Tiki art and decor is based on a Polynesian theme used in some clubs and restaurants in during the 20th century in U.S. and then in the entire world. The connection is somehow stylistic and loose and it is inspired by the Tiki mythology and carvings.

In United States the Tiki art and decor began around 1934 when a Polynesian-themed restaurant and bar was opened in Hollywood, Don the Beachcomber. The proprietor, Ernest Raymond Beaumont-Gantt, traveled a lot in the South Pacific and later changed his name to Donn Beach. His restaurant had Cantonese cuisine, rum punches and had a décor made from rattan furniture, flaming torches, brightly colored fabrics and flower leis. A few years later, Victor Bergeron also adopted the Tiki theme in his restaurant in Oakland, and later in his worldwide restaurant chain. Currently, there is a modern sculpture garden made to celebrate the Tiki Culture that was the inspiration for the modern form of art. The sculptures originate from Papua New Guinea.

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Both on inside and outside of these Tiki Bars you will find Tiki masks, gods, carvings, tapa cloth, grass-cloth, torches, tropical fabrics, glass floats, Tiki signs, and woven fish traps, plants, bamboo, lava stone, palm tree motifs, Hula girl, South Pacific decorations and tropical murals. Other popular features are interior lagoons, waterfalls and indoor fountains. In some Tiki bars you may also find a stage for live concerts and entertainment like Polynesian dance floor shows or Exotica-style bands.

A Tiki bar must always have Tiki masks, Tiki totems and other decorative items that give a distinctive atmosphere. Since there are lots of Tiki art and decors, you can choose lots of items for your bar or restaurant if you want to add a nice Hawaiian flavor.

Funky or funny Tiki signs are a good way to declare your presence in front of your potential customers. You can place these signs almost anywhere, and not just at the entrance. You can also put Tiki signs to warn of restricted areas, in the restrooms, etc.

You will find Tiki signs made from different materials like canoe paddles, driftwood or surfboards. Carvings of aquatic life or fish are another type of Tiki signs.