Alvin “Pop” Wendling was once in the Guinness Book of Records for havin more tattoos on his body of the spinach-loving “Popeye the Sailor” and his cartoon friends than anyone else in the world.
Pop ran several joke and novelty shops on the Boardwalk and downtown Ocean City for 25 years. His shops specialized in temporary tattoos, unique masks and T-shirts and rubber dog manure and gooey eyeballs.
The outspoken Wendling was often the nemesis of the Ocean City Mayor and Councils of his time. He retired as one of Ocean City’s most recognizable Boardwalk characters in 2010.
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