Kobe Bryant was an American professional basketball player, who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for his entire 20-year career. The basketball superstar, ‘Black Mamba’ is one of the greatest basketball players of all time. Unfortunately, the basketball superstar, along with his daughter Gianna Maria Onore, left for their heavenly abode on January 26, 2020, who had been killed in a helicopter crash in California. Apart from his sports talent, he had always impressed his fans with the unique tats he had got on his body, mostly dedicated to the most important people of his life. Let’s take a look at the beautiful tattoos which Kobe had got along with their meanings.
1. ‘Vanessa’ Tattoo
Tattoo: ‘Vanessa’ Tattoo on his right arm.
Meaning: Vanessa is the name of Kobe’s wife, whom he married on April 18, 2001. Kobe got her name inked in 2003 when he was accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old Colorado hotel employee. Kobe admitted to an adulterous sexual encounter with the accuser but denied sexual assault allegations. Kobe believed that the encounter between him and the accuser was consensual. Due to all this, the public image of Kobe was completely tarnished and he had lost his endorsement contracts with big brands. In spite of all this, his wife, Vanessa stood by him throughout this rough phase. After all this, he got the name of his wife inked on his arm. In an interview, Kobe expressed his feelings for his wife. He said,
You’re my backbone. You’re a blessing. You’re a piece of my heart. You’re the air I breathe. And you’re the strongest person I know, and I’m so sorry for having to put you through this and having to put our family through this.”
However, the allegations against Kobe were dropped off in September 2004, when the victim denied to testify. Eventually, he settled the lawsuit with the victim outside the court.
2. ‘Angel Wings’ Tattoo
Tattoo: ‘Angel Wings’ Tattoo on his right arm.
Meaning: Just below the tattoo of his wife, Vanessa, he got inked the ‘angel wings’ tattoo with the ‘angel nimbus’ on the top. He got this tattoo in reference to his wife, Vanessa, to whom he considered a blessing in his life. This tattoo is also inked in 2003 along with ‘Vanessa’ tattoo. Generally, an ‘angel wings with the angel nimbus’ tattoo represents blessings, divine powers, support, guidance, spiritual protection, and divine love.
3. ‘Psalm XXVII’ Tattoo
Tattoo: ‘Psalm XXVII’ Tattoo on his right arm.
Meaning: To express his religious faith, Kobe had got ‘Psalm XXVII’ tattoo inked by the tattoo artist, Mister Cartoon. Psalm XXVII states,
4. ‘Butterfly Crown’ Tattoo
Tattoo: ‘Butterfly Crown’ Tattoo on his right shoulder.
Meaning: Again, he had got this tattoo in reference to his wife, Vanessa. Generally, a butterfly crown tattoo is a symbol of emotions, respect, feelings, power, authority, and connections. Kobe and Vanessa had always been a devoted couple who was blessed with beautiful four daughters, Natalia, Gianna, Bianka, and Capri.
Unfortunately, On January 26, 2020, Kobe Bryant along with his second daughter Gianna Maria Bryant, had been killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.
5. ‘Daughter’s Names’ Tattoo
Tattoo: ‘Daughter’s Names’ Tattoo on his right forearm.
Meaning: Kobe had got the names of his three daughters, Natalia Diamante Bryant (born January 2003), Gianna Maria Onore Bryant (born May 2006), and Bianka Bella Bryant (born December 2016) inked on his arm. This artwork is done by the tattoo artist, Mister Cartoon.
Earlier, Kobe had the tattoo of only Natalia and Gianna and then he added the name of Bianka in 2017, after her birth in 2016. However, Kobe had expressed in an interview that he was supposed to add the name of his fourth daughter, probably in 2020, but unfortunately, he along with his second daughter, Gianna, got killed in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020, in California.