There’s nothing that intrigues me more than when I discover an actor that I admire who has tattoos. Not temporary tattoos that belong to the character he is portraying
but personal ones that belong to his own self. It’s the mystery of them that grabs me: what are they? what do they represent to him? It can drive me batty trying to figure them out. And when I finally give up and go looking for fan mentions of them, and they have no clue either? The frustration!
When Jack O’Connell started sporting a new tattoo, I became consumed for days.
I finally made the educated guess that it was Cambodian, after trolling his Instagram and seeing that he had made a trip to Cambodia that fit into the time frame I had established through photoshoot pictures and candids. By that point though, I didn’t really need to know what it said, I was satisfied with just knowing what it was.
Matthew Fox’s colorful array of tattoos sent me on similar treasure hunts. The shoulder tattoo was referenced in an episode of ‘Lost’, but the actual translation is different from the one given in the show. So what was it’s significance really?
Some fans speculated that the number 5 was a nod to his days on the ‘Party of Five’ television show, and that the translation was part of a Chinese poem about an eagle. I did find out, through lurking on fan forum threads, that the small skull on the inside of his elbow is thought to pay homage to good friend Billy Joe Armstrong and his band ‘Green Day’. That was something I wasn’t expecting. The others are less distinguishable, but I think they’re pretty.
The stars are my favorite.
Adam Levine’s tattoos, well, it’s pretty apparent the boy is just addicted to ink!
I’m sure each of his tattoos have personal meaning to him (I hope) but the images seem so random and they all bleed together, which makes them less interesting to me. Once upon a time, when he only had a few, I thought the shark was kind of cool.
but as he added more and more, it’s all become a bit much.
Chris Evans seems to prefer symbols and words instead of picture tattoos. He has one on his upper stomach in memory of a friend who died in an accident, and others that represent different family members.
The script on his chest reads:
when you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. when you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world.
I really like that one, not only for the lesson it teaches, but I also like the way it peeks out from beneath his shirt when he has a few buttons undone.
And then there’s Dan Stevens in this still from the movie ‘Permission’.
Those two tiny tattoos are really his. I had seen the triangle one before
and can make an educated guess on it’s relevance, since his movie ‘The Guest’ includes multiple instances of triangles showing up throughout the movie.
But what about that other one? is it a D? a Q? a symbol of some kind?
Tattoos can be beautiful works of art but I prefer the more subtle approach of quotes or symbols. I’m a woman of simple tastes and odd notions. Hey, that phrase would make a good tattoo…
Edited to Add: I just read an interview where Dan revealed that the bicep tattoo is actually a letter ‘Q’. Dan said: “I have a few [tattoos] scattered about. many of them are letters, for various people.” oh really? let the speculation begin… (I have my heart set on ‘Susie Q’. I won’t believe any other answer.)