Michael J Fox, 57, gets his first ever tattoo and it involves going swimming with an injured turtle
The 'Back to the Future' star first tattoo was a turtle with a torn fin and an injured face on his right forearm
It's never too late to get a tattoo, if you are as cool as Michael J Fox. The 'Back to the Future' star may be close to his 60s, but displayed his young at heart cred by getting his first ever tattoo done this week.
The actor, who is battling Parkinson's go about doing his everyday stuff, took to Instagram to share his swimming with turtles inspired body art which was done at the celeb-beloved Bang Bang Tattoos.
Michael's very first design was a pensive looking, delicately drawn sea turtle on his right forearm. He left the inspiration for the design for another day, simply posting: "Long story."
A photo shared on the Insta of tattoo artist, who goes by the professional name Mr K, showed the 'Teen Wolf' actor with a friend, who both held onto some Marty McFly memorabilia autographed and gifted by the actor. The studio also shared a photo of Fox while getting his tattoo done.
Jon Bang Bang, the owner of the tattoo shop, spoke about Michael's inspiration in an interview with Inked Magazine on Thursday.
"He was telling me that there was a transformation for him with his career decisions when he was swimming in Saint John," he said. "He spotted this turtle with a chunk missing from its 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."
Mr K also took on social media to share his experience, sharing a photo of his artwork with a caption that said: "Represents his life and himself. Can’t decide how I feel today @realmikejfox it was an honor #michealjfox #mrktattoo."
Michael has been battling Parkinson since 1988 but became aware of his condition only in 1991. Since then he has been heavily involved in campaigns devoted to the research and treatment of the disease.
Bang Bang said that Fox's Parkinson's wasn't an issue at all during designing the tattoo, telling Inked: "I think that he did really well. [Parkinson's] is something that can affect him really heavily or not as much, but he had a great day today here."