Tiki with Ray http://www.tikiwithray.com living the Tiki lifestyle with Ray Wyland Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:14:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway: Day One – The Wanna Be-52’s http://www.tikiwithray.com/tiki-kon-2017-caribbean-castaway-day-one-wanna-52s/ http://www.tikiwithray.com/tiki-kon-2017-caribbean-castaway-day-one-wanna-52s/#comments Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:14:51 +0000 http://www.tikiwithray.com/?p=4631 Next up was not The B-52’s but The Wanna Be-52’s! This incredible B-52’s tribute band features Tiki Kon’s own Justin DuPre! They rocked the house and played all the hits including Love Shack, Planet Claire and last but not least Rock Lobster! To quote Fred Schneider…. Let’s Rock! Coming up next, The ‘Verb! All these […]

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The Wanna Be-52's live at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Day One

Next up was not The B-52’s but The Wanna Be-52’s!

This incredible B-52’s tribute band features Tiki Kon’s own Justin DuPre! They rocked the house and played all the hits including Love Shack, Planet Claire and last but not least Rock Lobster! To quote Fred Schneider…. Let’s Rock!

The Wanna Be-52's live at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Day One

The Wanna Be-52's live at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Day One

The Wanna Be-52's live at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Day One

The Wanna Be-52's live at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Day One

The Wanna Be-52's live at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Day One

The Wanna Be-52's live at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Day One

The Wanna Be-52's live at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Day One

The Wanna Be-52's live at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Day One

The Wanna Be-52's live at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Day One

The Wanna Be-52's live at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Day One

The Wanna Be-52's live at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Day One

The Wanna Be-52's live at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Day One

The Wanna Be-52's live at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Day One

The Wanna Be-52's live at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Day One

The Wanna Be-52's live at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Day One

The Wanna Be-52's live at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Day One

Coming up next, The ‘Verb!

The 'Verb live at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Day One

All these awesome pictures were taken by Dieter Weber

Dieter Weber making new friends
Dieter Weber making new friends

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Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway: Day One – The Delstroyers http://www.tikiwithray.com/tiki-kon-2017-caribbean-castaway-day-one-delstroyers/ http://www.tikiwithray.com/tiki-kon-2017-caribbean-castaway-day-one-delstroyers/#respond Mon, 17 Jul 2017 03:10:27 +0000 http://www.tikiwithray.com/?p=4629 Kicking off the live music for day one of Tiki Kon 2017 was Seattle’s own The Delstroyers! They rocked out with full-throttle surf rock with go-go dancers to boot! The crowd loved it! Next to hit the stage… The Wanna Be-52’s! All these pictures were taken by Dieter Weber

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The Delstroyers live at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Day One

Kicking off the live music for day one of Tiki Kon 2017 was Seattle’s own The Delstroyers! They rocked out with full-throttle surf rock with go-go dancers to boot! The crowd loved it!

The Delstroyers live at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Day One

The Delstroyers live at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Day One

The Delstroyers live at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Day One

The Delstroyers live at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Day One

The Delstroyers live at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Day One

The Delstroyers live at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Day One

The Delstroyers live at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Day One

The Delstroyers live at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Day One

The Delstroyers live at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Day One

The Delstroyers live at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Day One

The Delstroyers live at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Day One

Next to hit the stage… The Wanna Be-52’s!

The Wanna Be-52's live at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Day One

All these pictures were taken by Dieter Weber

Dieter Weber the man behind the camera.
Dieter Weber the man behind the camera.

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Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway: Day One – VIP Reception http://www.tikiwithray.com/tiki-kon-2017-caribbean-castaway-day-one-vip-reception/ http://www.tikiwithray.com/tiki-kon-2017-caribbean-castaway-day-one-vip-reception/#respond Fri, 14 Jul 2017 06:05:57 +0000 http://www.tikiwithray.com/?p=4531 Tiki Kon is always a homecoming of sorts… The Tiki Ohana is scattered throughout the country and sadly, you can’t be everywhere at once to hang out with all these great people. What can you do? You bring everyone together with a Tiki marketplace, live music, Tiki drinks, and throw in big name Tiki celebrities […]

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The Wanna Be-52's live at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Day One

Tiki Kon is always a homecoming of sorts…

The Tiki Ohana is scattered throughout the country and sadly, you can’t be everywhere at once to hang out with all these great people. What can you do? You bring everyone together with a Tiki marketplace, live music, Tiki drinks, and throw in big name Tiki celebrities talking about Tiki. You might call it a reason to book a flight to Portland, Oregon. I’ll call it Tiki Kon!

Tiki Kon is the Pacific Northwest’s Tiki convention and even though it’s not as big as Tiki Oasis or Hukilau, it has just as much heart. We may not have as many Tiki bars as California, but what we have is top-notch. The short list includes Hale Pele and the Alibi in Portland, Tacoma Cabana in Tacoma, and the Shameful Tiki Room up in Vancouver. These are some of the best Tiki bars in the country and worth the trip alone. But I digress, let’s talk about Tiki Kon.

The theme for 2017 was Caribbean Castaway and to start you on your journey, you needed to get your passport…

Checking in at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway
Checking in at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway

Not only was this your passport, it was also your guidebook to all the activities that you can take part in. My first activity: have some drinks at the VIP party hosted by Hale Pele.

Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway VIP Party

This party was already in full swing and it was only 5:30!

Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway VIP Party

Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway VIP Party

Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway VIP Party

Duke and Lola of BossaNova Life at Tiki Kon 2017
Duke and Lola of BossaNova Life at Tiki Kon 2017

These were the drink options, all featuring Plantation Rum…

Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway VIP Party

Tiki Kon 2017 VIP Reception party hosted by Hale Pele

And there was Hawaiian food served buffet style…

Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway VIP Party

Looking to snatch up a Hale Pele mug? Martin Cate was there to sell you one himself!

Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway VIP Party

Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway VIP Party

After a having a drink or two and saying hello to friends (old and new), it was time to head on down to the Red Lion’s Grand Ballroom for some live music. First band to hit the stage: Seattle’s own the Delstroyers! To be continued…

The Delstroyers live at Tiki Kon 2017 Caribbean Castaway Day One

Thank you Dieter Weber for your pictures used for this post!

Dieter is not stealing these bottles of rum, I swear!
Dieter is not stealing these bottles of rum, I swear!

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Tiki VIP #22 Amanda Hallay (Ultimate Fashion History Channel) http://www.tikiwithray.com/tiki-vip-22-amanda-hallay-ultimate-fashion-history-channel/ http://www.tikiwithray.com/tiki-vip-22-amanda-hallay-ultimate-fashion-history-channel/#comments Mon, 10 Jul 2017 03:14:34 +0000 http://www.tikiwithray.com/?p=4477 “Fashion isn’t an island; it’s a response” –Amanda Hallay No truer words spoken. I’m always keeping an eye open for anything Tiki related, TV news spotlights, magazine articles, or even random videos on YouTube. I check it all out! I stumbled upon this video. It’s called Fashion and The Tiki Craze. The video itself was […]

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Amanda Hallay“Fashion isn’t an island; it’s a response” –Amanda Hallay

No truer words spoken.

I’m always keeping an eye open for anything Tiki related, TV news spotlights, magazine articles, or even random videos on YouTube. I check it all out! I stumbled upon this video. It’s called Fashion and The Tiki Craze.

Fashion And The Tiki Craze
Fashion And The Tiki Craze

The video itself was just still pictures, but what was being said what spot-on Tiki history! This video wasn’t just talking about why people wore aloha shirts or sarongs, it was explaining how the events of the era created the Tiki craze. I would say this is required viewing for anyone interested in learning about the history of Tiki.

I was so impressed with the Tiki video that I went ahead and checked out another video. I clicked on a video talking about ’50s fashion and it was so engaging that I went ahead to the ’60s fashion video, then the ’70s. These videos are over an hour long and I watched them all in one evening. I couldn’t stop. I was learning history through fashion! The woman behind the Ultimate Fashion History Channel is Amanda Hallay and I knew she needed to be a Tiki VIP. Here is her story…

What is the Ultimate Fashion History Series all about?

Amanda- The Ultimate Fashion History is the name of my YouTube channel, which features original mini-documentaries on 50,000 years of fashion history. I initially started the project as a means of offering totally free fashion history content to young people who, for whatever reason (economic, geographic, social), were unable to go to Fashion College, or for adults who were interested in fashion history, but didn’t want to sign up for a big college course. The first thirty or so videos covered fashion history from prehistoric times until today, with each video lasting about an hour. That was supposed to be the end of the project, but by that time, I was so into it (and I guess my subscribers were, too) that we started to think about new series we could add to the channel.

Now, the Ultimate Fashion History has several series running: “20th Century Style Icons” features ten-minute videos on people —sometimes very unexpected people!—who have influenced fashion, from Jacques Cousteau to Divine (and dozens in between!). The “Style Icon” series is great fun for me to do, as it’s a way of celebrating people who are often overlooked, but whose influence was (and still is) massive. “Fave Film Fashion” is pretty self-explanatory: ten to fifteen minute videos discussing movies or TV shows that influenced fashion, and again, it’s a pretty diverse list (you don’t often find Double Indemnity and The Golden Girls on the same list!). “Speaking of Fashion” picks up the flotsam, jetsam, and ephemera of fashion history, and it’s in this series that the “Fashion and The Tiki Craze” episode is streaming.

There are also “UFH Live” episodes, and coming soon, “Further Than Fashion,” which will include episodes of retro topics that perhaps aren’t directly concerned with fashion history, and “Drunk Fashion History,” which will be a series of interviews with people who truly lived fashion history. Thank goodness I know how to make tropical cocktails. I think some of my guests might need loosening up, because (contrary to popular belief) fashion people are often quite nerdy and shy. I know I am!

I started the Ultimate Fashion History (or “UFH,” as we tend to call it) eighteen months ago.  It now has over 10,000 subscribers and over 7.5 million views! This absolutely blows me away, as when I started the channel, I wondered if anyone else was even interested in this stuff! So it’s been a really gratifying (and vindicating!) experience, but I think that what makes it work is that, as a teacher, I always try to place fashion in its broader, cultural context. For example, the sarong dress, so popular in the ’50s, was a direct result of the Tiki craze (which, as we all know, was a direct result of many other factors of the Postwar landscape).

“Fashion is not an island; it’s a response!” That’s my mantra (my poor students hear it fifty times a day!), but that’s what makes it so much more interesting than just a discussion of pretty clothes.

