For Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, tattoos are a permanent reflection of your life’s story. And while he famously covered a part of his right arm with a Brahma bull, the 45-year-old star has officially said goodbye to his old ink and hello to a brand-new masterpiece.
On Friday, he took to Instagram to share an outrageously eye-catching image of the new tattoo that has replaced the bull. Basically, it’s a larger, way more vivid and detailed bull that, according to his caption, truly defines where he is today.
How long did the work of art take? A whopping three sessions and 22 hours with L.A.-based tattoo artist Nikko Hurtado. In his caption, The Rock opens up about its meaning, explaining how every single stroke is intentional.
“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,” he wrote, adding, “To the horns, pointing up or out to the side, but pointing straight ahead representing relentless energy and forward progress.”
Additionally, The Rock cites “Mana," a word of Polynesian origin that translates to power in reference to forces of nature. “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),” he wrote. “The eye tells the story of a disruptive positive energy always ready to dent the universe.”
Essentially, his entire message is a positive one: “Cheers to living, learning, evolving and growing. And to the positive disrupters ready to dent the universe.”
Now that’s touching.