'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.

Mike Tyson's tattoo artist sues to stop The Hangover Part II's release
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 and stars Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Jamie Chung, Paul Giamatti, Nick Cassavetes. The film is directed by Todd Phillips.

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Comments (44)

  1. Bernardo de Paiva

    Give the dude some cash and release already!

    4 years agoby @bernardo-de-paivaFlag

  2. CelluloidDreams

    Andy Warhol says it all about things like this:

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

    4 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  3. Monkeyiron 2.0

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

    4 years agoby @Monkey-ironFlag

  4. ignitedspade

    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.

    4 years agoby @ignitedspadeFlag

  5. Spack

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

    4 years agoby @spackFlag

  6. CelluloidDreams

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

    4 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  7. Corey W.

    Lmao. Wow is right!

    4 years agoby @coreyFlag

  8. Brizzy


    4 years agoby @BrizzyFlag

  9. kingbrady

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

    4 years agoby @kingbradyFlag

  10. Josh

    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.

    4 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  11. Frenzy2001

    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.

    4 years agoby @frenzy2001Flag

  12. CUPID

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

    4 years agoby @cupidFlag

  13. Mr. Fixit

    no they're the same tattoo.

    4 years agoby @mrfixitFlag

  14. Diaigma

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

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  15. Deasia Mann

    oooooooooooooooooooooooooo come on.

    4 years agoby @Deasia-MannFlag

  16. K.Guy

    Aww man, a new spammer.

    4 years agoby @kguyFlag

  17. CUPID

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

    4 years agoby @cupidFlag

  18. Matthew Medina

    the tattoos are very different. I just compared them haha

    4 years agoby @Matthew-MedinaFlag

  19. jess-51

    Mike Tyson vs The Hangover Part II lets get it on

    4 years agoby @jess-51Flag

  20. Messenger

    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.

    4 years agoby @messengerFlag

  21. Jimthar

    this is nothing more than some lame ass "tattoo artist" trying to sue someone and collect a big payday for it. this movie WILL NOT be delayed. WB will hold this up in litigation for a long time and by the time it even gets anywhere near a courtroom, the movie will have been released and have made over 100 mil by then.
    plus, it states taht its a SIMILAR tattoo, and not the exact same as the original. so in reality, he has no case. if WB can prove that they've changed the tattoo in at least 5 ways, the lawsuit will be thrown out. plus, i didnt know that someone could copyright a cultural tattoo design. so does he own the rights to ALL samoan and tribal tattoos? was he the first to ever tattoo it? i seriously doubt it. if WB gives in to this guys demands, they're just suckers. he has no case.

    4 years agoby @jimtharFlag

  22. skywise

    i cant believe this bullsh*t. Hell, its like free advertising AND Mike Tyson was pretty damn funny in the originalm. I just dont get it. Rediculous. His efforts will be all for not.

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  23. Dragon1991

    Wow just wow.

    4 years agoby @Dragon1991Flag

  24. Mante

    This tatoo artist better watch himself....because if he comes out on top...you know how many of the tatoos he may have done that may have copied someone else's work....

    Do you think Paramount and Hasbro sue tatoo artists when they tatoo a transformers logo on someone?!!??!!?!? what an ass f*ck!

    What people will do for money....this is an example of why America is in the state its in.....for example....you know why on every lawn mower there is a sticker that says do not place hand under machine sharp blade can cause severe damage....because before that sticker was there someone lost some fingers and sued the manufacturers of the lawnmower and claimed he didn't know better...and he WON!....America has to account for idiots because America is full of idiots....Mr. Whitmill....I want to sue you for the intent to kill the ill....because it is well known that some illnesses are cured by an uplifted human spirit ...which is why HealthCare acknowleges laughter, music, and calmness for the terminally ill/Depression...etc.....and Mr. Whitmill....you have an intention to prevent alot of people from experienceing the joy that this movie will bring to others...

    4 years agoby @manteFlag

  25. Salem6777

    this is f*ckin bullsh*t

    4 years agoby @Salem6777Flag

  26. Bane5000

    LOL bet they werent expecting that

    4 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  27. K.Guy

    A tattoo.... A TATTOO!!!!!!!!!!!

    4 years agoby @kguyFlag

  28. MovieManiac

    I am not even interested in seeing this movie at all and i think that this is retarded.

    4 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  29. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Why not sue the monkey for wearing a rolling stone's jacket while your at it :P

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  30. Superman81

    To be honest the tattoo ain't even all that good looking. He stole tribal designs from Samoa. So maybe they should sue his sorry ass. Show some signed papers where u have exclusive rights to the tattoo then maybe WB should pay.

    4 years agoby @superman81Flag