There is also an Ultimate Fashion History Facebook Group, with over 1,000 members. It’s great fun and includes some of the smartest (and funniest!) people I’ve ever met.

The Ultimate Fashion History
The Ultimate Fashion History

When did your love of fashion begin and where did it take you? I’m sure there’s a lot to talk about!

Amanda- I always say that I have zero interest in “fashion,” but am utterly fascinated by what people wear!  There’s a subtle difference there. I think my interest in fashion probably started when I was doing my BA in art history and I found I was more interested in what people were wearing in all those old paintings than the paintings themselves. WHY did women in medieval days have such long sleeves? WHY did women in the Mid-19th Century wear hoopskirts? WHY did women have such elaborate hair in the 1940s and then cut it all off in the ’50s? And of course, there are reasons for all of the above, because fashion doesn’t just happen, it happens for a reason, and figuring out those reasons is what drives me.

I always tell my undergrad students to “look beyond the clothes,” because it is “beyond the clothes” that we find the answers. Everything is connected: politics, economics, art, music, science. Fashion is a piece of this jigsaw puzzle, too. And it’s only by putting all the pieces of the puzzle together can we really make sense of the people of the past (and I happen to love the past; I think this is true of all Tikiphiles to some extent, isn’t it?).

What sparked your love of Tiki and Tiki fashion? 

Amanda- This question reminds me of your wonderful blog series, “My Tiki Origins.” As with so many Tikiphiles, I think part of my love of Tiki started as a child with magical visits to the Polynesian Resort at Disney World. Just the smell of that chlorine in the lobby waterfall (now defunct, sadly) was an intoxication unto itself. But I also site 1974’s Irwin Allen blockbuster, The Towering Inferno as a catalyst for my love of Tiki. I saw it when I was nine and it had a huge effect on me. It wasn’t the fire (I didn’t like it when that beautiful building burned down!). It was the cocktail culture of the pre-fire scenes that captured my nine year-old imagination: the swankiness of it all, with ladies in beautiful evening gowns going to the Panoramic Room or the Continental Room. We never actually see the Continental Room in The Towering Inferno, but I imagine it had a very Pan-Am feeling, with maybe even a touch of Tiki here and there.

Amanda Hallay's living room
Amanda Hallay’s living room

You started the Facebook group “Tiki For Everyone!” Can you tell us about that?

Amanda- Well, the original Tiki craze really was a glorious anachronism of all things tropical, right? Although Polynesian in intent, Cantonese food was served, leopard print was evident, and even one of the most famous Tiki cocktails is the Zombie (and Zombies don’t come from Hawaii!). It was a colorful cornucopia of anything and everything that was tropical, exotic, tribal, and native. All those wonderful buzzwords were bandied around at the height of the craze. So, although there are some wonderful Tiki groups on Facebook, many are centered on very serious collectors of Mid-Century Tiki and Hawaiiana, but (along with my friends Debbie and Mark), we thought it might be fun to start a group that sort of paid tribute to the idea that Tiki could be whatever someone wants it to be (even if it’s not!). So, the group is for anyone from serious collectors to “weekend wahinis,” Parrotheads, Tiki newbies, pirates, or even people like me: vintage Calypso maniacs! I think I probably belong to all the Tiki groups on Facebook and they’re all fantastic. “Tiki For Everyone” picks up the “Tiki that falls between” the other groups. There’s no right Tiki or wrong Tiki. If it’s fun and tropical in nature, we love it!

Also, I wanted to be part of a group where I could post my Calypso collection without getting in trouble. No, Calypso isn’t Tiki, but I think your home can be a testament to everything you love. I love Tiki, of course, but I am also obsessed with the aesthetic of the Calypso craze that swept the nation in the ’50s and early ’60s. I also love Nubian sculptures, gravel art, paint by number, ’50s TV lamps, Mid-Century Modernism…if it’s from that era, I’m down with it.

Amanda Hallay's living room

 What is your favorite Tiki cocktail? 

Amanda– The Painkiller. Hands down. I don’t make it at home, though. I wouldn’t be able to control myself.

Speaking of cocktails, you wrote about book called Vintage Cocktails: Retro Recipes For The Home Mixologist. Can you talk about that? 

Amanda- Ha! Yes, this is one of my life’s little oddities.  A few years ago, my agent asked if I could write a book on vintage cocktails. Hello?! I thought it would be easy, but when I started writing it as a serious mixology book, it just didn’t work. I’m not a mixologist, and when I tried to write as if I was one, it felt really phony, pretentious, and fake. So instead, I used cocktails as the optic through which to talk about pop culture, movies, some of my own experiences, and a bit of philosophy. When I couldn’t think of any of these things, my best friend, John (also a writer), stepped in and wrote a few chapters himself. I was supposed to take photographs of cocktails too, but instead, I got my dad (artist David Wolfe) to draw caricatures of a sort of Hallay-esque woman dressed in outfits that spoke to each cocktail (1900s attire for the Gibson, Bond girl get-up for the Martini, and, of course, a ’50s sarong-style cocktail dress for the Mai Tai!).

So, it wasn’t the book the publisher was expecting, but they loved it just the way it was (thank God!) and there’s parts of it that I think are pretty chucklesome. And of course, I make terrible fun of us Tikiphiles in the Mai Tai chapter!

