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Westport’s Grimm Tattoo celebrates Royals’ standing with free ink

Devin Young of Midtown, a 39-year-old bartender and DJ, received the first free Royals tattoo on Thursday on his right calf.
Devin Young of Midtown, a 39-year-old bartender and DJ, received the first free Royals tattoo on Thursday on his right calf.

The owner of a local Kansas City tattoo parlor is so excited that the Royals are in first place, he’s putting his enthusiam in ink.

For free.

Wes Grimm, owner of Grimm Tattoo at 3915 Broadway, is giving away one free Kansas City Royals logo tattoo every day Alex Gordon and the boys are in first place in their division. The first person in line at his shop at noon every day gets the free Royals tattoo (a blue KC with a crown) valued at $100.

Grimm began offering the deal on Thursday. All those in line by noon who are not first can still get a discounted Royals logo tattoo for $30.

Grimm is donating the proceeds from the promotion to Wayside Waifs.

“The Royals are a great thing for the city, and I love to support them,” said Grimm, a lifelong Royals fan who has been inking customers for 34 years. “I’m just very proud of them. We expected them to do well, and that’s exactly what they are doing.”

Devin Young of Midtown, a 39-year-old bartender and DJ, received the first free Royals tattoo on Thursday on his right calf.

“For a free tattoo I was really surprised at how big it is,” he said. “It takes up most of my calf.”

Young, who loves both the Royals and tattoos, got in line about 10:30 a.m. to score the free ink.

“I got my first tattoo a couple of years ago,” he said. “My buddy told me I was going to get bitten by the tattoo bug. I told him I wasn’t. Now I’ve got six.”

Including one of his favorite baseball team, which is threatening to make the playoffs for the first time in decades. The Royals stood a half game in front of the Detroit Tigers before their game tonight with the Boston Red Sox. The Royals could fall out of first with a loss, coupled with a win by the Tigers, who play the Cleveland Indians tonight.

But at least for now, they still hold the top spot.

“I’m absolutely loving it,” Young said. “I’m holding out hope for another ’85 (when the Royals won the World Series). I’ve been a Royals fan all my life. It’s exciting to see this again.”

This is not the first time Grimm, 56, has offered a free tattoo of a local sports team. Last year he gave away a free Chiefs logo tattoo every week the hometown team was in first place. He remembers talking about the giveaway in a TV interview.

“I said ‘We’ll see you all back here next year when the Royals are number one.’ And we all laughed. But recently I looked (at the baseball standings) and the Royals were in first place. And I said ‘I’d better put my money where my mouth is.’”

So far Grimm has given away two free Royals tattoos, and done four more at a discounted price. But that’s not where his Royals fandom stops.

Listen up Royals players.

“Any Royals player who wants to come in here, I will do that same tattoo for free,” he said.

To reach James A. Fussell, call (816) 234-4460, or email jfussell@kcstar.com.

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