Ticked Off

Ticked Off!

And now to the Rennaissance! Ah, that Rennaissance sunshine! Sorry. My point is, during this time period in art history a new painting technique was developed by the Impressionists called pointillism. Manet and Monet both used it a lot. They painted landscapes and fields of flowers and water lilies using dots of different colors. Up close, you could really only see lots of different colored dots, but when you moved a little farther away, all the different colors blended together to look brown or green or blue.


So far, we’ve looked at “self” mice, which are all one color. If you look at wild mouse up close, though, its hair isn’t all one color, it looks brown, but it has hairs with bits of black, brown, a little orange, a bunch of colors mixed together. When there are hairs that have different colored bands, or different colored hairs mixed together, the type is called “ticked”, and the basic brown wild mouse color is called “Agouti”. It’s the same idea as pointillism, the mouse looks brown from a distance but we’d paint him with black, brown, and yellow dots large enough to see up close.

Blue Agouti (Opal)

If we change Oreo from “self” to “ticked”, he turns into an agouti. The ticked version of Hershey is called Cinnamon, with the black parts of the normal agouti turned brown instead. The ticked version of Blueberry is sometimes called Opal, where the black parts are turned blue instead. The ticked version of Ashes is sometimes called Lynx or Blue Cinnamon, and looks like a light browny gray.

There are pink-eyed versions of the agouti colors as well. The Argente is just a pink-eyed Agouti: with most of the color except for the reddish shades “washed out”, so it’s a similar color to Fawn. There is a Champagne Argente/pink-eyed cinnamon, a Silver Argente/pink eyed blue agouti, and a Lavendar Argente/pink eyed blue cinnamon, and they’re all lighter, mixed-color versions of their “self” types, with the colors changed according to the same rules from the pink eyed gene.