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Alex O’Loughlin – Is he brave or just a “girl” like Danno? – An Update

We have had such a lot of interest in our first post  in regards to Steve injecting himself, that we decided to do a follow-up with all the new detail we came across while intensifying our study.

Two weeks ago in Hawaii-Five-0 Episode 3:04, we saw the now famous injection scene where Steve gives himself a tetanus shot. We asked ourselves the first and big question of whether it was actually Alex “ injecting” himself?

We started of  by breaking this scene down in two parts and to see what we have:
1. We have a shot of Steve from the other side of the table where Danny is standing. We see Steve pulling his pants and shirt away and give himself the injection. He is not showing a lot of skin at all.

2. Then we see a close up shot of him injecting himself and his pants pulled down quite a lot further than in the previous shot. (Yummy!)

We want you to look closely at the first scene. Where is he injecting himself? Please be aware that the photo’s are not good quality because we had to zoom in quiet a bit:

Not only did we see that Steve “injected” himself on the hip bone very much to the front, but it also looks like Alex was using protection (like any wise man should) Can you see it?

A blue film like thingy at the front of the needle. And not only that, there seems to be a square like flesh coloured plaster on the spot as well – making doubly sure of protecting himself. (Maybe the plaster irritated him a bit and left that red mark on his hip we see later on?)

Let’s move on to the close up shot where he is injecting himself on the bum this time.

Have a closer look at the two pictures below. Take into account that we think he got a bit manscaped for the injection shot and that the two pictures are not taken from the same angle. (The picture on the left was taken from the front and we had to zoom in quiet a lot, while the picture on the right is more from the side)

Have a look at where the blue arrow is pointing. Is it possible that we seeing the same “scar” or mark on both pictures?

Then there is also the question about the hand. Is it really Alex’s hand? Thanks to ‘Amberrocks’ for pointing us in the right direction!

In the top right photo, you see the hand from the injection scene. Look at the “line” we highlighted running across the first finger. That “line” seems to be the vein running across Alex’s finger as shown in the other pictures. We believe that it is a good indication that it was in fact Alex’s own hand.

Original poll with results can be viewed  here !

or here you can cast your new vote:



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Alex O’Loughlin – Is he brave or just a “girl” like Danno?

Have you ever gone out to proof something that you feel rather sure of and ended up feeling that you are in fact wrong?!

Last week in Hawaii-Five-0 Episode 3:04, we saw the now famous injection scene where Steve gives himself a tetanus shot. First and biggest question, what did we see? Was it actually Alex injecting himself?

My first reaction was – Of course not, Alex has this very large tattoo right on the spot where he is injecting himself. Surely if it is him, then they must have appointed a new genius person doing the cover-ups for the tattoos, because this is too good to be true! And if they covered it up, why did they leave that prominent red scar there anyway?

Let’s start by breaking this scene down in two parts and see what we have:
1. We have a shot of Steve from the other side of the table where Danny is standing. We see Steve pulling his pants and shirt away and give himself the injection. He is not showing a lot of skin at all.

2. Then we see a close up shot of him injecting himself and his pants pulled down quite a lot further than in the previous shot. (Showing  some lovely veins and the right side of that beautiful V-line men have! *sigh*)

We want you to look closely at the first scene. Where is he injecting himself?

To us it looks like it is on the hip bone very much to the front and not on his bum. Reason for this is that it is actually very difficult to give yourself a shot on the bum and not look silly (I know because I have actually given it myself an injection like that).

Let’s move on to the close up shot where he is injecting himself on the bum this time. The thing we want you to notice is that red scar. (That scar was going to be our proof that it was NOT him! 😀 )

Our theory:
1. It is his body because that red scar is actually the mark where Alex gave himself the shot in the far off angle shot. The mark looks even worse than it might have been, because of the make-up they applied to that spot to cover the tattoo. It probably caused some irritation. Do you think that makes sense?

2. I had serious doubts that the hand that gives him the shot, is actually his own. The reason I say this is that the angle of the arm is very flat and for him to achieve this, he will have to bend backwards very far and his hip will look twisted. If you don’t believe me, take something in your hand and do the motion of injecting yourself. But I once again revised my theory and now believe he gave himself the shot after I studied his hand on the far away shot and the similarities to the close-up shot.

Big question now – what about that very large and very dark tattoo that he has on that very same spot?

Take a look at where that tattoo is supposed to be. Those little waves end right where that “scar” is and the rest of the tattoo runs down the hip in a straight line.

Added to clarify my comparison on the above photo.

Do we maybe see some orange markings there? We know the tattoo cover make-up normally looks orange don’t we? This is also shot indoors and not in the bright sunlight of the outdoors that makes his “tattoo make-up” look even worse.

And of course the triangle-shaped darker spot in the area where the needle enters, is definitely the shadow of his hand (That is about the only thing we are 100% sure of :smile:)

So here is your chance to vote and comment on your thoughts about it. Did we give you enough evidence to believe it is him or not?

Just a last thought – Those make-up people at H5-0 are surely the luckiest people on the Island!


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#AlexOLoughlin ’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 Alex’s 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.


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)


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

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


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


Update 22 July 2014:

We also found this glimpse in this episode.


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

119-peekabooJust now (September 9th 2014) stumbled upon the new back tattoo peekaboo in 1:23

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


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

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



Hawaii Five-0: Episode 3:07


Hawaii Five-0: Episode 3:20


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 H50 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…….

ml 7 back tatt

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:


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.


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.


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 😛 )……..


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 😀 ).


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?


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!


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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