Dang, now I really don’t know how I feel.
As I shared the other day when Dwayne Johnson posted an Instagram video breaking the news he’d be “evolving” his iconic Brahma Bull tattoo, it sounded like a big deal. I didn’t know it would be this big, though. I also was pretty sure The Rock wouldn’t cover up the old design, which has become the logo for his brand.
Welp, it’s gone. In its place is a more realistic yet stylized skull piece. Let Rocky explain it to you:
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
Everybody’s got a right to decorate their bodies as they see fit, Johnson clearly has some deeply felt reasons for the new look and, even in an unfinished state, it’s definitely a beautifully done tattoo from Nikko Hurtado.
But it’s gonna take some getting used to.
The old bull will live on, certainly. I can’t see merchandise from partners like WWE and Under Armour using this intricate design as the lone symbol of their ties to The Great One, after all.
Let us know your reaction, Cagesiders. I’ll be over here thinking way too much about somebody else’s upper arm.