Vintage Cocktails book by Amanda Hallay
Vintage Cocktails book by Amanda Hallay

What is your favorite Tiki bar? Why?

Amanda- The Mai-Kai in Ft. Lauderdale, of course! (Again, just that smell that greets you when you first walk in!) But I also have a soft spot for Trader Vic’s in London. I lived in Paris for almost twenty years, and when I lived there, there was no Tiki to be found anywhere. I had to travel to London for work every month (I was working as a fashion editor then), and my first stop was always Trader Vic’s. It brought that little taste of Tiki (both figuratively and literally!) that I so needed!

Now, however, there are fabulous Tiki bars throughout Europe, yet (ironically) none close to where I live (on the North Shore of Long Island). Of course, there are some super Tiki bars in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, but Long Islanders tend to stay put in the evenings and weekends. So, as with other Tikiphiles who don’t have Tiki bar close by, I try to recreate the vibe in my living room: Mai Tais, candles, scent (I discovered a wonderful fragrance called Dark Ride from the company XYrena that smells exactly like the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney World), tune into one of my favorite online Tiki radio stations (like Tiki Brian’s fabulous Exotic Tiki Island Radio), and the whole process now reminds me of when I was living in Paris and creating an imaginary Tiki bar in my living room there! I mean, c’mon, everyone knows that the real reason I moved to the States was so that I could go to Tiki bars!

What does the future hold for you?

Amanda- I am hoping that the History Channel or Netflix or Hulu might decide to turn the Ultimate Fashion History into a TV series. “Dream big!” That’s another of my mantras!

Amanda Hallay

Here are some Amanda Hallay links…

The Ultimate Fashion History channel on YouTube

The Ultimate Fashion History on Facebook

Amanda’s novel, ‘Dole’ on Amazon 

Dole book by Amanda Hallay
Dole book by Amanda Hallay

Amanda’s cocktail book on Amazon

Tiki for Everyone on Facebook

 

 

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Tiki Bar Review #36 No Bones Beach Club Portland, OR http://www.tikiwithray.com/tiki-bar-review-36-no-bones-beach-club-portland/ http://www.tikiwithray.com/tiki-bar-review-36-no-bones-beach-club-portland/#respond Fri, 07 Jul 2017 06:07:54 +0000 http://www.tikiwithray.com/?p=3798 We all like to snack on something while we are sipping on our Tiki drinks, right?  Why can’t it be something healthy? How about something vegan? The No Bones Beach Club is a vegan restaurant that happens to be a Tiki bar, or is it the other way around? The décor is more is beach […]

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The Bar at No Bones Beach Club

We all like to snack on something while we are sipping on our Tiki drinks, right?  Why can’t it be something healthy? How about something vegan? The No Bones Beach Club is a vegan restaurant that happens to be a Tiki bar, or is it the other way around?

No Bones Beach Club Portland

No Bones Beach Club Portland

The décor is more is beach bar than Tiki bar, which means there is more of an open sunny feel. This is just what you need living in the rainy Pacific Northwest.

Upstairs at No Bones Beach Club
Upstairs at No Bones Beach Club

No Bones Beach Club Portland

No Bones Beach Club is located in the Mississippi neighborhood, which is north of downtown Portland. It might be a little out of the way, but there’s cool stuff happening up here and this vegan Tiki bar is part of the mix!

No Bones Beach Club Portland

I met up with Duke and Lola of BossaNova Life to film an interview for their show and MacKenzie, the manager of the No Bones, hooked us up with a cool table upstairs.

MacKenzie Ray Duke and Lola at No Bones Beach Club
MacKenzie Ray Duke and Lola at No Bones Beach Club

We were hungry and thirsty, so we wasted no time ordering.

Duke Ray MacKenzie and Lola at No Bones Beach Club
Duke Ray MacKenzie and Lola at No Bones Beach Club

Lola ordered a Beach Thyme and Duke got the Coconut Mojito…

Lola and Duke and No Bones Beach Club
Lola and Duke and No Bones Beach Club

My photographer Dieter went with a Beet Hibiscus Margarita…

Dieter at No Bones Beach Club Portland
Dieter at No Bones Beach Club Portland

And I got the Alley Cat…

Toasting at No Bones Beach Club
Toasting at No Bones Beach Club

We loved our drinks…

Tiki Drinks and Nachos at No Bones Beach Club
Tiki Drinks and Nachos at No Bones Beach Club

The general consensus was the drinks were refreshing and not overly strong. The drinks went well with our order of vegan nachos…

Tiki Drinks and Nachos at No Bones Beach Club
Tiki Drinks and Nachos at No Bones Beach Club

Thanks for hooking us up MacKenzie!

No Bones Beach Club Portland

What I like best about No Bones Beach Club is that it’s introducing new people to Tiki through vegan food. Hopefully, patrons will come in for dinner and leave loving Tiki drinks!

Tiki at No Bones Beach Club Portland
Tiki at No Bones Beach Club Portland

I would like to thank Dieter Weber for his awesome photographs used in this post!

No Bones Beach Club Portland

Here is the website for No Bones Beach Club.

No Bones Beach Club Portland

And the Facebook page.

Check out and follow what’s going on with Duke and Lola on their YouTube channel.

Duke and Lola-BossaNova Life

Our visit to No Bones Beach club was only the first stop on a big day of Tiki for us all. Here is my Tiki Field Report on all the action!

