Aloha and thank you for visiting Josh Agle Unauthorised, it is great to see you here.
Please allow me to start by introducing myself. My name is Tiki Pete, and I am a massive fan of Tiki culture in all its forms. Tiki is a romanticised version of an exotic tropical culture loosely based on Polynesian themes. The popularity of the faux tropical lifestyle began in the early 20th century with the opening of Polynesian-themed bars and restaurants including Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic’s.
I first saw Shag’s work in Tiki forums online and was drawn to his bright, fresh paintings of Tikis, Hula girls and tropical cocktails. I searched for more of Shag’s work and fell in love with his beautiful depictions of high-society cocktail parties, mid-century modern architecture and quirky mid-story scenes.
One problem I experienced was how to learn more about Shag’s art. Luckily between the Internet and published literature, I managed to gather some useful information which, in a millennial spirit, I have shared here.
Please note that this site contains a collection of information and pictures that are freely available on the Internet plus some personal photographs. None of the information presented has been authorised by the artist Josh Agle who I have unfortunately not yet had the opportunity to meet. Hopefully, you will find some of the information useful or at least interesting.
I would love to expand this site so please e-mail me with any related information that you have – photos, dates, context or ideas. Alternatively just send me an e-mail to say hello and we can discuss art, compare Hawaiian shirts and drink MaiTais and Zombies at my garden tiki bar.
Thank you and a hui hou, Tiki Pete