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Super ink: Demand for Eagles tattoos soars after Super Bowl

From ESPN - February 15, 2018

PHILADELPHIA -- A man who goes by the name of "The Professor" answers the phone and, with some grit and attitude in his voice, confirms that, yes, the demand for Philadelphia Eagles tattoos is soaring.

"It's the first time they won, brother," said the owner of Philadelphia Eddie's Tattoo. "Everybody that was a fan was getting them."

Or at least it seems that way. On the day of the parade celebrating the Eagles' first Super Bowl championship, "people were coming in six feet deep" to Eddie's. During the playoff run, the business did maybe a couple Eagles tattoos a week. But in the days surrounding the Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots, the Professor said they were cranking out at least 20 a day.

The surge occurred in parlors across the area, including at Eastern Pass Tattoo in South Philly.

"We definitely had a very large influx of Eagles tattoos after [the title win]," said Weilan, a tattoo artist at Eastern Pass. "Definitely more than doubled."

The fresh ink is all over social media. Many went the traditional route, getting tattoos of the team logo or the Lombardi Trophy with "LII" accompanying the image. Others went outside the box. There's the "Philly Special" play design; an image of center Jason Kelce in his parade-day Mummer's suit, eating pork roll and scrapple -- two Philadelphia breakfast dishes; and, a personal favorite, quarterbacks Nick Foles and Carson Wentz in sweater vests doing their best "Step Brothers" impersonation.

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"I think the weirdest ones I did were two '52 Champs' with the Eagles logo two days before the Super Bowl," Weilan said. "They were two dudes that grew up in Philly that flew [from Los Angeles] into Philadelphia to get tattooed by me before the Super Bowl to get that on them. I was like, 'Man, do not you guys worry about jinxing it?' And their view was if they lost the Super Bowl after doing that, it would have been the most Philly thing possible -- too overconfident before the big game."

In their defense, some Eagles players were feeling equally sure of themselves. Days before the big game, running back Corey Clement, who came up with a huge 22-yard touchdown reception in Super Bowl LII, put his appointment with Dan Czar on the books.

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