With Tiki Disco firmly locked down in its spot on Rikers Island, the organization continues to keep things corporate by offering up season passes to fans of the “all-day event with music for people who like music for people.” The easy-to-imitate tickets have proven a goldmine for counterfeiters re-selling them for upwards of $1,000.
Grim Deelitez, who already makes a killing off his drug dealing enterprise, remarked to The Burning Bush, “It’s amazing what people will believe is real. Like I be printin’ this shit out with no ink and it be lookin’ hella faded and shit, but they still wan’ buy it. It’s like white people enjoy being taken advantage of. And I’ma be the boy to do it err time.”
Aaron Whytebred, a 29-year-old who “simply love[s] EDM” admitted sheepishly to being scammed. “I know I coulda gone on the official website or whatever, but spending $90 didn’t seem like enough. I wanted to pay what I think Tiki Disco is worth to my growth as a music listener.” With so many willing to be taken advantage of in the name of Tiki D, it’s no wonder they don’t mind trekking to Rikers (and subsequently getting taken advantage of in all kinds of other ways once there).
Written by Genna Rivieccio