Michael J. Fox Just Got His First Tattoo Aged 57 And Noone Can Work Out What It Means

Michael J Fox has had a tattoo.realmikejfox/bangbangnyc/Instagram

I have just spent a very pleasant half hour scrolling through the Instagram feed of Bang Bang Tattoo, a New York tattoo parlour which counts Rihanna and Miley Cyrus among their clientele.

Owner Keith ‘Bang Bang’ McCurdy has quite rightly earned the his place as one of the finest tattoo artists even to pick up a gun, and his team of artists bring an array of imaginative styles to his hallowed studio.

There is therefore no cooler place on earth to get your skin illustrated, and it’s unsurprising Back to the Future star Michael J. Fox chose Bang Bang Tattoo for his first taste of ink.

The 57-year-old actor opted for a strikingly detailed sea turtle on the inside of his right arm; a work of delicate and thoughtful beauty.

Taking to Instagram to reveal a close up of his new tattoo, Fox wrote the following mysterious caption:

First tattoo, sea turtle, long story

His fans loved everything about the tattoo, from the intricately expressive eye to the way in which the sea turtle appears to be striking out, free and happy, through the ocean.

Many fans were impatient to know more about the ‘long story’ teased by Fox; begging the actor to share the meaning of the little turtle. And the inspiration has turned out to be as perfect as the tattoo itself…

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First tattoo, sea turtle, long story

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Speaking with Inked Magazine,

He got a sea turtle. He was telling me that there was a transformation for him with his career decisions when he was swimming in Saint John.

He spotted this turtle with a chunk missing from it’s fin and a scar on his face. And that turtle let him swim with him for about a half an hour. He made a transcending decision right after that. So that turtle was pretty significant to him.

Since 1991, Fox has battled with Parkinson’s disease, which causes the sufferer to experience uncontrollable tremors and muscle rigidity. His condition reportedly did not cause him any issues during the tattooing process.

Oh, and if you didn’t already think Fox is the coolest, the actor presented Bang, and his tattoo artist Mr. K, with a hover-board and a pair of Nike Mags sneakers. An absolute legend no matter what decade he finds himself in!

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