How do you combine an obsession for industrial goth music, an appreciation for mid-century modern design, a German sensibility, a love of rat pack music, and a fascination for tiki together into one cohesive space? Ask Frank – aka DJ Hans 242 – who created the Texas Tiki Room in San Antonio.
The Texas Tiki Room sits on the 28th floor, high above the San Antonio Riverwalk. Frank mixed a rum old fashioned for me as I took in the view of the city at sunset. DJ Hans 242 readily admits that tiki might be his mid-life crisis obsession. I tended to believe it is his mid-life awakening.
Frank’s journey began with a digital theft.
Frank was hosting a backyard tiki party and wanted to pull a cool image off the net to create an invitation. Obsessed by the image he used, he later did research and learned that it was Shag’s famous “Idol” image. His love for the artist Shag took off at that point. And, Frank appears to have aptly made amends, since he’s now the proud and legal owner of seven Shag prints. The collection keeps growing.
Frank grew up in Wiesbaden, Deutschland and developed an awareness of tiki as a 6 year old through his uncle Bill’s Vietnam headhunter artifacts. Frank’s obsession grew to an outdoor tiki bar a decade ago, followed by his current mid-century modern leaning version looking over the San Antonio skyline. The Tiki Room Texas is quite the contrast from other home bars – clean lines, curated art, subtle use of natural texture, and tiki touches that come together with a Palm Springs vibe.
When DJ Hans 242 deejays for his goth and industrial shows, you can expect go-go dancers, pyrotechnics, and an occasional Sinatra song thrown in. Apparently the goth crowd has come to expect the jarring shift. They know it’s DJ Hans 242’s signature.
Apparently, it’s how he steals the show.