Vanessa Bryant, the widow of basketball legend Kobe Bryant, recently revealed a new tattoo honoring her family. The sought-after black-and-grey master Mister Cartoon created a beautiful piece that extends from Bryant’s ankle to her toes and has all six names of the Bryant family written in black script: Kobe, Vanessa, Natalia, Gianna, Bianka, Capri.
Bryant shared her new ink with her 13 million followers on Tuesday night, posting the photo along with the caption, “#mifamilia thank you @misterctoons,” along with a red heart and a set of hearts in the purple and gold of the Los Angeles Lakers, a nod to her husband’s 20 years with the team.
Bryant’s new tattoo comes days after the Lakers won the NBA Finals ending a season they dedicated in memory of the late shooting guard. In an earlier post on Sunday Bryant wished, “Kobe and Gianna were here to see this.”
The Lakers’ historic win comes nearly 10 months after the tragic death of Bryant’s husband, Kobe, and their 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, in the January helicopter accident that also claimed the lives of seven other occupants. Last month, Bryant filed a lawsuit against the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, fearing she and her children would see unauthorized photos taken by deputies of the crash site.
This was not Bryant’s first tattoo tribute to Kobe and Gianna. She got a pair of tattoos from Nikko Hurtado in June—one on her neck for her late husband and one on her wrist for Gianna—Bryant’s tattoos commemorate the love she has for her family and they serve as a touching tribute to their everlasting bond.