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Getting back to Ben Affleck’s tattoo

A photo taken this weekend of Ben Affleck’s backside suggests that maybe the phoenix tattoo is real after all.
A photo taken this weekend of Ben Affleck’s backside suggests that maybe the phoenix tattoo is real after all. Stoianov/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES

Remember that hideous tattoo on Ben Affleck’s back? A year ago, after pictures of the multicolored phoenix surfaced while Affleck was shooting “Live By Night,” the actor said the ink was “fake for a movie.”

Then, talking to “Extra,” Affleck said: “I actually do have a number of tattoos, but I try to have them in places where you don’t have to do a lot of cover up . . . they get sort of addictive, tattoos, after a while.”

We were dubious, though, because his wife, Jennifer Garner, mentioned the tattoo in an interview with Vanity Fair. “A phoenix rising from the ashes,” Garner said. “Am I the ashes in this scenario? I take umbrage. I refuse to be the ashes.”

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Well, it appears it’s not fake. Photos taken of Affleck over the weekend in LA show the phoenix tattoo is still on his back, which leads us to believe it’s, in fact, a real — and real ugly — tattoo.