“Ouroboros Tiki” is a painting of a tiki mug character, who symbolizes the ancient Egyptian ouroboros symbol in a humorous way. The ouroboros symbol usually depicts a serpent or dragon eating its own tail. It is a symbol of infinity that is represented by something constantly recreating itself. It also represents the infinite cycle of nature’s endless creation and destruction, life and death.
This piece was made during the 9th annual Mai Tai Festival at the Royal Kona Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii. Painted with many layers of acrylic on birch panel, “Ourobors Tiki” comes in a custom frame. The frame is embellished with hand-carved tiki corners and is stained a rich blue color. The painting measures 8″x10″ and the frame brings the total size to 14.5″x12″.
I’m calling this one “Sergeant Tiki” and it is a salute to how returning soldiers, from the South Pacific, introduced tiki culture to Americans after WWII. Many of these vets brought home tropical souvenirs and told great stories of their adventures from this far away paradise. “Sergeant Tiki” also reflects my own personal experience in the army, as well as my residence in Hawai’i. I spent 4 1/2 years in the military and was stationed in a small Bavarian town in Germany called Kitzingen. I later got deployed to Macedonia and Kosovo (the Disneyland of Europe) and spent about 8 months there. Now that I teach art here in Hawai’i, I make it a point to tell my students about my service and deployment, and I always get the same question: “Did you kill anyone?” And since I want to seem like a tough guy, I usually respond with, “I’m not allowed to talk about that”. Truth be told when my dad asked me, “What did you do in the Army son?” I answered with one word, “HIDE!” So Sergeant Tiki really encompasses the kind of soldier I was, I wanted to appear tough, but honestly I just wanted to sit on the beach and drink Mai Tais while I threw Pineapples at my commanders.
This painting was made with acrylic on birch panel and measures 5″x7″. It comes in a rustic wood frame bringing the total size to 11.5″x9.5″.