Tattoo Artist vs. Warner Bros.
S. Victor Whitmill is an award winning tattoo artist and is the individual who gave Mike Tyson his famous face tattoo. The design, Whitmill says, is, “One of the most distinctive tattoos in the nation,” and he also claims exclusive rights to the design. Needless to say, when he saw a preview for The Hangover 2 which features one of the characters bearing the coveted Tyson tattoo, he was a little upset. So Whitmill is suing Warner Bros. for copyright infringement. I’m not a lawyer, but I think he has a case here. The designs do have extremely similar features, it’s just a matter of a judge determining that he has exclusive rights. I think Warner Bros. will be cutting Whitmill a check in the near future.