The Rock shook the world to its core earlier today when he posted an Instagram photo showing off his new tattoo. It's not so much about his new ink as what it replaced. The Rock covered up his version of Jordan "Jumpman," the Brahma Bull, with a dramatic portrait of some kind of skeleton beast.
As expected the reactions were abundant. They ranged from supportive to utter despair. Who knew a drawing on human skin could cause such excitement?
Hey @TheRock, badass new tattoo!
I have this show, @wwe #SuperstarInk...it could totally use some #electrifying!
You busy? Haha— Corey Graves (@WWEGraves) August 11, 2017
....and there goes the last fragment of Rocky "The Rock" Maivia
Only Dwayne Remains pic.twitter.com/ZzMlU9otho— 💪The Big Dad (@Jayfuz) August 11, 2017
RIP The Rock's Brahma Bull tattoo. Which inspired such moments, like The Rock for some reason strapping Paul Bearer to a giant bull. pic.twitter.com/ymHhkQRTgW— #MeelzLive (@MeelzTV) August 11, 2017
I feel like @TheRock is messing with my adolescence as he changes his bull tattoo. Be careful Rock. Be careful. https://t.co/zTESY42kEk— Sam Roberts (@notsam) August 8, 2017
The Rock's new tattoo means we're witnessing the beginning of a new era! pic.twitter.com/FRVFLeRt4e— Arianna (@AriannaSarchi) August 11, 2017
The Rock covering up the Brahma Bull tattoo has traumatized me.— Dave Schilling (@dave_schilling) August 11, 2017
why couldn't The Rock just leave the Brahma Bull tattoo alone pic.twitter.com/Ie5Kn6KZHM— Hames (@jeymez) August 11, 2017
I can't think of anyone as famous as The Rock covering up as iconic of a tattoo as the brahma bull.— Ryan Satin (@ryansatin) August 11, 2017
It seems most feel threatened by Rock's lack of concern for nostalgia. Perhaps what we've learned via Rock's need for "evolution" is that most folks don't like change - even if it doesn't happen to them personally.
Evolution of the bull. Blood, sweat & years. 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
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