Ray TIm Sara Lola and Duke at Hale Pele
Ray TIm Sara Lola and Duke at Hale Pele

In Seattle? Visit the No Bones Location up in Ballard! Here is my write up.

The bar at No Bones Beach Club
The bar at No Bones Beach Club

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Oceanic Arts Whittier, CA (Tropical and Polynesian décor warehouse) http://www.tikiwithray.com/oceanic-arts-whittier-ca-tropical-polynesian-decor-warehouse/ http://www.tikiwithray.com/oceanic-arts-whittier-ca-tropical-polynesian-decor-warehouse/#respond Mon, 03 Jul 2017 03:49:56 +0000 http://www.tikiwithray.com/?p=4416 Let’s go back in time to when it all began… It’s the late ’50s and you’re a restaurant owner. The Tiki craze is in full swing and you want to open your own Polynesian paradise. Where do you go to buy the Tiki décor that will fill up your establishment? You go to Oceanic Arts! […]

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Oceanic Arts Whittier CA

Let’s go back in time to when it all began…

It’s the late ’50s and you’re a restaurant owner. The Tiki craze is in full swing and you want to open your own Polynesian paradise. Where do you go to buy the Tiki décor that will fill up your establishment? You go to Oceanic Arts!

Its two founders, Leroy Schmaltz and Bob Van Oosting, opened Oceanic Arts back in 1956. They were the gentlemen that you did business with back then and they still are to this day!

Leroy and Bob of Oceanic Arts

Leroy and Bob are really cool guys. I was chatting it up with them for a long time and they are more than happy to retell all their old stories.

Ray with Leroy and Bob of Oceanic Arts
Ray with Leroy and Bob of Oceanic Arts

Oceanic Arts outfitted most of the Tiki palaces back in the ’50s, the ’60s, and actually, they never really stopped! Here’s an abbreviated list:

DisneyLand

Walt Disney World

Trader Vic’s

Don the Beachcomber

The Mai Kai

The Tonga Room

Tiki Ti

And over 1,100 other places around the world!

Oceanic Arts Production Credits
Oceanic Arts Production Credits

I think it might be safe to say that Oceanic Arts may be one of the only Tiki/Polynesian décor warehouses there is. Oceanic Arts is open to the public. Anyone can stop by and walk around the warehouse.

If you’re thinking about creating your own Tiki bar, or even if you’re just looking for that special Tiki mug, Oceanic Arts has you covered!

Need proof? Check out these pictures…

Oceanic Arts Whittier CA

Oceanic Arts Whittier CA

Oceanic Arts Whittier CA

Oceanic Arts Whittier CA

Oceanic Arts Whittier CA

Oceanic Arts Whittier CA

Oceanic Arts Whittier CA

Oceanic Arts Whittier CA

Oceanic Arts Whittier CA

Oceanic Arts Whittier CA

Oceanic Arts Whittier CA

Oceanic Arts Whittier CA

Oceanic Arts Whittier CA

Oceanic Arts Whittier CA

Oceanic Arts Whittier CA

Oceanic Arts Whittier CA

Oceanic Arts Whittier CA

Oceanic Arts Whittier CA

Oceanic Arts Whittier CA

Here is Oceanic Arts webpage.

And Facebook page.

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The Alibi Revamped! Portland, OR http://www.tikiwithray.com/alibi-revamped-portland/ http://www.tikiwithray.com/alibi-revamped-portland/#respond Fri, 30 Jun 2017 03:56:28 +0000 http://www.tikiwithray.com/?p=4438 Let’s talk about the Alibi in Portland, Oregon… Most people who are familiar with the Alibi tend to have a love/hate relationship with this bar, myself included! Okay, “hate” may be too strong of a word. The word actually would be “disappointment.” The building itself has been around for a long time—the 1800’s to be […]

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Let’s talk about the Alibi in Portland, Oregon…

Most people who are familiar with the Alibi tend to have a love/hate relationship with this bar, myself included! Okay, “hate” may be too strong of a word. The word actually would be “disappointment.”

The building itself has been around for a long time—the 1800’s to be exact. In 1947, the place was taken over by a man named Roy Ell and he turned the place into the Alibi. The Alibi actually is one of the oldest Tiki bars in America and it’s pretty much stayed the same over the years.

The Alibi Portland OR

 

The décor is awesome. The place is dark and it takes a couple minutes for your eyes to adjust. Walk slowly!

The Alibi Portland OR

The Alibi Portland OR

The Alibi Portland OR

Once you can see again, you will find yourself in a Tiki bar that shows its age, but in a good way.

The Alibi Portland OR

The Alibi Portland OR

The Alibi Portland OR

 

It’s easy to tell that this place has been around for a long time and the Alibi’s charm can’t be matched! When I think of an classic Tiki bar, this is what I picture.

The Alibi Portland OR

The Alibi Portland OR

The Alibi Portland OR

So what’s not to love? Well…

…the drinks.

The cocktails at the Alibi were known to be notoriously sweet and strong. Think tons of pineapple and orange juice mixed with who-knows-what-kind of rum. I’m getting a headache just thinking about those drinks. I’ve wanted to enjoy the cocktails at the Alibi, but sadly, I just couldn’t. It’s a shame, because the Alibi is such a cool spot.

