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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be a Mug!, 30 Oct 2009
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This review is from: Tiki Mugs: Cult Artifacts of Polynesian Pop (Hardcover)
I like this book a lot. It covers a bit of history and culture, some artwork and a whole lot of ceramic treasure. I love Tiki and the Mug represents the whole thing to me. A resturant would have its own flavour and the mug would be part of it, often a part of the cost of the drink so you had a reminder of your evening even if you didn't remember it at all, provided of course you didn't drop it on the way home.
A different era and a different location to my own but an insight into this world of dark mysterious far away lands of plenty, with the exotic life found only at the bottom of a Green vase with a snarlin' face.
But Tiki is back and not only over the pond but here in Europe too,Tiki mugs are made in their thousands again and some of the best are shown in the book along with their ancestors from way back.
So lie back in your home bar, kick off your slippers and light your pipe,get your significant other,( dressed in the correct attire), to mix you your favorite drink in your favourite,(drinking),mug and read until you can no longer focus, then just look at the fabulous pictures.
Must buy, Tikitastic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than just mugs, 20 April 2009
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This review is from: Tiki Mugs: Cult Artifacts of Polynesian Pop (Hardcover)
Who'd have thought there was such an interesting book to be written about kitsch pottery? Jay Strongman brings his pasison for pop culture to enliven what could otherwise have been a 'collectors only' guide to this topic. So, alongside the thorough (and brilliantly researched) history of Tiki mugs, we get the broader story of the blossoming of the Tiki scene in the US, from its 1950s origins to its recent revival. Strongman makes some fascinating and surprising connections - not least on why Tiki emerged when it did. There's also some great material on the musical component of the Tiki scene - Strongman's knowledge of the 'exotica' scene is evident here.
All in all, an essential book for anyone interested in US pop culture, not just wacky ceramics!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Look For the 2010s Starts here., 19 May 2010
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This incredible book, the first cocktail-table, coffee-table book, revels in the history of Tiki. From "father Knows Best"-era approved - naive - exoticism through underground garage-band/surfer stylistics, further still to punk and psycho-billy art and up to today's geniuses in the field of Tiki Scuplture - most remarkable being sculptor 'Van Tiki'.
A must-have for the art-student or collector who, holding this book in their hands, will soon realise that the style is burgeoning reawaening!
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