Thursday, November 30, 2006

Check out the new Tiki Magazine blog

Just one more way for Tiki Magazine to share its love of Tiki, Polynesian Pop, Hawaiiana and the Island Lifestyle with the world!

Click here to visit the Tiki Magazine blog.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Show your support for the Rapa Nui News blog

Just in time for the holidays ....

Enjoy perusing my
Rapa Nui News blog? Then check out these shirts with the RNN logo.

They are available at my CafePress store (, and range in price from $13.99 to $29.99. If you know anything about CafePress, then you know I ain't gonna get rich selling these. I just thought it would be a nice way to possibly spread the word about Rapa Nui News.

Just let me know if you have any questions or if you would like to see any other sort of merchandise.

here for more details and to purchase your own RNN apparel.

Monday, November 27, 2006

If you like Kon-Tiki ...

... then check out "The Last Navigator," a 50-minute film directed Andre Singer in 1989. Set in Micronesia, “The Last Navigator” documents a 500-plus mile open sea voyage from the Micronesian island of Satawal to Saipan in a traditional outrigger and without the aid of modern navigational equipment.

Among the crew is American navigator Stephen Thomas, who spent nine months learning the navigation traditions of the Satawal islanders. Thomas is taught by Piailug, to whom the film’s title refers. Piailug is considered the most experienced of the Satawal islanders, if not all of Micronesia. Discouraged by the younger islanders’ lack of interest in learning traditional navigation, Piailug reluctantly agrees to teach Thomas, lest his cultural knowledge be forgotten.

I caught the film at the British Museum as part of their Power and Taboo exhibition. From my brief search on the internet, I've come to the conclusion that it's pretty hard to catch a viewing of this film and that it's not on DVD or at least not readily available to the public. However, I did notice that a paperback written by Stephen Thomas and sharing the same title as the film is for sale on Amazon.

Click here for a listing of films playing at the British Museum as part of the Power and Taboo exhibition.

Click here for more info about "The Last Navigator."

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Help a braddah move to Hawai'i!

As mentioned in this month's Artist Profile, "freewheelin' monkey boy" Chongolio is planning a move to Hawai'i in '07. To help with his transition, he has set up Chongolio's Flea Market as an outlet "for my art and the things I am willing to depart with."

He's already started posting items with links to purchase through
Paypal and figures:

I will give my friends, family and
Coconut Wired listeners a chance to help out and get first grabs at the stuff they might want. I am going to try and start posting a few more things every week. After some time passes ... some things will go on the Bay Area craigslist. Whatever doesn't get sold will ... go into storage or ... get taken to Goodwill or given away.

I just took a look at what's on offer and can confirm there are some good bargains and great holiday gift ideas!

Good luck, Chongo!

Friday, November 24, 2006

Thanks for great week (Friday November 24, 2006)

This has been a great week! I had fun on Wednesday viewing the British Museum's Power and Taboo exhibition (I've lost count of how many times I've been to this exhibition!) and chowing on massive burgers at the Soho location of GBK with Tiki Racer and the Pocketiki kids. And, of course, Thanksgiving dinner at Bubba's last night was a real treat!

So, with Thanksgiving vibrations in the air and a little Tryptophan still coursing through my system, I'm sitting here thinking about how thankful I am for so much that's happened this year. I mean, any year that starts out with a sunrise over Rapa Nui's Tongariki is a good year indeed!

Photographs by Emiana © 2006

And, being back in London has been great! Most of all, I'm thankful that my best buddy Uli made it to our new home safely.

The future's looking great for the Tiki Chris blogs - thanks to everybody who reads and contributes!
I'm really getting stoked about Christmas this year, and I'm already looking forward to what is shaping up to be a very fun and active 2007.

Anyway, that's enough gushy sentiment for one post ...

In other news, my dirty mind was in full swing when I saw this logo the other day.

And if you're wondering about the CheekyTiki blog, click here.

Please see below for a complete listing of all of this week's posts.

Have a great weekend,
Tiki Chris

Below is information about the four blogs that I administer: ontoLondon, ontoTravel, Rapa Nui News, and Tiki Chris. Each Friday, I hope to provide a weekly review of what I've posted. If a particular blog interests you, keep in mind that I’ve been blogging since well before this past week. You may want to take a look through the archives of any blog that interests you. Thanks.

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This week's posts:
Camden Passage Christmas Open Evening
Weekly Photo (23 November 2006)
Clean service, dirty logo

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This week's posts:
How to post comments

Rapa Nui News
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This week's posts:
More New7Wonders articles
Rapa Nui Honeymoon
Super Mario Land "world" set on Rapa Nui
Michigan children's park to feature moai
More New7Wonders articles
Norwegian Coastal Voyage offers pre/post-cruise pr...
Original Rapanui "took essential natural resources...
Rapa Nui in "scary enviro-end bestseller"
More New7Wonders articles
Rapa Nui question posed by Jared Diamond
"Monolithic" pop culture references #23

Tiki Chris
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Pirate tippy pot!
Coconut Wired Adventure #9
About the CheekyTiki blog
Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here's hoping everybody has a happy Turkey Day!

