Ben Affleck Finally Speaks on His Enormous Back Tattoo

'Garish,' is how he described it on Twitter
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2018 12:57 PM CDT
Ben Affleck poses at the premiere of "Justice League" at the Dolby Theatre on Nov. 13, 2017, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – If you've been wondering what's up with what Time calls Ben Affleck's "very large, very colorful" back tattoo, well … so has everyone else. His uncontained tat (see a pic here) of a phoenix ascending out of the ashes has spurred exes Jennifer Garner and Jennifer Lopez ("it's awful!") to dish on the matter, lots of Twitter buzz (and a parody handle), and even a New Yorker analysis.

And Affleck himself finally addressed the issue, after apparently reading the latter piece. "@NewYorker I'm doing just fine," he tweeted Thursday. "Thick skin bolstered by garish tattoos." If you think he's being too hard on himself with the word "garish," take heart: It's likely sarcasm, as the New Yorker used that exact descriptor in its article. Or post-divorce Ben Affleck just has a decent sense of self-effacing humor. (Read more Ben Affleck stories.)

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