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Gritty helps viral Philadelphia sports fan unveil new tattoo

Rob Dunphy adds Flyers mascot to existing Philly Phanatic

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

The city of Philadelphia got to see Rob Dunphy's newest tattoo, with some help from Gritty.

Dunphy, the famously tattooed Philadelphia superfan, showed off his newest stomach tattoo of Gritty, which he unveiled with the Flyers mascot at their game against the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

Instagram from @dunphy215: Gritty-Phanatic tattoo

Dunphy, 26, estimated he has 30 tattoos, including one of the Phillie Phanatic on his stomach where his belly button served as the Phillies mascot's nose hole. He had the newest ink completed Friday, and Gritty ripped off the gauze to reveal the finished product to the crowd at Wells Fargo Center.

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: Grit Ink Master. #FlyOrDie

"That was awesome," Dunphy said. "That was something I never experienced before besides with the Phanatic. Nothing I ever thought would come about."

Dunphy burst on the scene at a Philadelphia Eagles game in Green Bay, then met the Phanatic and danced alongside the famous Phillies mascot on Sept. 29. He says he's been a Philadelphia sports fan since birth and has embraced his role as a pseudo-mascot for the city.

Tweet from @Phillies: Doesn't get any more Philly than this.

"It's been unreal," Dunphy said. "I always hoped something would come about … because I'm a diehard sports fan, so I can't really say even dreamed about something like this because I didn't even think it was a possibility for me to blow up like this."

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