This ceramic cocktail mug depicts Hooch the cat relaxing in a weathered rum crate while wearing a miniature fez. The crate is accented with a laminated label featuring the art of Doug Horne. This second edition features more vivid colors and less black wash than the first, giving it a brighter and cleaner appearance.
The story of Hooch the Rum Cat by Doug Horne goes “Long ago, in the Long Beach Harbor during WW2, there was a legendary dock kitty named “Hooch”, who hung around the strip joints, dive bars and beach front oil rigs that once filled the shoreline. Hooch the Rum Cat made sure no alcohol ever went to waste when sailors passed out glass in hand. Whether it was perching on a sailor’s chest to lick the rum off his chin or standing vigil in bars to clean up any mai tais sloshed onto the floor, Hooch considered it his sacred duty to make sure not a solitary drop of rum was squandered. When Hooch wasn’t cleaning up spilled rum, he could often be found slightly tipsy, sleeping off the nights work in a rum crate. The sailors he befriended came back from the Pacific, eventually became Shriners and started their own temple. One of their first acts was to honor Hooch by inducting him as a member.”
Color: Orange, tan, and red, with a black wash
Material: Ceramic with a laminated label
Dimensions: 4″ wide x 6″ long x 5½” tall
Capacity Size: 20 fl. oz.
Unique Markings: “Rum Cat” is written on the front of this mug along with a label, “Rum” is written on the sides of this mug, “Rum Cat” is written on the back of this mug and “Eekum Bookum JM142 Horne SPFL USA” is written on the bottom of this mug. All numbered mugs 1-61 have an “A” next to the number to indicate the second edition.
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Special Notes: Doug Horne originally intended for the second edition of his Rum Cat mug to feature a different colored cat, but after several glaze tests Doug decided that no other color would give the cat the contrast it needed.
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