Lauren London Reveals Tattoo of Love Nipsey Hussle: 'When You See Me, You Will Always See Him'
Lauren London was one of many who paid tribute to the slain rapper by getting his face tattooed on their bodies
Shortly after delivering one of her final goodbyes to Hussle, at the slain rapper’s Los Angeles memorial on Thursday, London showed off a new tattoo in honor of her boyfriend of six years.
On Instagram, the 34-year-old actress displayed the inking of Hussle’s face on her forearm with a crown, racing flags, and the saying “God Will Rise” underneath — the same phrase that was tattooed on Hussle next to his right eye.
“Real Love Never Dies,” she captioned the photo. “When you see me, you will always see him #LoveYouHussle #TMC”
Earlier in the day, London tearfully remembered Hussle, whom she referred to as “the love of my life,” in front of a crowd of 21,000 who had gathered to pay respects to the artist born Ermias Joseph Asghedom at the Staples Center.
Hussle, 33, died on March 31 after being shot outside of his Hyde Park clothing store, the Marathon Clothing Company.
In her eulogy, London read a loving text message she wrote on Jan. 21 to her boyfriend, which she explained was written while Hussle was sleeping one morning — something she said she “loved” to watch him do. The copy of the text message was also featured in the funeral’s pamphlet.
“I want you to know I feel real joy in my heart when I’m around you. I feel safe around you. Protected. Like a shield over me when you’re around, I am totally myself when I’m with you,” London had written. “You’ve made me into more of a woman. You’ve given me an opportunity to really love a man,” said London, who was dressed in all white with black sunglasses.
After reading the text message, London told the crowd, “His soul was majestic. He was the strongest man that I ever knew. A gentle father, a patient leader, a divine light. He was brilliant. He researched everything, completely self-taught, constantly seeking knowledge.”
At the memorial, London also fondly remembered their everyday lives together with their children: son Kross Asgehdom, Hussle’s daughter Emani Asghedom and London’s son Cameron Carter (whom she shares with rapper Lil Wayne).
She also became emotional at the thought of her child growing up without his father.
“My pain is from a 2-year-old that probably won’t remember how much his dad loved him,” London said. “This is something that I don’t really understand but I know Ermias always used to say that you can’t possess people; that you experience them. I’m so honored and blessed to experience such a man.”
London wasn’t the only person to pay tribute to the slain rapper through a form of permanent ink. NBA player JR Smith and rapper The Game also had the face of Hussle tatted onto their bodies recently.
Smith, 33, displayed his new detailed ink on a body part that was unclear from the close-up shot on April 3.
“#LONGLIVENIP” the Cleveland Cavaliers player wrote while tagging Hussle in the post.
Meanwhile, The Game, 39 — whose real name is Jayceon Terrell Taylor — had Hussle’s face tattooed across his chest. As the tattoo artist was finishing his new ink on Thursday, The Game recorded the moment and shared it to his Instagram Stories.
He also captioned his post with “#LongLiveNip”
Nipsey was allegedly killed by Eric Holder, 29, who has been charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon, according to the Los Angeles County’s District Attorney’s Office.
On April 4, he entered a plea of not guilty in court. Holder could face a maximum sentence of life in state prison if convicted.
Holder has hired attorney Chris Darden, who famously was part of the prosecution team in O.J. Simpson’s murder trial.