Thursday, June 28, 2007

IF - Camouflage


The seldom seen Scottish Tartan Lizard, is a reptile capable of camouflage in plaid or tartan environments.

Tarties as they are known in the Scottish Highlands can be identified by their plaid scales, and reddish-orange sideburns. The prefered home of the Tartan Lizard is of course the kilt, but they will also nest on bagpipes, and argyle socks.

Although Tarties are distant cousins to the chameleon they are only capable of shifting the appearance of their scales to match plaid or tartan patterns. Some Scientists believe there is also a strong link between the Tarties, and the Lock Ness Monster.

The Scottish Tartan lizard is also know to inhabit England, Wales, Ireland, Canada, and parts of the United States. During the 1970's in the U.S. a new breed of Tartie emerged. This new breed lived solely on the loud plaid jackets of used car salesmen, and t.v. anchormen. In the 1980's a drastic change in fashion patterns threatened to extinct the American Tartie.

Thanks to the work of television actor Frank Boner (WKRP's Herb Tarlek) the American Tartie was saved with the his "No Plaid Left Unworn" campaign which created Tartie awareness, and new habitats from secondhand sports jackets.

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12 Comments:

Blogger md said...

lol im sure this lil creature could cause all kinds of mischive at a hi lands game funny post and imaginative

11:03 PM  
Blogger mike r baker said...

Spectacular illustration, my friend! I remember a mutant strain of the tarties that thrived in the 60's and 70's that were dubbed the paislies. They quickly died out when disco became the rage - as did many other noble creatures. A paislie seems to appear in the Austin Powers movies but it turns out that it was only a tartie that was "heavily sedated".

The tartie of Scotland is often prone to over-population due to excessive haggis hunting, haggis being the only known tartie predator.

Thanks again for bringing this serious issue to public light! I am always amazed at your talent for illustration and public awareness. I bow deeply to you sir.

11:17 PM  
Blogger Emila Yusof said...

Great illo! Love the red & green!

11:54 PM  
Blogger Larry Lee said...

Love it. Good idea and execution.

12:11 AM  
Blogger Vhrsti said...

wonderful work!!!

1:38 AM  
Blogger Goobeetsablog said...

I had my suspicions:)

great illustration
I like the lit bits of light green
on the fabric.

For some reason I'm thinking of all those catholic school girl skirts I saw in my youth.

8:56 AM  
Blogger Jeffy B said...

Sir we've gone to...plaid! Great illustration, love it.

9:06 AM  
Blogger Tina Vaziri said...

So funny as always, I love your stories as well as your illustrations!

11:05 AM  
Blogger PaulSketch said...

hahaha!! I love the expression on this sly little lizard

=D

7:47 PM  
Blogger scribblesk said...

Very informative post. Who knew Scotland had lizards let alone such classy ones!

11:29 PM  
Blogger JC said...

Love the reddish-orange sideburns! And I was fascinated with your description of these little-known creatures. ;)

11:13 AM  
Blogger JESS*LO said...

Love it!
I'm getting addicted to this blog...

Very clever as usual, thanks for sharing your inspiring stuff :o)

11:22 AM  

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