Earlier in the week he braved the tattoo artist’s needle for a large world map inking, that spans across his back and chest and features a collection of red stars to mark every place he’s scored an international 100.
And on Saturday South African-born cricket ace Kevin Pietersen was keen to take his new tatt for a spin, debuting it in Sydney’s Bondi Beach as he enjoyed a sunny stroll along the promenade The 34-year-old worked a causal look in a pair of above-the-knee boardshorts, black flip-flops, retro sunglasses, a necklace and a black cap.
Meanwhile on Friday Pietersen’s acclaimed tattoo artist, Melbourne’s Mick Squires, defended his client’s tattoo choice in an interview with Daily Mail Australia.
‘It’s his tattoo. At the end of the day if you can go and score as many centuries as he has and be able to and be able to put them on a world map then you’ve got something to say.’ ‘But if you can’t, you should shut your mouth,’ he said with a laugh.
Hailed the ‘Wizard of Oz’ by Tattoo Master magazine, Squires, 30 – who has a waiting list six months long – is highly regarded in the tattoo artist community.
The one-time IT worker, who said he ‘never would have thought’ his career would make such a drastic change, is the co-owner of Behind Closed Doors.
It’s a high-end private clinic in Northcote, north-east of Melbourne’s CBD. It is a far cry from tattoo parlours where customers drunkenly stumble into at 4am to get inked with Chinese characters.
Using relatively rare techniques, some of his stand-outs include his artwork of Breaking Bad character Walter White, pop star Rihanna with a snake biting her nose and Star Wars mainstays Darth Vader and Boba Fett.