Frog Island Tikis
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
I have been trying the last two years to get into the local Portland Art in the Pearl (it is not a tiki event) and have gotten rejection notices, so I told myself I would give it one more chance this year. Just received a notice that I made the "wait list", which I am considering a small victory even if I don't make it. It is a very prestigious event with only a hundred vendors accepted from more than a thousand entries so to have a chance is exciting. I find out the middle of May if there is a space for me, will let you know.
Monday, March 4, 2019
All set for this years Tiki Caliente/Palm Springs in May, will be in the same beautiful cabana again, thanks to Wildsville Man Rory Snyder for always hooking me up with a great spot! Also heard today from the local Tiki Kon, this year in a new location downtown Portland. Again, thanks to Greg and Justin for the fantastic "Spotlight Vending" area, I will be there Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this time instead of just one day like in the past. It happens in July.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
I went to the Doug Fir last night and what a show the Sadies played! I've seen them several times over many years and they can still bring it. From Canada, they play a fast, country, gospel, surfy kind of sound that makes them listenable to a wide range of musical tastes. Great song writing and musical skills from this foursome. Opening was Minus Five, they were good also, but the strained voice of the lead singer was a bit hard to warm up to.
Sunday, October 28, 2018
I thoroughly enjoyed the Messer Chups that played this week at Dantes in Portland. I would not have thought that a band from Russia would kick big ass but I was sadly mistaken, they are fantastic. Opening was Brainiax, a local rockabilly threesome that I also immensely enjoyed. I skipped the headliner Nekromantix, which I have seen a few times but I do not yet get.
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Every time I make the drive from Portland to San Diego I think to myself "I'm never doing this again", but an hour after I arrive I remember why I do it. Something is happening ALL the time, I get to meet and speak to many artists that I respect and admire, hear terrific live music, and drink rum all day. Sales at this years Tiki Oasis were lean for me, and it ended up costing me money but I had so many people tell me how much they like the fact that I am doing something unique and different and the encouragement is worth more than money. Thanks Baby-Doe and Otto, Christie and Nicole and all the others that make this event such a blast! There is talk of another Oasis early next year in AZ, so I think that the San Diego event has gotten too big to continue on, but I look forward to next August, where the theme will be New Wave-should be some killer bands for that one. Favorite band of the weekend was swinging big band Kahulanui. My carving New Year starts tonight, see you in 2019.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
I heard from the Big Daddy of tiki events, Tiki Oasis today, they are holding my same spot for me, which I consider the best outside location, with the famous Gecko as one neighbor, and the even more popular bar on my other side. It happens in August in San Diego.
Monday, April 2, 2018
DAMN, I just got a rejection email for this years Art in the Pearl, which is not tiki related but I really wanted to get in. This is the second time I've applied and been denied, I'll get over it, a lesson in humility, but will be stewing big time for the next few days or weeks.
- Frog Island Tikis
- I started carving tikis in 2000 after a trip to Maui. I love and appreciate Polynesian culture, but rather than follow traditional ways, I put my own rather twisted view on the matter. I build each tiki with a protective edge to watch over the owner's well being. Most of them are of redwood or cedar, but my brother-in-law Jimbo brings me excellent palm from California. I start with a chainsaw and then really get into them with chisels, files, and knives. I have read that the ONLY way to breath life into an idol is through use of hand tools, but if primitive man had access to a chainsaw I know he would have used it. Tikis are for fun. Mahalo- CY
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