GARFIELD, N.J. — He's got a long beard and horror story tattoo sleeves up both of his arms, but Garfield's Matt Savage is anything but what his last name suggests.
The Hackensack University Medical Center night-shift nurse is a rather gentle giant.
With more than 10,000 Instagram followers tracking his every bite, and many a shift in the orthopedic unit, Savage is on a mission to set the record straight: what you see isn't always what you get.
"People just look at you differently," said the Bergenfield native of the ink covering his arms
Savage sees it as art, but he knows some of his patients might get the wrong idea.
"I wear long sleeves at work because I have a lot of elderly patients on my floor," he said. "Once they get to know me, they love me."
The love factor happens almost instantaneously on social media for Savage, though, whose followers beg for more pictures of his beard, tattoos and of course, the food.
He's been featured several times by well-known beard and tattoo pages, and even an account that runs pictures of attractive health care professionals.
Scroll through his page though and what you'll see most of is pictures of food.
"That's my favorite part about it," said Savage, who recently has been offered endorsements from eateries that he frequents. "I love taking pictures of food."
Hot dogs. Doughnuts. Dessert pizzas. Regular pizzas.
You name it, Savage has eaten it.
He received an influx of direct messages from fans and followers last month who saw from a post that he was in Arizona. Savage has followers all around the world, but he says it all started in New Jersey.
Among his favorite places to eat are:
- Hiram's Roadstand, Fort Lee
- Denaro's Deli, Dumont
- Benny's, Fair Lawn
- Midland Bagels, Saddle Brook
- Sharky's, Clifton
- White Mana, Hackensack
- Rudy's, Cliffside Park
- Wasabi, Ridgewood
- Panchos Burritos, Oradell
- Yard House, West Nyack
- Glaze Donuts, New Milford
- Maywood Pancake House
- Eat My Balls, Ramsey-based food truck
Savage is active in many Instagram communities, but hopes to be accepted in just one more come February: @foodandbabies.