Ben Affleck Thank God The Back Tattoo's Fake

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0320-ben-affleck-back-tattoo-FAMEFLYNET-01We're not anti-tattoo or anything, for sure, but praise the Lord Ben Affleck's gnarly back tattoo is removable.

Ben told "Extra" the Phoenix back tat is for a movie role, and comes off easy.  

Jennifer Garner was vague about the ink, saying, "Bless his heart."  Ex-GF Jennifer Lopez was more direct, calling it "awful."

Ben says he still has tats, just in more strategic places.