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Kobe & Gianna Bryant Remembered Through Tattoo Art

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By Shadress Denise

It’s been one month since the news of Kobe Bryant’s tragic death shocked the world. Bryant, 41, suddenly died alongside eight other passengers in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on his way to a basketball practice at his Mamba (now Mamba & Mambacita) Sports Foundation. One of the passengers was Bryant’s 12-year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant.

As news of his death spread and was verified, many across the world began to mourn the basketball legend. With social media being the only connection to the icon, fans instantly flocked to his page to show their love and express their condolences.

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Prior to the athlete’s death, his wife Vanessa Bryant, 37, had her page private. She later opened her page to speak out regarding her husband and her daughter’s death. The mother of four expressed her gratitude for the outpouring of love from fans across the world through a message she posted beneath a picture of her and her family.

“My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers,” Bryant said to the fans.

The flood of love and condolences continued outside of social media as fans living in Los Angeles made their way to the Staples Centre where Bryant played out his career. Memorials of floral arrangements, candles, cards, and posters were left outside of the stadium as fans paid their respects to legend who won their city several NBA championships.

As the weeks passed and the world continued to grieve, fans continued to honor the basketball icon. Artwork, paintings, sketches, murals and graffiti art appeared all over the streets and across social media platforms. Other’s have decided to mark their tributes with something more permanent as a reminder of the two souls lost that day.

Since their passing, the widow and mother of four has posted several pieces of tribute shown to honor both her husband and her daughter. On Monday, February 24, she posted a picture of a number two tattoo that soccer star Sydney Leroux got as an ode to Gigi. The post was made by the grieving widow shortly after the athlete’s public memorial held in the Staples Centre.

"#2 Leroux. Thank you for honoring my Gigi. I love you," Vanessa Bryant captioned the photo.

Leroux, 29, is an Olympic gold medalist and plays for National Women’s Soccer League who wears the no. 2 jersey like Gianna Bryant. Bryant’s school, Harbor Day has since retired her jersey number.

Yesterday, Kobe’s older sister, Sharia Washington joined Leroux in honoring her brother and niece with a tattoo. Posted with a caption thanking her tattoo artist, Peter Barrios, Washington’s inking shows a black mamba in the shape of an infinity sign to wrapped around the numbers 2 and 24. The black mamba as many know represents the nickname Bryant gave himself briefly after his very public scandal.

The infinity sign shaped like the number eight represents Bryant’s first jersey number when he joined the Los Angeles Lakers. The other two numbers are for Bryant’s final jersey number before retiring and his daughter’s number she wore playing for his sports foundation. Both Washington and the legend’s other sister, Shaya Tabb have released a statement mourning their brother’s death and thanking everyone for the showing of love.

“Our lives are forever changed. Thank you for your prayers, the numerous calls, texts, emails, and cards.”

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