Kobe Bryant’s sister Sharia gets tattoo honoring Kobe, Gianna
Numerous fans and friends have been paying tribute to the late Kobe Bryant by getting tattoos honoring him and his daughter, Gianna, who were among nine people who died in a helicopter crash on January 26. One of Kobe’s sisters is also paying tribute with some ink.
Sharia Washington, who is the oldest of the three Bryant children, got a tattoo of the numbers 2 and 24, which were Gigi and Kobe’s respective numbers. The numbers are wrapped by a mamba snake, representing Kobe’s “Black Mamba” nickname, that weaves an “8” — which was Kobe’s other number.
The mamba snake can also be viewed as an infinity symbol, perhaps as sign that Kobe and Gigi’s legacies will live on forever.
Sharia is 43, sister Shaya is 42, and Kobe was 41 when he died. Kobe notoriously had some issues with his immediate family, but his parents and siblings are going through an extremely difficult time. Shaq sat next to Kobe’s parents during Monday’s memorial at Staples Center and later recognized them on TV.