It was night, so the first place we went on our Grand LA Tiki Adventure was Tiki Ti. Nom nom, I’m thirsty all over again. Next morning, though, the very first place we headed was to Whittier to visit: Oceanic Arts, the famed design center for all things tiki since 1956. Yes, 1956, and Oceanic Arts continues to be led by the original owners LeRoy Schmaltz and Bob van Oosting, who met in junior college. In the photo above, that’s me, Humu and Christie lovin’ on LeRoy, who was there when we dropped in. For this story, I had my good camera, and I did not waste it. 66 photos, so’s you can feel like you were there, too!
Above: Angie, who was working that day, is a big fan of the blog, and we were excited to meet each other.
Non-goofball photo of squad + LeRoy.
Above: Art by LeRoy. But he’s even more well-known for his carvings. His carvings are all over America! Lots of carvings by LeRoy follow:
How do you spell “Squawk”? That is a weird word.
On to lighting at Oceanic Arts. I was entranced:
Now, how about practical stuff, matting, bamboo, rope, etc.:
There was a hearty dose of nautical:
You can drive away with a bar:
And so much more:
I’m so glad I took all these photos — they are full of ideas — and a great reminder of more that I can buy!
Oh, what did I buy? A puffer-fish lamp that’s already on its way to me. And, I’m working with Angie on getting some carvings of some of those bird corbels and maybe a tiki, too. I can’t wait!