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The Rock’s tattoos have powerful meanings behind them

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson smiling with inset of his sholder tattoo

Hollywood, CALIFORNIA — Over the years, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has expanded his body art. Initially, when he debuted as a professional wrestler in WWE in 1996, Dwayne Johnson wore a Brahma Bull tattoo on his right arm. As the years progressed, the evolution of the bull developed into a new tattoo on his chest and left arm. The Brahma Bull further developed into more tribal tattoos.

To represent his Samoan heritage and family history, The Rock went to Hawaii in 2003 to expand his ink with a Polynesian tattoo by artist Po’oino Yrondi. He also got his Brahma Bull covered up and redesigned in 2017 by tattoo artist Nikko Hurtado, calling it the “Evolution of the Bull.” Here are the meanings of various parts of The Rock’s tattoo.

The Rock has stated regarding his tattoo, “The story of my (chest and arm) tattoos is a very elaborate story. It represents all the things that are important to me, that I love and that I’m passionate about.”

Coconut leaves – the coconut leaves, or niu, which are on his arm closer to his chest, denotes a Samoan chief-warrior

Sun – the sun that is placed nearest his neck represents good fortune

A/ga fa’atasi – this means “three people in one,” which represents him, his (now ex-wife) Dany, and daughter Simone

Descending swirls – the descending swirls represent the past, present, and future, with the biggest swirl being the one that represents the future

O mata e lua – these are two eyes that represent his ancestors watching over his path

The Great Eye – this is said to distract the enemy in times of confrontation