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186 Bob Van Oosting and Leroy Schmaltz REWIND from 01-2017

January 19th, 2021

On this first episode of 2021 we go back in time to this exact week 4 years ago when we chatted with Bob Van Oosting and Leroy Schmaltz, founders of the world famous Oceanic Arts in Whittier, California. Considering that Covid has affected so many small businesses over the past year, I thought I'd reload this episode to not only give them a boost but to also revisit their amazing journey to becoming the world's premier supplier and builder of some of the most legendary tropical, nautical and island inspired themed builds from yesteryear!

Social Media: @oceanicarts56
On the Web: www.oceanicarts.net

185 Randy Tarlow and Robbie Gregg

December 10th, 2020

On this episode we chat with Randy Tarlow, founder of Liquid Alchemist, makers of premium cocktail products! Learn about Randy's path from bartending in Europe and Australia to founding and operating his very own brand of premium craft cocktail syrups. And, joining us with a cameo is Liquid Alchemist's very own Captain Pineapples, alter ego of hospitality veteran Robbie Gregg!

Social Media: @liquidalchemist
On the Web: www.liquid-alchemist.com

This episode is sponsored by Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Steadfast Pomade, Tiki-Ti and Skull & Crown Trading Co. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

184 Sven Kirsten - Book of Tiki 20th Anniversary

November 24th, 2020

On this episode we celebrate 20 years of The Book of Tiki! Join us Inside the Desert Oasis Room as we chat with historian and urban archaeologist Sven Kirsten, author of the Book of Tiki, Tiki Modern and Tiki Pop. Hear the stories behind creating The Book of Tiki, the early days of the modern day tiki revival, his thoughts on tiki culture today and learn about the exciting book projects he currently has in progress! 

This episode is sponsored by Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Steadfast Pomade, Tiki-Ti and Skull & Crown Trading Co. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

183 Will Penny

November 16th, 2020

Today we are joined by Will Penny! I've been wanting to have Will on the podcast for a while now so when I saw him at Bamboo Club's Hardcore Markteplace I sat down with him for a short chat. Will has an interesting background - he's an attorney by day and artist by night, similarly living the alter ego lifestyle of the comic book characters that inspire his art and books! On this episode, we learn about his artistic origin, what inspires his creativity and what's in store for the future of his work!

Social Media: @sexandmonsters
On the Web: www.sexandmonsters.com

This episode is sponsored by Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Steadfast Pomade, Tiki-Ti and Skull & Crown Trading Co. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

182 Ross Aliotti and Jared Allen

November 3rd, 2020

On this episode we chat with one of our Desert Oasis Room regulars, Ross the "Tiki Boss" Aliotti and our new friend Jared Allen! This was recorded on Halloween weekend and so we intended to record an episode filled with ghost stories but as the way many conversations go, we ended up wandering into other fun topics instead. Never the less, we bring you along for the chaos!

Social Media: @thetikiboss @jsarizona2000
On the Web: www.jsazlaw.com

This episode is sponsored by Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Steadfast Pomade, Tiki-Ti and Skull & Crown Trading Co. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

This episode is also sponsored by the Law Office of Jared Allen, specialist in DUI defense and more. To request a free consultation contact them today at jsazlaw.com or call them directly at 602-456-1982.

181 Kat Reeder

October 5th, 2020

Today we chat with artist Kat Reeder! Kat is a native Peruvian transplanted in Hawaii by way of Miami and creates some of the most beautiful, island inspired pieces of art directly from the island of Oahu! Learn about how she got started as an artist, her transition from Peru to Miami, how she ultimately planned her move to the Hawaiian island of Oahu and what's in store for the future of her art!

Social Media: @katreederart @katreederportraits
On the Web: www.katreeder.com

This episode is sponsored by Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Steadfast Pomade, Tiki-Ti and Skull & Crown Trading Co. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

180 Kontigo Tiki Bar

September 19th, 2020

Today we welcome Gregorio and Anna from Kontigo Tiki Bar! On this episode, we sidle up to the bar Inside the Desert Oasis Room and talk about a wide variety of topics including craft cocktails, craft spirits, vintage San Diego, random moments in history, the butterfly effect and more, including what it took to recreate the vintage paper hanging lantern, a fun cocktail garnish from yesteryear!

Social Media: @kontigotikibar
On the Web: www.chineselanternpick.com

This episode is sponsored by Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Steadfast Pomade, Tiki-Ti and Skull & Crown Trading Co. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

179 Bryan Azorsky and Brandon Cummins

September 7th, 2020

On this sponsor spotlight edition, we are joined by Bryan Azorsky, founder of Tiki Bar T-shirt Club along with Brandon Cummins from Altamar Brands, distiller and importer of fine spirits including Four Square and Probitas Rum! Today we chat about their respective brands, how the Covid pandemic has affected their lives and their local businesses (like Tiki Cat), their thoughts about the future of the hospitality industry and also dive into some other fun and lively topics including the Marvel Universe, Kansas City BBQ and more!

