In January 2017, Spike’s owner, Mandy Bryant, bought him (and his mate, Sally) from a breeder in Tokyo.
She had always posted photos of Spike’s antics to show her friends, sometimes with Spike holding random objects. Stag beetles are some of the strongest insects in the world, so holding these in his mandibles were simple tasks for him.
When a tweet of him drawing with a marker took off overnight, she made him his own personal account.
Since then, Spike has gained a lot of fans of his artistic career, and everyday life.