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Inside Joe Jonas’ Low-Key Luxury Chic

DNCE leader shows off vintage Godzilla T-shirt, Cuban-cigar collection and other prized items from personal style stash

Joe Jonas

Joe Jonas takes Rolling Stone on a tour of his L.A. house, showing off prized items ranging from Louis Vuitton slip-ons to a Shaquille O'Neal cutout.

LeAnn Mueller

"I'm a pretty big nerd," says Joe Jonas, sitting in the L.A. house he's newly dubbed "the Shaq-teau." If you're wondering why, check out the life-size cutout of NBA great Shaquille O'Neal that greets you upon entrance. Jonas – who just released his debut LP with his disco-pop crew, DNCE – has come a long way since his teen days as a sitcom star on the Disney Channel. But he's kept a boyish sensibility, even as he's become a little more rugged and sophisticated with age.

"As a band, we've always been attracted to fashion and our own versions of that," he says, "My bass player [Cole Whittle] would, like, find a vest from a guy who's doing scaffolding work in the Lower East Side. Whatever lets you be yourself." For Jonas, that means having a house stocked with childhood memorabilia, as well as fine art and a wardrobe that mixes leather and letterman jackets in vibrant, dime-store comic-book colors. 

Tattooed arm

Arm Tattoo

"There's this artist named Curtis Montgomery – he's based in Toronto and Montreal. I've been a big fan of his work; some of it is pretty perverse, pretty crazy. Or naughty, I should say. I really love the way he does line work. For those who don't have tattoos, clean line work is hard to find. I was in Toronto; it was during the storm Jonas. I was doing a radio takeover in Canada, so we called it the Storm Jonas Takeover. I had a few hours to kill, so I called Curtis. He magically had the next few hours off. And it turned out he was at a shop just down the street. 

"I've always been attracted to the number three. It's got three points; I've got three brothers. Another important thing is the hand – it's an open hand, a female hand. It's giving, like Mother Nature." 

Joe Jonas

Jonas Brothers With the Obama Family

"I've been lucky to go to the White House a couple times. This photo is from when we played with Paul McCartney. The experience was one thing I was both … so excited to do and couldn't wait to be done. I was nervous the whole time, playing for all these iconic people. But our first time there was especially memorable. We played just after Obama became president. Me and my brothers got a call being like, 'Hi, can you get on a plane and play for Obama's daughters?' We were the surprise at the end of a scavenger hunt for the girls. It's so cool to have been a part of that era."

Shaquille O'Neal Cardboard Cutout

Shaquille O’Neal Cardboard Cutout

"When Cole and I lived together, we'd call our house the 'Chateau.' We'd collect cardboard cutouts from radio stations and encourage fans to bring them to us onstage. We played on the James Corden show once – Cole is really good friends with the art director there. The guy made us these amazing cardboard cutouts – one of them was a massive Shaq head. I started our performance wearing the Shaq head, pretending to be Shaq. I obviously keep that at my house. … It's now the 'Shaq-teau.'"

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