Cherokee, North Carolina: 25-Foot Tall Indian - Muffler Man (In Transition)

A fiberglass giant, here for at least three decades, with a posing platform resembling a drum. Moved into storage in 2019 pending relocation.

Indian Ink Tatoos

On the south side of US Hwy 19/Paint Town Rd, on the east edge of Cherokee and just east of the towering Harrah's Casino.
Currently in storage.
In Transition

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Muffler Man Indian

This Indian is gone. The tattoo parlor is closed, looks abandoned. I didn't see it anywhere else in the town, but I didn't get off Paint Town Road to look for it.

[Dean Acquaviva, 05/27/2019]

The Cherokee Visitor Center told us that the statue is currently in storage, but the tattoo parlor hopes to move and take the Muffler Man with it.

Indian Muffler Man.

Indian Chief Muffler Man

Still standing tall and proud even though he is being held hostage by a run-down Cherokee tattoo parlor. While you are there, take a picture of your kids riding the two fiberglass horses that evidently were once painted white.

[CROBERTS, 12/28/2013]

Indian with broken headdress.

25-ft. tall Indian - Muffler Man

His headress is now broken, but he's in good shape overall. He has the craziest pale blue eyes!

[Fuzzygalore, 07/01/2012]

Indian Muffler Man.

Indian - Muffler Man

The headdress on the Indian Chief Muffler Man is almost all gone.

[Alan Culley, 06/16/2012]

That's quite a trim job. Maybe it's some sort of new zoning regulation because of the upscale casino that's been built across the street.

Muffler Man Indian Chief.

Indian Chief Muffler Man

The Indian Chief Muffler Man stands in front of a closed-down tattoo parlor, directly across the street from the new Harrah's parking deck. Due to the hotel development in the area, this one may not last.

[Don M., 05/28/2010]

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