The tiki office opened in June, but I always knew I would need to decorate it for the winter holidays. And today, courtesy of the Japanese dollar-fifty store downtown, I added the tacky white bartop tree of my dreams.
I’ve wanted a tree like this for ages, and the price was so right.
I’ve had the ornaments for a while. For some reason people keep giving me tiki ornaments for Christmas. Actually, the turtle at top is a souvenir from my honeymoon in Kauai almost ten years ago, which is what started the tiki obsession in the first place. Happy holidays!
I still have to catch up on sharing a lot of awesome tiki art, including a triptych of hula girls that are beyond your mortal comprehension. But other tiki stuff keeps demanding my attention. For example, what’s this by the door of my tiki office?
Holy crud, it’s a replica of the original admission sign to the Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland!
When it first opened, the Enchanted Tiki Room was owned and operated by WED Enterprises, Disney’s development arm, rather than Disneyland proper, so it cost an extra 75 cents to enter. Seventy-five cents well spent, I should add. This replica was a gift from my friend Roy Zemlicka. Thank you so much, Roy! Now I can charge people to come into my office.
I apologize for not posting for so many tiki-free weekends. A lot of regrettably non-tiki events have been keeping me busy. For example, last weekend I went to Amadora BD, an amazing international comics festival in Portugal. I ate so many different formats of salt cod.
But don’t imagine I ever stopped thinking about tiki. While in Portugal, I met Brazillian cartoonist Gustavo Duarte, whose book Monsters will be out in the U.S. from Dark Horse come January. Gustavo is an incredible, hilarious artist and you have to buy his book as soon as it hits the shelves. In the meantime, he was kind enough to draw me this:
So boss! So sweet!
In the last Tiki Weekend, I shared an amazing tiki of the future, created on a 3D printer by Paul Lenoue. Well, since then Paul has sent me an entire box of sci-fi tikis. Behold!
THIS IS AWESOME
This jet-black moai is my favorite, but sadly he doesn’t photograph so well. He’s strikingly beautiful.
Thank you so much, Paul!
Most of the books in the tiki office are work-related, like for example my shelf containing very nearly the complete works of James Tiptree, Jr. (I’m still trying to get a copy of the 1970s fanzine that published Tiptree’s unproduced Star Trek treatment, and I’m so close…) But I do have a small collection of books on Polynesian topics.
And my friend and coworker Amol was kind enough to gift me with two books for the tiki shelf! Thank you, Amol!
A Hawiian Reader is a collection of classic stories and essays about Hawaii from decades past, only some of which are super racist in retrospect. If you’ve ever wondered how Mark Twain enjoyed his Hawaiian vacation, this is the book to track down. Maui the Demigod is a novelization of the Hawaiian creation myth, and is mainly awesome for featuring woodblock illustrations by major Hawaiian painter and printmaker Dietrich Varez. Look how wonderful!
I know what you’re thinking. Books, woodblock prints…those things are so old-fashioned. What, you ask, lies ahead for Hawaiiana? Well, Paul Lenoue was kind/mad-sciencey enough to give me a picture of the future, and it’s a mug feeding Mai Tais to a human face forever.
What’s so futuristic about this tiki mug? Only that Paul made it on a 3D printer.
Yes, soon tikis will come to us Star Trek replicator style. And I’m back to talking about Star Trek again. Thank you so much, Paul!
I have some amazing new tiki things to share, but first I’d better post pictures from my latest tiki party. This was the release party for Skin Horse Volume 4, and was also an incentive on the Volume 4 Kickstarter drive. On Kickstarter, I was not allowed to mention rum as an incentive.
I made banana daiquiris…
…we put stuff on Mohamed’s head…
…and Barb brought Mr. Rhubarb, the Angriest Pie.
Thank you so much to everyone who came! It was a blast. And that was an awesome pie.
Thanks very much to my Aunt Kerry for sending me…tiki things!
Kerry was kind enough to send me a Tiki Sunrise scent diffuser, and electronic candle, and a coconut monkey bank containing 83 cents. So the tiki office is already making money.
At this point I’ve accumulated a fair number of tiki candles and such.
So now the office is filled with the delightful scent of fake tropics.
I still haven’t gotten around to sharing my tiki art from the San Diego Comic-Con. Next week! I swear!
I’ve been busy for the last couple of weeks, so I haven’t had time to post the awesome tiki art I acquired at the San Diego Comic-Con. But yesterday I went to the Alameda Antiques Faire and got…a shelf!
And things to put on the shelf!
As you can see, the new residents of the tiki office include a couple of mugs, even though I’m fully aware that I have enough tiki mugs by a factor of ten.
As far as I know, a Molokai Mule is a Moscow Mule with rum instead of vodka. I love Moscow Mules, so I’ve kind of been wanting one of these mugs for a while, and I finally found one for five bucks.
This other mug is an interesting mug. Not only does it have a nifty tiki relief design, the printing on the reverse side advertises it as the property of Al Harrington, The South Pacific Man.
And who is Al Harrington? Well, as any truly dedicated tiki fan knows, he was on Hawaii Five-O and built a long-running career for himself as an entertainer and emcee in Waikiki. He’s on the current remake of Hawaii Five-O too. One of the greats. So this mug is a souvenir from his Waikiki stage show and is basically fantastic.
And I have a new guy! I hereby name him Al Harrington.
The palm tree candlestick holder is because I really, really wanted a palm tree candlestick holder.
So far it’s been hard to convince my cat Tesla to hang out in the tiki office except for brief visits to stare menacingly at the birds. I’ve been determined to change that. Among the furniture Thien Pham was kind enough to bring me was this awesome bamboo bench:
If I could made this bench cozier, I thought, surely Tesla would want to curl up on it. What this bench needed were pillows.
So I made some.
Stonemountain and Daughter Fabrics in downtown Berkeley came to the rescue with its massive selection of Hawaiian prints. I picked out a couple of patterns that went well together and got to work.
I don’t have much experience with sewing, but pillows are just squares sewn together. It took me about three hours to make each one.
Gorgeous! But would they entice Tesla?
For about twelve seconds.
Oh well. Back to work.
Andrew went through another hanging binge and added a bunch more art to the walls of the tiki office, plus my bulletin board. So now things are looking good.
He even added shelves! Board + two brackets from hardware store = perfect shelving for tiki guys. Just look at this excellence going on here.
It rained for several days last week, so I got to test the tiki office for monsoon readiness. It was very cozy in here with the rain pounding on the skylight. However, I did realize I needed a doormat to stop myself from tracking mud all over the floor.
Otherwise, all is well in the tiki office. Next week, I’ll try to convince the cat to hang out here for reasons other than staring at the parakeets.