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.
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Nice day for it: Cricketer Kevin Pietersen enjoyed the famous Bondi to Bronte walk in Sydney on Saturday
Although the cricketer is adorned with a collection of inkings, all eyes were on his latest addition – which has drawn both praise and criticism alike.
With temperatures soaring to 34 degrees, it’s little wonder Kevin headed to the beach for the famous Bondi to Bronte walk.
Taking to Twitter to share a panoramic snap of his outing the athlete wrote: ‘Bondi – Bronte walk #Sydney.’
Later the buff batsmen sunbaked with a pal before heading to a cafe and enjoying a coconut drink.
Keeping casual: The 34-year-old looked beach-ready in boardshorts and flip flops
Inked up: The sports star is well-known for his ever expanding tattoos and on Wednesday added a map of the world to his collection
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.
Jet-setter: Each red star symbolises where the batsman has scored an international 100
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.
Squires, who has travelled the world to teach his art and appeared at conventions in Berlin and London, is known for his breathtakingly detailed hyper-realistic portrait designs.
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.
Beach boys: Kevin added a black cap, a necklace and a pair of sunglasses to his look
Keeping hydrated: ‘Sipping coconut H2O at your joint, @reidy__ ! Where are you, dude? You late!!!!!!! #Sydney #Bondi’
‘A little nervous’: Cricketer Kevin Pietersen, pictured being inked with his world map tattoo by Mick Squires, did not squeal or move during the tattooing on Wednesday
Squires has inked several sports stars. But as a ‘massive cricket fan’ planning to head to the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) next week, he said Pietersen’s visit on Wednesday was a highlight.
Pietersen wanted a world map with red stars highlighting each place where he had scored 32 centuries over a career spanning nine years.
Each mark represents a place that Pietersen has scored an international century for England – be it Test or ODI – including the United Kingdom, South Africa, Pakistan and Australia.
The work took around an hour-and-a-half on Wednesday, Squires told Daily Mail Australia. The heavily-inked cricketer – known for his very patriotic Three Lions tat – was a little nervous.
Sporting favourite: The South African-born batsman is popular among Australians, although he cops a drubbing in the press at home in the UK
Inked: The tattoo stretched from his chest to his back, with each place he had scored a ton highlighted with a red star
‘You know what he actually was quite good in getting tattoos,’ Squires said. ‘There was no squealing, no moving, nothing like that. He was pretty good.
‘He was actually quite nervous but apart from that he wasn’t too girly or anything.’
Squires described Pietersen as a ‘top bloke’. The batsman is currently plying his trade in the Big Bash League for Melbourne Stars.
He is averaging 39 runs across five innings in the Big Bash for the Stars, who sit fourth of eight in the standings.
Previous works: The batsman is well-known for his tattoos; on his bicep he marks the first three of his four Ashes victories
Artist: Mick Squires, right, is the co-owner of a high-end tattoo parlour in Melbourne’s north-east. He is well regarded in the tattoo community
At work: Pietersen’s chosen artist, Mick Squires, is pictured hard at work illustrating a woman