I ran into Mark DeVito II, a friend of a friend, at a bar in Secane around Thanksgiving, but figured I'd save this quintessentially Daily Delco item as an early Christmas present.
Mark knows his way around Delaware County. Why? Because there's a freaking map of Delco tattooed on this damn chest. After this was brought to my attention, I asked Mark – an actor/writer/musician and co-owner of the indie film company Average Superstar Films – to explain how this came to be.
He said he met a girl named Rachel who had a small Delco tattoo on her arm with a heart showing her hometown (now that's sweet, isn't it?), which led to a discussion with his friend who said (jokingly, I think, but not sure) that he'd get it inked over his heart.
"So, just to beat him to the punch, I went and had it done for $25 in a Folcroft row home basement," DeVito said. "That's the true story behind this. Of course I have an entire chest piece designed to go around this outline."
Mark, like a lot of Delco natives I know, likes to rip on his home county a bit. There are towns, he says, that are "similar to a dumpster behind a restaurant called 'Philadelphia.' This is where the homeless take shelter from the elements and where IV drug use is rising."
Geez, how do you really feel?