It’s been just over a month since the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his thirteen-year old daughter, Gianna. Since then, an outpouring of love and respect in the form of body art has transpired across the globe, as just a further signification of the people he touched the world over.
This collection of tattoos is from a number of renowned artists who designed these beautiful tributes for celebrity friends of Kobe’s, as well as family, and countless fans everywhere.
#1: LeBron’s Homage Paid
This piece for LeBron James was designed and inked by Vanessa Aurelia, a popular tattoo artist among pro athletes.
#2: A Laker By Design
A fan dedication piece inked by Bran.D and Inal Bersekov.
#3: Champion Swagger
A fan dedication piece inked by Felipe Pinheiro.
#4: Stepping Off The Court, But Never Away From The Game
A fan tribute designed and inked by Oleg-Tattoo.
A fan dedication inked piece by Steve Butcher.
#6: Shining Down
This is another tribute inked by Vanessa Aurelia.
#7: From The Streets
A fan tribute piece inked by Trazy One ONK.
#8: An Iconic Staple
A fan dedication inked by Lukasz Wrzalik.
#9: Mamba Mentality
Another beautiful tribute inked by Steve Butcher.
#10: Legend of Los Angeles
Accompanying a portrait of fellow late Los Angeles legend, Nipsey Hussle; designed and inked by Drew Dimas.
#11: A Sister’s Dedication
Taking the internet by storm, Kobe Bryant’s sister, Sharia Bryant Washington’s tribute to her late brother and niece, Gianna, has since be heralded across social media.
#12: The Game’s Personal Tribute
Inked by Sile Sanda, Los Angeles-native star rapper The Game had a sideways 8 tattooed above his eyebrow to signify “FOREVER”.
#13: Lethal Logo
I couldn’t find who the artist was on this one, but this is a phenomenal piece of artwork represented by the Kobe Bryant logo and his menacing spirit animal.
#14: Mamba Out
Another fantastic piece of art with no artist name to be found, the “Mamba Out” 60-point final career moment is captured impeccably by whomever did it.
#15: A Face To An Icon
The representation of both face and logo of Kobe Bryant, iconically. (Artist unknown)
#16: Teenage Superstar
A youthful Kobe Bryant depicted (assuming to be Number 8) above his transition into the role as Number 24. (Artist unknown)
#17: Under Lakers Lights
Lifelike artistry captured in this fan dedication piece (artist unknown).
#18: Anthony Davis’ Tribute
Another depiction of the Kobe Logo and Black Mamba representation, Los Angeles Lakers star forward Anthony Davis turned to Vanessa Aurelia as well for this masterpiece.
#19: J.R. Smith’s Tribute
NBA veteran J.R. Smith was another client of Vanessa Aurelia, depicting Kobe’s timeless image of gazing into the Larry O’Brien Trophy, sitting in the champion Lakers locker room post-victory.
#20: Odell Beckham Jr’s Tribute
NFL wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr had Ganga Tattoo perform this Kobe dedication piece.
#21: Playoff Prowess
The playoff killer instinct of Kobe Bryant is depicted here by artist Steve Butcher.
#22: A Winning Will
Another beautiful piece of dedication art by Steve Butcher.
#23: Always Ready
Kobe depicted in his warmups by artist Steve Butcher.
The full image we all remember of Kobe clutching the Larry O’Brien in the Lakers locker room after winning it all. (Artist unknown)