The Rock is the first third-generation WWE Superstar is known for his tattoo. He loves to express his views and many of them are crafted on his body. He is very particular about his tattoos as he wants them to show some real message and inspiration of course. The stories behind The Rock’s tattoo are very elaborative. All the things that are important to him, which he loves or is passionate about, that has moved him from the heart are tattooed on his body. The tattoo artist was hugely involved in the discussion before putting his tattoo machine to work on The Rock’s body. It took 60 hrs, 3 sessions of 20 hrs each before his tattoos were completed. The tattoos on his body depict his life’s tale and his journey so far. The Rock revealed that in order to make sure the pain is taken away from the mind, he played music and sang.
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The tattoos are beliefs of his ancestors from his father’s side and mothers sides. His black culture, his Samoan culture, all cumulates in a belief that the spirit of his ancestors is protecting his family. These tattoos represent great struggle and about overcoming them.
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The tattoo on his body comes down to 3 things; his family, protection of his family, and about having a true warrior spirit forever.
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Here we try to dig in the story behind The Rock’s tattoo and their interpretation.
A) He has a tattoo of coconut leaves which symbolises the head Samoan warrior.
B) Near his neck, there is a tattoo of The Sun, which is worshipped in Samoan culture as a sign of good fortune.
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C) This tattoo that has three people in one is actually him standing with open arms with his wife Dany and daughter Simone as it continues on his chest.
D) The tattoo on descending swirls symbolises past, present and future, where the future is seen as even brighter. The pattern is goes under his arm where it’s written, “It changes in the place where it is found to be gone”.
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E) The tattoo of the two eyes, called o mata e lua, is about his ancestors watching his family and protecting them.
F) There is another tattoo which is the Great Eye. The eye is believed to distract his enemy into confrontation. This intimidating symbol allows the user to take possession of his enemy’s spirit.
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G) The tattoo of a broken face marked by shark teeth is about his spirit as warrior and also a symbol of his struggle.
H) This refers to the spiritual guide who raises a warrior to enlightenment and supernatural power. And it is done under the eyes of the warrior’s ancestors.
I) The tattoo of stones is about achieving something for cause in life. He says the stones are the foundation of his life and symbols of dedication and they give the right to stand and speak with honor as a high talking chief. It also maintains the supernatural power.
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With more journey to cover, we hope to see some more of The Rock’s tattoo - If You Smell What the Rock Is Cooking.Published 04 Apr 2014, 13:56 IST