A lawyer for the former NBA star has asked an artist to remove certain tattoos from a large painting of Bird on an IndiaNapolis multifamily residence. The tattoos include two rabbits mating on his right arm, a cardinal on his cheek and a spiderweb on a shoulder.
Artist Jules Muck painted Bird in a blue basketball uniform. It’s a replica of a 1977 Sports Illustrated cover when he played for Indiana State.
Attorney Gary Sallee says Bird “needs to protect” his brand and “doesn’t want to be seen as a tattooed guy.”
Muck said she adds things like tattoos to her art to avoid creating a complete copy of a photo and is trying to reach an agreement with Bird’s representatives.
“They said the tattoos are the problem,” she told the Star. “I can’t just do an exact replica of a photograph. Plus, I don’t want to. We’ll see. It’s going to be a matter of how much we have to do to change it.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.