Brit dad becomes an overnight sensation in South America after his tat…

Brit dad becomes an overnight sensation in South America after his tat…




Lewis Hamill, a 26-year-old sales executive, had a photo of national sporting hero Ben Brereton inked on his belly last week, largely because the image ‘fit in well’ with his other body art

Lewis Hamill with Chilean football star Ben Brereton (

Image: Lewis Hamill / SWNS)

A tattoo enthusiast has become “Chile’s third most loved Brit” after his tattoo of a Chilean football star sipping a can of Pepsi went viral.

Lewis Hamill, a 26-year-old sales executive, had a photo of national sporting hero Ben Brereton inked on his belly last week.

He claimed the choice of image was chiefly because it “fitted in well” with his other body art.

But after a pal posted a picture of the tattoo on social media, Lewis was overwhelmed with requests from fans and reporters based in South America wanting to find out more about the ink featuring the Blackburn Rovers and Chile ace.

Lewis said a Chilean business already petitioned Pepsi to give him a lifetime supply of their famous drink.

“I’ve been on CNN over there, ESPN Chile – it’s gone mad,” he said.

“To me, it was just getting another tattoo, but now there’s some Chilean sports company trying to get Pepsi to give me a year’s supply.

Lewis Hamill’s tattoo of Ben Brereton (

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Lewis Hamill / SWNS)

“I’ve had messages from Chileans saying: ‘You are the third most loved British person in Chile’.

“They said first is Ben Brereton and second is Mr Bean, so I’m now being put in the same category as someone like Mr Bean.”

Tattoo-mad Lewis, from Oswaldtwistle near Blackburn, had the picture of Ben Brereton inked onto his stomach by a friend at the end of November, Lancs Live reported.

Lewis said he chose the image of Brereton wearing a flat cap, taken from a Pepsi TV commercial, as it worked well with his other body art.

“I’ve got tattoos everywhere on my body – and I am a Blackburn fan anyway – but the picture itself just fitted in well,” Lewis said.

“Because he’s got the flat cap on, it’s like an old-fashioned look, and I’ve got the Kray twins on my belly and an old-fashioned film guy on my chest.

Lewis Hamill appearing on a Chilean news channel (

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Lewis Hamill / SWNS)

“When it’s all finished, it will just look like a normal thing, and if someone doesn’t know who he is, then it will just look normal.”

Stoke-born Brereton, who currently plays club football for Blackburn Rovers, qualified to represent Chile by his mum in 2021.

He then became a national hero after playing against Lionel Messi and Neymar in the Copa America football tournament and has since attracted legions of supporters online.

So when one of Lewis’s pals posted a photo of his tattoo on a Blackburn Football club Facebook page, it wasn’t long before he got requests for more information.

Chilean coverage of Lewis Hamill’s tattoo (

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Lewis Hamill / SWNS)

“My friend posted it saying, “Check out my mate’s new tattoo!” Then someone commented on it, a Chilean man, saying ‘Whoever’s tattoo this is, please can you contact me?’

“He said to me, ‘I’ve got a Brereton fan page with 40,000 followers on it. He’s a superstar in Chile. Can I please have your permission to post it onto my page?’

“Within the space of a associate of hours, my phone was just going mad. I had Chilean reporters contact me on Instagram.”

One team of reporters from Chile happened to be making a documentary about Brereton in the UK at the time, and they invited Lewis to meet the star the next day.

When he was finally united with the centre-forward at Blackburn Rover’s training ground, Lewis was thrilled to find out that he liked his tattoo.

After a pal posted a picture of it on a supporters’ page, Lewis said he was overwhelmed with requests from fans and reporters for further information (

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Lewis Hamill / SWNS)

Lewis said: “The first thing the reporters said to him is, ‘This person has a tattoo of you’ and he said, ‘Yeah, it’s a good tattoo.’

“He asked me, ‘What made you get it?’ and I said, ‘It’s just a good picture, innit.’

“clearly, they then lifted up my top straight away and said, ‘Will you sign it?’”

From there, Lewis said all the major media organisations in Chile got in touch with him about his tattoo, leading him to appear on several national news channels.

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