A Tattoo Artist Decodes Ben Affleck’s Giant Back Tattoo

Days after he and then-wife Jennifer Garner publicly announced their separation in summer 2015, paparazzi captured a first glimpse of a then-unidentifiable tattoo peeking out over the actor’s jeans. Five months later, the full-color, shoulders-to-waist phoenix was spotted through Affleck’s hospital-gown costume on the set of Live By Night. But the following March, the fifth (maybe sixth?)-worst Batman told Mario Lopez that the ink was “fake for a movie,” and that was that. Until it wasn’t. The tattoo was seen in the wild last weekend—almost exactly two years to the day after Affleck denied it was real on Extra—during a shirtless training session with Triple Frontier costars Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, and Garrett Hedlund on a Hawaiian beach.

 

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