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Garfield Nurse Gains Traction On The 'Gram

Matt Savage of Garfield displays his Instagram in a Lodi Dunkin Donuts.
Matt Savage of Garfield displays his Instagram in a Lodi Dunkin Donuts. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Savage fuels up for a night shift in HUMC.
Savage fuels up for a night shift in HUMC. Photo Credit: Matt Savage
Adorable doughnut.
Adorable doughnut. Photo Credit: Matt Savage
Savage gets ready to bite into his breakfast sandwich from Midland Bagles in Saddle Brook.
Savage gets ready to bite into his breakfast sandwich from Midland Bagles in Saddle Brook. Photo Credit: Matt Savage
Savage and a cake just for him.
Savage and a cake just for him. Photo Credit: Matt Savage
Pizza?
Pizza? Photo Credit: Matt Savage
Denaro's Deli.
Denaro's Deli. Photo Credit: Matt Savage

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:

Savage is active in many Instagram communities, but hopes to be accepted in just one more come February: @foodandbabies.

He and his wife are expecting their first in February.

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