Many people were surprised (and some aghast) when Ben Affleck revealed a huge and somewhat ridiculous tattoo of a phoenix that covered his entire back in 2015.

Even his then-wife at the time, actress Jennifer Garner, said: “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? I take umbrage. I refuse to be the ashes.”

The actor later came out and said it was fake and ‘for a movie’, but recent pictures of the actor on a beach show him still sporting the ink over two years on… so either it’s real, or he’s redone it for a sequel?

If it’s real, get this man booked in for the next series of Tattoo Fixers.

See the pics (and the reaction) below:

Ben Affleck: The phoenix tattoo is fake for a movie.

Also Ben Affleck: pic.twitter.com/k97oa0ld12

— Sarah (@Cinesnark) March 16, 2018

Ben Affleck definitely knows all the words to at least one Limp Bizkit song that wasn’t a radio single pic.twitter.com/ctQsG6kFOP

— Britt Hayes (@MissBrittHayes) March 20, 2018

Ben Affleck’s back tattoo looks like it was ALSO directed by Zack Snyder pic.twitter.com/Nz3wK0bNZ7

— Chase Mitchell (@ChaseMit) March 19, 2018

Ben Affleck’s back tattoo is, and I’m saying this without hyperbole, one of the funniest goddamn things I’ve ever seen in my entire life. Holy moly. What a wonderful gift to all of us this is. Truly a great day to be alive because of this obscenely dumb tattoo. (via @people) pic.twitter.com/8LtvmF1Z5h

— Dashiell Driscoll (@dashiell) March 19, 2018

Here is MY journey:
-huge phoenix tattoo is revealed as soon as his messy ass left JenGar
-she gives an iconic quote about it
-everyone at my work insists it’s for a

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