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Exotica Moderne 8

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Issue 8 of Exotica Moderne rounds out our second year of publication with a cornucopia of features!

We take a look at what can be argued to be the jeweled crown of Tiki bars in the Midwest - Max’s South Seas Hideaway. Contributor William Flood visited Max’s and spoke with Mark Sellers about this tiki tour-de-force. In honor of this, the cover is an interpretation of Gecko’s Ward Beam “wall of Tikis” at Max’s, by Ken Holewczynski.

Ray “Tiki With Ray” Wyland makes the case for Tiki bars as time machines and Jason Craig returns with his opinions on appropriation vs. appreciation.

If you’ve ever comes across the IG feed of Ladies Who Tiki, this issue gives you the chance to learn more about the core members of this group and what makes them tiki!

And, as we all know that while Tiki events are still not yet resurfacing, that doesn’t stop us from featuring the best Midwest Tiki and lowbrow art show, Lowbrow Aloha!, nestled away in River Grove, Illinois’ Hala Kahiki.

Editor Jay Mize takes a “Closer Look” at not a Tiki mug this time, but the opening of Dallas’ new tiki bar, Swizzle.

Tiki Lindy keeps your summer vibes going and helps bring you a taste of those famous Tiki bars we’ve all missed going to, by offering her take (and recipes) of menu items from Trader Vic’s, Bali Hai, the Mai-Kai and the Tonga Room.

Plus we'll have our usual music and book reviews, pinups and more!