Can Tattoo Artists Copyright Their Work?

It may sound silly to some, but can tattoo artists really copyright their work? Can one person really claim property rights in another individual’s skin?

There have been several cases of tattoo artists suing companies for depicting their work on projects that they don’t fully approve.

Recently, celebrity tattoo artist Catherine Alexander went after WWE and the developer of the WWE 2k video game. The latter’s latest video game has included the exact unique ink work that Alexander has completed on the arms and back of wrestler Randy Orton.

While the majority of these cases were settled outside of court, in the near future we might be seeing a tattoo copyright case with a court decision.

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