Welcome to Armchair Travelling

Aloha folks,

we just returned from a great trip to Califonia where we had a marvellous west coast premiere at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and were more than happy to present our film at Tiki Oasis in San Diego.

Volume 1 of the DVD OF TIKI is now for sale. Get it here online. We have 4 papal “buy now” options: US/Canada – Europe/UK – Germany – Rest of World (see links above)

If you would like to order but are not sure which option is best for you, please write us.

Mahalo for your interest and support.

Jochen.

WHAT IS ON VOLUME 1? – CLICK HERE -

 

Some of our recent feedback:

“Excellent job! Exceeded all expectations! Wonderful!” – Tiki Tony

„Congratulations Jochen. The DVD of Tiki is wonderful! Thank you for for putting so much time and effort into preserving the history of tiki culture.” – Alene Schultz Murphy

“Got around to watching this today. Wow!!! So good, professional, covering all of the historic past, and real Polynesian arts/cultures. Then starting to touch on all of the Poly Pop things we love. The Drinks, the Art, The Music, the Buildings. Amazing!! Only down-side, I wanted more. Can’t wait for Part 2 Please help spread the word on this, tell all of yer tiki friends to buy this, buy some for holiday or b-day presents. Help get this out there, and make an impact. This is True Tiki, This is the Must Have DVD documentary.” – Jeff, BigTikiDude (TC)

“The DVD is great! Really enjoyed watching it, love the vintage footage and the overall look of it, I highly recommend it. I was surprised how quickly it arrived after my online order, I wasn’t expecting it for days here on the east coast, thanks so much!”

“Loved the viewing at TO12 and just re-watched it last night, such a great documentary, can’t wait for volume 2!!!” – Steve Erickson

“INCREDIBLE job on The DVD of Tiki. The vintage footage you found was truly amazing. I especially loved the animated footage of the Martin Denny Group! The “intermission” segment was Kuku crazy!! Everything from beginning to end was a pure delight to watch!! Congratulations Jochen Hirschfeld for seeing your passion come to fruition!! This is the definitive documentary on the subject! It was well worth the wait and I’m so glad I could be a part of it!” – Jeff Chenault

“Got my copy too! Had an uninterrupted moment yesterday to watch the whole thing. Great job! Was thrilled to see and hear so many people that I look up to. And saw some things I hadn’t seen yet. Excited for Volume 2!”

“My father and I had a viewing of the dvd last week in my home bar, it was absolutely wonderful, really enjoyed every minute of it, cannot wait for volume two now! Congratulations on such a excellent and thorough film!” – Alastair Jenkins

Revisions #1

We tried hard but still little mistakes always sneaked in.

a) in the content discription on the back of the Volume 1 we sum up the tiki aficionados who share their wisdom on the DVD OF TIKI. Unfortunately, Bosko is not (as written there) on the first Volume. Besides being a great carver and artist he is also a profound tiki researcher and urban archeologist of the very beginning. We appreciate Bosko’s work very much and are happy that he will be one of the key characters portrayed in Volume No.2 who started the Tiki revival.

b) John Holt aka TikiSkip also deserves credit for the amazing Kahiki footage.

Our apologies for these mistakes on the DVD OF TIKI – Vol1.

The DVD OF TIKI – SIGNATURE MUG by Tiki Diablo!

The fabulous and limited edition signature mug for the DVD OF TIKI was created by our dear friend Tiki Diablo.
Limited to 100. Please contact Tiki Diablo if you would like one. Hurry though!

What is the DVD OF TIKI?

DVD OF TIKI – Vol.1
THE RISE AND FALL OF BACKYARD POLYNESIA


THE MOST EXOTIC CHAPTER OF AMERICAN POP CULTURE! MEET MARTIN DENNY, LEROY SCHMALTZ & BOB VAN OOSTING, ERIC ASKEW, THE BALI HAI BOYS, SVEN KIRSTEN, OTTO VON STROHEIM, SHAG, BEACHBUM BERRY AND MANY MORE.

