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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. 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.”


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.