For a little Autumnal cheer from abroad, check out the latest
Weekly Photo at ontoLondon.

Yes, of course, I'm going to miss my Stateside family and friends. But don't worry, I'll be in great company chowing down on good eats at Bubba's Arkansas Café.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

About the CheekyTiki blog

Since August, I have had the pleasure of administering a blog for CheekyTiki. It's been a lot of fun posting photos and info about all the cool stuff happening for this growing company. I've especially enjoyed the behind-the-scenes access to all the work that they put into designing Mahiki - London's newest tiki bar!

Lately, the CheekyTiki blog has started to take on a life of its own. From now on, the blog will no longer be included in my Tiki Chris
weekly updates. To keep updated on the latest CheekyTiki news, simply send an email to

I appreciate the opportunity to help CheekyTiki through a successful transition and wish them the best of luck in the future.


Tiki Chris

Monday, November 20, 2006

Coconut Wired Adventure #9

Coconut Wired Adventure #9: Spicy Sonic Scramble Comin Up

here to listen to the sonic surf, tropical tunes and exotic ambiance of the latest Coconut Wired episode.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Pirate tippy pot!

Emiana and I had a great time roaming around Camden Passage in search of bargain antiques with our friends on Saturday, where I picked up this lil scurvy dog for only five pieces of eight! As you can see, he's now sitting snugly on the shelf in me cap'n's quarters, guarding me booty of books. He looks great near (but not too near) the tiki mugs.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Short and sweet week in review (Friday November 17, 2006)

Thanks to everybody that took the Tiki Chris survey. More "T&A" and a "chocolate fountain" are on the way! Still would like to take the survey? Just click it.

This week's highlights include photos from CheekyTiki night at Mahiki, an artist profile of a monkey boy, a pretty cool Weekly Photo, and all the info you'll ever need to post a comment on a Tiki Chris blog.

Please see below for a complete listing of all of this week's posts.

Have a great weekend,
Tiki Chris

Below is information about the five blogs that I administer: CheekyTiki, ontoLondon, ontoTravel, Rapa Nui News, and Tiki Chris. Each Friday, I hope to provide a weekly review of what I've posted. If a particular blog interests you, keep in mind that I’ve been blogging since well before this past week. You may want to take a look through the archives of any blog that interests you. Thanks.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Check out Pocketiki Magazine

Pocketiki is a new magazine for "today's sophisticated suburban savage." Independently published in England, it covers the UK tiki scene (with excursions to Barcelona and the States) with distinctly British flavour.

Even unsophisticated urbanites like me find it an enjoyable read, with its retro feel, vintage ads and personable writing style.

The magazine's first issue was launched at this summer's London Luau and is still available from for only £3.50 (plus shipping).

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

How to post comments

Last Friday during CheekyTiki night at Mahiki, a few folks had some really kind (unsolicited) things to say about the Tiki Chris blogs. That was cool to hear! Thanks.

What was also mentioned was that at least one reader wasn't sure how to leave comments on the blogs. The reader said he had tried and was unable to do so. Other folks have mentioned the same problem to me in the past.

Of course, I'm all for more comments and hate to think that readers eager to communicate are giving up in frustration. So, here are a few steps,which should explain how to leave comments on any of the Tiki Chris blogs:

1. Click on the word "comments" in the white field directly below the post you want to comment on (if there are no comments for the post, there will be a "0" in front of the word "comments." If there are already comments for this post, there will not be a "0" but a number reflecting how many times people have commented on the post).

2. Upon clicking, you will be directed to a new page. At the upper right side of this page, you should see the words "Leave your comment" with a blank field beneath it. The blank field is where you can type your comment.

3. Beneath the comment field are three identity options:

- Blogger username:
Your display name will appear, along with a link to your profile and your photo (if you have one).
- Other:
You can enter your name and a link to your website, without having to have a Blogger account.
- Anonymous:
No identifying information is displayed. The comment is credited to "Anonymous" without a link.

After choosing an identity, click "PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT" to have it published or "PREVIEW" to see what your comment will look like.

If you click "PREVIEW" you must then click "edit comment" or "publish this comment" to continue.

That's it! However, please note that your comment will not appear immediately on the blog. All comments must be approved by me before appearing. I'm usually pretty speedy with most comments appearing well within 24 hours of being submitted.

Click here for more help.

