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Leave My Mug Shot Alone!

"Goldface" considers suit over use of iconic booking photo


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Leave My Mug Shot Alone!

DECEMBER 1--A West Virginia man whose iconic mug shot has gained him worldwide infamy is considering legal action against companies that have placed his image on products without his permission.

Patrick Tribett's booking photo--which first appeared in these pages in July 2005 following his arrest for paint huffing--can be seen at left. The photo of the 45-year-old Tribett, whose face was partially covered with gold spray paint, has since appeared in countless publications worldwide.

While uncomfortable with this exposure, Tribett is focusing on firms that have placed his photo on t-shirts, coffee mugs, and other items offered for sale. His attorney, H. John Rogers, is reportedly preparing federal lawsuits against several companies that have sold merchandise featuring Tribett's photo, including, Cafe Press, and Hot Toys, a Chinese manufacturer.

T-shirts with Tribett's photo (and the phrase "I wanna know where da gold at") are currently being sold on for about $20 (though the site offers a volume discount if you order more than 10 shirts). Tribett, who has been clean for about two months, did not respond to a message left for him at Lazarus House, a Wheeling recovery facility where he resides. (2 pages)

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Our nation's Constitution contains the right to huff. It's right there next to the right to kill your children before they're born. Paint huffing must remain safe and legal. You conservatives would turn back the clock, forcing these distraught and despairing unemployed young Obama voters to the back alley behind the paint store, dumpster diving for the last remnants of paint fumes from dented cans whose caps are missing. Think for a minute, cruel and heartless conservatives: What if they break a fingernail trying to push down on the capless plastic pistons?