“PARADISE LOST”
Ready for some armchair travelling? Grab a cocktail and fly with us to the most exotic chapter in American Pop Culture: The Tiki Era!

Relive the rise and fall of Polynesian Pop. Be there. See the places and the people. Hear the stories from eye witnesses and real tiki aficionados like Martin Denny, the Bali Hai Boys, Leroy Schmaltz & Bob van Oosting, Eric Askew, Sven Kirsten, Otto von Stroheim, Shag, Beachbum Berry and many more.

The DVD OF TIKI, Vol. 1 “Paradise Lost” explores the origins of the myth of the South Seas paradise and follows a nation on their transition from the Puritan 1950s to the sexual revolution of the 70s.

The heyday of Tiki offered a wild island lifestyle with exotic sounds and intoxicating concoctions without endangering the given moral and social rules at the time.

CONTENT
Prologue: Paradise Found – The myth of the South Sea paradise
Main feature: Paradise Lost – The birth of Polynesian Pop
Contributers’ Slideshow

CHAPTERS
01 South Pacific & Michener
02 Escapism
03 Thor Heyerdahl
04 The 50th State
05 Donn The Beachcomber vs. Trader Vic
06 Oceanic Arts
07 Eli Hedley
08 Walt Disney
09 Witco
10 Black Velvet
11 The Bali Hai Boys
12 In The Pacific
13 Hapa Haole, Mele & Exotica
14 The Downfall Of Tiki

Duration: 95min.
Genre: Documentary
Audio: stereo / english
Aspect ratio: 1.77:1 (16:9 anamorphic)
Video format: SD NTSC Color
Region code: free

DIRECTED BY JOCHEN HIRSCHFELD & SCHLANGO
NARRATION BY KING KUKULELE
ORIGINAL SCORE BY SEBASTIAN HARTMANN

Teaser & Trailer

Here are two trailers:

FAQ

Why Volume 1? How many more parts?

In the beginning we had the plan to make one film about the past and present of TIKI. Our first rough cut was about 5 hours long. Much too long for one DVD. We just had to many great things to show and tell. So we decided to split the documentary in two parts. Volume 1 about the Origins and the heyday of Tiki just came out. The second part “Paradise Reloaded” that will tell the story of the Tiki Revival already exists in a very rough version. This stage is about 6 years old and will need a lot of updating and also new filming. A lot of things happened in the meantime. But this is also good and will lead to another very interesting documentation. The long time frame will enable us to tell the stories in a broader perspective.

Can’t wait for Volume 2. When is it coming out?

This is the No. 1 question. What you should know: A lot of time and money – my own money – went into the production of Volume 1. The sale of the DVD will not cover my cost in the end. That is ok, since it is a labour of love. But the sales of the first volume will still effect if I can afford a second project like the first one. The response to the DVD is great and highly appreciated. It really makes all the years of work worth while. Thank you all for the great support. Please understand if the second volume also will take a long, long time to make.

Is there a way to watch the film uninterrupted?

There is a little easter egg to avoid the intermission. When in the main menu with the play button selected use arrow up on your remote control and the film will start and play without the intermission.

My English is not so good. It is hard to understand all the dialogues. Why don’t you have subtitles?

Subtitles in other languages or even other audio version were to costly. But we had English subtitles planned so that viewers could read along while watching the movie. That would be helpful for deaf people and viewer who are not that fluent in English. So we made transcript of all dialogues. Approx. about 10.000 words! After I learnt more about subtitling I found out that the text need to be condensed 10 times so that you would be able to read it while watching. Shortening 10.000 words to only 1.000, that is hard and a lot of the good stuff would be lost. So we decided against the subtitles. If you would like the transcript, please write us here. The transcript is a goodie for DVD owners only.

Sneak Peak: Menu Design

The Armchair Gallery

We are happy to present a great gallery of Tiki and adventure inspired paintings and drawings. All were created during the production process of the DVD OF TIKI by a wild bunch of local artists. My thanks go to Benjamin von Eckartsberg who also created the cover illustration for volume 1, Marc Herold, Boris Kiseliki, Thomy von Kummant and Peter Oedekoven.

