The "Justice League" star was all over the internet this weekend thanks to some shirtless beach photos showing off the massive phoenix tattoo that covers his entire back. Though he initially said the ink was temporary way back in 2016, the new shots prove it's the real deal.
Ben was photographed sans shirt while filming a new movie, "Triple Frontier," alongside Charlie Hunnam, Oscar Isaac and Garrett Hedlund. Though all the photos are kind of amazing, it's Affleck's ink that generated most of the talk online.
"[It's] fake for a movie," Affleck said of the piece in 2016. "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 awhile."
Despite his outright lie at the time, exes Jennifer Garner and Jennifer Lopez both chimed in with some serious shade about the tattoo as well. "You know what we would say in my hometown about that? 'Bless his heart,'" Garner told Vanity Fair. "A phoenix rising from the ashes. Am I the ashes in this scenario? I take umbrage. I refuse to be the ashes."
On "Watch What Happens Live," J.Lo added, "It's awful! What are you doing? His tattoos always have too many colors, they shouldn't be so colorful. They should be cooler."
With the new photos confirming the tatt's authenticity, Twitter piled on the haterade -- see the most savage reactions below:
Don't mock Ben Affleck's phoenix tattoo. It symbolises how he has risen from the ashes, reborn as a guy with a tattoo that sucks
Next time you're feeling sad, remember that you're not Ben Affleck so you (probably) don't have a tattoo so big and so ugly and so universally ridiculed that you had to lie and say it was only temporary and just for a movie when it is so clearly not. (https://t.co/MQJfdA25tk) pic.twitter.com/sU72CUK4TG
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