For years, I’ve wanted to work with Argentinian born and current Mexico City resident Dr. Alderete. You see as it relates to Tiki as an art form and artists creating Tiki art out of the country of our beautiful neighbors to the south, Dr. Alderete is the single-most influential and important Tiki artist (amongst his many other styles) in all of Mexico. There is no room for any argument in that regard. His style is super-bold and his execution is super precise. His art can be both dark and humorous as well as being very deep while also finding room for levity. There is a certain high-end rock-and-roll wonderful poster style that Dr. Alderete captures so well with his stylings that truly captivates me. Our collaboration here is an admittedly humble but very heart-felt Tiki mug end-result that was brought to us by my old friend Lloyd Kandell of Don Tiki fame…
I remember the first time I saw Don Tiki but... it was actually a small, I believe 3-4 piece scaled-down version of the band, aptly named “Don Tini”. It was the early 2000s, and I had arrived at an outdoor bar at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki to meet some friends. I showed up with a prototype of a new, early Tiki Farm GIANT Volcano bowl designed by Squid that traveled with me from the mainland for this magical night to share with my friends and ultimately to share with many others that evening while listening to Don Tini at the bar on a tropical, lightly-humid, magical Hawaiian evening. I immediately realized the importance of the evening with the wonderful stylings of “Hawaiian-style meets Hapa-Haole” music being played by this marvelous little band and what became a throng of fellow tourists and locals coming to our table to share a sip out of the straws that flanked the perimeter of this curiosity that was my first ever volcano bowl.
This is our Jade Green version of our Don Tiki “Hot Like Lava” Tiki mug, finished off with a Volcanic Red interior. We ran a total of 250 of these mugs in this glaze and along with the mug, check out the beautiful, enameled pin that comes with your special purchase! The pin commemorates the Wahine from the Hot Like Lava album cover and showcases all of the glorious creativity that is Dr. Alderete, one of the most important artists in today’s global Tiki landscape!
Artist: Dr. Alderete
Original release year: 2022
Capacity: 27 oz.
Material: Ceramic stoneware
Height: 6 7/8”
Strict limit of 2 sets per Household