Thursday, May 12, 2011

The Tiki Bus @ The Shady Dell ...

Here on the Secret Island I'm slowly being pushed out ... once our primitive hut was our domain. Mrs. Tiki Sasquatch my beautiful wahine and I would kick back, drink cocktails from coconuts watching the waves wash on the shore. Four years and two savages later our lives have become a little less relaxed and a whole heap more exciting.

The savages (as beautiful and adorable they might be!) come with their own flotsam and jetsam which has slowly filled the hut to the point where the now fabled tiki bar might need to go for what the wahine describes as a rumpus! I could kick up a fuss but what's the point! ;0)

That leaves me with the problem of what to do with the bar, the grog and all the tiki goodies collected since the Tiki Bug took over! There seem to be only two options

1, Leave the island never to return and move to the Shady Dell, Bisbee, Arisona, USA
2, Use the Dell as inspiration and do something similar outside!

The Shady Dell’s epic journey began in 1927 as a place to provide trailer and camping spaces to weary travelers along Highway 80, which stretched from Savannah, Georgia to San Diego, California. Like its more famous brother Route 66, Highway 80 was a center of travel, exploration and family getaways in the early portions of the 20th century. Today, the park is a nice mix of practicality and vintage fun-seeking. Their sleek collection of vintage travel trailers are all perfectly restored to combine mid-century Americana kitsch with the comforts of home in a way that only the 1950s were capable of.

My obvious favourite is the Tiki Bus where you and two friends can spend a night in this 1947 Airporter bus that has been transformed into a “Polynesian Palace”, complete with your own hand carved outrigger bar. After a night of Mai Tai’s you can stagger inside and pay homage to the resident Tiki God!

The search for Tiki-able Tin begins ...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Professor Papaya’s Wild Wahine Bikini Machine...

Derek Yaniger has been as busy as usual with details of new works being published or as Derek himself would put it "I got lots to lay on ya’…so lend an ear and I’ll commence to beatin’ my gums!!"

First up PosterPop Derek will release sixteen new sticker and t-shirts designs. Pictured here is false idols...

Now here on the Secret Island we like our wahines of the week, but sometimes a week feels like a long time between Wahines! Professor Papaya might just have the solution in the form of a new piece for the upcoming Tiki Caliente 3 art show to be held in Palm Springs from May 20th ’til the 22nd. Entitled “Professor Papaya’s Wild Wahine Bikini Machine” this is Derek's only contribution but is sure to sell!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Wahine of the Week: Nikki Napalm...

For your viewing pleasure I present my latest Wahine of the Week: Nikki Napalm.

"My name is Nikki Napalm. I’m 25 years old, and currently live in Southern California. I’m very much a part of the tiki culture and rockabilly scene, a big fan of redheaded men, and a bit of a horror movie and sci-fi nerd. I live a life of good clean fun; I have never drank alcohol, done drugs, smoked a cigarette, or posed nude before, and I don’t plan to. I’m a makeup artist, alternative pin-up model, and fashion designer."

If you want more ... and why wouldn't you? Check out her Tumblr page.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Tiki Soap ...

I've posted here before that Tiki's are strangely addictive and have a mystical power that can take over every aspect of your life. You start with a simple carving, before you know it you have prints, mugs, squeaky dog toys and the soap!

Available from VeganKittyX0X0 these soapy little Tikis measure in at 2.75" inches high and come in your choice of colour and smell. For $9 USD you get three and whats more they are all made from all vegan veggie glycerin.

"These groovy little guys look great sitting around being cool - but don't be afraid to get them working in the shower or at the sink too! Veggie glycerin creates a nice lather and makes your skin soft and happy!"

... You can even keep the Tiki Gods happy too! ;0)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Trader Sams - The Enchanted Tiki Bar ...

The Disney Parks Blog is reporting that its two new Disneyland restaurants will open later this month- Tangaroa Terrace and Trader Sam's.

"Trader Sam’s—Enchanted Tiki Bar is adjacent to Tangaroa Terrace – Casual Island Dining, with substantial “bar food” – sweet ‘n spicy Asian wings, chicken lettuce wraps, panko-crusted Chinese long beans with Sriracha mayo, tamarind-glazed pork shanks with green papaya slaw and ahi poke (sushi-grade tuna) with avocado, green onion and crispy wontons."

"But it’s the vintage island cocktails in kitschy glassware that we can’t wait to try. How about Krakatoa Punch with reserve aged rum, light rum, tropical juices, almond syrup and hibiscus grenadine? Or Uh Oa!, with light rum, spiced rum, guava, orange, passion fruit, grapefruit, fresh lime juice and cinnamon? Serious rum lovers will want to try the HippopotoMai Tai with two shots of light and dark rums, orange curacao, almond syrup, organic agave nectar and fresh lime juice. Now we’re dreaming of vacation time!"

While the drink names might have been over sweetened Disney style and leave a bitter taste I'm hoping that the drinks themselves hit the spot. Looking forward to hearing of some taste tests and seeing images of the actual interior.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Wahine of the Week: Kelsey Alexandra ...

This week for your viewing pleasure we have an up and coming pinup, Kelsey Alexandra. She was born in Belize and raised in Torrance, CA, USA. This twenty one year old loves Classic Horror films like Frankenstein and therefore enjoys a creatively freaky photo-shoot or two! But here on the Secret Island we certainly appreciate her Tikified Work!

Outside of the modeling world she has a passion for animals, one of here favorite quotes…”a caterpillar by day a butterfly by night.” You can check her out on