However, fan claims the design was taken from him
Andrew Trendell

17:19 14th March 2015

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Morrissey has kicked off his latest UK tour, and on the official merchandise stand you'll find this rather fetching photo of Mozza naked with Her Royal Majesty The Queen.

The shot is taken from a now legendary photo shoot in which Mozza and band were shot in the buff, with just a 7" vinyl record covering their modesty. The new doctored t-shirt shows the nude Morrissey with one hand over the queen's mouth - mouthing the words to his classic single 'The More You Ignore Me The Closer I Get'. 

If you aren't lucky enough to make it to any of the upcoming dates, then you can buy it online for just £25 here

However, fan and designer 'Reggie Kray' (Twitter handle MorrisseyGang) claims that he was behind the original doctored montage and that it has been used without his permission or payment - see it below on the right.

Kray claims to have been contacted by company Merchandise For Life to be asked for his permission, but that communication soon came to an abrupt end. 

"I told him that I spent a long time on it and that I had put my heart and soul into that photo, just like I do my other work," @MorrisseyGang explained in his post, "and that I would be willing to let them use it, but to give me an offer."

He added: "Part of me is happy that its out there this way, but another part is angry that they reach out to me in the beginning for my idea," the artist said. "I respond, and then they steal it."

While Kray may have made the image in question, he does not own the rights to the original sourced photos, so his permission may not technically be required. 

Back to music, here's Morrissey's setlist from last night in Nottingham:
The Queen Is Dead (The Smiths song)
Suedehead
Staircase at the University
World Peace Is None of Your Business
Kiss Me a Lot
Istanbul
Neal Cassady Drops Dead
I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris
One of Our Own
Smiler with Knife
Scandinavia
What She Said (The Smiths song)
Everyday Is Like Sunday
I'm Not a Man
Kick the Bride Down the Aisle
Meat Is Murder (The Smiths song)
The Bullfighter Dies
People Are the Same Everywhere
Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before (The Smiths song)
Encore:
Speedway

Morrissey's UK tour continues. Remaining dates and ticket details are below. 

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