Ink twice: Do celebrities and footballers own their tattoos? Does anyone?

Ink twice: Do celebrities and footballers own their tattoos? Does anyone?

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Ink twice: Do celebrities and footballers own their tattoos? Does anyone?

Ink twice: Do celebrities and footballers own their tattoos? Does anyone? Some people who get tattoos do so because they enjoy the pain.

But if you are a celebrity or a sports star, the real pain could come much later, long after the needle has left the skin.

Even though a crafted design that you have paid for has been inked into your skin, unless you are legally savvy before you jump into the tattooist’s chair, you might not own it.

The question of tattoo ownership has not yet been fully tested inside a courtroom, but legal experts say the artist has a solid claim on the copyright as the author of the work.

For someone in the public eye who may later brandish their tattoos in something like an advertising campaign or a video game, caution is advised. If a celebrity hasn’t signed an agreement with their tattoo artist, they could be left exposed when showing it off later.

It is estimated that about one in five adults in Britain have at least one tattoo and they have become ubiquitous in both the celebrity and sporting arenas. Not a day goes by without some kind of update on the tatus (not status) of the ink emblazoned on David Beckham, Cheryl Cole and Harry Styles.

And anyone who has flicked on BBC1 or ITV1 at any stage in the past month would be forgiven for thinking they had tuned into an international tattoo exhibition and not the World Cup finals.

A footballer without a tattoo is like a footballer who doesn’t dive – an absolute rarity. Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo was one of the few players in Brazil without body art on display – as a regular blood donor, he avoids the tattooist’s needle – in Britain, for instance, there is a four-month waiting period to give blood after having a tattoo.

While footballers have been showing off their tattoos this summer, stars from other sports are being more careful.In its latest Ultimate […]