‘Wanted to Get the Sweet Message’- Vanessa Bryant Thanks Tattoo Artist For Kobe Bryant Tribute

Published 03/29/2021, 10:38 AM EDT
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – DECEMBER 14: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers waves to the crowd after passing Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list with a free throw in the second quarter of the game on December 14, 2014 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)


Kobe Bryant left a massive hole in the hearts of fans and admirers after his untimely demise in January 2020. However, that hole doesn’t feel as deep for anyone as it is for Vanessa Bryant.

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Kobe left four daughters and his wife, Vanessa, behind after his passing. But Vanessa has been showing her own ‘Mamba Mentality’ by raising four young daughters alone.

The love for Kobe will never die for anyone, especially the Bryant family. To memorialize him, Vanessa and her eldest daughter Natalia went out to get tattoos. This also included tributes to Gianna ‘GiGi’ Bryant, who passed away with Kobe in the helicopter crash that took the lives of seven others.

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Vanessa got a tattoo that says ‘Mambacita’ across her forearm, the affectionate nickname the world had given GiGi Bryant. Along with that, she got a tattoo across her shoulder which commemorates a message that Kobe had sent to Vanessa. Natalia’s tattoo wasn’t shown in detail, but she got one done around her fingers and one on her forearm.

Kobe Bryant: Leaving a strong and beautiful family behind

Kobe Bryant‘s passing was heartbreaking for a number of reasons. But to see him become the public figure he became after retirement, it was hard to comprehend losing him so young. Along with that, the fact that three daughters lost their sister and father is always going to be remembered sadly.

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant #24 before taking the court for the third quarter of play in the Lakers 1105-103 win over the Denver Nuggets in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals best of seven series Tuesday May, 19, 2009 at the Staples Center. Tim Rasmussen, The Denver Post (Photo By Tim Rasmussen/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

But Vanessa Bryant has been doing her best in making this family move on stronger from this tragedy. She openly shares her family life on her social media, showing the unbreakable bond she has with her daughters. Natalia is the oldest at 18 years old, and she prominently features on Vanessa’s Instagram.

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Watching this family recover from the loss the way they have is heartwarming. Vanessa herself has been fighting to keep Kobe’s legacy intact, with her focusing on his achievements through his life rather than the final moment that took it. The legacy Kobe left behind on pop culture will always be remembered, and Vanessa will make sure he is honored and remembered appropriately.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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