Dick Frizzell’s Mickey to Tiki Tu Meke

Mickey to Tiki Tu Meke, by Dick Frizzell
Mickey to Tiki Tu Meke, by Dick Frizzell

New Zealand artist Dick Frizzell is a “renegade pop artist,” offering new perspectives of pervasive imagery. In the above piece, Mickey to Tiki Tu Meke, he creates a clever transition between two cultural icons. This lithograph is in the Christchurch Art Gallery in New Zealand; though it is not currently on display, the gallery does offer the image for sale on t-shirts, notecards and prints in its online shop.

26 thoughts on “Dick Frizzell’s Mickey to Tiki Tu Meke

  1. I have a numbered print as well. My framer said it means it is a limited edition print. I didnt think it was but she said the numbers have to come off when they are reproduced otherwise. I would be interested to know if the ones on prints.co.nz are numbered. She framed it with the number showing.


  2. Just found out apparently the CHCH art gallery didnt take the number off when they reproduced their prints from the galleries lithograph.

    I think mine is one of these.

    dont know if this is true?? but mine is from there and I think it was only about $60 – I bought it years ago


  3. I have since been told the CHCH gallery left the number from their lithograph on when they made prints – I think mine is just one of those. They are half the price at the gallery than they are on prints.co.nz too

    I have had mine a few years now.


  4. The Gallery Shop at the Christchurch Art Gallery has reproduced Dick Frizell’s Mickey to Tiki, Tu Meke, 1997, lithograph from its collection. At the artist’s suggestion we reproduced the work at the same size as the original and left the signature and the edition number 5/50 on it. 1000 prints were printed so if anyone has a print with the 5/50 on the bottom right hand corner it is a reproduction and not the original, which is in the Christchurch Art Gallery collection. This is not a limited edition print by our definition. The reproduction sells for $45.00 in our shop. We do not wholesale it but other retailers do purchase it from us at the full price.


  5. I have a ‘signed’ Mickey to Tike print with 5/50 on it. The signature is definitely pencil and below the print, so is it ‘original’? Has Dick had a series reprinted and re-signed?


  6. No, the print you have is one of the 1000 we printed. It does look like a pencil signature but isn’t. There is only one ‘original’ with the 5/50 numbering and that is in the Christchurch Art Gallery’s collection.


  7. hi- i was wondering if anyone knew of the availability/worth of the dick frizzell tuna cans that for sale in the chch art gallery a number of years ago. should you have any feedback feel free to email me: tomlives@email.com



  8. What does Tu Meke mean, I’ve just giiven a print to my son for his birthday and we wanted to know what it meant.


  9. I am also interested in knowing what Tu Meke means, I’m studying this piece at Unitec, ( Design and Visual Arts) and we have it posted on our blackboard as being called “It’s About Time.” This appears to be scrawled in the artist’s handwriting underneath the lithograph on the blank area. Does anyone know what that might be all about?


  10. From what I gathered talking with someone at Momentum Gallery in Auckland, New Zealand, ‘It’s About Time’ is a reprint of ‘Mickey to Tiki’. It may also be a slightly different colour (off white?) in the background compared to the original Mickey to Tiki print.


  11. Good day,

    At this time I was collecting new stuff for an article on Christchurch for our German travel guide to New Zealand when I was sent by Yahoo to your page. Actually, I didn’t find exactly what I expected. But, your article has given me inspiration for another article. Insofar: Thanks.

    Kind regards,


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