful! Tony used to live in Seattle but has since moved down to Austin Texas. It sounds like there isn’t much Tiki going on down there but maybe Tony’s tiki art will give someone inspiration to build something great! Here is Tony’s story…

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Tiki VIP #29 Blair Reynolds – BG Reynolds Syrups

Blair Reynolds BG Reynolds Syrups

I remember making my first Mai-Tai…

The recipe called for Orgeat syrup. Back then I had no idea what this was, I just knew I needed it to make myself a Mai-Tai. I took a trip down to the local supermarket, found the isle that sold syrups and bought a bottle. My Mai-Tai was ok but it didn’t taste nearly as good one I would order at a Tiki bar. I couldn’t believe that one ingredient could totally alter the taste of a drink. This is where Blair Reynolds comes in handy, well actually his company BG Reynolds Syrups. BG Reynolds makes every type of syrup you need to make any Tiki drink you want. Not only will your drinks taste incredible but your Tiki drinks will taste correct. Let’s get to know Blair a little bit more…

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