three:23 PM PT — The artist, Jules Muck, tells the IndyStar she’s reached a compromise with Bird … agreeing to eliminate all the tattoos except for the “Indiana” a single on his left forearm.
Larry Bird is adamant he’s NOT a “tattooed guy” — and he ain’t content with a new mural in Indiana that depicts him as a walking canvas.
The NBA legend’s lawyer has reached out to Jules Muck, the artist who made the Bird tribute on a Fountain Square constructing in Indianapolis … an image that shows a young Bird with ink on his face, chest and arms.
In the mural, Bird appears like a SoundCloud rapper — with tats displaying every thing from bunnies humping to the word “Indiana” on his forearm … there is also a clover (Celtics) and a spider internet.
The image is a play off of Bird’s popular 1977 Sports Illustrated shoot, when he played for Indiana State.
But, Bird’s lawyer says the image is a trouble mainly because the True Larry does not have tattoos and Larry feels he “requirements to shield” his brand.
“Larry’s position is he has elevated himself from exactly where he started to exactly where he is now by way of a lot of really hard operate. He has created a brand that is marketable and he requirements to shield that brand,” lawyer Gary Sallee told IndyStar.
“The mural, as initially painted, was a departure from that brand.”
The artist says she’s conflicted about how she’ll manage the challenge — she’s nevertheless thinking of her solutions.
Initially Published — six:44 AM PT