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Warner Bros. Was Sued By Tattoo Artist For Copying Mike Tyson’s Famous Tattoo In Hangover II

S. Victor Whitmill, a tattoo artist, sued Warner Brothers for copyright infringement in connection with the movie The Hangover. Whitmill claimed that the facial tattoo that Ed Helms wore in The Hangover II violated his copyright in the tattoo because it was a replica of the one that Whitmill created for boxing champion Mike Tyson.

Whitmill claimed that the tattoo Ed Helms’ character got in the film infringed the copyrighted tattoo he needled into Tyson’s face. Credit: Alamy

S. Victor Whitmill, the tattoo artist who gave Tyson his renowned tribal tattoo, really filed a lawsuit against the entertainment industry back in 2011.

Nearly a month after the Hangover II reached theatres, in June of that year, the lawsuit was resolved.

Whitmill claimed Warner Bros. never contacted him to obtain his consent to use the artwork and that the tattoo Ed Helms’ character received in the movie violated the copyrighted tattoo he had needled into Tyson’s face.

The matter was resolved after an “all-day” mediation, but the contents of the agreement weren’t made public.

Warner Bros. was actually sued by tattoo artist S. Victor Whitmill - who gave Tyson his world-famous tribal tattoo - back in 2011. Credit: Warner Bros.

The victory, which The Hollywood Reporter exclusively detailed more than ten years ago, spared Warner Bros. the need to digitally remove Stu’s tattoo.

Whitmill’s attorney Geoff Gerber said at the time: “Warner Bros. and Mr. Whitmill have amicably resolved their dispute. No other information will be provided.”

Whitmill’s lawyer’s official complaint filing read: “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.”

Copyright clash over Mike Tyson's facial tattoo - CBS News

Aside from the unfortunate face tattoo, Helms’ character Stu in the alcoholic trilogy had a notoriously difficult time of it, even pulling out his own front tooth with a pair of pliers in the first film.

Helms previously admitted that, although a rusty set of pliers wasn’t the real culprit, he actually had a missing tooth when the movie was being made.

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Back in 2009, Helms explained: “It is totally real. I have an implant. An adult tooth never came in and when I was 16, they did a permanent implant.”

He added: “We started to do different tests with prosthetics and blacking it out and nothing worked.

“I wasn’t eager to take out my implant because my mouth is healthy, but I talked to my dentist and he was like, ‘Yeah we can do it!’ My dentist was really into it.”

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Dragon Girl with 600 tattoos worth $250,000 Says She ‘Doesn’t Regret’ Getting Them Done.

A woman on Instagram who has tattoos on 98% of her body claims she has “no regrets” about her odd appearance, despite later confessing that a misplaced “eyeball tattoo” caused her to go blind for three weeks.

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Amber Luke, a 27-year-old from Brisbane who spent more than $250,000 on tattoos and extreme body modifications and covered 98 percent of her body with ink, has stirred much controversy.

The influencer, who has more than 600 tattoos, claims the high cost is “all worth it” since by putting her body under intense stress, she has “seen how robust she is.”

She also revealed that she has gone into shock and had fits from procedures, despite not being epileptic.   

‘I was 16 when I got my first tattoo, it was a negative energy release, it was a  milestone for me,’ she said.

‘It felt like I’d gone through something so euphoric, it felt peaceful and homely.

‘I still feel it, its pride and joy, its amazing,’ she went on.

She acknowledged that her eyeball tattoo, which left her temporarily blind, didn’t go as planned, but asserted that she “doesn’t regret a single thing.” She also admitted to getting her tongue split twice, with it not taking the first time and having ‘excruciating’ pain when she had the procedure redone as she had to cut through scar tissue.

‘The experience I went through made me extremely resilient and so strong, I have gained so much knowledge about antonymy,’ she added.  

‘I’ve gone into shock so many times I’ve had fits, and I’m not epileptic’.

The Instagram beauty, also known online as “Blue Eyes White Dragon,” once underwent a torturous 40-minute operation that left her temporarily blind for three weeks.

A tongue split, br*ast augmentation, cheek, and lip fillers, pointed implants implanted in her ears, a Brazilian butt lift, and other radical bodily changes costing $70,000 total.

Amber has many piercings as well as fang-like teeth that have been sharpened.

She has previously discussed her struggles with mental health and highlighted how the physical changes made her feel more at ease with herself.

She posted a photo of herself without makeup in 2020, shot when she was 18 years old and with words tattooed along her ribcage.

‘This was me at 18 years old. I was so catatonically depressed, suicidal, and was a walking dead girl. I was numb. I hated myself the majority of the time – that hatred ran deep. It tormented me,’ she wrote in June.

‘Now, I’ve totally transformed myself into someone I’m proud of being. I’m a strong woman who knows exactly what she wants and who she is.’ 

Speaking on Thursday, she added that ‘we all have a perception of what beauty is’ and that no one ‘has to see her as beautiful’.    

‘Not everyone is raised to be so open-minded, society is so closed-minded. The stigma behind tattoos needs to be released,’ she said.

Looking at an old picture of herself, Amber said she thought she looked 'plain' and 'boring' (pictured in early 2017 before undergoing a complete transformation)

Despite pleading guilty to drug trafficking in May of last year, the former topless waitress for an unlawful bikie group narrowly escaped going to jail.

In December 2020, after police searched Amber’s Capalaba house and discovered sealed packages of marijuana and MDMA along with other drug-related paraphernalia, she entered a plea of guilty to seven criminal counts.

In May 2021, she received her sentence at Brisbane District Court, where the jury heard testimony about her street-level drug dealing activities and thousands of dollars in illicit profits.

She's also spent $70,000 on extreme body modifications - including a tongue split, breast augmentation, cheek and lip fillers, pointed implants placed in her ears and a Brazilian butt lift.

However, she received a three-year head sentence with immediate release in lieu of jail time so that she may get treatment for the mental health difficulties that she claims have affected her adult life.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

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