From Black Ink to bodybuilding, tattoo boss Ceaser Emanuel is the latest former “Black Ink Crew” alumnus to put aside his needle and pick up some dumbbells. The former reality star recently unveiled his drastic new look on social media after taking a slight hiatus following his dog abuse scandal last June.
Ceaser shared a video of himself being awarded a massive competition medal around his neck. He also shared another flick where it appears he earned another big win. “Let’s talking about my first competition and get Top 5 in two categories,” He captioned the post before adding, “I am different BREED.”
Elsewhere he shared a selfie of himself alongside his trainer, Taylor Iraggi. Emanuel revealed that behind closed doors he had made many adjustments to his lifestyle. “14 weeks of hard work, late nights, & a whole lot of perseverance,” the 43-year-old wrote. “Proud of what we continue to accomplish.” He also uploaded before-and-after photos.
Fans were blown away, of course, and several trolls made their jokes, especially after Ceaser’s new look was pinned against fellow gym aficionado Ryan Henry. Still, many quickly shut down the negativity, including one Instagram user who wrote, “Salute to these boys. This is admirable and not easy. I see negative comments, but their effort should be supported.”
They added, “ I’ve been in the fitness industry for over a decade, 90% don’t practice this level of discipline. Keep going fellas.”
Another commented, “How about compliments to these BLACK MEN that are accomplishing personal goals and committing to having a productive lifestyle by prioritizing their physical and mental health ….since the world doesn’t give a fck about em dead or alive. Imagine how THAT feels everyday when you wake up. Salute, GREAT JOB!”
Ryan left kind remarks, writing, “Went crazy on em.” Former “Love and Hip Hop New York” star Richie Dollaz was left stunned, writing, “N–ga what u fin to start bodybuilding competitions now – keep it going my guy health is wealth.”
Emanuel isn’t the only VH1 star who opted for a better and healthier lifestyle. “Black Ink Crew: Chicago” star Don Brumfield made the same transition over a year ago and would routinely update fans on his journey.
Last December, the reality star participated in the National Physique Committee (NPC) National Championships, considered one of the most prestigious shows in amateur bodybuilding. Following the competition, he opened up about how the sport changed him in a lengthy Instagram post, noting how it helped him become “a better Husband, father and overall man.”
He added, “Most don’t understand the dedication it takes to get better and better in this sport. Dedication, determination, and resilience in every way is the basis to this. Trust me there is a whole lot of blood sweat and tears that has built this body.”