Two years after his tragic demise, Kobe Bryant remains a strong influence on several NBA players, and his spirit lives on. One way players commemorate Kobe is with their Kobe-inspired tattoos.
Devin Booker’s “Be Legendary” tattoo
Many see the similarities between Devin Booker and Kobe. Both play the same position and have proven to be clutch when needed. In 2016, during Bryant’s farewell tour, he signed Devin’s shoes with a “Be Legendary” message after their game. It was a challenge from an all-time great for Book to become legendary in his own right. The Suns' star tattooed that same message on his hand as a tribute and a reminder of why he is doing what he does.
LeBron James: Mamba 4 life Tattoo
Kobe Bryant and LeBron’s careers will forever be intertwined. The debate on who is the greatest of all time will never end, but in reality, the two competitors were closer than people thought. When James went to the Lakers, some people thought it was like taking over the beloved franchise from Kobe, continuing his legacy, and bringing the team to the promised land once again. James accomplished his goal of winning a title in 2020, but unfortunately, Kobe did not witness the feat.
LeBron James tattooed Mamba 4 Life as a tribute to his friend. The design features a snake, roses, and numbers 8 and 24 with the texts Mamba 4 Life.
Jordan Clarkson and Kobe played together for only a few years, but his impact on JC’s career was so massive the Utah Jazz guard decided to honor The Black Mamba with a tattoo. The design features a snake and the two players side-by-side with their arms around each other. The bond created between JC and Kobe is proof that friendship does not depend on the amount of time spent with each other but on how valuable each moment was.
Anthony Davis with Kobe Bryant logo
Anthony Davis and Kobe were never teammates in Los Angeles Lakers, but the two teamed up on Team USA in the 2012 FIBA World Cup, where they won the title. As a tribute to Kobe, Davis tattooed Bryant’s iconic logo on his thigh.
AD offered a simple explanation when asked why he decided to have one.
“All my tats are something special. I don’t have any meaningless tats, so knowing how much Kobe meant to me, I felt like for me, the impact that he had on my life and my basketball career, I felt like it was only right for me to get a tattoo to remember him.”
Anthony Davis, The Atletic
Bryant may no longer be here with us, but he lives on in players’ lives with their tattoos. Kobe continues to inspire and push his friends, fans, and family to be the best version of themselves because that’s what Kobe would have wanted if he were still alive.