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Alex O’Loughlin’s Tattoos (Part 3) – The Evolution

I love the outward expression, but there was a period when I was judged, because they weren’t part of popular culture, like they are now. Back then, tattoos meant you’d either been in prison or you were in some sort of gang. I had that conversation with so many girlfriends’ parents, explaining that I wasn’t a felon or a Hell’s Angel!

—  Alex O’Loughlin GQ Australia, November 2011

The Evolution:

The question that remains is how these tattoos evolved from what we see on Jack in Oyster Farmer to what we see on Alex today?

When and where did it all begin:

We don’t really know when and where it all started. It must have been a while before Alex, the public figure appeared. We don’t even know if some started out as other smaller works of art and are now covered with what we see and know today.

The earliest picture I could find that shows any tattoos, were from the 2003 year-end report of NIDA. The picture depicts a very youthful Alex starring in the play of the final year students, Country Music, in July 2002. Not a very clear photo, but we get the picture, don’t we? It looked like he already had all his arm tattoos by then.

Let’s take a closer look at each tattoo and see how they have evolved over the years and specifically what they looked like in his movies Oyster Farmer, FEED, The Invisible and Whiteout respectively, to end up at what we see today.

(We apologize for the poor quality of these pictures – it is from  footage of his work and he was moving around so quickly and not posing for them. That makes it difficult to capture the images)

(1) The tattoo on the left bicep – We call it “The Lotus Flower”:

The general appearance of this tattoo seems to stay the same over the years. The only changes I could pick up was some colours that were re-touched and some sort of writing added in the middle section, sometime during mid-year 2011.

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We add this comment from Kristy from our comments below – remember this is NOT an official explanation from Alex of what it means to him, but the comments from a very knowledgeable fan:

 Kristy (@Buffalobabe723)

The writing on the “lotus tattoo” is Sanskrit – it’s a mantra, the mantra of compassion and one of protection – OHM MANI PADME HUNG; roughly translates as ‘the jewel is in the lotus”. It is a Buddhist mantra/prayer and it means we all have the buddha nature within us – roughly. I have the mantra on my left shoulder blade 🙂

(2) The right bicep tattoo – We call it “The Geiger”:

Taking a closer look, we can see that in Oyster Farmer (Filmed 2003) and FEED (filmed in 2004) this tattoo has got clean lines and it is smaller than the one on the left bicep.

Then in The Invisible (Filmed end 2005) we see that some work has been done around the edges and the tattoo appears to be of similar size to the left arm. It also looks like some colours have been added.

(3 & 4) The tattoos above each nipple:

We call the right tattoo “The Gecko” and left tattoo “The Human Track” (or eyelash, or rising sun or my teeth marks 😀 ) :

The Gecko  is the only tattoo that seems unchanged over the years but as you can see The Human Track doesn’t make its appearance before The Invisible (Filmed  end 2005). My guess is that it was added at the same time when enhancements were made to the right bicep.

As you can see all the tattoos that are visible today have been on display since

The Invisible was filmed at the end of 2005.

(5) The tattoo on the lower back:

This was my favorite tattoo, but now I am not so sure about my feelings towards it anymore. The tattoo was enhanced and enlarged during the course of early 2011, to cover the lower back and wrap around to the front and down the side of the legs.

I would really like to see the entire tattoo first, before I cast my vote on it. Are there any volunteers to start a petition to see this tattoo in full?

Jack in Oyster Farmer, looking for some hidden treasure lost fortune.

The Forearm Tattoos:

Jack working hard in Oyster Farmer.

It is not really clear to me what the right forearm tattoo was about, but it covered nearly the entire forearm. It looked a bit blurry in Oyster Farmer. In later years it seems to be touched up again and then somewhere during 2010 it started to fade away and at the moment it seems to be all gone.

Kevin standing around in The Shield.

The left forearm tattoo looked small in comparison to the right arm. It looked like a lace band wrapped around the arm. It seems to be treated the same way as the right arm, touched up at some stage and now totally faded away.

Kevin sharing his thought in The Shield

(I hope you all remembered that these images were about the forearm tattoos and only that. :razz:)

On this 2012 interview, Alex’s forearms are visible. To me it seems as if the traces of these old forearm tattoos are reduced quite substantially.

HNN Interview at Season 3 Blessing Ceremony – 9 July 2012

This is Neropatti and FOYeur signing off from our very first research project. Hope you all enjoyed this instalment of our closer look at Alex and specifically his tattoos, just as much as we did compiling it. It is always a pleasure to search for anything on this beautiful body, isn’t it? 😉

Goodbye Sweetie….till next time!!

Goodbye girls….

We would like  to dedicate this first research project to our dear online friend Justine. You have been our inspiration on many an occasion to find all the hard evidence and to see the bigger picture. We truly appreciate your friendship!!

