‘The Hangover Part II’ Sued by Mike Tyson Tattoo Artist

The man who created the former boxer's face tattoo wants to stop the release of the Warner Bros. comedy sequel.
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‘The Hangover Part II’ Sued by Mike Tyson Tattoo Artist

Mike Tyson's tattoo artist sues to stop The Hangover Part II's release Warner Bros. has been sued by tattoo artist S. Victor Whitmill who wants to stop the release of the upcoming comedy sequel The Hangover Part II, which is scheduled for May 26.

S. Victor Whitmill created the intricate facial tattoos for boxer Mike Tyson, who appeared as himself in The Hangover. The artist claims he has exclusive rights to the tattoo. Ed Helms' character sports a facial tattoo that is quite similar to Mike Tyson's ink in The Hangover Part II, and the artist is suing since the studio did not ask permission to use his design.

Here's an excerpt from the lawsuit below.

"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 lawsuit is seeking an injunction to stop The Hangover Part II's theatrical release. Warner Bros. faced a similar lawsuit over The Dukes of Hazzard, where the studio had to hand out a hefty settlement to the authors of the original source material.

Warner Bros. didn't comment on the lawsuit, which was filed yesterday. We'll be sure to keep you posted with any updates on this potential threat to The Hangover Part II's theatrical release.

The Hangover Part II was released May 26th, 2011.

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  • bernardo-de-paiva • 4 years ago

    Give the dude some cash and release already!

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    • 2movieguys • 4 years ago

      Andy Warhol says it all about things like this:

      In the future everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.

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      • Monkey-iron • 4 years ago

        Wow he's crying mfor the tatoo. His bitch ass shpuld be happy his art is in a movie the f*cking cry baby

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        • ignitedspade • 4 years ago

          Lol. I bet this guy has no paper, or anything filed saying that he has copyright or Trademark to this design. What a putz. If anything, Whitmill should pay up for the product placement. Heh.

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          • spack • 4 years ago

            I should also sue Warner Bros.; the broken teeth of the actor on the picture of the news from previous movie was mine!

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            • 2movieguys • 4 years ago

              WOW!! I guess anybody will do anything fro fame and money!!!

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              • corey • 4 years ago

                Lmao. Wow is right!

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                • Brizzy • 4 years ago

                  Wow...

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                  • kingbrady • 4 years ago

                    LOL @ trying to stop the movie release, what a moron

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                    • shuabert • 4 years ago

                      Good luck with that. Flickchart has a case against Movieweb. This guy doesn't have a case against Warner Brothers. You can't copyright a tribal tattoo.

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                      • frenzy2001 • 4 years ago

                        It's a lame way to try to make money. I'd be willing to bet, there are some diehard Tyson fans, and people whou just think the tat is cool, out there that have gone to a tatoo shop and had the artist there duplicate the tatoo for them. Is the artist going to find and sue all of them? I bet not.

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                        • cupid • 4 years ago

                          @Thecoon408 I'm sure it looks like total sh*t, that copy of the movie right.

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                          • mrfixit • 4 years ago

                            no they're the same tattoo.

                            http://electricspoofaloo.com/2011/03/5-worst-celebrity-tattoos/

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                            • diaigma • 4 years ago

                              That's too funny. Good luck with that one, Mr. "Artist" :P

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                              • Deasia-Mann • 4 years ago

                                oooooooooooooooooooooooooo come on.

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                                • kguy • 4 years ago

                                  Aww man, a new spammer.

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                                  • cupid • 4 years ago

                                    The guy just wanna get paid who could blame him for trying.

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                                    • Matthew-Medina • 4 years ago

                                      the tattoos are very different. I just compared them haha

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                                      • jess-51 • 4 years ago

                                        Mike Tyson vs The Hangover Part II lets get it on

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                                        • messenger • 4 years ago

                                          As much as this blows Mr. Whitmill has the right to receive compensation for his artwork, that is if Tyson actually did tell Whitmill that he owned the work after it was complete. It's a verbal contract, though harder to uphold with out a witness to confirm the allegation. Also you have to take into account if there is difference between the two or not. Lawyers are going to pick at everything they can to either win or have the case thrown out, depending on which side you're on.

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