Old school Alibi cocktail
Old school Alibi cocktail

I’ve said this statement to many people: if the Alibi actually served good drinks, the place would be unbelievable!

Well folks, I’m happy to announce that in 2017, the Alibi got new owners and the ONLY thing they changed about the bar was the drink menu! Here it is…

Alibi Drink Menu
Alibi Drink Menu

Let’s see how things go, shall we? First drink, a Zombie…

The Alibi Zombie
The Alibi Zombie

Yep, that’s a Zombie! I only needed to take one sip! It’s the Don the Beachcomber’s recipe and it’s solid. This may be one of my favorite Zombies I’ve ever had. I was very impressed. For an extra $20, the mug comes homes with you. Did I get one? Absolutely!

Most people consider the Mai Tai as their litmus test when checking out a Tiki bar. I agree, so I ordered one…

The Alibi Mai-Tai
The Alibi Mai-Tai

Again, the Alibi got it right! This Mai Tai uses the Trader Vic’s recipe and it was very enjoyable.

When I heard the Alibi revamped its cocktail menu I must admit, I had low expectations. I’m so glad that the new owners Marcus Archambeault and Warren Boothby got the drinks dialed in. I not only enjoyed my drinks, I want to go back and try more! From now on when I’m visiting Portland, I’m hitting up the Alibi!

The Alibi Portland OR

In case you were wondering: Karaoke is still on!

Here is the Alibi’s website.

And Facebook page.

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Vermin Tiki: Mini Tiki-Inspired Toys And Mugs! http://www.tikiwithray.com/vermin-tiki-mini-tiki-inspired-toys-mugs/ http://www.tikiwithray.com/vermin-tiki-mini-tiki-inspired-toys-mugs/#comments Mon, 26 Jun 2017 03:11:18 +0000 http://www.tikiwithray.com/?p=4338 Collecting Tiki mugs can be fun, but they can take up a lot of room. Imagine if you could shrink those Tiki mugs down, like to the size of a quarter! This is exactly what Vermin Tiki does. The mugs aren’t shrunken down; they are carved that way! Here is what Vermin Tiki is all […]

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Vermin Tiki Mini Tiki Mugs

Collecting Tiki mugs can be fun, but they can take up a lot of room. Imagine if you could shrink those Tiki mugs down, like to the size of a quarter! This is exactly what Vermin Tiki does. The mugs aren’t shrunken down; they are carved that way! Here is what Vermin Tiki is all about…

What’s the Tiki scene like up in Calgary?

The Tiki scene in Calgary is a little strange. In the ’70s and early ’80s, we had the Tiki Tiki Polynesian Room, which was a favorite of my parents for a night out. I run into Tikiphiles who come into my scooter shop and see the Tikis we have on display or the Tiki magazines in the bathroom. I was stoked to see your blog post on Aubrey Hallis’s Kanaloa Lounge Home Bar. It gives me hope for Tiki culture in Calgary. Calgary has a thriving low- brow culture and Tiki fits well into that, so I am sure it will grow. But mostly I talk Tiki with one of my oldest friends, Kendall Clint, who is a Mid Century Modern nut and Tiki collector.

Vermin Tiki Mini Tiki Mugs

 

What brought you into the “Tiki lifestyle” and how long has it been part of your life?

Our family moved to Canada in the ’70s from South Africa, so we had lots of tribal trinkets and masks around the house. And of course, Tiki Pop was entering a cool phase at the time. The Brady Bunch, Hawaii 50, and Magnum PI were staples on TV and I loved the Polynesian imagery and artwork. Then I got my first carved stone Tiki that I loved, but promptly lost at the beach. We went to Maui in 1984 and I was hooked. When I discovered Tiki mugs ten years ago, I began to collect them and irritate my long suffering wife. Fortunately, my son Liam is also a Tiki nut, so the collection keeps growing and spreading in our house.

Vermin Tiki Mini Tiki Mugs

 

When and what made you start creating miniature Tiki mugs?

I own a seasonal business, Vermin Scooter Shop, so we are really slow in the winter after the Christmas rush. I try new stuff to keep from going crazy. I was an amateur potter and threw pots for years and have always loved working with clay. I tried my hand at carving Tikis a few years back, so I was familiar with carving. This year I bought a high speed carver and began carving miniature Tikis from wood. I love tiny artwork like Japanese Netsuke and Ojimi with their incredible detail and pocket-size awesomeness. As soon as I finished my first piece—a miniature Suffering Bastard homage—I purchased some resin casing materials, including stuff for making molds. After a lot of trial and error (mostly error), I was able to cast some resin copies of my original model. A little success was all it took. I began carving more models and making molds and casting. Then my machine died! I was seriously bummed as it interrupted the creative flow. At this point, I watched a few sculpting videos and saw the incredible detail one can get from polymer clays. Off to the craft store I went and that day began sculpting tiny Tiki mugs and statues. Every time I finished a model, I already had ideas for another, so it was a busy few months and I loved every minute. I really like all the potential colors I can use while casting and it’s so cool seeing the finished product displayed with full-size mugs and statues or in the Vermin Tiki Bar.

Vermin Tiki Mini Tiki Mugs

Can you talk about Vermin Tiki?

