Quest for Tikitwitter earlier) and have decided instead to delve into my happy place - tiki.
Just over a year ago, I started to become properly obsessed with tiki. My first post on the subject, Tiki Timewarp, mentioned a book by avid tiki collector Duke Carter. Yesterday I finally obtained my very own copy (a year and a half since I'd first heard of it) and am glad I do.
Duke has quite a collection and I'm sure he's made many people jealous. His tiki room (which I suspect has extended to his entire home) is something to behold. He writes that "Collecting Tiki almost becomes a Sisyphean exercise as one is convinced that 'if I only had that one Tiki...' only to be supplanted by another once that long lusted-for Tiki is found".
The tiki mug I long for is 'Drinky' who CucamongaChango over on the Tiki Central Forums was lucky enough to have as his very first tiki (and kind enough to share it with me on my post).
I adore that he's holding his very own tiki mug - with an umbrella in it nonetheless. As you can imagine, finding tiki in England isn't easy and although I would much prefer to discover tiki 'in the wild', I'm willing to scour other sources so that I may one day have a tiki bar that's even 1/10th as cool as the Carters'.
You can see some of the author's collection (and tiki room) in this video: