Tiki art and apparel for people who dig punk rock, hot rods, cocktails, tattoos, burlesque, gig posters and lowbrow culture.
Acme Tiki Co. is the brainchild of Denver based artist Squeaky Tiki. Far from a tiki traditionalist, Squeaky Tiki's style draws as much inspiration from authentic tiki and retro Polynesian Pop as it does from punk rock flyers, psychedelia, lowbrow hot rod kustom kulture, tattoos, burlesque, Looney-Tunes absurdism, the humor of Mad Magazine and cheesy ’50s sci-fi/monster movies.
Squeaky Tiki cut his teeth way back in the prehistoric days before computers, home printers and social media. This was the early '90s when underground artists handcrafted flyers and zines for DIY music scenes in all-nite copy shops on big smelly B&W Xerox copiers. Those ¢2 copy machines were the medium and the art was created with their limitations in mind. Delicate penmanship and shades of gray were out of the question. Those kinds of subtlety would get lost, so the art needed to be bold. Heavy black lines were de rigueur. Ahhhh, those big bold beautiful black lines. They were so delicious.