May 2, 2012


UPDATE: Woo! Featured on Kotaku last night! Thanks to everyone for your kind comments and suggestions for what to do with the bottle. I think I’m going to try and auction the bottle off, giving the proceeds to Child’s Play. It seems like the right thing to do. I’ll have more details on that soon…

Also, I’ve got Tidebringer Rum posters in the works. Check ‘em out!

Here’s something that I’ve been working on for a couple months now, and it feels good to finally put it out into the world. May I present a long lost bottle of Admiral Kunkka’s 100 Proof Tidebringer Rum from his private reserve. Smooth, strong, and guaranteed to put fire in your belly.

I’ve made a weird hobby out of video game/real world crossovers. I don’t really know why I wanted to make Admiral Kunkka’s Tidebringer Rum so badly, but I was so in love with the idea that I worked on it pretty much non-stop on a weekend back in March. The design progressed really quickly, starting out as just a quick mock up of the idea and growing into a near-finished state (at least as far as concept is concerned) in about 24 hours.

With the basic elements finished, it was time to go back and produce a high resolution version. For the illustration, I tried to recreate the feeling of an old woodblock or lithograph print. This was probably the hardest part of the whole process, as my figure drawing skills are kind of meh and trying to reproduce that antique etching style was difficult. I also spent an outrageous amount of time hand drawing all the text on the bottle in a rough and loose style to simulate the irregularities of primitive printing methods. It’s hard to see in the finished version because it’s so small, but I think you’d notice if it wasn’t there.

I printed the design out using my boring old laser printer, creasing it and carefully scraping away the toner with sand paper or a finger nail. Then I distressed it using the time honoured tea-bag method several times with varying intensity. It was tough to strike a balance between distress and legibility, and I actually went through a couple of botched labels before I finished one that I liked. At this point, the label looked great, but the bottle itself was far too clean and perfect looking. I ground up some grey artist’s chalk and applied it to the top faces of the bottle using a makeup brush to simulate the dust that would collect after years of sitting on a shelf in storage.

I’ve recently discovered that custom rubber stamps are both relatively cheap to manufacture and excellent at adding an extra level of “authenticity”, so the early designs featured a stamp of approval. But, I really wanted to take this concept to the next level, and a simple 2D rubber stamp wasn’t going to cut it. After doing a bunch of research, I decided to order a custom wax seal stamper and some bottling wax to give it that old fashioned feel. The wax was a real pain to work with and clean up, but I’m happy with how it turned out.

To capture that nautical vibe in the pictures, I picked up twelve feet of 1 inch manilla rope from a nearby sailing supply store and headed down to the lakeshore on a cold April night. Turns out that all the docks were either cement or metal, but I found an old, weathered picnic table that would do just as well. You can see my setup here, including the small flashlight I use to help my camera autofocus in the dark.

And that’s it. I don’t know what to do with the bottle itself, right now it’s on display on my bookshelf, but I’m open to suggestions. Sound off in the comments with your ideas.

Edit: A bunch of people have asked if they can purchase this bottle, or a bottle like it. I don’t have any plans to make more, but I’m looking in to auctioning off the original and donating the proceeds to Child’s Play. Seems like a win/win situation.

For those interested, I’ve also drafted up an 18×24 print version that’s available for pre-order over at the store.

Here’s a few more pictures from the shoot:

And here are some wallpaper sized pictures for y’all:


  1. May 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm
    Player-13 says:

    Pretty cool!

    I was expecting it to say ‘Coco’s Rum’ but it seems Valve has changed that, probably for Trademark reasons.

  2. May 2, 2012 at 12:56 pm
    Adam says:

    Thought about it, but frankly “CoCo” is a pretty wimpy name. And Kunkka is all that is man…

    Good to see you again, by the way.

  3. May 2, 2012 at 1:18 pm
    Andrew G says:

    Kunkka rum too stronk.

  4. May 2, 2012 at 1:21 pm
    Peyton says:

    Nicely done, Adam!

  5. May 2, 2012 at 1:26 pm
    Player-13 says:

    Thanks, same to you.

    CoCo is indeed wimpy. And TIL one of of Bacardi’s products.

  6. May 2, 2012 at 1:27 pm
    Marx says:

    At first glance, my mouth began to water and I instantly shouted, “I WANT TO DRINK IT!” Then figured if I ever had the chance to actually have a bottle i’d just display it on a fine mantle like an award. A neat idea would be to ship it to Valve, although you’d have to part ways with your fantastic creation.

  7. May 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm
    Jacob says:

    A blog I followed showed Dota work. I’m seriously excited. Thanks for the post!

  8. May 2, 2012 at 3:17 pm
    Onin says:

    Donate the bottle to Valve so that it may be awarded at The International 2!

  9. May 2, 2012 at 6:09 pm
    rtsdealer says:

    Only one thing to do mate – personally deliver it to Valve’s headquarters.

  10. May 2, 2012 at 6:13 pm
    Marshall says:

    I want it, how much?

  11. May 2, 2012 at 7:42 pm
    Trashcat says:

    Do want! E-mail me if you want to do this again and sell it! Awesome job

  12. May 2, 2012 at 9:42 pm
    Alex says:

    Keep it =D and if buy some chance you have other ones on you,then you can raffles those off. but keep this one =D

  13. May 2, 2012 at 9:56 pm
    Ashkental says:

    Dude, that’s AWESOME work!

    You should definitely send it to Valve (if you don’t mind parting ways with your AWESOME creation). They love this kind of stuff :)

  14. May 2, 2012 at 11:10 pm
    Joshua says:

    Awesome work mate, It looks fantastic :D

    Also I agree with rtsdealer, you gotta deliver some to Valve HQ!

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  16. May 3, 2012 at 2:59 am
    Diego says:

    Awesome work!
    I am not a big fan of alcoholic drinks, but I`d give it a shot =)

  17. May 3, 2012 at 3:15 am
    1337_n00b says:

    Daaaaaayum. I’m thirsty now.

  18. May 3, 2012 at 3:49 am

    I want to buy this!

    Lemme know if you want to sell it.

  19. May 3, 2012 at 1:41 pm
    Robert says:

    Man, that’s amazing work.

    Makes me wish you accepted commissions, I’d pay for that in a heartbeat.

  20. May 3, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    [...] pasada. – No solemos beber ron, pero cuando lo hacemos, disfrutamos de los sabores suaves del Ron Tidebringer del Almirante Kunkka por supuesto aprobado por Brewmaster. – Los vídeos de las finales del Torneo Starladder ya ya [...]

  21. May 3, 2012 at 8:42 pm
    Zanderon says:

    When will it be available for purchase?

  22. May 3, 2012 at 8:56 pm
    Adam says:

    The bottle? I’m not sure. Still working out the details.

    Prints are available now.

  23. May 3, 2012 at 9:23 pm
    Wahid145 says:

    haha nice xD

  24. May 3, 2012 at 10:11 pm
    David says:

    I have a burning desire to brew a rum and then, in tandem with you and Valve, release it to the world. I don’t even LIKE rum and I’d buy Admiral Kunkka’s favourite poison.

    Epic design, dude: madly impressive. Congrats on being featured on the Dota 2 Blog!

  25. May 4, 2012 at 12:11 am
    Cccck says:

    you got featured on dota2.com! congratz!

  26. May 4, 2012 at 12:40 am
    lordofsoup says:

    make an actual line of rum. I would buy.

  27. May 4, 2012 at 1:28 am
    Marts says:

    How much do you want if you make more? I’d pay upward $90

  28. [...] chiêm ngưỡng sản phẩm rượu Tidebringer của vị thuyền trưởng già Kunkka: http://adamcbeamish.com/2012/blog/yo-ho-ho Changelog tiếng Anh bạn có thể xem tại đây: News – Dota 2 Update – May 3, 2012 Bài [...]

  29. May 4, 2012 at 2:01 am
    InkD says:

    This is some nice artwork! keep it up!

  30. May 4, 2012 at 4:06 am
    crazyViking says:

    Shut up and take my money.png

  31. May 4, 2012 at 4:08 am
    nawinex says:

    Il buy that

  32. May 4, 2012 at 5:53 am
    Anon says:

    It is both Dota and Rum appropriate to say Kunkka is OP.

  33. May 4, 2012 at 8:37 am
    patzal says:

    man, this is just waaay too good
    I hope we will celebrate the official game release with a chest of those bottles :-P

  34. [...] semana passada. Normalmente não bebemos rum mas, quando bebemos, nós apreciamos o sabor suave do Admiral Kunkka’s Tidebringer Rum aprovado pelo Brewmaster. Os VODs (Vídeos Sob Demanda) das finais do Starladder estão no [...]

  35. May 4, 2012 at 3:07 pm
    kunkka says:


  36. May 4, 2012 at 5:10 pm


  37. May 4, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    [...] We don’t usually drink rum, but when we do, we enjoy the Brewmaster approved smooth flavors of Admiral Kunkka’s Tidebringer Rum. [...]

  38. May 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm
    Poro says:

    dude, I’d liek to see LoL fans try to top this with Gragas.

  39. May 5, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    [...] Zazwyczaj nie pijemy rumu, ale jeżeli jednak to robimy, to cieszymy się zatwierdzonymi przez Brewmastera łagodnymi smakami Admiral Kunkka’s Tidebringer Rum. [...]

  40. May 5, 2012 at 10:32 pm
    Jake says:

    Really freaking cool.

  41. May 6, 2012 at 2:28 am

    [...] Zazwyczaj nie pijemy rumu, ale jeżeli jednak to robimy, to cieszymy się zatwierdzonymi przez Brewmastera łagodnymi smakami Admiral Kunkka’s Tidebringer Rum. [...]

  42. May 6, 2012 at 4:18 am

    [...] Jeden z fanów stworzył butelkę rumu Admirała Kunkka. [...]

  43. May 6, 2012 at 5:38 am
    Andrew says:


  44. May 8, 2012 at 7:37 am

    [...] Jeden z fanów stworzył butelkę rumu Admirała Kunkka. [...]

  45. May 8, 2012 at 6:57 pm
    Matin says:

    Maybe some day Adam will get a hero named after him much like Kunkka did: http://www.imaginaryfs.com/Artist_profile_Kendrick.html

  46. [...] Обикновено не пием ром, но когато го правим, се наслаждаваме на одобрения от Мътния майстор гладък вкус на Рома на Адмирал Кунка. [...]

  47. May 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm
    ozone ofk says:

    i need the rum and the poster plz!!!

  48. May 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    [...] No solemos beber ron, pero cuando lo hacemos, disfrutamos de los suaves sabores aprobados por el Brewmaster del Ron Admiral Kunkka’s Tidebringer. [...]

  49. May 12, 2012 at 5:47 am
    TFX says:


  50. May 17, 2012 at 10:27 am
    Vitor says:

    Quero key de dota 2 por favor mesmo preciso muito jogar meu coração nao aguenta mais esperar :X por favor msm

  51. May 30, 2012 at 1:06 am
    biggy says:

    You neeed to make this into a product . . . just like on the pictures.
    YOU NEED TO! I want one :D

  52. June 3, 2012 at 5:05 am
    patzal says:

    I think you should give the print version a more vintage look as well. Maybe a bit darker tone, and some abrasion. I would definitely buy one of those.

  53. November 18, 2012 at 12:39 am

    [...] We don’t usually drink rum, but when we do, we enjoy the Brewmaster approved smooth flavors of Admiral Kunkka’s Tidebringer Rum. [...]

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