"For the past 6 years, Iron TikiTender has gathered bartenders from around the US to compete in Portland, Oregon. In 2019, Iron Tikitender is going ON TOUR to find the best tiki bartenders in the southeast!
We're proud to announce the first competition will be held at Inuhele weekend in Atlanta, GA, February 16!
Inuhele Weekend & Homebar tour tickets on sale NOW. So SouthEast competitors, strap on your shakers and get ready to represent your region with pride!
First prize will include one of the coveted slots in the National Iron Tikitender Competiton at Tiki Kon in Portland, Or!
The Lava-lava (or Pareo) is a unisex Polynesian garment like a wrap skirt, commonly worn by men. We want all our fellas and ladies to show up and show off their lava lava, answer a question or two from our panel of judges, and showcase a talent. Mark Hooper presiding! Learn ALL the details and register in advance here!
Lava lava by Fashion Tramp. Pure Mark Hooper.
Frank Simotics aka Tiki Rancher has been painting and carving his whole life, gaining inspiration from traveling the world. His passion for Polynesian design started 28 years ago in Laguna Beach, California, where he fell in love with the Pacific Ocean and Tiki culture. He then became hooked for life while on his honeymoon sailing a 70’ catamaran around four islands of French Polynesia with his bride. Currently living in Roswell, Ga. Simotics yearned for the South Pacific so much he decided to bring that paradise home.
Tiki Rancher Designs started 7 years ago after designing a bamboo play hut for his own kids. The play hut idea quickly turned into a huge 2 story bamboo structure for the whole family, and his passion created a business. Now his home office, the “hut” is the inspiration for many Tiki bar enthusiasts around the globe. Since then, “the Rancher” has grown his client base from Coast to Coast for his hand carved Tiki idols and free-standing bamboo huts. This year the business has evolved into a full concept design studio serving the commercial Tiki bar industry.
Tiki Tango, one of the country’s largest Tiki bars located in midtown Atlanta was recently completed by Tiki Rancher Designs. A full-service hospitality design studio for those wanting to create an authentic hideaway oasis of their own. From concept, branding, bar program, interior design and marketing, Tiki Rancher can do it all.
New for 2019, he will be offering exclusive Tiki Rancher mug designs and other original Tiki products. He is always taking commissions for carvings and other fun projects, so stay in touch by following him on Instagram @tikirancher or Tiki Rancher on Facebook and see his latest work on the website www.tikirancher.com
Cristiana Valenti and Brian Estes have been performing fire since 2012. They are with the non-profit fire circus Circus Combustus, which originally started as a burning man theme camp. They are overgrown pyros of the first order.