Who Owns Your Tattoo? : Inked Magazine.
I don’t do illegal downloads; movies or music. I don’t plagiarize and I only use my photos or public domain photos on my blog.
But, are my tattoos someone else’s property? I didn’t draw them. I have portions of two Van Gogh paintings replicated on my body. I have a flower that I found on the internet replicated and I have letters that represent a saying that I didn’t write.
Did I infringe on someone else’s copyrights for my own benefit?
Legally I am safe because I don’t make any money off of my body art. That sounds bad. What I mean is that no one has offered me money to show them my tattoos. Sounds even worse, but if someone wanted to pay me, I would share the proceeds.
But, it still begs the question, who do my tattoos belong to?Meet China Jordan – the artist gave it that name. I just call him CJ. A free hand drawing on my ankle by Gabe Shum then tattooed by Gabe Shum, referencing a stuffed animal that I purchased at a souvenir shop, commemorating the year of the bull in China in 2010.