Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's revamped bull tattoo is nearly complete after 30 hours, and roughly four years, of inking.
The "Jumanji" star got the tattoo on his right bicep done two decades ago, during his former wrestling days, but in 2017 decided it was time to enhance it, according to People.
He turned to tattoo artist Yomica, who has been covering up the old design with a breathtaking new tattoo and although Johnson admitted over the weekend that it had been "challenging," it was finally nearing completion.
He shared a progress report in a series of photos on Instagram over the weekend.
"Evolution of the Bull tattoo is almost complete," he captioned a photo of him getting the tattoo touched up on Saturday. The artwork on his bicep is a lifelike design of a bull's skull.
"Day 2 and inking over 25 hours so far with my brother and hyper-realistic specialist @yomicoart in my basement. Yomico’s masterful in his skill and we’ve spent many months (almost a year thru Covid) collaborating on details and story that the tattoo will represent. Almost done and almost time to break out the tequila," he added.
"Day 3 and we’re almost finished," Johnson wrote in a second post on Sunday. "Close to 30 hrs of tattooing (pretty challenging as my whole upper arm and shoulder wasn’t a blank canvas but rather enhancing and adding to what was already there so the level of detail, precision and specific color for my skin takes a lot of time) with my brother @yomicoart."
Johnson previously spoke about how the original tattoo design was something deeply personal to him. He decided not to cover it up with a new tattoo but to instead revamp it with a much larger bull's skull.
"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," he wrote in a 2017 Instagram post. "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."
Johnson explained that he spoke for hours with his tattoo artist "about the man I am today, compared to who I once was" and who "I'll always be" and the tattoo is a reflection of that. "We all desire to grow and evolve. The mana is right.. let the blood and pain begin."
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