Artborne Magazine November 2016 - Page 21

Who Cares About Tiki Art? Tiki culture saw a rise in infl uence after WWII as American sailors returned home from combat in the Pacifi c. Post-WWII America saw the rise of the middle class and, with it, Polynesian tiki culture. On a casual analysis of mid-century America, it seems signifi cant that tiki culture symbolized freedom from the suburban sprawl and a sense of escapism for American vets as they acclimated to a postwar climate. Scheidly has been creating tiki mugs for quite some time. His side gig might be interpreted as the typically woeful fi nancial situation of many artists. Yet, such isn’t the case in his life. Despite his addiction to hand paste, paint, and modeling clay at a young age, he managed to kick his habit and lead the life of a practicing artist without relying on a supplemental income. Tiki mugs, design by Scott Sheidly, fabricated by Tiki Farm, San Clemente, Ca. Tiki mugs, design by Scott Sheidly, fabricated by Tiki Farm, San Clemente, Ca. So, why does he create tiki mugs? Sensing a pattern of mostly unanswerable questions, I make the most of our interview. The takeaway? He was a normal child, in the sense that he was actually weird as fuck. Years later, that quirkiness remains; the proof is in The Pinks. Orlando’s Art Scene, v. 1.5 20 Who Cares About Tiki Art? Tiki culture saw a rise in influence after WWII as American sailors returned home from combat in the Pacific. Post-WWII America saw the rise of the middle class and, with it, Polynesian tiki culture. On a casual analysis of mid-century America, it seems significant that tiki culture symbolized freedom from the suburban sprawl and a sense of escapism for American vets as they acclimated to a postwar climate. Scheidly has been creating tiki mugs for quite some Tiki mugs, design by Scott Sheidly, fabricated by Tiki Farm, San Clemente, Ca. time. His side gig might be interpreted as the typically woeful financial situation of many artists. Yet, So, why does he create tiki mugs? Sensing a pattern of mostly unansuch isn’t the case in his life. Despite his addiction to hand p \KZ[ \XH]Y\[ۜHXZHH[و\[\Y]ˈHZX]^O˜[[[[^H]H[[YKHX[YYX\X][XYH\HܛX[[ [H[H]H\XX[HZ\\X˂HYHوHXX[\\]][Z[ۈH\[Y[[[YKYX\]\]]Z\[\[XZ[Hو\[H[˂ZH]Y\YۈHZYKXX]YHZH\K[[Y[KKܛ[&\\[K KB