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!
This 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!
I was recently given a bottle of Pisco Capel (thanks Dad!) which those of you ‘in the know’ will recognise…
Pisco 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.
Putney 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—
Here are some more photos from a recent visit to The National Museum of Scotland.
First up, a close up of the decorative figure carved into the handle of this adze or ‘Toki Poutangata’.
The carved handle would be lashed to a sacred blade made from Pounamu (Greenstone) or Argillite (a type of basalt).
The adze would have belonged to a person of ‘Mana’ — someone of great importance, probably a chief.#
The adze would to begin an important project such as the carving of a new canoe or a post for the meeting house.
When the owner died, the handle would be buried with him and the sacred blade passed to an heir, to be lashed to a new handle.
See more examples of ceremonial adzes here
On the left you can see a Papua New Guinea shield and on the right, one from New Britain. Both shields are decorated and the colours would have originally been quite bright. The colours and designs were intended to distract and intimidate enemies.
The New Guinea shield may be a ceremonial one used to decorate the men’s house or in ritual dances rather than in battle as it does not protect the whole body. The New Britain shield on the other hand is almost as high as a man and would have covered the warriors body while he advanced sideways, armed with a spear or bow.
See more shields at the British Museum