Tom Duncan, aka TikiTomD, was born exactly in the middle of the 20th Century. He is a mid-century guy with a mid-century aesthetic. Tom grew up on the central east coast of Florida, a nexus of Surfing, Polynesian Pop and Space. He embraced them all. His first surfboard was a second-hand longboard from the original Ron Jon’s in Cocoa Beach. His first high school prom dinner was at the Moon Islander, a now extinct Polynesian restaurant in Titusville. His honeymoon night was spent at the Makai Beach Lodge in Ormond Beach, a Polynesian-themed hotel featured in Sven Kirsten’s book, Tiki Modern, that remains in business to this day. And he went on to become a real “rocket scientist,” engaged in manned and unmanned space launch for more than thirty years at Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral, where he still thrills to the rumbling of precision controlled violence unleashed at every liftoff.
When not working with rockets, he enjoys exploring the pre-Tiki and Tiki past, as well as sharing tropical cocktails with family and friends. It’s karmic that Tom and Tiki Central celebrate their birthdays on the same day of the calendar.