Watch the follow up video after listening to this episode here: https://youtu.be/Jl4U7tsZeD0

On the Web: www.tikibartshirtclub.com and www.altarmarbrands.com
Social Media: @tiki_bar_tshirt_club and @brandon.altamar
On Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8IMGVuuhfJTl2VnskZzAuQ
                     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIrOgoxh1wY

This episode is sponsored by Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Steadfast Pomade, Tiki-Ti and Skull & Crown Trading Co. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

178 Cristian Diaz

August 26th, 2020

Today we chat with Cristian Diaz! You might know him better as Skipper Cristian, bartender at Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar located at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. On this episode Cristian chats about his start at a Brazilian restaurant in Fresno, his background in culinary school and his journey to Trader Sam's. We also chat about his new YouTube venture Adventures with Alchemy and what's in store for future episodes!

Social Media: @skippercristian and @adventures_with_alchemy
On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJiQKb39E5PJ9Eydyibx54Q

This episode is sponsored by Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Steadfast Pomade, Tiki-Ti and Skull & Crown Trading Co. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

177 Fritz Costa (Lowbrow Literati)

August 11th, 2020

Today we chat with Fritz Costa, author, professor and scientist. Learn about Fritz's scientific background, his former life in academia and hear how he went from being a college professor to becoming a blogger and author telling the stories of Shag, Tim Biskup, Derek Yaniger, Miles Thompson and Brandi Milne in his new book The Lives of Lowbrow Artists!

Get the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Lives-Lowbrow-Artists-1-ebook/dp/B08D8NWC13/
On the Web: http://www.lowbrowliterati.com
Social Media: @lowbrow_literati

This episode is sponsored by Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Steadfast Pomade, Tiki-Ti and Skull & Crown Trading Co. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

176 Par Avion

July 30th, 2020

On this episode we chat with Bernard Yin and Rebecca Ramirez, the surf instrumentalist duo better known as Par Avion! Learn about their musical backgrounds, influences, song writing process and hear about their latest collaboration with Mexican cumbia musicians Perro Agradecido and how a chance meet up led to their latest project, Perro Avion!

Get new release here: http://bit.ly/perroavionspotcalifornia
Bandcamp: https://paravionmusic.bandcamp.com
On the Web: http://www.vivaparavion.com
Social Media: @vivaparavion

This episode is sponsored by Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Steadfast Pomade, Tiki-Ti and Skull & Crown Trading Co. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

175 Tiki Diablo

July 7th, 2020

On this episode we chat with artist, carver and builder Danny Gallardo aka Tiki Diablo! Tiki Diablo is a world reknown tiki carver, mug maker and thematic builder having created some of the most iconic collectibles and tiki themed spaces of the modern era. If you're a tiki enthusiast, odds are you've got one or more of his tiki mugs in your collection or you've visited a bar he's built! I've known Danny for about 2 decades and so, on this episode we chat about the early days of tiki when we first met, what and who inspires his work, his thoughts on the current state of tiki and learn a little bit more about his background and origin story!

On the Web: www.tikidiablo.com
Social Media: @tikidiablo

As always, I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. If you enjoy this podcast, please consider helping us with your support during this challenging time. Stop by DesertOasisRoom.com to check out our merch or leave us a tip. We've got tiki mugs, t-shirts and pendants available right now! Any purchase or donation, no matter the size, is totally appreciated and helps keep this podcast coming to you every week!

This episode is sponsored by Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Steadfast Pomade, Tiki-Ti and Skull & Crown Trading Co. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

174 Starr Kalahiki, Mark Tanouye and Kit Ebersbach of Don Tiki

June 26th, 2020

On this episode we chat with 2 time Na Hoku Hano Hano award winner Starr Kalahiki, bassist Mark Tanouye and musician, producer and song-writer Kit Ebersbach, co-founder of the iconic jazz exotica band Don Tiki! This broadcast is a replay of the live session we conducted with them on our Instagram page. We chat about their musical backgrounds, their residency at Skull & Crown Trading Company, life on the islands and are even treated to a couple of live performances! If you'd like to watch our video of this session go to our Instagram page @polynesianpop and click on the IGTV tab!

