The Kraken Black Spiced Rum is launching a limited-edition ceramic bottle in November.

The Kraken has challenged three Australian artists who are known for their colourful style and iconic techniques to present black and white artworks inspired by the dark ocean beast.

The Artists:

  • Shannon Crees was challenged to tell the story of behind the shipwreck and the recovered ceramic bottle.
  • Beastman was tasked to recreate The Kraken and to visually interpret its existence.
  • Mulga was challenged to tell the story of the ship and its encounter with The Kraken.

Shannon Crees comments “I wanted my artwork to look like an old rum label, water damaged and worn, eluding to the journey of the bottles lost at sea all that time ago. I was inspired by story book illustration for the wind gods, sky and ocean waves to capture the myth and legend and make the darkness of the tale a little bit more playful.”

Taking inspiration from stories and legends about mythical creatures, Beastman says “The Kraken to me is one of these legends, an awesome story of a giant squid like creature from the dark depths of the ocean, a frightening beast that has never been confirmed as real or fiction and whose physical appearance is left only to our imagination. This is my visual interpretation of the oceanic ancient life form known as The Kraken, digitally created in black and white, set to entangle and swallow up anything that enters its territory.”

Bringing the story of the ship and its encounter with The Kraken to life, Mulga comments “I wanted to share the origin story, after all it’s one I’ve heard so many times! The story goes, that the great Kraken sprayed its ink on a bottle during a battle with a ship one night. I wanted to illustrate the tale and also get to showcase my love for drawing ocean creatures and nautical themes — it’s rad.”

The Kraken Black Spiced Rum Limited Edition Ceramic Bottle (RRP $89.95) is available to purchase at Dan Murphy’s and all good independent retailers.

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