when those two hours you spent browsing through Tumblr archives suddenly pays off…
when those two hours you spent browsing through Tumblr archives suddenly pays off…
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 now 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 a pretty solid 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? I had seen mentions of him having a tattoo on the inside of his elbow, but hadn’t really seen a clear shot of it until now. So I zoomed, and I rotated, and… could it be just a simple letter D? I like the thought of that; simplicity.
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…
Can we talk about Dan Stevens’ acting for a moment?
The man can play a character like David Collins from The Guest, badass psycho that I’m sorta kind of in love with
And then also play someone like David Haller from Legion, sweet, confused, all powerful being that I just want to hug and kiss and cuddle up with forever.
Yes, both those characters are named David. This one is as well
There’s also Tim, from Colossal, who is a bit of a coward but I like the way he parts his hair, and I’ve decided that I’d like to live with him in that apartment.
There’s Spencer, from the short film Babysitting, who’s a pretentious cad but does it so charmingly. I mean, who else could wear that train wreck of an outfit and not have me automatically backing away? no one, that’s who.
And there’s James Harvey from The Ticket, who has me seriously contemplating whether the suit does indeed make the man.
And Noah Dorfman, from Criminal Activities, who’s been stuck in my head as of late.
I don’t know what it is about him. I guess I’ll have to watch the movie a few more times to figure it out. I’ve watched it 5 times already…
There’s also physicist turned hero, Will Porter, in the upcoming Kill Switch. Fingers crossed that he has some depth and the story isn’t just a showcase for special effects.
We’ll also be able to see Dan as Charles Dickens this winter, in The Man Who Invented Christmas. Not a character from the books, but the man himself.
And next year (hopefully) Thomas Richardson will grace us with his presence in Apostle, as he scuffles with early nineteenth century cult members in order to save his sister. Look at this pic of Dan taken on set and tell me you don’t want to see that character in action.
There are some characters I haven’t seen yet, like Matthew Crawley from Downton Abbey. I’m letting him age like fine wine.
And some supporting characters whose lines may be few but are enjoyable nonetheless. The Cobbler
This post is about Dan Stevens in a suit
And Dan Stevens in a blazer
And a blazer with a scarf
Or a scarf and a hat
but mostly it’s about Dan Stevens & his funky(in the good sense) taste in shoes.
I really like the current fad of peek-a-boo splashes of color that appear under a man’s suit or trouser leg in sock form; it’s fun but classy. Dan Stevens takes it one step farther and adds personality through his shoes. I first noticed this when I saw a clip of his appearance on the ‘Late Late show with James Corden’. My eye was drawn to the red socks and then… are those flowers on his shoes? Oh, I hope so!!
In interviews and appearances he seems to favor boots or chunky shoes
No matter if he’s going for the ‘I just threw this together’ look
Or a more ‘office appropriate’ style.
Then I saw him in a ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ interview. He was wearing a striped number that was in no way understated, but he wore it well and it was fun. I could get on board with that.
One of the shared pastimes of my celebrity crush fandoms is ‘premiere suit appreciation’. When a movie is released, it is usually accompanied by multiple premiere’s in different cities/countries, all of which require a different suit for it’s leading men. I became a Dan Stevens fan after ‘Beauty and the Beast’ premiered, so I had to go looking for examples of his suit style. What I found really tickled my fancy! Dan isn’t afraid of color. He often shows up in jewel toned suits
With an occasional ‘out of the box’ pick thrown in for good measure.
After discovering those flower shoes, I found myself looking more closely at his feet. And I found a treasure trove of awesomeness! Dan sometimes matches his shoe color to what he’s wearing
There have also been metallic pixels
And blue suede.
I don’t know whether these choices are purely Dan, his stylist, or a collaboration between them both but I wholeheartedly approve!
I was curious how his off camera style might differ, so I looked for some out-and-about candids too. He likes boots and jackets
And scarves and hats.
His most recent appearance was at the Tribecca film festival for his film ‘Permission’, which gave us a bold Houndstooth
And a funky maroon number that I adored.
Maybe it wasn’t just the suit but the shaggy hair and captivating eyes.
(to see the suit in action, check out this interview. it gives a great example of his laugh and dry sense of humor)
Dan’s next movie release is sci-fi ‘Kill Switch’, due out June 16. No matter if he decides to go bold or classic with his attire
I’ll be holding out hope for more funky shoes!
Edited to Add: Roses
This is a ‘bookmark’ post for me, a collection of Dan Stevens related videos that I’ve found and want to keep coming back to, gathering them in one place to make it easier to view when I need a fix. My bookmarks and ‘likes’ on social media become so chaotic when I start a new crush. Some things I mark because I like them and want to keep coming back to them, other things I mark because they look interesting but I haven’t viewed them yet, while others I mark to remind me to watch more of that type, etc. It all becomes a bit disorganized and confusing! I’ve only touched the very tip of the ice-berg in relation to Dan, so these are just some of my favorites at the moment.
His eyes are always lit up and his laugh when he is unsure is adorable 😭😭😭 https://t.co/id2n7zs6wR—
only dan stevens (@onlydanstevens) April 10, 2017