One of the artists you’ll meet at Tikiland Trading Co. on October 7th from 10am-4pm in Laguna Beach, CA, is @treystudios
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Crazy Tiki Artist, Trey Surtees, started his career by doing caricatures and airbrush way back in 1974 at a Tiki themed resort called The Castaways on North Miami Beach. A one of a kind resort complex in a tropical setting, it included a Polynesian Village, Tiki Huts, Carved Wooden Tikis and a colorful Scarlet Macaw named Herman, who had some very salty language, and also a nasty bite (when you weren’t looking). It all made quite an impression on a 21 year old artist just starting out. By 1978 he had landed on the shores of the Hawaii Islands, where he lived on three different islands over the next forty years. One of those islands, the Big Island, still has a very active volcano which is a common theme in some of Trey’s Tiki Paintings. Surfing and kayaking were his meditation and allowed plenty of quiet time to let a vivid and twisted imagination roam, (except when there were killer waves). It has often been said that he was spotted, occasionally, stumbling out of some of the best local Tiki Bars in the Islands, including the Tahitian Lanai, Trader Vic’s, La Mariana Sailing Club, Coconut Willy’s, and Tiki’s Grill & Bar in Waikiki.
After years of painting Hawaii Seascapes and Surf Art, Trey thought it was time to get back to his roots of cartooning and chose to breathe new life back into the Crazy Tiki characters that he created years earlier for a comic strip concept.