The late basketball icon and his 13-year-old daughter lost their life in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26, 2020. A powerful portrait by illustrator Nicolette Francis.
“I wanted to draw something that honored Gianna’s life as much as Kobe’s the best way I could,” designer and illustrator Reina Koyano wrote of her viral “Mambacita” creation that Vanessa Bryant posted on her Instagram.
“So I drew Gianna with the brightest smile, wearing her father’s jersey, and wrapped her in a purple jacket, inspired from Kobe’s Championship jacket from his 2nd championship, and the shoes – Kobe 4 ‘Prelude’ – from his 4th championship, as if he was holding her close.”
“Always,” artist Susan Liz captioned her breathtaking illustration.
You can visit Long Beach-based artist JCRo‘s mural of the late star on 7725 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles, California.
Watch as artist Hashim Lafond paints the former Laker live on his Instagram here.
Designer Skylar Evans added a quote from the beloved athlete alongside her beautiful art that says, “If you don’t believe in yourself, no one will do it for you.”
This Los Angeles-based makeup artist, who goes under the name of @lexapower_ on Instagram, paid homage to the father of four by creating a custom purple-and-yellow-themed look with nails to match.
Another makeup artist, under the Instagram name of @glamwithsambam, created a custom look that used not only her face but also her chest as a canvas to honor the father-daughter duo.
“Daddy’s girl forever,” she lovingly captioned her slideshow of photos.
A portrait of Gianna & Kobe created by artist Anna Portraitiste.
“Mamba out,” tattoo artist and Black Ink Crew Chicago‘s Zach captioned his latest creation.
Visit this incredible mural created by artist ArToon in Studio City, California.
“I had to show love” the artist told ABC7LA of his work. “This is my 4th mural of Kobe. I’m a big fan. I respect the man,” he said before adding, “He is L.A. If there’s anybody who represents L.A., that’s Kobe.”
The Maltese artist, under the name of @unorthodoxsketches on Instagram, quoted the late star alongside this piece, writing, “The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.”
Then, the artist continued the caption, adding, “Kobe was always an incredible inspiration. His mamba mentality, his dedication and love for the game.
I still remember looking at inspirational videos of his before important games.”
The artist then concluded, “May you rest in peace Black Mamba. Hope you are winning those 1vs1s against Wilt up there. Mamba forever.”
“WORK IN PROGRESS!!! WE LOVE YOU KING,” singer Chris Brown captioned his tribute to the L.A. icon.
Shaquille O’Neal’s son Shareef honored his father’s former Los Angeles Lakers teammate with a large leg tattoo.
Current Los Angeles Laker LeBron James also got a tattoo to remember the late athlete and philanthropist.
“My brother ♾ #Mamba4Life #RIPKobe #RIPGiGi,” James captioned his tribute, which includes two roses as well as the words “Mamba 4 Life” inked below the black serpent.
Odell Beckham Jr. showed off his new ink in a clip shared by Bleacher Report.
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