Oceania at the RA


Here are some pictures from my visit(s) to the Oceania show at the Royal Academy.  The show marks 250 years since captain Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific.

a stylised human head holding a bird

The show is arranged in themes. The Nguzunguzu carving above is a canoe figurehead from the Solomon Islands which features in the first room along with canoes, paddles, maps and other voyaging art and objects.

There were some familiar works like the Papua New Guinea flute stopper above left and some things I’d never seen before like the fantastic necklace made of whale’s teeth, above right.

There are works from many parts of Oceania, contrasting the different styles that have evolved in different islands and regions. The first crocodile above is a canoe prow carving from Papua New Guinea while the second is from the Solomon Islands.

Styles vary within a region, such as the gods Ku and Lono from Hawaii above left and center, and from region to region— like the Papua New Guinea ancestor figure on the right.

The show is on until the 10th December so  there’s still time to go, don’t miss it!


Drum of the Forefathers Tiki Mug

Hi All,
a long awaited update (awaited by me anyway)…

I’m not a prolific collector of Tiki mugs but when I saw this one I had to have it!

Drum of the forefathers Tiki MugThis mug was designed by Tank Standing Buffalo , mainly known for his Kustom Kulture and lowbrow artwork.

The base features figures representing four ‘forefathers’ of Tiki, Don the Beachcomber, Trader Vic, Thor Heyerdahl and Edgar Leeteg.

The drum design and figures are inspired by Leeteg’s ‘Tahitian Drummer‘  painting, with the figures featuring the logos and imagery associated with their respective forefathers.

This mug holds over a pint of liquid which is excessive even by my rum drinking standards…drink responsibly kids!

Tiki Pisco Decanter


I was recently given a bottle of Pisco Capel (thanks Dad!) which those of you ‘in the know’ will recognise…

a Pisco decanter in the form of an Easter Island MoaiPisco is a type of Brandy from Latin America. It often comes in promotional decanters— you can find Peruvian Pisco in Inca styled bottles for instance.

Pisco Capel is a Chilean brand and as Rapa Nui (Easter Island) is a territory of Chile, the bottle is in the form of an Easter Island Moai.

Pisco is not a traditional Tiki cocktail ingredient, but this bottle has made it a wanted item among Tiki mug collectors.

Brandy features in several Tiki drinks and as such Pisco can be substituted in classics like the Fog Cutter .

The more creative among you could even invent your own Tiki cocktail with Pisco.

I was thinking of turning this into a lamp (when I’ve finished the Pisco!) but on the other hand it seems a shame to start drilling holes in it…perhaps I’ll use it as a decanter for some fine Rum.

Pisco Capel is a Chilean BrandyPutney Farm has a Pisco punch recipe on their blog, as well as some other tasty looking Tiki Cocktails.

You could also try the classic Pisco drink, here’s a version for my Dutch friends—
Pisco Sour.