Mike Tyson Tattoo Artist Files Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Over Second "Hangover"

May 3, 2011 - LegalZoom News Sources
Mike Tyson Tattoo Artist Files Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Over Second "Hangover"

The man who reportedly gave Mike Tyson his recognizable facial tattoo is suing Warner Bros. for copyright infringement based on similar facial art on a character in the upcoming sequel to the movie "The Hangover."

According to the Hollywood Reporter, S. Victor Whitmill claims the Tyson tattoo is "one of the most distinctive tattoos in the nation." He is asking for an injunction to stop the sequel from coming out in theaters.

"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," contends the copyright infringement complaint, which was filed recently in federal court in Missouri.

Warner Bros. reportedly declined to comment on the legal action, according to the news source.

The news provider reports that the designs look fairly similar and that the tattoo in the film, which appears on Ed Helms' character in the sequel, is an apparent reference to Tyson, who appeared in the original "Hangover" movie.

The sequel is scheduled to debut on May 26.