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Mike Tyson's Face Tattoo Artist

Sues 'Hangover'

4/29/2011 10:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

If you've seen the previews for "Hangover 2" -- you already know Ed Helms wakes up with a Mike Tyson face tattoo ... but now, the guy who did Tyson's ink is PISSED at producers, claiming they ripped off his work without permission.

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The guy who applied Tyson's face tattoo back in 2003 is S. Victor Whitmill -- who claims he not only created the design, but copyrighted it as well. 

In fact, Whitmill says he's never allowed ANYONE to use the image since he put it on Tyson.

Now, Whitmill has filed a lawsuit in federal court in St. Louis, claiming Warner Bros. -- the studio behind the movie -- violated his copyright ... and he wants to block the studio from showing the tattoo in the film.

Whitmill is also demanding an unspecified amount of cash. 

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Warner Bros. declined comment.



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max    

He COPYRIGHTED a tattoo? Is this common?

1211 days ago
2.

anony    

Nice try, S. Victor. But you can't sue a parody of your work.

1211 days ago
3.

smashley    

oh stfu dude, seriously????? get over it. What tribe do you belong to anyway?

1211 days ago
4.

dreamon    

It's a parody. Fair use applies here.

1211 days ago
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gitRdun    

He's telling the truth! You can look up his name and find his copyright on the US Government copyright site. He's gonna get some $ out of this. lol

1211 days ago
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funshine_1989    

Seriously who care! the Tattoo artist should feel proud that the tattoo he put on Tyson is being used on a great movie. What a lame. People will do anything for a bit of cash and their 15 mins of fame.

1211 days ago
7.

Steve    

Send him free tickets to the show

1211 days ago
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hellsorderoftheilluminati    

http://youtu.be/Qq3w7qAFXdg

1211 days ago
9.

Skeep    

Dude.. it sucks anyhow.. now that the movie is about to be released it's an issue.. geez.. let's get a real job huh? flunkie! my pit bull has this on his rear end and he said if you don't like it to come over and kiss his little rosey rump.. so we shall expect you around 5:00 ?

1211 days ago
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Cujeaux    

You shouldn't be allowed to copyright a tattoo to begin with. That tattoo is nothing unique or special on an equally unoriginal subhuman. Is the smiley face copyrighted as well? Please.

1211 days ago
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Machelle    

Oh please!
Copyright that?
Geeeeeez gimme a break!

1211 days ago
12.

Fawn    

OMG really? Its not like he got a real tattoo! This guy is out for money and 10 minutes of fame! I don't think he should get a dime! Its an ugly tribal tattoo! One in a million!nad its just make up dude! get a grip.

1211 days ago
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electriczipper    

as a person who knows a little about tattoos you can copywrite them but in this case,,its just a lame tribal tat that anyone could come up with..

1211 days ago
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jquil    

I don't see the copyright mark on Tysons face...how would anyone know?!

1211 days ago
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Rafael    

Obviously none of these idiots have ever seen the character "Zell Dincht" from the video game Final Fantasy 8. He has the exact same tattoo. The game came out in the mid to late 90s.

1211 days ago
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