Tiki Chris

Monday, November 13, 2006

Artist Profile: Chongolio

Artist Profile: Chongolio

Self-described "freewheelin' monkey boy and intrepid tripper cruisin' down the paths of life lookin' for laughter, good friends and big fun," artist Randy Bain (aka Chongolio) resides near Santa Cruz, California, but has designs on moving to Hawai'i in 2007.

Of course, viewing Chongolio's work one might suspect he was born on and nevah left some remote surfers' paradise in the Pacific. If anybody was ever meant for da islands, it's dis braddah!

In reality, Chongolio was born in Los Angeles, but left the concrete jungles of LA in his early twenties, to travel up the California coast and across the US. He has visited Hawai'i many times and has been "mesmerized and inspired by all things tropical and exotic" for as long as he can remember.

Such inspiration may be found in his artwork – a briny melange of frantic surfing action and evocative tiki moods (think “Big Daddy” Ed Roth goes Hawaiian). To view his work is to be reminded of a favourite Saturday morning cartoon that never actually existed – but should have!

Recently, Chongolio has branched out to designing tiki mugs. His
Ohana Hut tiki mug design won the second-ever Tiki Central Mug Design Contest! He hopes to use the buzz generated from the mug design contest as a springboard to bigger projects.

I’m a big fan of Chongo’s work. In fact, in 2005, the two of us collaborated on a three-volume illustrated series based upon the ancient Hawaiian legend of
Kamapua'a, the Hawaiian Pig God.

Not satisfied with exploring only the visual side of his tropical fantasies, Chongolio is also the mastermind behind Coconut Wired, a music show podcast of "sonic surf, tropical tunes and exotic ambiance."

Eager to learn more about Chongolio and his zany, tropical zany style?
Have a look at these sites:

Barefoot Bloggin'
Chongolio's Lost-Isle
Coconut Wired with Chongolio and Friends

Saturday, November 11, 2006

The Coconut Monkey Project

Wow! Just last month for my 31DoHM, I reported on Woofmutt's brilliant Coconut Monkey of the Dead. Well apparently, he ain't the only coconut monkey aficionado on this island.

Check out the Coconut Monkey Project, a blog that I recently came across while reading woofmutt's original Tiki Central thread about his CMotD. According to Atomikitty, the blog's administrator, the Coconut Monkey Project "documents the original paintings and vintage coconut monkey collection of freelance illustrator and tiki bartender Susannah Mosher. For everyone into Tiki Art, Vintage Hawaii and Hawaiiana, Retro Kitch, and Cocktail Culture, Shag, and oh yes. . . Monkeys!"

God bless America.

Free online archive of New Zealand and Pacific Islands texts and heritage materials

This morning while perusing Tiki Talk, I came across a recent post about New Zealand Electronic Text Centre’s free online archive of New Zealand and Pacific Islands texts and heritage materials.

Of particular interest is the inclusion of all 76 issues of the magazine Te Ao Hou The New World. Te Ao Hou was published from 1952 to 1976 by New Zealand's Department of Maori Affairs. According to its first editorial, Te Ao Hou aimed "to provide interesting and informative reading for Maori homes … like a marae on paper, where all questions of interest to the Maori can be discussed."

If you have the inclination and the time, I bet you could find all sorts of other archived goodies on NZETC's site!

here to read the original post on Tiki Talk.

here to visit the New Zealand Electronic Text Centre’s free online archive.

Argh! Polly wanna upstage Johnny Depp?

Auditions held for Pirates parrot
The parrot will appear in the third sequel of the filmTalent scouts are looking for a parrot which may star in the next Pirates Of The Caribbean alongside Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom.
BBC News
Last Updated: Thursday, 9 November 2006, 14:32 GMT

The "feathered superstar" will be required to speak and learn a script. It will also be an official "spokesparrot" for the film.

here to read the complete article.
More info at Londonist
(to whom I tip me tri-cornered hat!).

Friday, November 10, 2006

Tiki Chris survey says, "It's Friday!" (Friday November 10, 2006)

Have you taken the Tiki Chris survey? No!? Just click here (it's painless; I promise).

Couldn't make it to the opening of Gavin Nolan's Unnatural Selection at Sartorial Contemporary Art? No worries, I took plenty of pics. And when I wasn't snapping shots of art, I was playing with the very fun (and postmodern) Super-Bastard Box Art Characters, reading about some rather unpleasant aspects to being a pirate, and learning more and more about Rapa Nui and how the media portray it.

Yes, the past week in London was particularly yummy, in a 100% Authentic Vegetarian Gujarati Food sort of way. Still, there's always room to Reach for a Better Standard, at least with respect to ontoLondon's Weekly Photos.

But, as good as things are, there are always complications that arise, such as these new changes to hand baggage restrictions at UK airports that were noted on the ontoTravel blog.

The weekend promises to be a good one, especially with it starting off with CheekyTiki night at Mahiki!

Still haven't taken the Tiki Chris survey? You really need to click here (please).

