Main Tiki Bar Elements (around 50 %)
Carvings and art from Polynesia like Tiki statues, posters, mugs, weapons, masks, Tiki utensils, ashtrays, Tiki lighters, menus, matches, and other objects and art that depict Tiki (Polynesian ancestor figures). Also: Artefacts from Melanesia (Papua New Guinea) and Micronesia. Architecture like A-Frame meeting houses.
All these elements can show the influences of three additional stylistic forces. In the pie chart, you see three triangles that influence original mid-century Tiki art as well as today’s revival Tiki style.
They are: 1.) Original Pacific art 2.) Modernism & Picasso and 3.) Cartoons
Supporting Tiki Elements
(10 – 20 % each, depending on your preferences)
These are split into four categories. Exotica, Pre-Tiki, Nautical and Mid-Century Pop.
- EXOTICA – Explorers, Headhunters, voodoo, African and Asian souvenirs.
- PRE-TIKI – Hawaiiana, South Sea movies, Hula girls, Luau imagery, Palm trees, rattan, and tapa.
- NAUTICAL – Trader and Beachcomber style, ship models, ship wheels, anchors, fishnet floats, shells, pufferfish, nets, travel, and adventure objects and Kon-Tiki related stuff.
- MID-CENTURY POP – Surf, Beach, Lounge and Bar elements, Rumpus Room items.
The focus on the main elements is important, with a nice mix of the supporting ideas. On the borders, but outside of Tiki style, are personal preferences like Pirates, Shriners, Rock-a-billy, Monsters, or Star Wars décor. You find these things in modern Tiki bars, even if they are obviously not authentic. To each his own: The Tiki genre is very creative, open, and playful, yet it does have its heritage and history.