OUR TIKI STORY
Tattooed Tiki was founded by Rex Wiltshire, a tattoo artist and chainsaw tiki carver. Rex had been tattooing for over 15 years and wanted to get into the chainsaw carving as an off shoot to the tattoo business. Thus the Tattooed Tiki was born. The tattooed tiki makes custom tiki statues for home and garden. Each piece is original and unique. All the tikis have been treated to withstand the elements and can be used inside, on a patio, or at your front door to greet any visitor. We make traditional tikis with all different expressions to frighten away evil. We do the painted tikis that are very popular in a pop culture environment as well as modern tikis to fit any decor.
THE TIKI PROCESS
The Tattooed Tiki carves tiki heads and statues using palm trees. After the trees are taken, the trunks of the palm trees are used. Next, the outer and inner bark are removed to get to the harder part of the tree. This is where the carving begins. A diagram is then drawn on the wood. The first part of the carving is done with a chainsaw and the intricate part is done with hand chisels. After the carving process is finished, the tiki is left out for a couple days in the sun so the wood can dry out. Once completely dried out, the tiki is sanded, stained and/or painted to make each tiki a one-of-a-kind original piece! Finally, once the design is complete, 4 to 8 coats of Spar Urethane is used to seal and coat the tiki for inside or outside usage. All in all from start to finish, it can take up to 2 weeks for one tiki to be completely finished.