HAloha, Kats and Kittens out there in Koolsville, Welcome to The Unexpected Tiki here I will be show casing my Tiki inspired art work along with some of my other projects and throwing in some Tiki tidbits here and there.
Why the name The Unexpected Tiki? Well first let me say that you never know what I will be sculpting next in my Atomic Garage, also living on the East Coast ( New York) you would not think of someone who would be so "into" TIKI, the weather here is well lets say not so tropical, many people e-mail me and ask if I live in California which I take as a complement because to me this means I am getting that California "Vibe" , I don't think my work would be considered traditional Tiki,, ( although I try to have a traditional look ), I do most if not all my work in some kind of fiberglass, resin or foam carving, or what ever I have laying around the garage,.. I know most of you in Tiki land will be cringing over my work because it's not palm or some kind of wood but Hay I like to sculpt and work in different material, So if you have any comments Good or Bad about my work let me know, I like feedback on what I am making, EXPECT the UNEXPECTED.
DDid you know that the word "Tiki" has several different meanings?, first one is from Polynesian mythology, meaning "First man", also all carvings of man and God to the artists. Most of us know it as another time and place growing up and seeing a primitive side of Americana that was brought back by travelers from the South Seas, but in any case it is a style we all have seen somewhere and for some reason it goes hand in hand with Hot Rodding. Let me start off with my first Tiki style shifter knob I made a few years ago, you will notice it has a resemblance to Mr. Gasser, that's because Ed Roth was a Big influence on my life and this is a tribute to his style, take a look at the pics and the story.
MOAI Sam I am :
So the backyard needed a Moai statue, something more cartoonish looking I thought this time so I sculpted Moai Sam, he stands 4 feet tall and 15 inches at his widest point, looks kind of regal standing there don't ya think ?
The Unexpected Tiki
Just finished June 2010 just in time for summer, 3 NEW Tiki shifter knobs, it's only right that I made a shifter knob worthy of the name The Unexpected Tiki, this shifter knob is larger ( 5 inches tall by 3 1/2 inches wide ) then any other knob I make. Its got a whole lot of attitude and detail and can be finished in either light or dark wood or even stone look, Fresh from the depths of my LAVA pit.
Double Ku What's better then a Ku shifter knob....... Well a Double Ku shifter knob, this Ku you can see comin and goin along with some tribal carvings on the sides that the natives still have not figured out yet.
Shrunkin Voo Doo Head
What can I say last but not least is the Voo Doo Shrunkin Head, yes a little Creepy looking but had to offer one in my shifter knob collection.
Koolkaralukie - ( Kool-kar-a-look-e ) Shifter Knob
Somewhere in the South Pacific, south of the Hawaiian Islands, and just east
Palm Tree Planter :
Palm tree Planter made out of Fiberglass , stands 4 feet tall 12 inches inside diameter at top larger at bottom, ( other sizes available ) well once again living on the East Coast is not the best environment for palm trees and since I like the look of tall palms growing in my back yard Tiki lounge I needed to make a palm tree lookin planter, I carved one out of foam and the usual stuff laying around the garage placed a live palm in it and "VOILA" you have a palm tree, you can also use them as a speaker covers.
News Flash......This just in....Giant Tiki Bob invades Long Island
OK so it's not that big, but it is over 4ft tall and 14 inches wide, after I made the palm tree planter it was a no brainer to build a large Tiki Bob ( one of my fav Tiki mugs )so I did, take a look at the other pictures, it can be used as a planter, speaker cover or what ever you like, I'm thinking of making a mold of this also so if you think you might want one e-mail me WWW.firstname.lastname@example.org
OK, I know what your gunna say ( not really but this ia my story and I'm stickin to it ) the "REAL" Bamboo on my deck takes a beating every year, I tried spraying a clear lacquer coat on them and that lasted a year, I tried a name brand water seal on them and that lasted a year, so Yes you guessed it, I sculpted an 8 foot long 3 1/2 diameter bamboo pole, made a mold of it and now have weather resistant Bamboo that I can make any color.
Go ahead say it, It Looks So REAL!!! I know, take a look at the pics and let me know what Ya think, e-mal at JPSSPFX@aol.com
Perhaps one of the most famous Tikis in pop culture today, the "Brady Tiki" is still somewhat of a mystery. It was only used in three consecutive episodes of the Brady bunch. It was "found" in episode 72, "Hawaii bound". wreaked havoc in episode 73, "Pass the Taboo" and met it's final demise in episode 74, "The Tiki Caves". It's true origin was most likely a Hawaiian souvenir shop. It looks much like the many Tikis of the mid seventies, made by Coco Joe, or maybe Treasure craft. It is shaped some what like the figure KU,most likley cast in some kind of resin. It is currently in the possession of Barry Williams, (who played Greg Brady on the show) He "rescued" it from a prop room a couple years ago, while producing "Growing Up Brady" at Paramount, and currently wears it while on tour.
Now as luck my have it ( or unlucky.....you decide.....), I have come across a bunch of these that were cast from the original Tiki idol that Barry Williams owns, they could be yours for $9.99 plus shipping.......Feeling Lucky???????
Freaky Tiki Speaky Covers
Well it all started with me wanting to do a larger sculpture,( I have been making smaller shifter knobs for about 12 yeras now) and I wanted it to be a Tiki type, and I wanted to redo my back yard in a tropical theme with lush tropical plants and tiki carvings so I thought why not make a large Tiki totem ploe that I could use to cover up my outdoor speakers and I even used them for planters, I guess there are quite a few uses for them.
