We had the good fortune of connecting with Rubén Bravo and Kane Ordoñez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rubén and Kane, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
We’ve worked as graphic designers/marketeers our entire careers and we wanted to collaborate on something creative that we could call our own. Our love for design, tropical drinks, and aloha shirts lead us to creating the Tiki Collective blog and Instagram page. There we aimed to share everything that inspires us and more importantly connect with other creatives to build a community.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
We started Tiki Collective as a place where tropical drinks and aloha shirts are acceptable every day of the week. Once we were faced with the challenge of creating content from home, we had to pivot since traveling across around country and sharing fun locations to grab a drink wasn’t an option. This forced us to push our creativity and allowed Tiki Collective to evolve to be so much more! Today, you’ll find a peek at our life, plus recipes, DIY projects, and endless tips and ideas for making your own tropical oasis.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Before we moved to San Diego, we were living in the Bay Area, spending weekends in San Francisco, Oakland, and Santa Cruz hopping from tiki bar to tiki bar. We are always willing to get out, explore, and document it all behind a series of colorful walls and tropical foliage (see Instagram for reference).
As soon as we moved south, we were overwhelmed with the amount of things to do in San Diego alone. We spent the first few months eating and drinking our way through the city. It should be no surprise that False Idol is one of our favorite spots to hit on a Tiki Tuesday or while friends and family are in town. As far as food goes, we’re very spoiled to have Tribute Pizza and City Tacos in the neighborhood for us to pick up anytime the craving hits.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We dedicate this shoutout to each of our families who encouraged us to follow our creative calling from a young age. And to all our friends, old and new who have joined us at countless tiki bars, acted as our personal photographers, and supported us over the last 3 years. You all give us everything we need to keep living our best tropical lives.
All images are Tiki Collective originals.