doodlewear 'The T Team' art printed t shirt by Wellington Illustrator Rose Northey. This high quality tee features an art print of a Tīeke (otherwise known as a saddleback) and Tuatara flying together. This fun artwork is a digital painting with handmade watercolour textures. The artist has digitally signed this artwork.
“Tīeke and Tuatara team up to fight any crime smaller than a bread box. I created this illustration in my ongoing attempt to draw all of the NZ birds. There are a lot of New Zealand birds so it may take a while. Tīeke is also known as Saddlebacks because of the brown saddle shape on their backs so it should be very obvious where the idea for this illustration came from. If it’s not obvious, let me explain it to you here. Saddles are used on horses (and sometimes donkeys, no judgements) in order to ride them in comfort. So I am pretending that the Tīeke’s feather saddle is actually a real saddle and therefore that is why the Tīeke is being ridden. But also since Tīeke flies instead of galloping like a horse, the Tīeke is shown flying instead of galloping. And since the Tīeke is much smaller than a horse, a Tuatara is shown riding it instead of a human which would be ridiculous. And the Tuatara was chosen to be the thing riding the Tīeke for no reason. And that is where the idea for the illustration came from.”