Ben Affleck Pokes Fun at His ‘Garish’ Tattoo

In case you missed it, Ben Affleck got a giant back tattoo.

As you would imagine, this inspired many memes and comments.

The New Yorker even went as far as publishing an article titled “The Great Sadness of Ben Affleck”

The tattoo—so gargantuan that the bird’s tail found itself dipping below the waistband of Affleck’s blue swim trunks—was plainly visible. In one image, the actor stands alone, looking off into the middle distance. His gut is pooching outward in a way that, in a more enlightened country like, say, France, would perhaps be considered virile, not unlike the lusty Gérard Depardieu in his prime but, in fitness-fascist America, tends to read as Homer Simpsonesque. A blue-gray towel is wrapped protectively around his midsection—recalling a shy teen at the local pool. Staring at the water before him, his gaze obscure and empty, Affleck is a defeated Roman senator, or, perhaps, the most anti-Romantic version imaginable of Caspar David Friedrich’s 1818 “Wanderer in the Sea of Fog.” The image suggests not just the fall of Affleck but the coming fall of man. There is something about this exhausted father that reflexively induces panic. We’ve been living in a world run by Afflecks for so long, will we even know ourselves when they’re gone?

Tweeting for the first time in 2018, Affleck commented on the article.

Between the tattoo, failed relationships, poor performance as Batman, and involvement in the Harvey Weinstein scandal, he’s had plenty of practice in thickening his skin.

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