Marty Whelan ‘honoured’ as fan tattoos his face on his leg

RTÉ star Marty Whelan said he was “honoured” that a fan got his face tattooed after losing a bet.

Twitter user Phil O’Kelly had the social media platform in suspense this week with his story of getting a tattoo of the broadcaster on his thigh after a fantasy football match gone awry.

Phil and his friend had decided that the fantasy football team that scored the most points for the 2021-2022 season would be crowned the winner and could decide which tattoo the loser would get.

However, the loser could choose where the ink would go, but the tattoo had to be larger than a €2 coin.

“There was no shortage of suggestions for images from Marty. After all, the man is extremely photogenic…” Phil tweeted, but finally settled on a photo of the “legend” posing with an RTÉ Lyric FM microphone.

He approached tattoo artist Kit from Live Fast Tattoos on Eustace Street, Temple Bar to commission the piece.

“His first guess was Betty White (which would have been pretty cool too!) but when I told him it was a Marty party he was hooked,” he said.

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After three and a half hours, Phil walked out of the tattoo parlor with a 9 inch tattoo of Marty Whelan’s face on his thigh

“In the beginning I told him the most important thing was to capture his smile (I definitely didn’t want a grumpy Marty on my leg forever) and Kit absolutely nailed it,” he wrote.

“The picture only gets better when it settles down too,” he added, sharing a photo of the incredibly detailed fresh tattoo.

A confused Marty tweeted on Monday: “I get a lot of messages that I’ve been immortalized as a tattoo. What’s all this about…?”

However, when he finally considered the unusual tribute, the broadcaster was thrilled.

He wrote, “I’m oddly flattered to have such courage…I’m honored to be on Phil’s leg…forever.” Marty Whelan ‘honoured’ as fan tattoos his face on his leg

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