Ben Affleck has received people's attention for many things during his career. From his popular films to his eventful personal life, there seems to always be something to talk about in Affleck.
In recent years, fans have also become curious about his body art – most notably the huge back tattoo he reportedly received. Read on below to learn more about this interesting piece of ink.
Ben Affleck first showed his back tattoo in 2016
The first time people saw Affleck's back tattoo was 2016 when he was on vacation in Hawaii. Affleck was shirtless on a beach and showed off the massive tattoo of a Phoenix on his back.
At that time, Affleck would often deny that the tattoo was real. He told Extra the same year: “It's false for a movie. I actually have a number of tattoos, but I try not to have them in places where you have to do a lot of covers. "
The supposedly fake tattoo, of course, did not go away as one would expect for non-permanent ink. It didn't take long before the onlookers began to suspect that the tattoo was really real.
In 2018, a source told People that Affleck got the tattoo after his relationship with Jennifer Garner 2015. The inside also shared: “They had a huge tattoo machine in the house for several days. It took hours and hours to complete. "
Ben Affleck confirmed that his back tattoo is real 2019
In 2019, Affleck finally acknowledged that the tattoo had been real all along. He confirmed this on Ellen DeGeneres Show back in March, and shared that the Phoenix tattoo is "meaningful" and "represents something really important" to him, though he did not elaborate on those details.
also revealed that he never intentionally tried to show his tattoo in Hawaii 2016, and the fact that people around the world saw it was a surprise to him as well.
"It's something I kept private," Affleck said. "It wasn't like I was doing any kind of photography or anything. We were two hours north of town on an island in Hawaii, and we didn't know that the paparazzi was there. So they got a picture of my tattoo. "
Other celebrities don't seem to like Ben Affleck's back tattoo
While Affleck seems very proud of works of art on his body, other celebrities close to him have expressed that they are not huge fans of it.
His ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez, called it "awful."
At the same time, his ex-wife Jennifer Garner commented: "You know what we would say in my hometown about that?" Bless his heart. "A Phoenix rising from the ashes. Am I the ashes in this scenario?"  Even Affleck's longtime friend Matt Damon didn't compliment the tattoo, but instead, Damon simply said, "It's not a man's job to tell another man what he can do with his back."
Other tattoos that Ben Affleck has  As Affleck shared with DeGeneres, he has various other tattoos on his body apart from Phoenix one.
For example, Affleck has two tattoos on his shoulders, on his left is a cross with flowers around it.
Under his left shoulder blade are some mysterious combinations of letters that people have not yet decoded – "OV," "MOH NON TE," and "TA OR."  Many years ago, Affleck also sported a dolphin tattoo g on one of his hips, reportedly the dolphin was a cover for the name of an ex he had once printed on his body.
However, this tattoo has not been seen for a while, so many fans think he had it removed.