About the Author
Duke Carter has been collecting
Tiki with his wife Amy for nearly a decade, and they knew from
early on that the Tiki collection was more than just a hobby
or casual interest... the passion and fervor that they felt about
Tiki drove their Quest.
The Carters each had a small
collection before they met, and when Amy took Duke to the Hala
Kahiki on their first date, he knew they were destined to be
together. Four years later they got married at the Kona Kai in
In the years they have been
collecting Tiki, the Carters have amassed a remarkable collection
of vintage Tiki artifacts. From a wide assortment of Tiki mugs
to shelves full of statues, the room they have dubbed the "Taboo
Tiki Lounge" is overflowing with every kind of Tiki accoutrement
that can be found.
In Tiki Quest: Collecting
the Exotic Past, Duke catalogues a large portion of the collection
and shares what historical information and insight he has been
able to glean from his years of hunting Tiki. The book was written
in an attempt to broaden the awareness of the wonderful world
of collecting Tiki.
When not searching for Tiki,
Duke and Amy spend their remaining time buying and selling vintage
modern furniture and objects. Duke is also known for his paintings
of Tiki rendered on black velvet as seen in the book Taboo: the
Art of Tiki.
The Carter's Tiki collection
boasts thousands of items and has been featured in the Chicago
Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, and on HGTV's Extreme Homes.