Forget Zayn Malik鈥檚 head tattoo: Ben Affleck just debuted a piece of artwork that makes Malik鈥檚 new rose look tiny! While filming his new movie Triple Frontier in Hawaii over the weekend, Affleck was photographed hanging on the beach with co-stars Charlie Hunnam, Oscar Isaac, and Garrett Hedlund. The photos, as obtained by ET, showed off a massive back tattoo that had us doing a double take, and as it turns out, the piece has quite the, erm, backstory.

The colorful design, which showcases a phoenix (a mystical bird that has origins in Greek mythology and symbolizes rebirth) has actually been seen before, back in 2015, shortly after Affleck announced that he was separating from his wife of 10 years, Jennifer Garner.

Garner addressed the tattoo in the best way possible, joking to Vanity Fair in February 2016, 鈥淵ou know what we would say in my hometown about that? 鈥楤less his heart.鈥 A phoenix rising from the ashes. Am I the ashes in this scenario? I take umbrage. I refuse to be the ashes.鈥

One of Affleck鈥檚 other famous exes was a bit more blunt about the tat, however. While appearing on Watch What Happens Live that same month, Jennifer Lopez told Andy Cohen exactly what she thought of the large bird on her former fianc茅鈥檚 back. 鈥淚t鈥檚 awful!鈥 the singer laughed. 鈥淚 would tell him that. What are you doing? It has too many colors! His tattoos always have too many colors. They shouldn鈥檛 be so colorful, you know what I mean? They should be, like, cooler.鈥

The father of three denied the ink was real, however, telling Mario Lopez in an interview on Extra! that it was for a movie. 鈥淚 actually do have a number of tattoos鈥 but I try to have them in places where you don鈥檛 have to do a lot of cover up,鈥 he continued. 鈥淭hey get sort of addictive, tattoos, after awhile.鈥

What do you think of the hubbub surrounding Ben鈥檚 phoenix tat? Let us know over @BritandCo.

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