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10:14 AM
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Looks like The Hangover 2 continues to suffer some bad tattoo juju. First, the controversy surrounding who would play the small role of tattoo artist in the film. And now, the tattoo design itself.

Victor Whitmill, who did Mike Tyson's infamous facial tattoo in 2003, is suing Warner Bros. for copyright infringement in pirating his tattoo design "without attempting to contact [him], obtain his permission, or credit his creation"; he seeks damages and an injunction to stop the use of the tattoo in the film--which is essentially a big part of the movie. In The Hangover 2, a bachelor party once again leaves our wacky heroes with no clue of what happened the night before, except for a facial tattoo on the groom Stu (Ed Helms). There's also a monkey. See the trailer below.

Looks pretty funny but the legal claims are quite serious. [Download the complaint here.]

Tattoos. Copyright.
The media is loving it. But in so many discussions of the case, there's a great deal of misinformation, so I'd like to break it down as best as I can.

First, when I wrote "The Tattoo Copyright Controversy for BMEzine in 2003, I approached it like a law school hypothetical; that is, I played with how intellectual property rules would apply in various potential disputes involving the ownership of a custom tattoo design. It was hypothetical because, at the time, no actual cases on record could be found specifically addressing this issue. Well, a lot has changed since 2003. Tattoo artists have sued companies for infringement and a number have received large settlements. Even collectors, like model & photographer Amina Munster [NSFW], have registered their tattoos with the US Copyright Office to discourage other collectors from copying.

The basics behind "The Tattoo Copyright Controversy still hold in addressing what exactly is copyright and its relation to tattoos. A couple of years later, I updated the article for and continued to post developments on my old blog. So click these article links for more of a general discussion.

In this post, I'm going to break down the tattoo copyright issues in relation to Whitmill v. Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., (E.D. Missouri), what I'll call:

The Mike Tyson Tattoo Copyright Case 101...
10:39 AM

Tonight is the UK premier of Jodie Marsh Tattoo Apprentice, which airs on DMAX at 9PM.

As a silly American not schooled in the ways of British reality TV tramps, my first question was Who the hell is Jodie Marsh?  And as I do with all things in life, I consult my blog bible Wikipedia. Its entry on Jodie claims she is a "glamour model" and "media personality."  Ok, so she's Tila Tequila or that Daisy of Love travesty -- all tattooed women whose only great achievement is furthering the tramp stamp stereotypes.

Even worse, Jodie is known for, let's just say, less than artful tattoos. She once lost a bet and had Bizarre magazine readers chose a tattoo for her (which you can see in this video). It was a sperm (or devil tail, can't tell) winding out of her butt crack. This press release also lists other gems in her "body art" collection:

Tattoos aren't the first thing you think of when Jodie Marsh's name comes up, but she has over 70 of them - from her first, the word 'cheekie' tattooed on her lower back, to an exact copy of the stilettos she wore as a lap dancer at Stringfellows - and the art of inking is her passion.  

Yup, her passion.

My next question was, Why Louis Molloy would ruin the rep he's built for twenty years to be a part of something that makes a mockery of his art?

An argument could be made that the show seeks to present how difficult it is to learn to tattoo and that apprenticeships can be grueling. As seen in the clip above, an apprentice must do a variety of tasks in the shop, like sweeping the floors, before she can even touch a tattoo machine. And as expected, Jodie doesn't want to sweep. Cue the reality TV drama.

According to the press release, however, the end goal of the show is to have Jodie do her first tattoo and hopefully open up her own shop. Like all tattoo TV shows, the art is edited down so that, magically, a sleeve can be achieved in an hour and a tattooist is made overnight. It'll be a sad night tonight when it airs.

For those in the UK, if you sully yourself watching this, please let us know in the comments what you think. 
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