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Looking back on 2018

2018… This year flew by like a whirlwind! A whole lot can happen in 365 days and it’s kind of nice to stop and look back for a second. The past year mostly revolved around our The Greaser and the Doll webshop and it definitely paid off: we were able to make a lot of people very happy, we got to visit awesome events and we managed to expand our collection even more!

Of course we were up to more than that. We had a blast during trips to amazing cities, the Doll sewed up a storm and the Greaser discovered the art of Tiki carving.

As always, we worked our socks off in 2018, but it is so worth it! We’re looking back at last year with great pride and we’re beyond thankful for all the support!


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Webshop

We celebrated our two-year-webshopaversary this year, with a great Rock ‘n Roll giveaway. We launched the shop back in July 2016, with a little over 90 unique items. We now have over 500 different items in stock, including handmade items by the Greaser as well as the Doll! And we’re mighty proud of that! We work hard on the shop every single day, and we have so much fun wrapping up each and every package we ship.

You can imagine how much we love all the happy TGATD customer pictures you guys send us!

New categories

We put a lot of effort into keeping our shop neat and accessible, and inspiring you with our cool Rock ‘n Roll, Retro, Cocktail and Tiki goodies. We added two brand new categories this year: our Mexican category is filled with cool cacti and you can find awesome goodies for your home in our brand new Retro Home category.

Good lookin’ hair

We added some very lovely products for slick hair to our collection: in addition to our Suavecito pomades, you can now also find the glamourous products by Suavecita in our shop. And that’s not all! We’ve also added a cool new Dutch hairstyling brand for men to our shop: tame your locks with Pomade and Hair Tonic by Mr. Dutchman!


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The Greaser’s Tiki Art

Last year, the Greaser got a Tiki-carving-set for christmas and got crackin’ on making Tikis immediately! His very first project was a Moai. He really got the hang of it quickly! It didn’t take long before he made his first Tiki Bobs, which got a whole lot of love: the Greaser’s first Tiki Bob was sold within an hour after hitting the shop! He’s put together quite the Tiki Art collection since then.

The Greaser’s art travels all over the world: this year, we shipped one of his Tiki Bobs to Australia and one of his Tiki Bar signs found a new home in an amazing Tiki Bar in Belgium. All of his sculptures are handmade and one of a kind. You can find the Tikis that are still available in our Tiki Art category!


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The Doll’s pillows and Christmas ornaments

The Doll’s really caught the sewing bug. You can find her tropical homemade pillows in our shop, now! They’re the perfect accessories if you want to add a Tiki touch to your pad. She also makes custom pillows! Do you have any special requests? Send us a message!

The Doll’s handmade Tiki Bob Christmas ornaments were a huge succes last year. Our Tiki Bobs were hanging in Christmas trees throughout all of Holland and even in the USA! This year, the Doll made some new Rock ‘n Roll ornaments: a bowling pin and an 8 ball! Do you also wish it could be Christmas every day? Check out all of the Doll’s Christmas ornaments in our Retro Christmas category!


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TGATD Tiki shirts

In addition to our classic Logo T-shirt, we launched our TGATD Tiki shirt, this year! None other than Captain Kahuna tikified our TGATD logo for a brand new shirt design! Our logo looks amazing with a bamboo frame and words made from rope. We love seeing pictures of cool guys ‘n gals rockin’ our TGATD shirts! So keep ’em coming!

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TGATD LIVE

We got to meet a whole lot of cool people at awesome events, this year! In February, we had an absolute blast at a night filled with Surf music, from our TGATD booth at Aloha Fest 2 in Venlo! Great news for all of you Surfer guys ‘n gals in Holland: Aloha Sluts’ Arny is organizing the third edition of Aloha Fest on January 12th, 2019 and of course we’ll join the party! Check the line-up in the Aloha Fest 3 event on Facebook and let us know you’re coming!

In August, we turned Manege de Pijnhorst upside down for three days, during the Rockabilly Weekender Rockin’ at the Drive-in Barn in Sint-Oedenrode! Yeah… you can find us everywhere! We’ve danced our hearts out to great Rockabilly bands, met lots of amazing people and treated our two-year-webshopaversary-winners to their TGATD pack. This was one hell of a party!


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Rock ‘n Roll trips

Of course, we also took some time to travel this year. We took an amazing Tiki trip to Oslo and returned to Paris after visiting the City of Lights 8 years ago. As always, we shared our favourite Rockin’ spots in new Rock ‘n Roll Travel Guides on our blog!

Read all about our trips and check out our tips you won’t find in a normal travel guide:

A Rock n Roll Travel Guide - Olso - The Greaser and the Doll A Rock n Roll Travel Guide to Paris - The Greaser and the Doll

Tiki Time

2018 felt like one huge Tiki party! Over the last couple of months we got together for Tiki drinks with fellow Freaky Tikis we know from Facebook and Instagram. We kind of are one big Tiki Ohana.

During the summer, we met Mattias from the Swedish Exotica band Íxtahuele and the Norwegian Tiki Punks, during a visit to the Aku Aku Tiki Bar in Oslo. In the fall, Marci and Austin of Sputnik Housewares (USA) traveled down to The Hague for two nights of cocktails with the Nare Tiki Cult at the Vavoom Tiki Room. They brought a huge pile of Tiki goodies! Boy, do we get spoiled! A month later, Matt and Keri came over from the UK for Tiki drinks at the Vavoom, which meant another fun Tiki party. They also came bearing a big bag of Tiki goodies for us. Thanks again guys!!

We didn’t just just meet tikitastic people, our personal Tiki collection also grew immensly this year! All of the amazing presents sure did help, and we stumbled upon some mighty fine mugs ourselves! The Tiki Gods were smiling upon us this year!


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2018 brought us a lot of cool memories!
Thank you for reading our blog and for all your orders, likes and comments!
We’re ready for a Rockin’ 2019!

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The Greaser and the Doll

Born in Holland in the 80s, but living in 1950s California.

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