Whether you are just getting started collecting Tiki Mugs, or if you had to build a new addition to your home to house your current collection, Tiki Mugs: Cult Artifacts of Polynesian Pop by Jay Strongman is an essential addition to your Tiki library.
This book is loaded with hundreds of fabulous photos of Tiki mugs that will leave you drooling for more. It is serious eye candy for any Tiki Lover! Ok, yes, the book is a little pricey…. but, it is an encyclopedia of Tiki Mugs, and a must for anyone who is investing time and money into collecting.
Tiki Mugs: Cult Artifacts of Polynesian Pop
I love the set up of the book. It begins with a history of Tiki. What was it, and just how big did it get? Legendary Tiki restaurants and Tiki performers are remembered in word and photograph. Old menus, bamboo architecture and hula girls in black and white tell the tale of the 1950’s Polynesian love affair. Then it moves on to the Tiki Revival stage… what brought Tiki back from the wrecking ball and Thrift Shop? Turns out… nostalgia and Rockabilly were heavily involved….
The Tiki Mug as an Art Form
Strongman calls Tiki Mugs what they are… an Art Form. This isn’t much of an exaggeration. Think about it. These amazing creations are carved or molded with as much care and attention to detail as any statue or artifact you might find in a museum, by artisans who truly love their craft. The Tiki Mug is not merely a vessel for getting the Mai Tai from the Bartender to your mouth, it’s a symbol of a culture! (Although, thankfully, that symbol does get the Mai Tai to your mouth rather well….).
My favorite section of the book is the gallery. Mugs are grouped by type…whether they are Stone Faced Easter Island Moai or Wildly Tattooed Maori or even a Gruesome Shrunken Head… each mug is photographed to show off it’s amazing beauty.
These fabulous Tiki Mugs, once relegated to Thrift Store dollar bins, are now highly collectible and quite valuable. To learn much more about them, read “Tiki Mugs: Cult Artifacts of Polynesian Pop”.
From Amazon– “Written by a recognized expert in the field, this resource includes the complete production listings of the major manufacturers, from 1950 to today. An essential purchase for specialists, the photos and descriptions of styles such as the Frankentiki and the Monkey Mugstack will provide brilliant inspiration for those new to collecting.”
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