Larry Bird has asked an artist to remove the tattoos from his image on a large mural in Indianapolis, citing a need to “protect” his brand.
The artist has reportedly agreed, with one notable exception.
The mural, on the side of a building in Indy’s Fountain Square district, shows Bird in his powder-blue Indiana State uniform with his face, neck and arms covered in several tattoos, including one depicting rabbits mating. Bird’s pose is based on a Sports Illustrated cover published during his college career.
Bird’s attorney, Gary Sallee, told the Indianapolis Star that they requested the artist, Jules Muck, remove the tattoos.
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