Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty has pretty much conquered the world, and now he’s claimed real-estate on some guy’s butt. Gritty’s charm offensive began after his NHL debut in late September, sending fans into a craze over his wild orange fur and psychotic eyeballs.
One 25-year-old Flyers fan named James Kirn isn’t shy about his passion for Gritty.
That’s right…Kirn felt it necessary to tattoo Gritty’s likeness on his rear-end. His parents must be so proud! In all fairness, the tattoo is a quality tribute to the Flyers’ mascot that perfectly captures Gritty’s disturbing gaze.
But shockingly, not everyone loves Gritty and some on Twitter were horrified.
As a Pens fan (I know), I am not sure what is more upsetting. Gritty or that butt.
— Nick (@Engine_Driver85) October 23, 2018
I don’t think I need to meet people like this. Thanks though
— Nicolas Crespin (@NicolasCrespin7) October 29, 2018
Turns out Kirn was pretty drunk when he got the new ink (shocker), but he seems proud of the result. He told VICE Sports that he has no regrets, and he’s “already committed to the fact that it’s on there forever.”
Gritty’s power only continues to grow, and he was also a popular theme on Halloween.
— Ron Nurwisah (@boyreporter) October 26, 2018
— Jo Piazza (@jopiazza) October 21, 2018
This sweet lass dressed as a #DIY @gritty is seriously the most entertaining + creative #Halloween costume I’ve seen in ages! I love this town – you never know who you’re going to bump into in @haddonheights! 🏒🧟♀️ 🎃 #HootsandHowls pic.twitter.com/RaVdT7XvxQ
— Laura Storck (@Laura_Storck) October 21, 2018
Gritty Pumpkin count so far: 1 pic.twitter.com/UVjDxW90vb
— Elizabeth Fiedler (@Fiedler4Philly) October 20, 2018
Not all Gritty fans get tattoos of their idol, but many create memes in his honor.
— Jason Lamb (@jasonlamb) September 25, 2018
Looks like a couple Flyers fans are considering a Gritty tattoo, though.
Me: I don’t miss Philadelphia THAT much. This will be fine.
Me an hour later: …I should get a Gritty tattoo
— M(all the vowels)h (@micaiah_johnson) October 27, 2018
It's a good thing I don't really have a disposable income because I just had the actual thought "I could fuck around and get a Gritty tattoo…"
— Katy Sheward (@katyNOTperry) October 26, 2018
My husband just suggested we stop and get Gritty tattoos while we’re stuck in Blue Route traffic in DelCo. #ThanksNo
— JoAnn Clark (@psuhockeychick) October 31, 2018
Gritty continues his battle for the hearts and minds of America, and he appears to be winning. Pretty soon, we’ll probably all have his ugly mug tattooed on our butts.