The Tiki Farm 15th Anniversary ShowÂ with Big Toe, Ken Ruzic, Doug Horne, and Scott ScheidlyÂ showing wtih Michelle Bickford â€œYesterday, Today, and Tomorrowâ€
Friday, November 6th marks the opening night celebration of Tiki Farmâ€™s 15th Anniversary, with a comprehensive exhibition of 500 of the most important and coveted selections of their over 2,000 different designs created to-date. Exclusive to the event, La Luz De Jesus will be world-premiering five brand new Tiki Farm limited edition Tiki mugs designed by Big Toe, Doug Horne, Flounder, Ken Ruzic and Michelle Bickford.
Each mug comes with a signed and numbered boxÂ labelÂ exclusive to that design, and one even comes with two Tiki Farm swizzle sticks.
Tiki Farm is credited as being the worldâ€™s largest and most recognized manufacturer of Tiki mugs, having produced millions of mugsÂ over the last 15 years, designed by such notable artists as Shag, The Pizz, Crazy Al Evans, Rick Rietveld and countless others.
Picture credit Tiki Farm, this is just ONE wallÂ of the Tiki Farm installation at La Luz de Jesus! Mugs that go on forever….!!!
On display as well will be a tribute display to Tiki Farmâ€™s late Art Director, The Pizz. Dubbed â€œThe Lord Of Lowbrowâ€, The Pizz played a pivotal role in Tiki Farmâ€™s most recent years, lending his artistic and creative abilities to a massive amount of designs.
Tiki Farmâ€™s client list includes Disneyland, Pixar, Mattel, Hard Rock, Trader Vicâ€™s, The Discovery Channel, Fender, Body Glove, Hyatt Regency and literally 1000â€™s of other commissioning clients.Â On display as well will be a tribute display to Tiki Farmâ€™s late Art Director, The Pizz. Dubbed â€œThe Lord Of Lowbrowâ€, The Pizz played a pivotal role in
Tiki Farmâ€™s most recent years, lending his artistic and creative abilities to a massive amount of designs.This exhibition should not be missed by any fans of the mid-century artistic movement as well of course by any fans of Tiki, Lowbrow Art and Kustom Kulture. â€œTikiâ€ is an integral part of these movements, especially here in Southern California, and no other company better exemplifies the passion, commitment and creative breadth that has made
Tiki such a household word any better than Southern Californiaâ€™s beloved Tiki Farm.Tiki Farmâ€™s Holden Westland as well as many of the current artists involved in the Tiki scene will be on hand to celebrate an amazing and unparalleled 15 years of wonderful, mind-boggling Tiki artistry and creativity.
Since their inception back in the Fall of 2000, Tiki Farm has helped paved the way of the modern day Tiki mug resurgence, defining the movement and creating the head of steam that has allowed so many other Tiki enthusiasts to try their hand at mug making.
Tiki Farmâ€™s founder and president, Holden Westland, is regarded as â€œThe Hardest Working Man In Tikiâ€, and the results from his efforts evidenced in Tiki Farmâ€™s continued manic-paced production will be on display for all to enjoy at this special exhibition. Guests will be treated to a free printed show compendium that will allow for an informative and insightful walk-through of this phenomenal display of world-famous Tiki Farm goodies!
Here are theÂ five brand new Tiki Farm limited edition Tiki mugs designed by Big Toe, Doug Horne, Flounder, Ken Ruzic and Michelle Bickford:
Nari Rani Marquesan Mug by Flounder (Scott Scheidly)
Ltd. Edition of 100, 8â€³ in height, 22 oz. capacity, $50 each
Rub for Rum Easter Island Tiki Decanter by Michelle Bickford
Ltd. Edition of 100, 9â€³ in height, 50 oz. capacity, $75 each
Tiki Farm Temple Mug by Doug Horne
Ltd. Edition of 100, 7 5/8â€³ in height, 20 oz. capacity, $50 each Sold Outâ€‹
Bobomb Hand Grenade Tiki Mug by Big Toe
Ltd. Edition of 100, 8â€³ in height, 22 oz. capacity, $50 each Sold Outâ€‹
Poko Ono Pineapple Mug by Ken Ruzic
Ltd. Edition of 100, 7.5â€³ in height, 16 oz. capacity, $50 each Sold Outâ€‹
My 10 paintings function as a love letter to the art of tiki mugs, the art of the tropical cocktail and to my relationship with Tiki Farm and my pal Holden Westland. I met Holden (aka â€œthe hardest working man in tikiâ€) in the 80â€™s over happy-hour long island ice teas, then we were reacquainted in the mid-2000s when our love for tiki and Polynesian â€˜popâ€™ culture caused our paths to cross again. It has been a unique pleasure to work with Holden to create what I hope is a unique voice in the tiki mug world, and it is my absolute honor to be a part of the Mondo Tiki art show. â€“ Tom Laura a/k/a/ Big Toe
Big Toe â€“ Party BobÂ Acrylic on panel, 8Ã—11â€³ (12Ã—14â€³ framed), $300
Big Toe â€“ Marwal MaidenÂ Acrylic on panel, 8Ã—11â€³ (12Ã—14â€³ framed), $300
Images of past pop culture mixed with current-day pop culture provide an endless source of inspiration and possibilities for me – states Long Beach area artist Doug Horne whose work reflects his love of mid-century atomic, deco and of course, tiki. Doug has designed numerous tiki mugs and worked with Fender on their Art-Coustics Tiki Art Series of guitars.
Doug Horne â€“ Maori HeadÂ Pastel and pencil on paper, 17Ã—20â€³ $600
Doug Horne â€“ Kraken Rum FloaterÂ Pencil on paper, 16Ã—27â€³, $700 Soldâ€‹
Ken ‘Kinny’ Ruzic is a self-taught artist, former marine, and world traveler. Ruzic says he began his career in the surf industry doing tee-shirt graphic design for Rusty Surfboards and Hawaiian Island Creations. Wanting to pursue fine arts, Ruzic divided his time between honing his in both art and graphic design. Ken blends Polynesian myth and tradition with his personal artistic mythology and humor working with acrylics, water color, ink, & wood burning.
Scott Scheidly a/k/a Flounder
Scott Scheidly creates realistic renditions of the surreal, often with pop culture references. He has also developed a strong following for his incredible paintings of skeletal art and botanics, as well as his sense of humor. Scott lives and works in Orlando and has an art degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
Scott Scheidly â€“ Moon GoddessÂ Acrylic, 12Ã—29â€³, (16Ã—31â€³ framed), $1,800
Scott Scheidly â€“ Shrunken Modern Primitive HeadÂ Acrylic, 9.75Ã—9.75â€³, (13.75Ã—13.75â€³ framed), $800
November 6â€“29, 2015
Artist reception: Friday, November 6th; 8-11 PM
Live music from Tommy TokiokaÂ plus mid-century and more from DJ Lee of LuxuriaMusic.com
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Preview both shows: www.laluzdejesus.com/michelle-bickford-mondo-tiki-show
Picture credits toÂ La Luz de Jesus and Tiki Farm (picture of tiki wall)