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Alex O’Loughlin’s Tattoos (Part 2) – The Cover-Ups And Hidden Treasures

They (My tattoos) all have a meaning… but we all need secrets 😉

Alex O’Loughlin

– TV.com Live Chat, 1 October 2009

The Cover-Ups and Hidden Treasures:  

There is some added confusion from the fact that for some of his roles some or all of his tattoos are covered up, sometimes with better end results. Let´s start with his present day role:

Steve McGarrett, in Hawaii Five-0

Navy SEAL, turned Special Unit Cop. For this role only the bicep tattoos are allowed to be untouched. Whenever any of the other tattoos are visible they are covered up. Either badly with very orange make-up or it is digitally removed in editing.

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But then there are some ‘hidden treasures’. The quest  of finding them has become many a fan girls’ priority. It is those brief glimpses of his lower back tattoo that we as viewers are not supposed to see.  To catch these rare moments, make some fans squeal with excitement and joy 😀

On these Season 1 footage, the old tattoo is still visible:

Hawaii Five-0: Episode 1:03 (Malama Ka Aina)

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Hawaii Five-0: Episode 1:07 (Ho’apono)

Hawaii Five-0: Episode 1:10 (Heihei)

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Hawaii Five-0: Episode 1:13 (Ke Kinohi)

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Update 22 July 2014:

We also found this glimpse in this episode.

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Hawaii Five-0: Episode 1:19 (Na Me’e Laua Na Paio)

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Hawaii Five-0: Episode 1:23 Ua Hiki Mai Kapalena Pau

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From Season 2 onwards, the new enlarged back tattoo is visible:

Hawaii Five-0: Episode 2:02 (Ua awe Wale)

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Hawaii Five-0: Episode 3:07

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Hawaii Five-0: Episode 3:20

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Hope you enjoyed seeing them all as much as we did in finding them! If anybody knows of some we might have missed, please let us know.

Mick St John – Moonlight

Vampire PI that was turned in 1952. I am no history buff about tattoos, but I would presume that the folks back then were not big on permanent ink decorations at all. It would have been interesting to know if the process of getting a tattoo would be workable on the undead, though. So for Moonlight the cover-up continues.

 

(I really wish the make-up department from H5-0 would get some tips about covering these works of art from the Moonlight and the Back-Up Plan people. Or maybe even better, just let Steve embrace Island life and leave them all alone!)

Moonlight’s “hidden treasures”

Episode 7 – Ringer

I have read many a claim of the rare forbidden glimpse of the back tattoo in the fight scene of  Ringer (Moonlight – Episode 7) and I agree, if you know it is there you see some markings, but it just didn’t get my fan girl heart racing at all. It really is just too dark. Or maybe not…….

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My special thanks to my gifted partner who performed this miracle and provided us with something to squeal at!

Update: 22 July 2014

Episode 4 – Fever

With our latest look at Moonlight this last month, we found this small hidden treasure that we have missed before:

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For me the greatest thing about these hidden treasures in Moonlight and also Hawaii Five-0, is that they so how much of the hard work Alex do himself.  – because most of them are seen during stunts.

Dr Andy Yablonski from Three Rivers

The transplant surgeon might have had had a sordid past, but he seems to be untouched by ink. Only one brief glimpse during the entire series shows us his naked and empty skin – with no tattoos.

SIGH!!

Stan the Cheese Farmer, in The Back-up Plan.

Sadly, a total cover-up here, but truly well done. There is no ink anywhere to be seen. Except maybe for that one forbidden glimpse of the tips of the back-tattoo on his side. (this glimpse is unfortunately not visible on all DVD versions of the film) Are you able to spot it ? 😉

Before and after picture from the make-up department of “The Back-Up Plan”

From the before and after pictures you can see it must have been a rather big job covering the tattoos. I really wish they would share with us how they did it and how long it took! And it is interesting that there are no photos of the Tramp Stamp and how it was covered…..It must have been covered as well, because in the movie we see Stan from behind 😉

Russell Haden the Ozzie pilot from Whiteout.

For a bloke like him it is all systems go. He bares it all to the US Marshal to get her interested, but to no avail. Maybe all the ink was just not her style, or maybe she was not into the Australian accent, like most of the fan girls seem to be.

Who knows, why she did not volunteer to do that strip-search that the man so boldly offered and was clearly in need off……Maybe trying to advertise your manhood in minus 33°C, running naked across the snow, is not such a good idea after all. Many a man might have fallen short on that one, I think……. 😀

Marshall, the musician in August Rush,

Unfortunately Alex’s screen time in this movie is so short, there are only a few moments of him without long sleeves and here you can see that they did not try to cover any of the tattoos.

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This makes me wonder if the glimpse of the back tattoo on the roof should stir any feelings of hidden treasures found (well it does for me 😛 )……..

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Detective Kevin Hiatt, in The Shield.

Nobody that has seen Alex in The Shield can forget the “chair scene”. Although Alex is seemingly naked, there is not really much of this body to be seen. We do however know that possibly all of his tattoos were visible and there was no attempt at any cover-ups here, (although The Shield storylines were full of them 😀 ).

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Marcus Bohem, the car thief from The Invisible.

In this film all his tattoos are visible, even the extra tattoo of the swallow that I spoke about earlier in part one.

They cast these two gorgeously hot people in a relationship in this movie. Why, oh why didn’t they just juice it up a bit more and showed us some more of Alex’s beautiful body?

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Michael Carter in FEED

Boy oh boy, FEED! All I can say is, the naked truth is beautiful and it showed us everything……about the tattoos of course!! 😉

Will Bryant in  Mary Bryant

Alex plays a convict send to Australia to start the new colony. In today’s day and age a convict without a tattoo seems rare, but of course this took place in the 1700’s, so the people from Western civilizations were not yet big on ink decorations, I think.

Here it was easy; they could just splash some dirt on him for the tattoo cover-up. Well, apparently not. According to a report, he spent three hours in the make-up department to get the tattoos covered – lucky girls (or boys)!

(Maybe I would have taken just a little bit longer to get the job done).

Jack Flange in Oyster Farmer

This was my first sighting of all of Alex’s tattoos. Not difficult to see that somebody that has seen The Back-up Plan with the “clean” Stan, could find all Jack’s ink confusing!

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All these cover-ups just show us how many happy make-up girls there must be walking around……sigh!!

Please take note, that this is not where our story ends – Here our next quest follows the trail of how these works of art evolved over the years.

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Alex O’Loughlin’s Tattoos (Part 1) – What is real and what is not?

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Man, tattoos are cool! They’re something that started in the folly of youth and there’s been a progression ever since.

Alex O’Loughlin, GQ Australia, November 2011

There I was in 2011, watching The Back-Up Plan for the first time on Television. Needless to say, the leading man fascinated me – Alex O’Loughlin. Who was he? Why haven’t I heard of him before? Did he just appear out of thin air, or has he done anything else worth watching?

Some days I think, maybe I  should have just left it there and not explored any further! Now I just can’t stop my need to know even more about him ……… Anybody else have that same problem? 😆

As soon as I started watching his other work, I found myself in total confusion about all of his tattoos. Different tattoos and different versions of tattoos appeared. So there I was, not a real big lover of tattoos, wondering what is real and what is not?

This is what I saw in Oyster Farmer:

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 Something else I was not big on, was surfing the internet, looking up celebrities and making friends out of strangers on the internet. Well the rest is history and here I am writing a story on Alex’s tattoos for the internet, together with a friend I have never met in person, who lives thousands of miles away.

Up until today I haven’t found a good understandable answer to this very first question of mine – How many tattoos does Alex have and what do they look like? So this is my gift to any new fans looking for answers about the body art and hopefully some of the old fans will also enjoy just looking at all once more.

The Real Tattoos:

There are  five (5) tattoos clearly visible on Alex  at the moment I am writing this. One on each of his biceps, one above each of his nipples and one on his lower back, that wraps around his hips and is visible from the front. (Also read Part 2 & Part 3 where we explore them further)

1 May 2012. Photos: Splash

 

BTS photo’s of 3:03 Filmed August 2012. Thanks to @MyMaximus, as always you are the Genie of New Pictures!

From this behind the scenes picture filmed during August 2012, it looks like not only does the new Back Tattoo wrap around to the front, it also extends down the thigh. My guess would be that it has been there since the Tattoo has been redone in 2011.

Whatever else he has hidden in some dark private corners of his body, I can unfortunately not report on.  😥

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The Faded Tattoos:

In the past he used to have two more tattoos that have been removed and are now faded. Sometimes glimpses of their existence are still there to be seen. There used to be one on each of his forearms as seen in these pictures.

The Added/ Temporary Tattoos:

Some of the confusion about his tattoos may arise from the fact that for certain characters he played, it was deemed necessary to add even more tattoos.

Please remember these tattoos are all fake.

  • The biggest and most prominent one was for ‘FEED’. A beautiful cross on Michael’s back.

  • For ‘The Invisible, a swallow on Marcus’s neck.

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  • Also for The Invisible, some words written on the left side of his abdomen. (It looks like 4 names underneath each other)

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(Thank you to Mary from the old .org site for providing the information about the abdomen tattoos 🙂 )

  • And another one from ‘The Invisible‘ – some sort of weird symbol at the back of Marcus’s head
  • And for ‘BlackJack: Sweet Science’ Luke needed a little cross on his neck.

To be honest, I am glad these were only temporary tattoos and were just added for those roles – but then again anything looks good on this man and we will most probably accept anything he adds.

This is not where our story ends, because for specific roles they cover up some or all of his tattoos and we explore that further in our next post.

We continue our research here  with all the cover-ups and maybe find some hidden treasures as well…….

 

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Steve with groupies

 

“It’s nice having your work recognized, but having people follow you around is kinda weird.”

– Alex O’Loughlin

Woman’s Day

December 2007

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#AlexOLoughlin – Almost perfect

I say almost perfect, because you’ve got the scruff, and a tiny laugh and there´s the neck vein and squinting but … the clothes are still there 😥

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