Photographer and Kat Von D Go on Trial in Case That May Upend Tattoo Industry

by | Jan 26, 2024 | PetaPixel

Featured images: All photos via court documents.

Cross-posted from petapixel.com [by Pesala Bandara]

Celebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D went on trial over a photographer’s claims that an image of a Miles Davis tattoo she inked on a client infringed his copyright — in a case that may upend the entire industry.

On Tuesday, Von D appeared in a Los Angeles federal courtroom against photographer Jeff Sedlik, who has filed a lawsuit accusing her of infringing on his copyright by using his iconic 1989 photo of Davis for a tattoo on her friend Blake Farmer — that she inked free-of-charge for him.

Los Angeles-based photographer Sedlik has been granted a jury trial against Von D following the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling on The Andy Warhol Foundation v. Lynn Goldsmith case.

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