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  • 100 Tiki Notes
  • Dan Taulapapa McMullin (bio)
  1. 1. Tiki walked into a bar …

  2. 2. The American bartender said, “Move over, Tiki, you are a Pacific Islander god/dess, you do not exist …

  3. 3. “Your islands belong to us long time, since the first missionaries on gunboats squirted their diseased spirit over your fragrant seas …

  4. 4. “Make way for tiki kitsch, and all kinds of cheap simulacra …

  5. 5. “Accept your welfare check and stand down, we don’t serve you anymore …

  6. 6. “We serve up your image.”

  7. 7. There’s an avant-garde American artist in Los Angeles who makes a speciality of tiki kitsch assemblages …

  8. 8. His tiki kitsch is in all the museums in LA—at museums where no contemporary Pacific Islander American art is …

  9. 9. He grew up in a LA household with tiki kitsch, that’s how he feels he loves it …

  10. 10. A lot of connected artists in LA were saying, Dan, you should get to know him, you both deal with the same subject …

  11. 11. He saw my work in my studio where I collaged a photo of a Polynesian wooden dildo that he fabricated in a homoerotic collage I made of Hawaii Five-O actors …

  12. 12. I sent him Facebook friend requests, I think he reported me to Facebook, they shut down my account for a day.

  13. 13. There’s a tiki kitsch artist in Orange County, California, who makes sixties’ cartoons like paintings of Americans going wild with tiki kitsch abandon …

  14. 14. At his show in the Orange County, California, art district, American patrons were saying to each other, “Let’s go, there’s all these brown people here now …”

  15. 15. Meaning the Mexican Americans who had taken over opening nights in the art district … [End Page 585]

  16. 16. The American tiki kitsch artist and invited American patrons left after their own private preview at the gallery, before the zombies like me showed up for the public opening …

  17. 17. I asked the university art students who were security, “Wouldn’t you be insulted if this was a kitsch representation of your culture?” They looked puzzled.

  18. 18. I found a hot website of endless photographs of American women intoxicated worshipping giant Tikis … tiki kitsch originated in pornography and alcohol …

  19. 19. I was in a museum in Palm Springs and noticed a tiki kitsch photograph of American women in white bikinis on a volcano by a famous American conceptual artist …

  20. 20. What is location but concept? What is history but possession?

  21. 21. American soldiers back from World War II brought memories of the South Pacific, which to them represented women’s breasts and getting drunk …

  22. 22. American Samoa women, because of the tropical heat, walked bare breasted in the 1940s, but American military saw this as a sexual invitation, leading to a first law against bare breasts …

  23. 23. Tiki kitsch begins with notions of paradise and ends with pornography, porn is about covering up the body.

  24. 24. Tiki porn begins with the Western patriarchal notion that females are savages and ruin paradise …

  25. 25. Tiki kitsch is religious kitsch in a bar, the great god Tiki is dead, drink …

  26. 26. After World War II, the first tiki kitsch bars opened in LA, and mass production porn industries began in LA …

  27. 27. Tiki porn and antiblackness, the notion that the devil is black images, and my ancestor Tiki is a devil …

  28. 28. Tiki porn is the notion that native people are sick and must be cured but cannot be cured …

  29. 29. Tiki kitsch is doubting that Pacific Islanders existed before tiki kitsch.

  30. 30. Tiki porn is the notion that the devil is everywhere, especially in black holes, the devil is a naughty Polynesian woman, and I am.

  31. 31. Tiki porn is Adam and Eve in Paradise for two weeks.

  32. 32. Tiki porn is any romanticized story of the kidnapping of native girls by explorers and soldiers and missionaries, silhouettes at sunset, private Hollywood. [End Page 586]

  33. 33. Tiki is this list in search of this poem.

  34. 34. David Zwirner said of Jeff Koons, “He says if you’re critical, you’re already out of the game.” If you have a reason to be critical, you’re out...

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6490
Print ISSN
0003-0678
Pages
pp. 585-594
Launched on MUSE
2015-09-21
Open Access
No
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