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'Hangover' producers sued by Tyson's tattoo artist


Mike Tyson's tattoo artist has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against "The Hangover: Part II" producers for allegedly using his design without consent.

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In the movie's preview, actor Ed Helms is shown sporting a face tattoo like the design inked on the boxer's left cheek and temple.

S. Victor Whitmill, the artist who created, inked and copyrighted Tyson's iconic tattoo, is suing the film's studio, Warner Brothers, for allegedly using the image in the upcoming film without permission.

Whitmill is seeking an injunction to halt the impending release of "The Hangover: Part II," as well as banning the image of Helms from use in advertising materials and trailers. He also wants unspecified damages, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The legal papers, filed in federal court in Missouri Thursday state, "When Mr. Whitmill created the original tattoo, Mr Tyson agreed that Mr. Whitmill would own the artwork and thus, the copyright in the original tattoo. Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. -- without attempting to contact Mr. Whitmill, obtain his permission, or credit his creation - has copied Mr. Whitmill's original tattoo and placed it on the face of another actor... This unauthorized exploitation of the original tattoo constitutes copyright infringement."

"The Hangover: Part II" is set to hit theaters in May.

May 19, 2011 9:21PM
Please this ridiculous ...

Clearly considerable as "PARODY"

So get over it.

... if you can't take a joke ... well ... 

The artist is also a jerk - its a free plug for him - and should have brought this up the countless times Tyson has been paid to make appearances and paid for photo ops - or anywhere else the tattoo appear in an advertisement. 

May 2, 2011 4:00PM

Sounds like someone needs a little extra $$$$ in their account.

May 2, 2011 9:25AM

These comments make me laugh especially when some of these people never met the man. I actually have when I visited his shop in Missouri. Trust me dude doesn't need the money, since his schedule is full of people who want to get an tattoo from him, which includes myself.  If I had more time in Missouri I would have gotten a design.


Thing is it's his design, he got it copyrighted, funny thing is if this was some corp., most of you would be against them sueing but when it's a common man you give no support or hear the details.


As an artist myself, I would do the same thing, you would be a chum if you let someone gain money or fame off of something you spent time, money and energy creating.

May 1, 2011 4:42PM
it never seems to fail some s.o.b. has to be sue happy for something leave a good thing alone that's why the world is the way it is they make it to easy to take you to court right away and lord knows the justice system isn't always fair now is it???
May 1, 2011 1:53PM
If you look at the two tattoo's side by side there is variations of line thickness and length. They did not copy the tattoo exactly. A judge should throw this out because it is similar but not exact. It looks like someone wants money and fame to further his career.

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