All apologies to Depeche Mode. Now we’ve featured tikis riding scooters before in the form of a mug but never actual tiki-tikis. These occasionally pop up on eBay now and then. Any scooter enthusiast who’s also tiki nuts will have to have one. Besides who knows what bad mechanical mojo they may dispel?
The Lambretta Club of USA held its annual rally, the “Lambretta Jamboree” in my town of Portland, Oregon this past weekend. One of the events was an art show entitled “Mods and Gods” and if you are a fan of Tiki Art and Scooters, it was the place to be. There were even 100 limited edition Tiki Mugs designed by artists Munktiki and Mulder142 in several different colors made just for the occasion and if you hurry, there are still some left. They cost $65 USD a piece (not including shipping). Some of the art that was featured is still available as well. To take a look at everything, please visit the link below. Serious inquiries should e-mail Joe Elroy, the gallery owner at joe (at) elroyart.com. He is willing to ship overseas:
John Mulder is an artist based in Oregon and has had a gallery showing in Portland recently. ScooterSwag went and brought back this personal description of his work:
“In my current work â€” â€œScooter Godsâ€ â€” I have been re-envisioning a pantheon of Deities form the worldâ€™s many religious as they sit atop their Vespa scooters. The symbology and narrative images of iconic religious art have always fascinated me. In antiquity, these paintings were used to teach allegorical stories and were often rife with hidden meanings and symbolic objects. In this new series I get to play with my love of classic scooters while staying true to the reverence and story of the classic religious portrait.”
I especially like the Jesus praying next to his broken scooter. God, do I know how he feels.
To get prices on Mulder’s work and to see the whole collection, please visit: