Speaking to Vox via email, the blog's author — known on the web only as SAO — said she was shocked when she realized they weren't actually a couple: I saw their video for "Best Song Ever" and really liked the song, so it was only by chance that after the video ended on You Tube one of the suggested videos was about Larry Stylinson and when I watched it I was like, "Oh, cute - two of them are together. " I just thought it was common knowledge and that, from their behavior, they were clearly out as a couple.

THEN I realized that wasn't the case and basically that is when I began to look deeper into what was going on.

The smaller bird on the left represents his fellow band member Louis Tomlinson (sometimes called Tommo).

The birds' size difference is said to represent the size difference between Styles and Tomlinson — and also, doesn't the bird on the right clearly have Styles's slanted eyebrows?

If I ship Glee's Kurt and Blaine, I say I ship Klaine.

The ship name is a huge part of how people self-identify in fandom.

To fans like Courtney and Jorie, Styles's bird tattoo is crucial evidence in favor of one of the internet's most fascinating and convoluted conspiracy theories: the widespread belief among One Direction fans that Styles and Tomlinson are in love with each other.

To understand what's happening in the One Direction fandom, you have to understand what shipping is.

I basically absorbed all the information about Larry and One Direction humanly possible in a weekend, including blogs and videos with arguments that Larry wasn't real and at the end of it all I just looked at things that were unexplainable for both outcomes and there was a lot more that couldn't be explained if you accept that Larry is not real.

Because the Larry ship is so huge within the One Direction fandom, the list of exhaustive, detailed manifestos full of signs that Styles and Tomlinson are in love is virtually endless.

If you combine the names "Harry" and "Louis," you get "Larry." If you combine the names "Styles" and "Tomlinson," you get "Stylinson." Thus, the internet's biggest boy band ship name is "Larry Stylinson," or just Larry for short.