Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is undeniably a household name. He's been a movie star for years, and even before that he was one of the biggest professional wrestlers the WWE has ever had. He's funny and charming when he's off set, and his movies are the kind of popcorn-crunching films we all love to watch.
He's grown muscles, lost hair, and got a big sleeve tattoo that covers most of his left side. Through it all though he's had an iconic Texas long horn tattoo.
But not anymore.
The Rock made a huge change by covering up the tattoo he's had for years and replacing it with something a lot more visbile.
The old tattoo was a tribute to his old wrestling name "The Brahma Bull" and the new work possibly marks the end of an era with Johnson implying he'll no longer participate in the ring.
He posted the last photo we'll ever see of the bull tattoo on Instagram while explaining his desire for the change.
Evolution of the bull begins w/ @nikkohurtado. I've engrained this bull in my DNA for two decades. My core. Humbly, it's also become a symbol of strength, resilience, heart, power and defiance to so many people around the world. I got this tattoo when I was just a kid. Now I need it to reflect me as a man. All my ink is a rite of passage and spiritual and the MANA (power and spirit) has to be right before we begin. Mana is strong with world renowned Nikko. We talked for hours about the man I am today, compared to who I once was. And who I'll always be. We all desire to grow and evolve. The mana is right.. let the blood and pain begin. #EvolutionOfTheBull #WheresMyVicodin
See the finished product on the next page!
The bull has been tied to Johnson's image for as long as anyone can remember, and is even the focal point of his new line with Under Armour apparel.
Since it's such a big part of his life, you can bet that the bull didn't go anywhere. Instead of just painting over his famous ink, The Rock opted for an upgrade. A big upgrade. He posted the final product on his Instagram:
Evolution of the bull. After 3 sessions and 22hrs of tattooing with world renowned @NikkoHurtado, the story's almost done.. Every detail is a reflection of my own personal history. From the cracks and heavy damage in the bone representing life's hard lessons I've learned over the years. Just like scars and wrinkles - I'm so grateful to have 'em because they're earned. To the horns, not pointing up or out to the side, but pointing straight ahead representing relentless energy and forward progress. The core and anchor of this image is in the eye. Look closely and you'll find the life, energy, power and you'll feel the MANA (spirit). The eye tells the story of a disruptive positive energy always ready to dent the universe. Depending on the light and angle, sometimes the energy's subtle and sometimes it's glaring. But it's always alive and ready to disrupt the universe and love and protect my family and all things I love with intense passion and gratitude. Cheers to living, learning, evolving and growing. And to the positive disrupters ready to dent the universe. #EvolutionOfTheBull #TheDisrupter #TheMana #NowLetsBreakOutTheTequila
In the caption Johnson says that his first bull tattoo was something he got as a "kid" but now he wants that tattoo to represent him as a man. We can't wait to see what it looks like when it's all completed.
He has movies lined up throughout 2018, so we'll have to wait a few years before we see the new ink on the big screen.