All these are for sale. Limited edition giclee prints, numbered and signed by the artist.

Please write us an email with the name of the print you are interested in along with your shipping address and we will reply quickly. 

“Armchair Travelling” by Benjamin von Eckartberg
16.5×11.6 inch (Din A3), limited to 200, 48 Euro plus Shipping (picture frame not included)

Armchair:Travelling

“A Cold Breeze of Summer” by Peter Oedekoven
16.5×11.6 inch (Din A3), limited to 150, 48 Euro plus Shipping

A_Cold_Breeze_Of_Summer

“Mission Exotic” by Marc Herold
11.6 x 8.2 inch (Din A4), limited to 200, 24 Euro plus Shipping

Mission_Exotica

“Experience the World of Tiki” by Marc Herold
11.6 x 8.2 inch (Din A4), limited to 200, 24 Euro plus Shipping

Experience_the_World_of_Tiki

“Trader’s Dick” by Thomy von Kummant
16.5×11.6 inch (Din A3), limited to 150, 72 Euro plus Shipping

Traders_Dick

“Bad Bongos over Quiet Village” by Marc Herold
16.5×11.6 inch (Din A3), limited to 100, 72 Euro plus Shipping

Bad_Bongos_over_Quite_Village

“Hula Beauty No.1″ by Thomy von Kummant
11.6 x 8.2 inch (Din A4), limited to 200, 36 Euro plus Shipping

HulaBeautyNo1

“Three Tiki Pieces” by Thomy von Kummant
16.5×11.6 inch (Din A3), limited to 200, 48 Euro plus Shipping

ThreeTikiPieces

“Hula Beauty No.2″ by Thomy von Kummant
11.6 x 8.2 inch (Din A4), limited to 200, 36 Euro plus Shipping

HulaBeautyNo2

NOTE: The 3 pictures above make a great Triptychon, a 3 piece arrangement.
The middle one has the same height as the 2 Hula Beauties.

Hula Beauty No.1 – Three Tiki Pieces - Hula Beauty No.2

“Hunt for the White Bush Ghost” by Marc Herold
16.5×11.6 inch (Din A3), limited to 100, 24 Euro plus Shipping

Hunt_for_the_White_Bush_Ghost

“Witch Doctor” by Benjamin von Eckartsberg
16.5×11.6 inch (Din A3), limited to 200, 60 Euro plus Shipping

Witch_Doctor

“Dutch Duncan and the Secret of Boredom” by Marc Herold
11.6 x 8.2 inch (Din A4), limited to 200, 60 Euro plus Shipping

Dutch_Duncan_and_the_Secret_of_Boredom

“Volcano Bob” by Boris Kiseliki
16.5×11.6 inch (Din A3), limited to 200, 48 Euro plus Shipping

Volcano_Bob

“Tiki Joker” by Benjamin von Eckartsberg
16.5×11.6 inch (Din A3), limited to 200, 48 Euro plus Shipping

Tiki_Joker

“Wooden Pleasures” by Marc Herold
11.6 x 8.2 inch (Din A4), limited to 200, 24 Euro plus Shipping

Wooden_Pleasures

“Forget Pearl Harbor” by Marc Herold
11.6 x 8.2 inch (Din A4), limited to 50, 36 Euro plus Shipping

Forget_Pearl_Harbor

“The Curse of George” by Marc Herold
11.6 x 8.2 inch (Din A4), limited to 200, 24 Euro plus Shipping

Curse_of_the_Lucas

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Armchair Gallery Night @ Tabou Tiki, Berlin

The first time we presented the the paintings and drawings to the public was in late 2004 at the newly opened Tabou Tiki in Berlin. (unfortunately this great bar is already gone. Sven Kirsten can be seen there during some of his interviews on DVD OF TIKI Volume 1).

Here are some photos from the opening night.