Kobe Bryant tattoo

50+ Kobe Bryant Tattoos: Homage To A Great Talent

Paying tribute to a great athletic talent.

Kobe Bryant Tribute Tattoo

In a shocking turn of events, basketball superstar and well known public figure Kobe Bryant died alongside his 13 year old daughter Gianna and 2 of her own basketball teammates in a Helicopter crash.

The group was headed to a game where Kobe was meant to coach Gianna’s team.

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant had many fans who looked up to him and were devastated by the news.

Because Kobe wore many tattoos himself, it seems natural that tattoo artists are now overwhelmed with requests for Kobe Bryant memorial pieces.

Steve Butcher, who tattoos out of Corona California, posted an ongoing Kobe piece he was working on with a client before the tragic death of the basketball star.

The post was meant as a tribute to Bryant and an acknowledgement of his contributions to the game.

Soon after however, he was immediately flooded with over 300 requests for similar pieces.

So let’s explore two topics: for those looking to get a Kobe tattoo- how do you best pay your respects?

And for those who weren’t aware of the basketball player before all this, what does a Kobe Bryant tattoo represent?

Kobe Bryant Tattoo Ideas

When contemplating your tribute tattoo, it’s important to think of the person you are commemorating.

What was their style, what did they like?

Kobe Bryant’s tattoos give us a clue into what he was into, aesthetically.

Keep it Simple

Kobe’s tattoos are all done with black ink, and there isn’t much detail to them.

He didn’t favor anything ornate.

Like his style on the court, Kobe’s tattoos were bold and striking.

Don’t be Afraid to get Sentimental

Kobe’s tattoos are bold and masculine, but they are all extremely sentimental.

He had feminine elements woven into his designs including angel wings, a butterfly crown, and a diamond.

He also favored script and had the names of his daughters, his wife, and his favorite bible passage.

Kobe had Psalm XXVII tattooed on his right arm. The passage reads as follows:

“The Lord is my light, and my salvation: whom shall I fear?”. The Lord will give me both knowledge of Himself, and salvation: who shall take me from Him? “The Lord is the Protector of my life: of whom shall I be afraid?” The Lord will repel all the assaults and snares of mine enemy: of no man shall I be afraid.

Personalize It

Kobe Bryant didn’t get any tattoos for their own sake, he only celebrated the things and people that meant the most to him.

Think about why you idolize your favorite player so much, and how you can make that clear in your tattoo.

Small Kobe Bryant Tattoos

Small Kobe Bryant Tattoo
Small Kobe Bryant Tattoo
Small Kobe Bryant Tattoo

Kobe Bryant Portrait Tattoos

Kobe Bryant Portrait Tattoo
Kobe Bryant Portrait Tattoo
Kobe Bryant Portrait Tattoo
Kobe Bryant Portrait Tattoo
Kobe Bryant Portrait Tattoo
Kobe Bryant Portrait Tattoo
Kobe Bryant Portrait Tattoo
Kobe Bryant Portrait Tattoo

Black & Grey Kobe Bryant Tattoos

Black and Grey Kobe Bryant Tattoo
Black and Grey Kobe Bryant Tattoo
Black and Grey Kobe Bryant Tattoo
Black and Grey Kobe Bryant Tattoo
Black and Grey Kobe Bryant Tattoo
Black and Grey Kobe Bryant Tattoo
Black and Grey Kobe Bryant Tattoo
Black and Grey Kobe Bryant Tattoo
Black and Grey Kobe Bryant Tattoo

Symbols in Kobe Bryant Tattoos

Numbers 8 or 24

Kobe played under these numbers during his basketball career.

His sister Vanessa got a tattoo of the numbers 2 and 24, 2 being the number on his daughter Gianna’s jersey.

Black Mamba

While Kobe worked to confront his actions during his 2003 sexual assault case, he re-invented himself as “Black Mamba.”

This was inspired by a viewing of Kill Bill with a character by the same code name.

When Kobe saw a scene with the black mamba snake in the film, he looked up the creature and decided to spiritually “shed his skin” and start anew. 

Kobe made a public apology to the young woman he assaulted and asked that fans not question her motives for coming forward.

He then re-committed himself to his wife and family, working to be a better man.

Vanessa’s memorial tattoo also has a snake in the shape of the infinity symbol to commemorate this transition in Kobe’s life.

Lakers Logo

If you’d like something a little more subtle but still very much tied to Kobe’s legacy, you might want to get a Lakers logo as your tattoo.

This way you can show your appreciation for the whole team.

Kobe Bryant Tattoo Meanings

Kobe has a complicated legacy, but there’s a reason people admire him so much.

Taking on Kobe’s image as a tattoo can represent the following:

Loyalty

Kobe was well known as a hard worker who never took a night off.

He also played for the same team throughout his 20 year career- which was unprecedented.

Hard Work

Kobe trained harder than anyone else.

He wanted to be the best and knew the work required to achieve that.

He spent all his spare time in the gym, and he was soaked in sweat by 5 a.m. every day.

A Kobe Bryant tattoo can serve as a reminder that the best things in life are worth working for.

Emotional Fortitude

Kobe saw negativity as an opportunity.

He took on as much responsibility as he could on the court, and never phoned it in or relied on the strength of others.

He owned up to his actions when he needed to.

Kobe Bryant Tattoo Designs

If Kobe meant a lot to you, you should find a way to commemorate him and the things he inspired you to do.

Maybe the way to do that is a tattoo, but you’re still coming up with ideas?

Check out our gallery of the best Kobe Bryant tattoos on the web.

Realistic Kobe Bryant Tattoos

Realistic Kobe Bryant Tattoo
Realistic Kobe Bryant Tattoo
Realistic Kobe Bryant Tattoo
Realistic Kobe Bryant Tattoo
Realistic Kobe Bryant Tattoo
Realistic Kobe Bryant Tattoo
Realistic Kobe Bryant Tattoo
Realistic Kobe Bryant Tattoo
Realistic Kobe Bryant Tattoo

Black-work Kobe Bryant Tattoos

Black-work Kobe Bryant Tattoo
Black-work Kobe Bryant Tattoo
Black-work Kobe Bryant Tattoo

Illustrative Kobe Bryant Tattoos

Illustrative Kobe Bryant Tattoo
Illustrative Kobe Bryant Tattoo
Illustrative Kobe Bryant Tattoo
Illustrative Kobe Bryant Tattoo
Illustrative Kobe Bryant Tattoo
Illustrative Kobe Bryant Tattoo
Illustrative Kobe Bryant Tattoo
Illustrative Kobe Bryant Tattoo
Illustrative Kobe Bryant Tattoo
Illustrative Kobe Bryant Tattoo

Single Needle Tattoos

Single Needle Kobe Bryant Tattoo

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