Vanessa Bryant pays homage to her late husband Kobe Bryant’s nickname and gets a custom ‘Mambacita’ tattoo etched on her forearm
Feeling an emotional connection to nicknames associated to her late husband, his widow Vanessa Bryant was back at the tattoo parlor for some new body ink to have ‘Mambacita’ etched on her right forearm in cursive.
Of course, Mambacita is derived from Bryant’s nickname: Black Mamba, which was used as the former LA Lakers alter ego, due to hid assassin-like mentality he exemplified on the basketball court during his illustrious career.
Tribute: Vanessa Bryant, 38, paid honored her late husband Kobe Bryant’s Black Mamba nickname and had ‘Mambacita’ tattooed on her right forearm
In the first video documenting her tattoo visit, the widow of Kobe Bryant could be seen doing a selfie video through Nikko Hurtado’s studio until she reached the artist woe proceeded to introduce himself with a smile.
‘Lol @nikkohurtado working on my custom piece. #nopressure,’ she wrote in the caption along with a red heart emoji.
‘Hey Nikko? Bryant, 38, said just as her friend got into the view of the camera.
Getting prepared for action! The California native began with a selfie video of herself walking through Nikko Hurtado’s tattoo studio
Custom piece: The widow of Kobe Bryant joked about there being ‘no pressure’ for Hurtado
‘I’m going to get Mamba mentality right here,’ she joked while pointing to the eras just under her eyes.
‘That’s right: Post Vanessa,’ he added, in a reference to a couple of the tattoos on Post Malone’s face.
Several hours later, Bryant shared a second quick video of herself laying face down on a tattoo chair as Hurtado focused on the task at hand: his client’s tattoo.
Body ink bug: It appears Vanessa Bryant had work on more than one tattoo
She quickly shared a third video of Bryant still laying face down where she declares: ‘Nikko makes fun of me because he uses a single needle on me – Vato style.’
Bryant then shift the camera to Nikki who could be seen work in her piece
‘Yea, we’re doing single needle Vatos style; we’re bringing it back,’ he joked while looking directly into the camera with the sounds of his tattoo device heard in the background.
Beaming: She quickly shared a third video of Bryant still laying face down where she declares: ‘Nikko makes fun of me because he uses a single needle on me’
‘All my tatts are single needle…First tatt of the night done…. 8 hours later @nikkohurtado #Mambacita. Thank you @bjbetts for helping Nikko out on my font! Tatt took 2 mins,’ she told her 14.4 million Instagram fans and followers.
One all the artistry was done, Bryant posted a closeup snap of her face and ‘Mambacita’ tattoo on the side of her forearm that was rested just under her chin.
Kobe and daughter Gianna Bryant died on January 26, 2020 when the helicopter they were riding in crashed into the hills in the Calabasas region of Los Angeles. He was 41-years-old, and Gigi was only 13.
Seven other people, several of whom were Gianna’s young basketball teammates, also died in the crash.
Tragic: Kobe and daughter Gianna Bryant died on January 26, 2020 when the helicopter they were riding in crashed into the hills in the Calabasas region of Los Angeles; Vanessa and Kobe Bryant are pictured in November 2019