Larry Bird wants mural changed

Carla Harmon
August 22, 2019

A new mural of Larry Bird in Indianapolis is getting some positive attention online - but not from the NBA Hall of Famer himself.

An artist says she'll remove most tattoos from a large painting of the former National Basketball Association star on an Indianapolis multi-family residence.

Bird - who did not appear to have tattoos when he played for the Boston Celtics - is painted with two bunnies mating on his forearm, a spiderweb on his shoulder, a shamrock on his arm and a fiery red cardinal on his cheek.

In addition to being a mural artist, Muck says that she is an amateur tattoo artist.

The image that inspired the mural came from Bird's November 1977 Sports Illustrated cover story in which he was referred to as "College Basketball's Secret Weapon".

Bird's attorney, Gary Sallee explained to the Indy Star that he hasn't asked the mural to be removed - he just wants the tats erased. Muck told the newspaper, "This is another human being that is obviously not liking it". "If he was happy and thought it was amusing, that's a different story".

The only other solution would have been for Bird to actually get all those tattoos in order for the mural to be totally authentic.

"All of his friends and 98 percent percent of his players are tattooed".

Muck insists she never meant to offend Larry Legend. "I just wanted to have a little fun".

'And (we'll) call it a day, ' Muck said. 'I'm really hurting about this'. 'If Isiah tells me it was a joking matter, it should be left at that. "The mural, as originally painted, was a departure from that brand".

"It would be very scary if I wasn't allowed to paint people, because I paint people constantly", Muck told the outlet.

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