Please see below for a complete listing of all of this week's posts.

Have a great weekend,
Tiki Chris

Below is information about the five blogs that I administer: CheekyTiki, ontoLondon, ontoTravel, Rapa Nui News, and Tiki Chris. Each Friday, I hope to provide a weekly review of what I've posted. If a particular blog interests you, keep in mind that I’ve been blogging since well before this past week. You may want to take a look through the archives of any blog that interests you. Thanks.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Photos from Unnatural Selection

Click here for photos from the opening of Gavin Nolan's solo exhibition, Unnatural Selection, at Sartorial Contemporary Art in Notting Hill.

Photography by Tiki Chris © 2006
for Juxtapoz
Wednesday November 9, 2006

Monday, November 06, 2006

Take the Tiki Chris survey

Click here to take a quick (one page, eight easy questions) survey about the Tiki Chris blogs.


Sunday, November 05, 2006

Yo ho ho and a urethral syringe

Two recent articles discuss the recent discovery of evidence suggesting that infamous pirate, Blackbeard, may have suffered from syphilis.

Thanks to Emiana and to Jen for steering me in the direction of these articles.

Of History Uncovered
Treasure hunters diving on the wreck of Blackbeard's flagship have found evidence which suggests the pirate captain could have been suffering from venereal disease.
Sky News
Updated: 11:51, Wednesday November 01, 2006

here for the complete article.

Har, me hearties! Crew excavates Blackbeard's ship
POSTED: 11:04 a.m. EST, October 31, 2006

The team has found cannons, a bell, lead shot of all sizes, gold dust, pewter cups and medical devices, like a urethral syringe used to treat syphilis with mercury.

here for the complete article.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Super-Bastard Box Art Characters

Super-Bastard Box Art Characters are colorful and fun box-shaped toys. Each side of each toy features a unique character, such as George W. Bush, Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, a mummy, a cave man, a dominatrix, etc. The toys have detachable heads and trousers. Once removed, the characters' skulls and underwear are revealed.

A complete set of these lil buggers consists of 16 toys (that's 64 characters!). Each toy is individually placed in a sealed box (blind assortment). They are produced in a limited edition, with only 1000 copies of each toy on the market. Made with quality card stock with matt lamination, Super-Bastard Box Art Characters stand 4” tall and sell at a retail price of US$5.95 per toy.

The manufacture of these neat toys
marks the first independent commercial venture for New York (by way of Malaysia) artist/designer Undoboy, who hopes the toys will be "the first step to producing my own fashion label or maybe even more toys in the future."

For the design of these interchangeable characters, Undoboy found inspiration in "early mix-and-match books and the Postmodernist movement." According to him:

In reality, people judge by appearance and first impressions usually last ... an identity is variable, like postmodernism. Change the dress or language and an identity changes ... By interchanging body parts, the characters become a new figure. At the same time, we get a chance to see through what really lies underneath.

Pretty heady stuff considering how much fun these toys are.

About a week ago, I received a gift of four Super-Bastard Box Art Characters from Undoboy. Since then, I've been having fun mixing and matching characters: Santa Claus with a dominatrix's body ... Michael Jackson wearing Dr. Spock's shirt and Mike Tyson's boxing gloves ... Bill Clinton in a cheerleader skirt with pom-poms ... so many possibilities!

Friday, November 03, 2006

Weekly Review (Friday November 3, 2006)

I would like to sincerely thank everyone for making the 31 Days of Halloween Madness so much fun. Especially, everybody that contributed. I hope you had a great Halloween. Cheers!

Anyway now that Rocktober's over, I guess it's time to talk turkey - even here in London.

And speaking of London ... In very cool and exciting CheekyTiki news, Mahiki is now open to the public! In fact, we're gonna have a little shindig there next Friday.

Still looking for something to read? There's plenty more at ontoTravel, and Rapa Nui News.

Please see below for a complete listing of all of this week's posts.

Have a great weekend,
Tiki Chris

Below is information about the five blogs that I administer: CheekyTiki, ontoLondon, ontoTravel, Rapa Nui News, and Tiki Chris. Each Friday, I hope to provide a weekly review of what I've posted. If a particular blog interests you, keep in mind that I’ve been blogging since well before this past week. You may want to take a look through the archives of any blog that interests you. Thanks.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Calaveras alive! (31DoHM +)

Thanks to Matt and Laurel for sharing these photos of calaveras come alive!

Photos from the Artistic Vandals show

Click here to view photos that I took at the recent Artistic Vandals show at London's nomoregrey.

Photography by
Tiki Chris © 2006
Wednesday November 1, 2006

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

How to make sugar skulls (31DoHM +)

Okay, so Halloween's over, but we can still celebrate Día de los Muertos. Click here to learn how to make sugar skulls for your Day of the Dead festivities.

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