Ben Affleck with 'Ben Affleck's back tattoo is like if Lisa Frank had a darker childhood' tweet

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The internet can’t stop laughing at Ben Affleck’s giant back tattoo

He once said it's fake—but it looks pretty real.


Tiffany Kelly

Internet Culture

Posted on Mar 20, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 9:08 pm CDT

Ben Affleck, if you haven’t heard, has a very large, colorful back tattoo. It appears to show a phoenix rising from the ashes. And people on Twitter are mocking it with glee.

Affleck’s tattoo first made a public appearance in a paparazzi photo at the end of 2015, and Vanity Fair reported that the photographer who shot it made around $32,000, as it was the first public image ever of the tattoo. Affleck then claimed the back tattoo was fake and made for a film role.

But recent photos of Affleck on a beach in Hawaii show that the actor’s tattoo is still there more than two years later. It seems pretty real.

Twitter was more than happy to call out Affleck on his previous comment about the tattoo being “fake.”

Mostly, though, people tried to wrap their heads around the tattoo itself. It takes up Affleck’s entire back.

Someone even incorporated Affleck’s back tattoo into another celeb meme, surmising that what Jennifer Garner realized at the Oscars could have been related to the phoenix body art.

Now it all makes sense.

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*First Published: Mar 20, 2018, 8:37 pm CDT