On the Web: https://www.facebook.com/starr.kalahiki/ and http://www.dontiki.com
Social Media: @singerstarr and @dontiki808

This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Tonga Hut, Steadfast Pomade and Tiki-Ti. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

173 Long Beach Dub Allstars

June 9th, 2020

Today we chat with Opie Ortiz and Marshall Goodman aka Ras MG from the Long Beach Dub Allstars! Opie and Ras MG are part of the original line up from the iconic punk/ska/reggae band Sublime. On this episode we chat about their origins with Sublime, the history of their band the Long Beach Dub Allstars and how their pedigrees are connected. We also talk about their song writing and production process and what's in store for the future of their band and their music!

On the Web: www.lbdamusic.com
Social Media: @longbeachduballstars

As always, I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. If you enjoy this podcast, please consider helping us with your support during this challenging time. Stop by DesertOasisRoom.com to check out our merch or leave us a tip. We've got tiki mugs, t-shirts and pendants available right now! Any purchase or donation, no matter the size, is totally appreciated and helps keep this podcast coming to you every week!

This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Tonga Hut, Steadfast Pomade and Tiki-Ti. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

172 The Covid Chronicles - Noa Laporga

May 28th, 2020

On this final installment of our series the Covid Chronicles, we chat with Noa Laporga! Noa along with his partner Angelina are the founders of Hawaii's newest tiki bar known as Skull & Crown Trading Company. We learn about Noa's eceletic background, his upbringing on Oahu and how it culminated into him opening Skull & Crown. And as the world slowly reopens, we discuss what's next for this venture including collectors mugs, a book, an album with Don Tiki and the upcoming Skull & Crown Traders Club!

As always, I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. If you enjoy this podcast, please consider helping us with your support during this challenging time. Stop by DesertOasisRoom.com to check out our merch or leave us a tip. We've got tiki mugs, t-shirts and pendants available right now! Any purchase or donation, no matter the size, is totally appreciated and helps keep this podcast coming to you every week!

This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Tonga Hut, Steadfast Pomade and Tiki-Ti. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

171 The Covid Chronicles - Randy Wong

May 14th, 2020

On this installment of the Covid Chronicles we chat with Randy Wong! Randy is the Co-founder, Band Leader and Music Director of the modern exotica band, Waitiki! On this episode, we briefly touch on the current state of affairs on the Hawaiian islands regarding the covid pandemic however, for the bulk of our chat we talk about his and his band members roots in Exotica music. Learn about Waitiki's newest projects and find out how they, as professional musicians, have been persevering artistically through this pandemic!

On the Web: waitiki.bandcamp.com
Social Media: @waitiki
YouTube Channel: TheWAITIKI7

As always, I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. If you enjoy this podcast, please consider helping us with your support during this challenging time. Stop by DesertOasisRoom.com to check out our merch or leave us a tip. We've got tiki mugs, t-shirts and pendants available right now! Any purchase or donation, no matter the size, is totally appreciated and helps keep this podcast coming to you every week!

170 The Covid Chronicles - Josh Hermsmeier

May 1st, 2020

On this installment of the Covid Chronicles we chat with Josh Hermsmeier! Josh hails from San Diego, California and if you're an active member in the tiki community and local to Southern California you'll probably know him best as drummer for Jason Lee and RIP-tides. In March of 2020, Josh and his immediate family were positively diagnosed as having been infected with the Covid-19 virus. On this special episode, Josh shares what this emotional and very personal experience was like for him and his family, what his thoughts are about continued quarantining, isolation, social distancing and what happens now as a recovering Covid-19 survivor!

As always, I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. If you enjoy this podcast, please consider helping us with your support during this challenging time. Stop by DesertOasisRoom.com to check out our merch or leave us a tip. We've got tiki mugs, t-shirts and pendants available right now! Any purchase or donation, no matter the size, is totally appreciated and helps keep this podcast coming to you every week!

169 The Covid Chronicles - Jim “Hurricane” Hayward

April 27th, 2020

On this installment of the Covid Chronicles we chat with writer and rum aficionado of The Atomic Grog, Jim "Hurricane" Hayward! We recorded this episode just a little over a week ago before some beaches were re-opened in Florida and before The Hukilau had announced the way they were adapting to this year's changes of their annual event. It's crazy how much and how quickly things change in the world we live in these days! We still have a great chat though about cocktails, tiki and of course, the Mai Kai and their Gallons To-Go program in which local residents are able to purchase pre-made Molokai Bar level cocktails to enjoy in their own homes!

On the web: www.atomicgrog.com www.theatomicgrog.com
Social Media: @theatomicgrog

As always, I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. If you enjoy this podcast, please consider helping us with your support during this challenging time. Stop by DesertOasisRoom.com to check out our merch or leave us a tip. We've still got a small handful of Monkeypod Ku tiki mugs and Talking Head tiki pendants available right now! Any purchase or donation, no matter the size, is totally appreciated and helps keep this show on the air!

