From: Rockford, Illinois Interests: Collecting and hunting for mid 20th century pop culture and modern living artifacts. Tiki Central Profile
I've been collecting mugs since 1997 when I bought my first mug at a garage sale...a green handled OMC tiki (which to this day is still one of my favorite mugs). After amassing a vast collection and being co-creator of the greatest tiki bar you could ever imagine inside a college house, I was forced to liquidate my treasures in 2006. After a brief abscence from the tiki scene, I have slowly been rebuilding my collection since 2008. In the process, I've been finding other cool stuff, building my basement tiki refuge and making new friends in the retro world. In 2009 my wife and I honeymooned in Maui (that's us in the photo at the top of Haleakala) which increased my tiki interests ten-fold. My 8 year old nephew is Trader Erik who is one of the youngest mug collectors on Ooga- Mooga. He is a lot faster than me at the antique shows so look for his collection to be growing!