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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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136.

Kempodactyl    

Why does he care people still call it the "tyson: tattoo anyways so stfu broski, goddamnit.

1164 days ago
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Eazy D    

It's all about money and we all know it.
And if you ask me, i think he'll win this case. Any tinny little original art is a violation the artist's copyright.
Laws are laws even if some of them ar really damn stupid.
For exemple music is art. If you use a song that is not yours for a video you are violating the artist's copyright, because you need the artist's approval for a fair use(just like on youtube). I know this sucks, but this is the LAW. Respect it or be ****** by it.
Peace and respect!

1163 days ago
138.

Chase    

wtf its not even the same tattoo. its slightly different so the dumb **** cant do ****

1161 days ago
139.

Danya RedLegs    

I'm a tattoo artist and think it's lame! Check out my site tho'
http://www.danyaredlegs.com/
Coming to a convention near you!

1139 days ago
140.

JustNoOne    

Really? Wtf? Does a few squiggly lines etched into someones face constitute art now? So if i went up to someone and drew a picture of a c**k and balls on their face in sharpie i'm an artist? I don't think-so. Grow up and stop trying to make a career out of doodling with needles.

1133 days ago
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