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Man goes shirtless, then viral

February 5, 2019

KANKAKEE — Kankakee resident Kevin “Mitch” Mitchell is getting his 15 minutes of fame. And so is his chest.

In a Facebook post on Sunday that has gone viral, the 28-year-old posed shirtless in his bathroom to compare his body to the famously sculpted physique of Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine.

Levine performed during the Super Bowl’s halftime show and near the end of his act, he pulled off his shirt to display his heavily tattooed torso, which includes “California” on his stomach.

Inspired, Mitchell, who was alone at home watching the Super Bowl, went into his bathroom and wrote “Illinois” on his chest, using a mirror. He took a selfie and posted his photo on Facebook alongside the shirtless Levine’s.

“I saw a similar picture on Facebook and thought I’d do the same. I thought it was funny,” Mitchell said.

He said scrawling “Illinois” on himself was difficult, particularly writing the “n” backward. In the photo, Mitchell is seen drinking a beer and holding his camera for the selfie.

Mitchell, who works at his father’s plumbing company in Mokena, said he expected a friend or two to share his post. But it got a torrent of shares — 35,000 as of Monday afternoon. And WGN has run a piece on it.

“I’m kind of quiet, but when I think something is funny, I go for it,” said Mitchell, who moved to Kankakee three years ago. “I’ve gotten a hundred shares here or there on my posts before, but nothing that went completely viral. This took on a life of its own.”

As one of his friends wrote on Facebook, “You’re famous, bro!”

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