Vermin Tiki came about through a desire to display my work on Instagram. Our scooter company has a good-size following on IG and we love the customer interaction opportunities it provides. Vermin Tiki IG was born! We began posting and getting a few followers and in turn got a chance to view what others in the Tiki world were doing. This further inspired my work. Since I have cast way too many mugs and statues, I needed to try and get rid of some, so I opened an Etsy store under the Vermin Tiki banner.

Vermin Tiki Mini Tiki Mugs

 

What does the future hold for you and Vermin Tiki?

Who really knows? Whether or not I am making Tiki objects, I will always collect and display Tiki in its many awesome forms. As of April, our regular business is going crazy and I will be super busy for the rest of the year, but then January will hit and three months of peace and creative freedom will be here. We have already planned our bi-yearly trip to Maui for 2018 and I can’t wait. Hawaii is incredibly important to me as a creative inspiration and of course Beach Bumz in Kihei is at the top of our visitor list so I can bring back more mugs!

Vermin Tiki Mini Tiki Mugs

 

Anything else you would like to add?

I am ever so grateful to all the Tiki artists out there: the mug makers, Tiki carvers, painters, graphic artists, etc. They inspire me everyday and their work brightens my day whether on Facebook, Instagram, in a gallery or bar, or on my own shelf. They and the other collectors make me feel part of a very cool community. The fact is Tiki culture is here to stay and will grow! I can’t wait to meet more aficionados and collect and make more Tiki!

Vermin Tiki Mini Tiki Mugs

Start your own mini-Tiki mug collection here.

 

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Tiki Bar Review #35 The Jungle Bird Sacramento, CA http://www.tikiwithray.com/tiki-bar-review-35-jungle-bird-sacramento-ca/ http://www.tikiwithray.com/tiki-bar-review-35-jungle-bird-sacramento-ca/#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:10:53 +0000 http://www.tikiwithray.com/?p=3796 When I arrived at the Jungle Bird in downtown Sacramento, I didn’t know if I was at the right place… I checked and re-checked the address: 2516 J Street. Yes, the address was correct, but where was the Tiki bar? I could hear that something was going on behind the door. People were inside. I […]

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The Jungle Bird
The Jungle Bird

When I arrived at the Jungle Bird in downtown Sacramento, I didn’t know if I was at the right place…

Jungle Bird entrance
Jungle Bird entrance

I checked and re-checked the address: 2516 J Street. Yes, the address was correct, but where was the Tiki bar? I could hear that something was going on behind the door. People were inside. I could hear talking and laughing. Then I heard the theme song to Gilligan’s Island. Yes indeed, I had arrived at the Jungle Bird…

The bar at the Jungle Bird

The Jungle Bird opened up October of 2016 and the place already has a reputation, a great one! People travel to Sacramento from the Bay Area just to visit the Jungle Bird. I flew down from Seattle!

The Jungle Bird

The man behind the Jungle Bird is Buddy Newby…

Ray with Buddy Newby owner of the Jungle Bird
Ray with Buddy Newby owner of the Jungle Bird

Buddy is a smart man. When he started building the Jungle Bird, Buddy asked people in the Sacramento Tiki scene for suggestions and he listened.

The décor is spot on…

The Jungle Bird

Everywhere you look, you have thatch…

The back room at the Jungle Bird
The back room at the Jungle Bird

 

Bamboo…

The back room at the Jungle Bird
The back room at the Jungle Bird

And Tikis…

Tiki at the Jungle Bird
Tiki at the Jungle Bird

What I love the most is the main room. It has a very Mid-Century Modern feel. Not only am I in a Tiki bar, but I feel like I’m in a Tiki bar from the early ’60s!

In the front room at the Jungle Bird
In the front room at the Jungle Bird

I had some friends join me. Say hello to Eva and Dave…

Eva and Dave enjoying a Macadamia Nut Chi Chi
Eva and Dave enjoying a Macadamia Nut Chi Chi

Eva and Dave have their own Tiki bar. Scratch that: they have there own Tiki home! It’s called The Headhunter’s Hideaway and Voodoo Lounge

While Eva and Dave were enjoying a Macadamia Nut Chi Chi, Buddy brought me over a Planter’s Punch…

Planter's Punch at the Jungle Bird
Planter’s Punch at the Jungle Bird

It was perfect, on-point and it went down very fast. I quickly ordered a second drink, which was the Navy Grog…

Navy Grog at the Jungle Bird
Navy Grog at the Jungle Bird

This drink packed a punch! As it should, this drink has three shots of rum!

As I was chatting it up with my Sacramento pals, the Gilligan’s Island theme started playing again. I could see a bunch of people gathering around the end of the bar, phones out and ready to record something. I had to see what was going on.

Three Hour Tour at the Jungle Bird
Three Hour Tour at the Jungle Bird

For a hundred bucks, you and your friends can order the Three Hour Tour…

Three Hour Tour at the Jungle Bird
Three Hour Tour at the Jungle Bird

Why drink out of a volcano bowl when you can drink out of large copper swan?

The Three Hour Tour has vodka, rum, even more rum, and champagne! This is a serious drink. Speaking of drinks, here’s the drink menu…

The Jungle Bird drink menu
The Jungle Bird drink menu

The Jungle Bird’s drink menu sticks mostly to the classics and that’s totally cool with me. The Jungle Bird is a classy place!

The Jungle Bird

Here is The Jungle Bird’s website.

