Vanessa Bryant Shares Fan's 'Beautiful' Tattoo Tribute to Kobe Bryant and Daughter Gianna
The vibrantly detailed artwork was created by Southern California-based tattoo artist Steve Butcher
Amid a colorful backdrop, the tattoo by Southern California-based artist Steve Butcher depicts Bryant and Gianna with huge smiles, dressed in matching denim jackets and surrounded by butterflies in Lakers colors. Underneath the duo sit two jerseys with their corresponding numbers, 2 and 24, on the back of chairs with red roses lying below them.
“Just came across this. So amazing. What a BEAUTIFUL tribute to my Gigi and Kobe. Kobe would never want to outshine our baby girl,” wrote Vanessa, 37, in the caption of her re-shared photo. “Thank you for honoring them together❤️. @benji_kb24 This is really beautiful. @stevebutchertattoos.”
“Thank you so much Vanessa,” Butcher commented. “I’ve always wanted to be able to show you guys my work and show you how much love everyone has for you and your family!”
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Fans and celebrities alike have chosen body art as one way to remember Bryant and Gianna, who died at the ages of 41 and 13, respectively, in a tragic Jan. 26 helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, alongside seven other passengers.
Phoenix Suns player Devin Booker recently unveiled a new tattoo inspired by some advice Bryant had given him after their first game against each other in 2016. The words “Be Legendary” are inscribed onto Booker’s forearm in cursive.
The Game honored Bryant last month by getting the late athlete’s former jersey number tattooed right above his eyebrow. The ink featured the number 8 turned sideways, to represent the infinity symbol.
Bryant’s sister, Sharia Washington, paid tribute to her brother and niece in February by getting a tattoo on her left shoulder that features their jersey numbers surrounded by a snake in the shape of an infinity symbol. (The reptile is a reference to Bryant’s famous “Black Mamba” nickname.)
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“We will not be able to see Gianna go to high school with Natalia … we didn’t get the chance to teach her how to drive a car,” she said. “I won’t be able to tell her how gorgeous she looks on her wedding day. I’ll never get to see my baby girl walk down the aisle, have a father-daughter dance with her daddy … or have babies of her own.”
In a complaint obtained by PEOPLE earlier this month that lists herself and her daughters as plaintiffs, the NBA star’s widow is suing Island Express Helicopters and claims in part that pilot Ara Zobayan of Huntington Beach, California, who was operating the flight at the time of the crash and died, “failed to properly monitor and assess the weather prior to takeoff,” “failed to abort the flight when he knew of the cloudy conditions” and “failed to properly and safely operate the helicopter resulting in a crash.”
In response to the lawsuit, in which Vanessa and her daughters are seeking general, economic and punitive damages, a spokesperson for Island Express Helicopters told PEOPLE, “This was a tragic accident. We will have no comment on the pending litigation.”