A Dundee man is stuck with a kids’ TV character on his arm for life — after deciding to get a tattoo of Peppa Pig.
But far from being a rash decision made in the pub or in the folly of youth, Peter Lowden’s new ink has more meaning behind it than it first appears.
What started as a light-hearted joke on Facebook turned into a charity challenge — raising hundreds of pounds for children struck by cancer — after family members were affected by the disease.
Peter, 35, who now lives in Blairgowrie, told the Tele: “To be honest, I’m not embarrassed about it at all — quite the opposite, really.
“I’m certain it will be a talking point from now on. The tattoo has a lot of meaning behind it.
“It would probably be a different story if I had just done it for a laugh.
“Now, I’m looking into moving forward with the idea.
“I am thinking about setting something up with Clic Sargent where I ask kids in hospital to design a cartoon character that can be my next tattoo.
“It’s early days yet but it’s something I’m looking into to raise more awareness.”
Peter said it had all started when he made a prediction on the score of a Dundee derby match last season.
He added: “I said I would get a tattoo of Peppa Pig if a prediction came up. It all just snowballed from there. Loads of people started jumping on the bandwagon saying that I should get the tattoo.
“So, instead of something that was just getting Facebook likes, I decided I should turn it into a worthwhile cause.
“We approached Clic Sergeant to ask if they were all right with the idea.
“When we were given the go-ahead, I just went for it. My two-year-old daughter, Wendy, picked the design.
“It was done at Tribal Scribing on Lochee High Street and they have donated the cost of the tattoo to the cause as well.”
More than £500 has been raised for Clic Sargent.
Peter’s friend, Stewart Grassie from the Hilltown, will also be joining in the fun next week when he gets a tattoo of his own — of Patrick Star from the cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants.
He said: “It’s a worthwhile cause to be a part of. This all just started from nothing and I thought I would join in.”