People often believe that they own the images that are tattooed on them by tattoo artists. In reality, the owner of the tattoo artwork is the creator of the work, unless there is a written assignment of the copyright in the tattoo art.
I didn't pay close attention to the Hangover lawsuit, but I was under the impression that the artist had gotten Tyson to sign a statement giving him [Whitmill] ownership for the piece in return for doing it for free. It might not have been a signed statement, but I think it was at least an overt, clearly-stated agreement beforehand. If I'm accurate--and I'll freely admit I might not be--that would be the exact opposite
of what this guy is trying to state with the above nonsense.
If the artist came up with 100% of the piece--idea through execution--and got the subject to sign a contract giving up reproduction rights, I'm entirely fine with the concept.
fine with the statement the author has made above. My personal experience with the industry is that it's far more full of backbiting divas than you'd expect, and this just makes it worse.
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Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
The Rum Diary