And Facebook page.

 

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Home Tiki Bar Spotlight #26 The Lime Lounge Montreal, CA http://www.tikiwithray.com/home-tiki-bar-spotlight-26-lime-lounge-montreal-ca/ Mon, 19 Jun 2017 04:55:03 +0000 http://www.tikiwithray.com/?p=4006 For a relationship to work, you need to have things in common. For Gen and Jim, their common interest is Tiki. Their love of Tiki Pop snowballed into one of the coolest Mid-Century home Tiki bars I’ve seen! Their place is called the Lime Lounge and it’s hidden in Gen and Jim’s apartment in Montreal, […]

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The Lime Lounge

For a relationship to work, you need to have things in common. For Gen and Jim, their common interest is Tiki. Their love of Tiki Pop snowballed into one of the coolest Mid-Century home Tiki bars I’ve seen! Their place is called the Lime Lounge and it’s hidden in Gen and Jim’s apartment in Montreal, Canada. Here is their story…

What brought you into the “Tiki lifestyle” and how long has it been part of your life?

Gen: Even when I was little, I was always drawn to restaurants or places that had that exotic vibe to them. My favorite Chinese buffet had a regular dining room on one side and the decked-out Tiki side. I always wanted to go on the Tiki side! I’ve been more serious about collecting and seeking Tiki since about 10-15 years ago.

Gen
Gen

Jim: I’d have to say that my first bit of Tiki “intrigue” was about 30 years ago when I had my first Suffering Bastard at a Chinese restaurant back in my hometown. I was easily taken in by the fancy mug it got served in as well as the cool name! I didn’t really pursue Tiki much after that, but was always subconsciously curious about it. It wasn’t until I met Gen that my interest resurfaced. When I saw how much she was into it, I was hooked.

Jim
Jim

What made you decide to build your own Tiki bar?

Since Montreal lost the last of its Tiki bars/restaurants almost 2 years ago now, there wasn’t any place to go up until a couple of weeks ago! But seriously, we love to have people over and entertain, so having our own bar just made sense.

The Lime Lounge

Can you give a little history of how it all came together?

We started our bar in our last apartment around 2012. After changing apartments 2 years ago, we started really putting more effort into getting our bar up to speed. Since we’re in an apartment, we can’t go “all out” like we’d like to, but we have to admit that we’ve done a pretty good job!

The Lime Lounge

What really kicked us into gear was when we found an awesome bar with stools for sale in a neighborhood antique store. We snatched it up and started to build around it. We wanted to lower the ceiling to make the space more cozier, so we built a suspended bamboo frame and a little thatch roof.

The Lime Lounge
The Lime Lounge

It takes up about half our living room and it keeps growing! We add stuff bit by bit as we come across the perfect items. We also recently built a little shelving unit for some mugs we got in our trip to California last summer. We, as probably everybody here, seek Tiki in all our travels, so that’s where we get our inspiration from.

Tiki mug collection at the Lime Lounge
Tiki mug collection at the Lime Lounge

We have some nice pieces of art in there from a few artists like El Gato Gomez, Shag, and Witco (our latest mega score!). We know we still have plenty of space on the walls and we’re always on the lookout for the next perfect item.

The Lime Lounge

The Lime Lounge

We use the bar area fairly often, especially when we have guests over. We then put on the tunes and let the spirits flow!

The Lime Lounge

What is your favorite Tiki drink? Why?

Gen: I always thought, up until recently, that my favorite drink was the classic Mai Tai, but a visit to Tonga Hut in North Hollywood changed my mind when I had a Honi Honi (whisky-based Mai Tai). I fell in love! I also love it with rye: so many possibilities! There are so many excellent Tiki cocktails, it’s hard to pick just one!

The Lime Lounge

Jim: I’ve always been partial to Navy Grogs, but only because the balance of the sweetness of the honey and the bitterness of the lime and grapefruit juice. It offers a complete cocktail experience. Served with an ice cone, it stands out with the visuals.

Drinks at the Lime Lounge

What is your favorite Tiki bar (not including your own)?

 We would have to say the Mai Kai, hands down. You can have the complete, perfect experience there.

The Mai Kai
The Mai Kai

Outside of great drinks, what do you think are essential elements in creating the perfect Tiki environment?

Lighting is a big one. A great place that serve the perfect cocktails, plays the right music, and looks decent will be a turn off if it’s not lit properly. Nothing should be harsh. It’s all about creating ambiances. Another big no-no is when you can see too much of the outside world. It should be about escaping from it!

The Lime Lounge

The Lime Lounge

Do you feel that music has an important role in creating a great Tiki experience? What would be some of your favorite artists and albums?

Music is a vital part of the Tiki experience! It’s always a good idea to go with music that helps set the overall tone and vibe, so lots of exotica, Hawaiian, and surf. You can’t go wrong with Les Baxter, Martin Denny, and/or some laid back traditional music from the Hawaiian Islands.

The Lime Lounge

What does the future hold for you and the Lime Lounge?

We consider our Tiki bar to be in a perpetual state of development and it’ll never be “finished,” per se. Amongst the many plans we have for this space, we’re thinking of covering some walls with a collage of different menus (copies of) we acquired during our travels. The tricky part is to keep it all “temporary,” since we rent the place.

The Lime Lounge

 

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