Quite a lot has happened in the five months since NBA star Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gigi passed away in a fatal helicopter crash that killed all nine people on board. And while many of us have turned our attention to pressing issues like the Black Lives Movement and the COVID-19 pandemic, family members left in the wake of the accident are still mourning the deaths of their loved ones.
Still determined to keep the memory of her husband and daughter alive, Kobe’s wife Vaness Bryant has remained steadfast in honoring their lives.
Last week, Bryant took to Instagram to reveal she’d made the decision to honor her husband and daughter with two new tattoos.
“Shoutout to @nikkohurtado for coming over and helping me get my Gigi’s sweet message transferred on me,” she wrote in a caption to her Instagram page featuring a video of her new tattoo honoring her daughter. The details of the tattoo aren’t totally visible but in the comments, Bryant revealed that the tattoo features her late daughter’s handwriting. “So happy I can see my Gigi’s handwriting everyday ❤️ #mambacita,” she replied.
Bryant also shared a video of herself receiving another tattoo, this time for Kobe.
In a post to her Instagram page, Bryant shared another video of herself. This time the video revealed that she was actively receiving a shoulder tattoo that is meant to honor her husband.
“I wanted my boo boo’s @kobebryant sweet message transferred on me,” Bryant explained in the caption of the photo.
The tattoos were done by artist Nikko Hurtado who hinted in a reply to Vanessa’s images that there might be more to come in the future.
“Anytime for you guys! All love! I hope you guys are okay. Let’s do a sleeve now!,” Hurtado replied to her post.
It is unknown whether Bryant will share the final results of her tattoo but there’s no doubt both are meaningful and touching.
In the aftermath of their deaths, artists across the globe organized to create art murals in Kobe and Gianna Bryant’s names. It’s been exactly a year since the two Bryants tragically passed away in a helicopter accident in Calabasas. In another honor of the anniversary of their deaths, we’ve collected some of the most powerful murals captured and filled with descriptions below by the photographers and journalists shared to Getty Images.
Check them out below.
This mural honored all of the victims in the crash.
COSTA MESA, CA – FEBRUARY 28: A mural honoring all the victims of the helicopter crash: Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant, Payton and Sarah Chester, Christina Mauser, Alyssa Altobelli, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli and Ara Zabayan in Costa Mesa, CA.
This mural in the heart of Los Angeles
TOPSHOT – A pedestrian adjusts her facemask walking past a mural of the late Los Angeles Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna by artist @Sloe_Motions in Los Angeles, California on January 25, 2021, a day before the one-year anniversary of the tragic helicopter crash which led to the death of nine people, including Bryant and his daughter. – Murals of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna can be seen on walls across Southern California.
People with face masks walk past a Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant mural on June 1, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 11: Lakers fans stand in line to celebrate in front of a mural of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant on October 11, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. People gathered to celebrate after the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
This mural created soon after their deaths.
A new mural by French artist Mr. Brainwash picturing Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi is seen in Los Angeles on January 31, 2020.
This mural completed within hours after their deaths
LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 27: A mural credited to artist Jules Muck, memorializing former NBA star Kobe Bryant and his daughter, is seen on January 27, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. The mural was completed within hours of the death of the two in a helicopter crash along with seven other people January 26 in Calabasas, California
This special mural created by Royyaldog.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 13: A mural depicting deceased NBA star Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, painted by Royyaldog, is displayed on a building on February 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Numerous murals depicting Bryant and Gianna have been created around greater Los Angeles following their tragic deaths in a helicopter crash which left a total of nine dead. A public memorial service honoring Bryant will be held February 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where Bryant played most of his career with the Los Angeles Lakers.
This one created by the champion.
TOPSHOT – Luis Villanueva lights a candle in front of a Kobe Bryant mural in downtown Los Angeles on January 26, 2020. – Nine people were killed in the helicopter crash which claimed the life of NBA star Kobe Bryant and his 13 year old daughter, Los Angeles officials confirmed on Sunday. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said eight passengers and the pilot of the aircraft died in the accident. The helicopter crashed in foggy weather in the Los Angeles suburb of Calabasas. Authorities said firefighters received a call shortly at 9:47 am about the crash, which caused a brush fire on a hillside.
This one is located in the Philippines.
TAGUIG, PHILIPPINES – JANUARY 28: A giant mural of former NBA star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, painted hours after their death, is seen at a basketball court in a slum area on January 28, 2020 in Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines. Bryant, who is hugely popular in basketball-obsessed Philippines, perished in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020 in Calabasas, California. He died together with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others.
And finally this sweet and colorful one.
TOPSHOT – A woman looks at a mural by the artists Muck Rock and Mr79lts showing Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant, who were killed with seven others in a helicopter crash on January 26, in Los Angeles on January 27, 2020. – Federal investigators sifted through the wreckage of the helicopter crash that killed basketball legend Kobe Bryant and eight other people, hoping to find clues to what caused the accident that stunned the world.
Last year was a wild and often scary time. The world will forever remember 2020 being the year that everything stopped and we all had to isolate. It was also the year that we lost Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash and that death rattled the world.
Last year started with the shocking news of Kobe Bryant dying in a helicopter crash.
John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Ara Zobayan, Christina Mauser, Kobe Bryant, and Gianna Bryant all died when a helicopter crashed in the hills near Calabasas. The crash was a shock but TMZ reporting the deaths of Kobe and Gianna without Vanessa being notified angered many. Most of the world learned about Kobe and Gianni’s death because of the TMZ article.
People are remembering the Black Mamba as more than a basketball player.
Fans and friends have shared stories of Kobe and what he has meant to them. Social media is filled with fellow athletes remembering times they spent with Kobe and the kindness and wisdom he gave them in those moments. The basketball player was a legend in the sporting world and became a very important member of the Los Angeles community.
The Dallas Mavericks honored Kobe today in a tweet.
In 2007, Kobe requested a trade to leave the LA Lakers. Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, revealed that during that time the Mavericks almost acquired Kobe in a trade. Though Kobe almost went to Chicago, Dallas was in the running to be the next home for the legend.
Kobe was honored throughout the sporting world with some teams retiring his numbers. The sorting world lost a legend and ambassador for athletics that day and his absence is still felt strongly today.
Some people have shared small notes that Kobe sent them.
Kobe always had the reputation of being a thoughtful and kind person. Someone that people were able to connect with professionally and personally. These moments have endeared him to the LA community and why the city mourned his sudden death for months after.
You can check out Kobe with Guillermo in this clip of Guillermo’s NBA Media Day interviews.
Continue to rest in peace, Kobe. You are greatly missed.