Vanessa Bryant Reveals New "Vato-Style" Tattoo Tribute to Daughter Gianna
More than a year after the deaths of Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna, Vanessa Bryant shared new body art on March 23 as a tribute to the 13-year-old basketball standout.
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Vanessa Bryant is adding to her body art to pay tribute to her daughter Gianna.
On Tuesday, March 23, Vanessa shared a series of Instagram posts showing off the new tattoo on her upper right arm that reads, "Mambacita." The artwork features a heart to dot the "i" and a butterfly at the end of the final "a."
This was Gianna's nickname and a play on dad Kobe Bryant's "Black Mamba" moniker. Gianna, herself an avid basketball player, was 13 when she and Kobe were among the nine individuals who perished in a tragic helicopter crash on Jan. 26, 2020.
"Mambacita," Vanessa, 38, simply captioned the photo, adding heart and butterfly emojis.
Among the supporters praising the piece was La La Anthony, who commented, "This is sooooo goood!!!" She included a number of heart-eyes emojis.
Prior to the final reveal, Vanessa shared several videos of herself getting the ink done by her regular tattoo artist, Nikko Hurtado.
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"Nikko makes fun of me because he uses a single needle on me, vato-style," Vanessa quipped in one video, referencing her Mexican-American heritage.
Her caption for the video suggested that more artwork was on the way. "All my tatts are single needle...First tatt of the night done.... 8 hours to decide on the font," she wrote. "Tatt took 5 mins."
This is not her first tattoo tribute following the devastating crash. In June 2020, Vanessa posted video of Nikko tattooing a message from Kobe on her right shoulder, along with throwback footage filmed in February 2020 of Nikko inking a message from Gianna on her left wrist.
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