By Pete Davidson A few months ago, Peter the Great, the pet of the great Peter the Lion, was the best-known cat in Australia.
The big cats are always the most popular in the country, and they’ve always been the biggest draws to the local pet market.
But this was different.
Since Peter got his paws on a paw-print tattoo on the back of his left hand, he has become one of the most sought-after cats in Australia, with thousands of fans and hundreds of people from around the country looking for a tattoo of his paw.
Peter the Great and his paw print on a hand print, the second of two in a row, November 30, 2019.
(Supplied: Peter the lion) The demand has grown and so has the attention of the tattoo artists who make the most of Peter’s appeal.
I’ve had people come up to me and ask, ‘What’s up with the tattoos?’
I say, ‘Peter’s paws are always getting tattooed,’ ‘he’s a real animal’ and ‘he gets a lot of attention.’
The trend is catching on because people are drawn to the fact Peter has a tattoo on his back.
Peter is the most famous cat in the world, and he’s got a large tattoo on both his front paws, but the tattoo on Peter’s back is more prominent.
A lot of people want a tattoo with his paw on his hand, Peter says.
The tattoos are so popular because they give people something special.
Peter, pictured here at a recent visit, is now known as a big draw for tattoo artists Peter the great and Peter the lion, with more than 3,500 people seeking his paw prints over the last two years.
You get a real connection to your cat.
The cat really connects with your tattoos.
Peter the lions are the most talked about cats in the whole world, says tattoo artist, Tom Smead, who runs the London tattoo parlour, Petal Tattoo.
It’s the first time he’s ever done it, he says.
Peter’s paw prints have attracted attention, with hundreds of visitors turning up to his shop on a recent morning to see the cat.
He is just like the other cats in his shop, he tells me.
The owner of Petal is very proud of his work.
He is the greatest artist in the tattoo business in Australia and I’m very proud to be his partner.
When you get Peter on your hand, you really get a connection to the animal Peter represents.
Peter was named after Peter the lamb and the great white shark in Scotland, so he’s an icon for many people, says Smeads tattoo artist.
There are people who are drawn by his size, who think it’s just an animal and you can put a tattoo there.
You get a genuine connection to it.
The biggest tattoo in Australia is on Peter, with 1,500 to 1,600 people wanting a tattoo.
It’s been the most requested tattoo in the UK and Australia, and the biggest ever, says Petal.
For Peter, the tattoo is a reminder of the power of love.
As the tattoo artist who created the designs for the hand print on his left arm, I’m proud to say Peter the Lion is the first to get a paw print tattoo on my back.
I’m so lucky to have such a well-known icon like him in my life.
Peter has made the UK an international destination for tattooing, says owner, Tom, who works at Petal’s London Tattoo shop.
And, of course, the cat has got a huge tattoo on her hand, which is a lot more fun than the paw prints.
This is a huge day for Peter, he is now one of Australia’s most sought after cats.
I can’t wait to see him tattooed again.