Re: What Does The Rock's Tattoo Mean?
It's Samoan tribal art, traditionally obtained by a young warrior when he reaches manhood, and generally added to as he gets older. The tattoo essentially tells the warrior's life story so far, hence being added to, and is more or less like having your own autobiography inked into your skin. It also means that every single one is different. Rocky himself explained it somewhere, but I can't for the life of me remember where... possibly on one of the extras on the Walking Tall DVD?
So legend has it, tribal elders are able to read the tattoos and often do so at funerals as part of the eulogy.