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 Finally Speaks on His Enormous Back Tattoo
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)

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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