My first stop was to get a bunch of books on Tiki style to get some ideas of what I wanted it to look like, not to bad I thought with my first try, take a look at the pictures and let me know what ya think, I want some feedback from the Tiki community on my Tiki carving and style.
So here it is my latest project the biggest sculpture so far, a 4 foot tall Tiki Totem pole, I never carved wood before on this scale so I thought it might be easier to use foam, I took a cardboard cement tube covered it with spray foam and started shaping and carving out a design with two faces on it, a lot of sanding later I came up with what you see here in these pictures, I then brushed on a coat of resin to give it a hard shell, then filled in any small spots I wanted to build up with Bondo, then sprayed a coat of gel coat over it to seal everything in,I also made a mold of it using RTV silicone so I can make more out of fiberglass and have them around the yard. I have even placed lights inside that blink to the beat of the music, gives off a nice red glow at night.Well
Up-date....I knew it wouldn't be long before others took this idea and made it there own, I made these covers about 3 years ago and now there are people out there saying they are the originators of the Tiki speaker covers, Well I guess copying is a form of flattery so I guess I should be flattered, but just so you know mine was the first, cheaper and BETTER LOOKING!
If you like what you see I can make one or two for your Tropical Paridise drop me an e-mail at email@example.com
Another Tiki speaker cover/planter
Just finished this Tiki speaker cover for my backyard Tiki Bar, a little over 2ft tall, 8 inches inside diameter, will fit many standard outside speakers, and it's about 15 inches outside diameter, made out of fiberglass, I did a wood looking finish on this one with age splits. they also make Great Planters, I can Kustom make any size Tiki you want, have an Idea you would like to have built?, let me know, Jpsspfx@aol.com
What Tiki Tropical Paradise would be complete without a Tiki Bar I ask you? here is my attempt of making one, I started with some pictures of bars I wanted it to look like, built a typical frame out of 2x3's and purchased all the other materials from different E-bay sellers and put it all together and here's what it looks like.
Ok well what Tiki Bar would not be complete without a Tiki shelf to put all you Tiki treasure's ?, Here I actually did some wood carving thow nothing big or elaborate to say the least but I think it looks pretty darn KOOL, I wanted an Easter Island Moai look to it so I carved a few on each side, and then made a backing for it and covered it with some Tiki Bar style fabric, take a look.
OK this is actually the latest Tiki shifter knob carving I've done, (you must think I have a lot of time on my hands, I do have a full time job restoring vintage Corvettes during the day, I do all my Kustom stuff at night and weekends) any way here is another carving "Surf Tiki" as I like to call it, it will be a series of new shifter knobs I am making, also just finished Surf Moai, both are done in the shape of a surf board, they are finished in either a brown wood tone or gray rock color.
AKU AKU: keeper of the Volcano Flame
Well I've been at it again, carving out a new Tiki for my backyard, I know the Tiki Purist out in Tiki Land want wood to be carved but I don't have any experience with wood yet so I used good "Ol" foam and fiberglass again.
I call this one AKU keeper of the flame, it stands just over 2 ft tall and about 10 inches wide, I inserted a flickering flame light in it, opened up the mouth and eyes, and left the top open also, I finished the outside with a black volcanic rock look and painted the inside red, the best effect is when lit at night the flame looks real, and the glow through the mouth, eyes and shining up through the top looks Great. I have mine outside on my deck, although they are not meant to stay outside or get wet, they are 110 volt, I take it in at night, take a look at the building process and the finished piece.
This is where I began, using a 8 inch cement tube cut in half, drew out my Aku Tiki face on it and sprayed insulation foam on it in the shape I wanted, ( That's one BIG shnoz )
After giving it a day to dry I used a small saw blade and some sand paper and started carving out my finer details, I changed the angel of the eyes to look meaner.
Well with carving done I painted on some household latex paint, ( this is to protect foam from melting ), when dried I sprayed on a layer of polyester primer, then finished up with some bondo to get any finer details in, cut open the eyes and mouth so the light can shine threw, painted the inside red and added my flame light.
With all sanding done it was time for a coat of urethane primer, sanding, and then semi-black paint along with some textured paint and here you have it. Well I couldn't leave well enough alone so I cut open the center top portion of my Aku and then made a flame crystal to add to the Volcano God, AKU, LOOKS Very KOOL at night, take a look let me know what ya think. firstname.lastname@example.org
Backyard: VOLCANO WATERFALL
As always I have to many projects going on at the same time, I had wanted to build a Volcano Waterfall in my backyard, a BIG one about 10-12 feet high, but with so many things going on and the summer months being very short here on Long Island I knew that it wasn't going to happen, so I did the next best thing I built one a little over 4ft tall and placed it next to my deck. All this in a few hours in one week not bad I think and you still get the effect only a little smaller, I purchased two small plastic containers and a pump and a fogger/mister, ( very KOOL effect, like dry ice only it works on ultrasonic sound, just drop in water and plug in), I made the frame using 2X4's made a basic shape using cardboard and 2 inch tape, a left over speaker rock I made for the top portion, covered it with a layer of fiberglass and added some spray foam to give it a Lava look, some textured paint, undercoating, a few pockets for plants a red pond light, some Lava flowing from the top, and there you have it, Take a look at the pictures to follow along.
Lava Moai's: for when your in the Mood
I most of had a few minutes left where I nothing to do so I made a Lava Moai head, using transparent red resin, it looks Kool at night with a battery opt. flicker light underneath it, for when your in the Moai Mood.
Hope you liked what you see, everything has a price, so if your interested in having one of my Tiki Kreations, or would like something special made let me know, Later, Eyeball. JPSSPFX@AOL.Com
More to come......