A street artist in Indianapolis recently created a mural of Indiana icon and NBA legend Larry Bird. Unfortunately, the three-time NBA champion isn’t too keen on some of the creative liberties taken.
According to the Indianapolis Star, street artist Jules Muck has agreed to change a tattoo-laden mural of the former NBA star after receiving a request from him to do so. Among the tattoos are ones on his face, neck, arms, and hands.
Speaking to the publication, Bird’s attorney Gary Sallee said that he felt the depiction of him with the many tattoos was “a departure from [Bird’s] Brand.”
“Larry’s position is he has elevated himself from where he began to where he is now through a lot of hard work. He has developed a brand that is marketable and he needs to protect that brand,” Sallee told IndyStar. “The mural, as originally painted, was a departure from that brand.”
Per the report, the only tattoo that will remain is one with the word “INDIANA” on his forearm. Bird reportedly requested that one tattoo.
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As for Muck, she said that Bird has not been “heavy-handed” towards her in getting the tattoos removed from the mural.
She further explained that she thinks Bird “doesn’t want to be seen as a tattooed guy.”
“All of his friends and 98% of his players are tattooed. He doesn’t have any problem with tattoos,” Sallee said. “He just doesn’t want to be seen as a tattooed guy.”
Muck also made it clear that she respects Bird and simply thought a tattooed image of him might be funny.
“It’s nothing personal against Larry,” Muck said. “I actually think it’s funnier to put tattoos on people who don’t have them.”