Savage Sophistication

This is the Tiki coffee table art book for the ages! Almost 400 pages of classic mid-century menu art, mostly from Tiki and Polynesian restaurants and bars. This selection celebrates both the kitsch and class of a more sophisticated era, and illustrates the savage sophistication of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s dining. Great commercial art speaks for itself, and is presented here without commentary. This is the Abridged Softcover Edition, edited to be slightly smaller than the full-length hardcover edition (available elsewhere) for purposes of affordability and to facilitate this over-sized softcover printing.

Tony W. Arnold

About Tony W. Arnold (Jacksonville, Florida Author)

Tony W. Arnold

Over a varied career ranging from law enforcement to antiquarian bookseller, Arnold has pursued his eclectic, picaresque fictional style through the underground 'zine scene of the 1990s, which has now crystallized into The Whisanant Mythos: a series of works revolving around protagonist mainstay Doyce Whisanant and crew.

With occasional forays into art books, this output has now surpassed thirty installments, incorporating a widely-divergent palette combining the most interesting aspects of noir and sweat pulp fiction, black humor, and spirituality. Billed as Southern Gonzo, these works take their place alongside Arnold's other creative endeavors on his central website, "the abattoir of the sacred cow." Arnold long ago adopted Florida as his literary center, and has now made it his actual home base.