PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (WHTM) — A Philly sports fan is putting his tattooed torso to good use.
Photos of Rob Dunphy’s tattoos went viral last week when the Eagles played the Packers.
KYW-TV reports in Thursday’s game against the Packers, the Eagles came out big, but it was images captured of Dunphy’s ink eagle, bridge, bell and belly button that stole the show.
“The only person that really doesn’t care for them is my grandpop,” the 26-year-old superfan told KYW-TV. “Still, to this day, even at the game, he was texting my dad at halftime, saying ‘tell fathead to put his shirt on.”
“He came in one day and wanted a whole Philadelphia chest piece,” tattoo artist Mike Nemo said.
“Got the whole thing outlined at once and we went from there. He put the Phanatic where it was and I liked it, so we ran with it,” Dunphy said.
He says the piece isn’t yet complete. A 76ers tribute still needs to be added, along with a few other things.
“I was like, hey, maybe we could turn this into a good thing, so I texted Rob and I said if you can reach 10K and donate it to charity, I’ll finish it for free,” Nemo said.
A GoFundMe was quickly created to fund the rest of Dunphy’s ink.
Dunphy chose to donate the money to Storm the Heavens, a charity that funds research for diffused intrinsic pontine glioma.
“It’s a uniformly fatal form of brain cancer that affects mostly children under the age of 11,” Storm the Heavens co-founder Mina Carroll said.
In 2017, Mina Carroll’s 8-year-old daughter Philomena passed away due to DIPG.
With this, Dunphy doesn’t mind all of his newfound attention. “I mean, I would like to do something with it, turn it into more of a positive,” he said.
“When an ordinary person gets a moment of fame and they choose to do good with it and use it to be the voice for those who have no voice, it’s extraordinary and we are so, so grateful,” Carroll said.
The GoFundMe page has surpassed the $10,000 goal.