168 The Covid Chronicles - The Volcanics

April 20th, 2020

On this installment of the Covid Chronicles we chat with surf music impressarios, The Volcanics! Frankie, Ben and Jarrod join us to discuss the process of writing and recording their newly released EP "Freakout!" We also chat about how the virus and its resulting quarantine has affected their shows and what it's like to release and promote a new EP during a world wide pandemic!

On the web: www.thevolcanics.com
Social Media: @thevolcanics

As always, I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. If you enjoy this podcast, please consider helping us with your support during this challenging time. Stop by DesertOasisRoom.com to check out our merch or leave us a tip. Any purchase or donation, no matter the size, is totally appreciated and helps keep this show on the air!

167 The Covid Chronicles - Keir Whitcher

April 16th, 2020

On this episode of the Covid Chronicles we chat with mid-century, tiki and classic car enthusiast Keir Whitcher! Keir hails from the land down under, just outside of Melbourne, Australia. We talk about how the corona virus has found it's way to his part of the world and how they're doing their part to flatten the curve and even explore a little bit about what the tiki scene is like in his part of Australia!

As always, I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. If you enjoy this podcast, please consider helping us with your support during this challenging time. Stop by DesertOasisRoom.com to check out our merch or leave us a tip. Any purchase or donation, no matter the size, is totally appreciated and helps keep this show on the air!

This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Tonga Hut, Steadfast Pomade and Tiki-Ti. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

166 The Covid Chronicles - Rina Bambina

April 9th, 2020

On this installment of the Covid Chronicles we chat with pinup, model and doctor! Rina Bambina! Rina recently traveled to California and within about a day of her arrival, Los Angeles was put on limited lockdown and all bars, restaurants, public gatherings and other similar places of business or events were shut down or restricted to take out service only. Rina chats about this experience and the challenge she faced working her way back home to Germany and as a doctor of psychiatry, offers tips to those who might be struggling with this crisis.

On the web: www.rina-bambina.com
Social Media: @bambina_rina @drkatharinastenger

As always, I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. If you enjoy this podcast, please consider helping us with your support during this challenging time. Stop by DesertOasisRoom.com to check out our merch or leave us a tip. Any purchase or donation, no matter the size, is totally appreciated and helps keep this show on the air!

This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Tonga Hut, Steadfast Pomade and Tiki-Ti. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

165 The Covid Chronicles - Jason Lee

April 2nd, 2020

On this edition of the Covid Chronicles we chat with musician, composer and industry professional, Jason Lee of Jason Lee and the RIP-tides! Jason chats with us about how he's adjusted to the new reality we are all experiencing and how the corona virus has affected the live music scene and his industry as a whole!

On the web: www.jasonleeguitar.com
Social Media: @tikiguitarplayer @jasonleeandtheriptides

As always, I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. If you enjoy this podcast, please consider helping us with your support during this challenging time. Stop by DesertOasisRoom.com to check out our merch or leave us a tip. Any purchase or donation, no matter the size, is totally appreciated and helps keep this show on the air!

This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Tonga Hut, Steadfast Pomade and Tiki-Ti. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

164 The Covid Chronicles - Medusirena Marina and Kari Hendler

March 27th, 2020

On our third installment of the Covid Chronicles we chat with Kari Hendler along with Marina the fire eating mermaid! This episode was recorded exactly one week ago today and it's amazing how much things have changed since then. Between then and now, beaches in both California and Florida have since been closed and some of our favorite tiki centric events have since been rescheduled. We have a fun and spirited chat about what's happening on both coasts and what we've challenged ourselves with our new found time during this quarantine!

As always, I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. If you enjoy this podcast, please consider helping us with your support during this challenging time. Stop by DesertOasisRoom.com to check out our merch or leave us a tip. Any purchase or donation, no matter the size, is totally appreciated and helps keep this show on the air!

This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Tonga Hut, Steadfast Pomade and Tiki-Ti. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

163 The Covid Chronicles - Ross “Tiki Boss” Aliotti

March 23rd, 2020

On this second episode of the Covid Chronicles we chat with Ross the "Tiki Boss" Aliotti! Ross recently returned from a visit to the Hawaiian Islands. While most of our lives were normal as he boarded the plane, things quickly turned south right after he left for the islands and when his vacation was over he returned to a very different world. We chat about how quickly things changed on the mainland during his short time away and what his island experience was like as the Covid-19 pandemic became more serious during his trip!

As always, I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. If you enjoy this podcast, please consider helping us with your support during this challenging time. Stop by DesertOasisRoom.com to check out our merch or leave us a tip. Any purchase or donation, no matter the size, is totally appreciated and helps keep this show on the air!

This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Tonga Hut, Steadfast Pomade and Tiki-Ti. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

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