Tiki Oasis is THE largest & longest-running event of it’s kind, and this year was nothing short of spectacular. If you love Tiki culture, you are going to love this post! This 4 day annual event took place from last Thursday til last Sunday and people came from (literally) all over the world to attend this sun-soaked celebration.
One of my favorite parts of Tiki Oasis is always the Artist Alley, where pieces from each years art show are stored. Also, you get the opportunity to chat with the artists themselves. This year, the artists found at Artist Alley included Tom Cooper, NORM Daniels, Dirk Yates, David Lewis, Michael Uhlenkott & Kirby Island.
The hotel at which this event transpired, The Crowne Plaza in Mission Valley, set the perfect backdrop for this Tiki extravaganza! From the gorgeous walkways to to the beautiful waterfall (at which I found a real-life mermaid transformation) the hotel embodies the Tiki culture, making the experience surreal.
Entertainment over the 4 days included mesmerizing performances by: King Kukulele, The Barbwires (here all the way from Sweden!), The Love Me Nots, The Untouchables, The Lampshades, The Exotics, Los Venturas (from Belgium!), King Paris & His Hypnotic Guitar (origins unknown), The Martini Kings, go-go dancers from San Francisco: The Devil-Ettes, The Tikiyaki Orchestra, Casino Royale, Truus performs from Ritualis, Thee Swank Bastards, dangerous duo: Molotov & Dixie Delish, magician Rob Zabrecky, Cabernet Dance, Creepxotica, Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid, Jason Lee & the R.I.P.tides.
Femme fatales graced the guests with decadent and exuberant performances, these included: Kitten Deville, Violetta Beretta, Tana the Tattooed Lady, Mimi Le Meaux, Kellita, Bunny Pistol, Coco Lectric, Dottie Deville, Dixie Von Trixie, Meghan Mayhem, Ruby Champagne, Mynx d’Meanor, Ruby Joule, Drea Dillinger, Sid Scenic & Jolie Goodnight.
DJ’s came from all far and near, these included: Lee Joseph, Joe Banks, Switched on Audrey, Strike, Howie Pyro, DJ Xreox, Agent Kari, Domenic Priore, and Tothar.
In addition, there were lots of Tiki-themed classes and fun, educational topics covered. Some of these included: Yoga Tease with Tana the Tattooed Lady, The Art of Stamping with Artist Eric October, Spy Guitar Lessons with Jason Lee, Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School (check out their sweet San Diego blog here), Pin-Up Hair & Make-Up with Tana the Tattooed Lady and Megan Mayhem, Charles Phoenix Retro Slide Show: Pools, Patios and BBQs, Polynesian Pop in Mid Century San Diego with Bosko, The Burlesque Assasssins First Ever U.S. (Private) Viewing and Tiki Bus Tour of San Diego with Bianca of So Diego Tours.
The outdoor marketplace included LOADS of vendors with glorious wares, some of these included: Hawaiian Lei Bath & Body, My Baby Jo, Mysteries of the South Seas, Tiki King, Zombie Kitten, Fez-O-Rama, Fly Tahiti & Grass Shack Trader.
There were shopping suites set up inside some balcony rooms, including A Pin Up’s Closet and Taboo Island. Also, there was a huge indoor market set up with vendors including Big Toe Art, Guru Gallery, Sand on my Soul and Mahalo Tiki.
For further information, please visit Tiki Oasis online by simply clicking here.
If you missed it this year, don’t worry! Tiki Oasis will be back again in 2013!
Can’t get enough? Check out Rusty Blazenhoff’s awesome coverage of Tiki Oasis: