Rez Cat and KW Tote Bag

  • This high quality tote bag, which features Rez Cat riding and an orca. opens up wide to fit all your favorite snacks, a change of clothes, or whatever else you need to tote.

    The Story Behind This Design

    Five years ago (right about the time he discovered art), Eighth Generation founder Louie Gong found a feral kitten meowing loudly outside Muckleshoot Tribal College on the Muckleshoot reservation. The future looked bleak for the little tabby, who was scraggy, dehydrated, and full of fleas and ear mites. So Louie took him home that evening with plans to bring him to a vet the next morning for medical attention, and then to a shelter for eventual adoption. When the kitten immediately fell asleep in Louie's passenger seat, however, he realized he had just adopted a cat -- publicly known as Rez Cat. Later that same night, Rez Cat -- obviously used to sleeping in the woods -- chose to curl up in a ball and pass out inside his litter box.

    A photo of that moment generated some interest from cat lovers when posted to Facebook. Rez Cat started showing up in Louie's social media photos frequently, sometimes on purpose and sometimes by accident, and he eventually developed a following of his own. After being told numerous times by people all over the country "We love Rez Cat!" and "We want more Rez Cat", Louie decided to develop a character inspired by his charismatic friend. This t-shirt is his first effort to embody Rez Cat in an Eighth Generation product.

    Rez Cat's real name is Maosie. He's now a highly vocal, 18-pound Goliath that brings humor and a demand for snacks to everyone he encounters.

    • 100% certified organic cotton
    • Main compartment opens up 7" wide
    • 12.5"W x 14.5"H x 7"D

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  • Louie Gong (Nooksack), founder of Eighth Generation, is a self-taught artist who was raised by his grandparents in the Nooksack tribal community in northwest Washington. He got his start by painting cultural art on shoes, but realized that creating one-of-a-kind pieces did not provide a sustainable pathway to success, and began applying his artwork to accessibly-priced products. Louie’s unique style merges traditional Coast Salish art with influences from his mixed heritage and urban environment to create work that resonates widely across communities and cultures.

Category: Rez Cat, Totes

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