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Confident Cubs Fan Gets His Huge World Series Tattoo Early

By Justin Breen | May 30, 2016 7:39am | Updated on May 31, 2016 10:01am

CHICAGO — Dean Masini has a bachelor's in manufacturing engineering from Bradley, an MBA from Purdue and scored a 29 on his ACT, including a 33 on the math portion.

The 47-year-old father of four also has one of the zanier tattoos you'll ever see — although in Masini's case you'll probably never get a chance to see it because he always has it covered.

You see, Masini is a die-hard Cubs fan. And last November he went to Deluxe Tattoo on Irving Park Road and had a 4-inch-long tattoo inked into his arm. The tattoo, featuring a Cubs logo, has the phrase "World Series Champions 1907, 1908, 201_,"

The blank space is for if the Cubs win a World Series this decade, and Masini, like many fans of the North Siders, believes it will happen. But unlike other Cubs backers, Masini had the guts to put his faith in ink, on his right arm.

"I don't fit the profile of the typical tattoo person, I guess," said Masini, a management consultant who helps hospitals and insurance companies develop strategies and help improve their technological processes. "And this is not so much a bet as it is a statement."

Masini, who's moving to either Lakeview or Lincoln Square in June, has two season ticket bleacher seats to Wrigley Field. When he goes to games, his tattoo is hidden by one of his many Cubs jerseys. His wardrobe includes Ernie Banks, Jake Arrieta, Addison Russell and Anthony Rizzo uniforms.

Only a few close friends and family members have ever checked out the tattoo, Masini said. Masini said his kids, who range in age from 9-16, have checked it out, too. He said they thought it was a novel idea at first but now don't really care. Masini in the past has tweeted photos of the tattoo, but never showed his face.

Masini wanted to get the tattoo for years but finally went through with his plan last year after the Cubs signed Jon Lester in late 2014. He spent $250 on the tattoo, which took about an hour to make.

"Look at the lineup they have. This is the worst team I think they'll have until 2019 and they're dominating," Masini said.

The comma is at the end of the tattoo in case the Cubs keep winning World Series. He'll just put those years below the 201_.

Masini said there simply is no "Plan B" for the tattoo if the Cubs don't claim a Major League Baseball title this decade.

"It's not an option," he said. "I have a mental block that there is no Plan B because it's not going to be needed. Of course, I could have them do something with the tattoo, but I don't have a Plan B. No reason for one."


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