Saturday, October 16, 2010 the Gods of TIKI!

Tonight is the opening reception for the Tiki Farm 10th Anniversary Exhibition. We've got a hot little luau planned, too. We've got 30 gallons of Mai-Tai, Judy from Sino Tequila will mixing the best margaritas in town and at 7 o'clock Bogie's will be dropping off a full barrel of Tecate when Soap Plant/Wacko alumni Yvette Dudoit will be prepping her delicious hors d'oeuvres.

Holden Westland is still putting the final touches on the display, which will run through Halloween, but if you want to get your mitts on the six new Exclusive Glaze edition Tiki Mugs from Atomic Tony Tiki, Brad "Tiki Shark" Parker, Japanese tiki master Ghost, Joe Vitale and Mr. G., you'd better get in here tonight! These are expected to completely sell out, as the original planned editions were made even rarer when master molds on several designs were destroyed mid-production. What remains are true collector's pieces!

Literally, every single tiki mug ever produced by Tiki Farm will be on display. That includes every mug, bowl, decanter, bank and shot glass by Shag, Scheidly, Pizz, Squid, Big Toe, Mitch O'Connell, Drew Brophy, Derek Yaniger and everybody else! This special occasion is not to be missed, and tonight most of the artists who've contributed to the hardest working company in Tiki are expected to attend. Check out the installation below:

That's a lot of boxes of tiki mugs –and it's less than a fifth of what's on display.

Holden's helpers building the display cases.

Spacing and securing the newly built cases.

The Tiki man himself, Holden Westland, mid-installation.

The Dynotones will be keepin' the joint jumpin' with their driving Surf Sounds and DJ Big Tiki Dude will be spinnin' an eclectic mix of Exotica, Hawaiian Style, Hapa Haole & Surf tunes.

I'd like to give a big shout-out to Nathan Ota, who can't attend this evening because he's at a reception for his own new exhibition (featuring a collaboration with spray-can entrepreneur Risk) out in Costa Mesa at Hurley's )( Space.

And for all our Bay Area peeps who can't make it down to LA this weekend, I highly recommend that you check out APE: the Alternative Press Expo. La Luz de Jesus alumni Danni Shinya Luo and Karen Hsiao each have exhibition space, as do Mark Todd and Esther Pearl Watson. Stop by and say hello, or purchase the limited edition books, prints and fanzines that each has at their tables.

I'll be making a quick stop over to Hyaena Gallery in Burbank on my way back from Costco to check out a preview of regular Kitschen Sync contributor Bree Hranek's first solo show, but I'll be back at Wacko in time for the Luau.

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