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110 Kobe Bryant Tattoo Ideas to Bring Out Your Inner Mamba

by Sherri Owens

From Black Mamba concepts to memorial tributes, there are so many Kobe Bryant tattoo designs for you to choose from!

Growing up in a basketball crazy family, Kobe Bryant was a frequent topic of discussion in our household. With his aggressive style and legendary shooting average, we respected him even as he played a role in trumping our team! So, giving a client a Kobe Bryant tattoo gives me the opportunity to reminisce about some truly amazing basketball moments.

In this post, I will share the top Kobe Bryant tattoo ideas and let you know why they may be just right for you!

The Best Kobe Bryant Tattoo Designs

Here are the top Kobe Bryant tattoos that you can choose from:

Black Mamba Tattoos

Kobe Bean Bryant was arguably one of the most dominant players in the game. It is what made him a basketball superstar. It is why you want to get a Kobe Bryant tattoo!

There are so many reasons that Kobe Bryant will go down in NBA history. Not only is he one of two players to score more than 80 points in a single game, he is a five time NBA champion.

Kobe Bryant Logo and Black Mamba Thigh Tattoo

Image by @tim_flanagan84 via Instagram

8, 24 and Black Mamba with Kobe Bryant Logo Leg Tattoo

Image by @district_ten_tattoo via Instagram

Colorful Kobe Bryant Logo and Black Mamba Arm Tattoo

Image by @magik5tattoo via Instagram

While Kobe Bryant had raw talent, he contributed much of his greatness to his mamba mentality. He would later go on to create a Mamba Sports Academy as well.

It is a term that he adopted after watching a Quentin Tarantino movie Kill Bill. One of the characters was named after the deadly black mamba snake.

Black Mamba with Kobe Bryant Logo Leg Tattoo

Image by @kauanynunestattoo via Instagram

Sketched Kobe Bryant Logo and Black Mamba Arm Tattoo

Image by @bk_tattooer via Instagram

24, 8 and Black Mamba with Kobe Bryant Logo Calf Tattoo

Image by @atgperth via Instagram

Grey Kobe Bryant Logo and Black Mamba Forearm Tattoo

Image by @tattootown402 via Instagram

As Kobe Bryant himself explained it, he took inspiration from the size, bite, speed, and temperament of the black mamba snake. This influenced his own athletic behavior on the court and is a great meaning for this Kobe Bryant tattoo.

Interestingly enough, Kobe Bryant also used this mentality as a way to separate his personal and professional life. The snake for this Kobe Bryant tattoo was his on-court personality, the one who would do whatever it took to win.

24 and Black Mamba Script Forearm Tattoo

Image by @mascalzonetattoo via Instagram

Black Mamba with Kobe Bryant Logo Forearm Tattoo

Image by @kobetattoos via Instagram

Black Mamba with Kobe Bryant Logo Chest Tattoo

Image by @alicelin0923 via Instagram

Kobe Bryant Quote and Black Mamba Tattoo

Image by @genesis_emery via Instagram

8 and 24 Formed From Three Black Mamba Snakes Ribs Tattoo

Image by @rob_farnham_tattoo via Instagram

Now, Kobe Bryant inspired a lot of people with this mentality - other athletes and everyday folk. If you liked his mindset and apply it to your own life, then this is definitely a Kobe Bryant tattoo that you are going to want to consider for yourself.

Here are some of the Kobe Bryant tattoo designs that you should check out based on this concept:

Kobe Bryant Logo with Black Mamba Skin Arm Tattoo

Image by @kingtidetattoohi via Instagram

Kobe Bryant Logo and Black Mamba Forearm Tattoo

Image by @stifftattoo via Instagram

Kobe Bryant with Basketball and Sheath Logo Forearm Tattoo

Image by @kobetattoos via Instagram

Cracked Kobe Bryant Logo with Ropes Back Tattoo

Image by @yanbing_tattoo via Instagram

8, 24 and Black Mamba with Kobe Bryant Logo Forearm Tattoo

Image by @unordinarydiego via Instagram

Black Arrow and Black Mamba Arm Tattoo

Image by @monju_tattoo via Instagram

Glowing Black Mamba with Kobe Bryant Logo Leg Tattoo

Image by @kgink_ via Instagram

Shaded Black Mamba with Kobe Bryant Logo Arm Tattoo

Image by @alldaytattoobkk via Instagram

Colorful Kobe Bryant Logo and Black Mamba Forearm Tattoo

Image by @darklord_sancen via Instagram

24, 8 and Black Mamba Forearm Tattoo

Image by @marchi_renzo via Instagram

Geometrical 8, 24 and Black Mamba Arm Tattoo

Image by @kobetattoos via Instagram

Kobe Bryant Logo and Black Mamba Snakes Thigh Tattoo

Image by @toz.tattoo via Instagram

Flowers, Kobe Bryant Logo and Black Mamba Back Tattoo

Image by @gata_inc.s via Instagram

Black Mamba with Mamba Mentality Script Forearm Tattoo

Image by @inkinktattoovenice via Instagram

Sheath Logo with Kobe Face, 8 and 24 Forearm Tattoo

Image by @oscar__tattoos via Instagram

Colorful Kobe Bryant Logo and Black Mamba Arm Tattoo

Image by @kolo_cartagena via Instagram

No. 8 Tattoos

Kobe Bryant started out his basketball career with the LA Lakers wearing the jersey number 8. This was a throwback to his Adidas camp number. It was also his jersey number when he was much younger.

The number 8 jersey wasn't his first choice but the other numbers that he was considering at the time were either taken by other players or retired.

Black Mamba and No. 8 Leg Tattoo

Image by @batistatattooer via Instagram

This doesn't mean that the 8 jersey number isn't meaningful, however! In fact, it is one of the reasons that you want to get a Kobe Bryant tattoo.

It was while Kobe Bryant was wearing this jersey that he made a name for himself.

Kobe Dunks, and No. 8 with Crown Forearm Tattoo

Image by @shahinourian via Instagram

If you want to commemorate this time of his career, then here are the Kobe Bryant basketball tattoo designs you should be considering for yourself.

Kobe in Jersey No. 8 Forearm Tattoo

Image by @kobetattoos via Instagram

Jersey No. 8 with Halo Forearm Tattoo

Image by @stevotattoos via Instagram

Origami Bird and No. 8 Chest Tattoo

Image by @tattoo_paradise_sri_lanka via Instagram

No. 8 with Autograph Arm Tattoo

Image by @jt.tat2 via Instagram

Black Mamba No. 8 Arm Tattoo

Image by @iwilltattoo via Instagram

No. 24 Tattoos

If the number 8 isn't quite doing it for you for a Kobe Bryant tattoo, then you may be considering the no 24.

After many years, Kobe changed his jersey number to 24. This was the number that he wore in high school.

Colorful Kobe in Jersey No. 24 Forearm Tattoo

Image by @_fixie__t via Instagram

Colorful Kobe in Jersey No. 24 Forearm Tattoo

Image by @dreamertattoo via Instagram

Black and Grey Kobe in Jersey No. 24 Arm Tattoo

Image by @moretats_ via Instagram

No. 24 with Lettering Forearm Tattoo

Image by @mrfloydtattoo via Instagram

One of the reasons that Kobe Bryant wanted to change his number was because he felt that he had evolved as a player and a person. His mindset was different and so was his plans for his future.

If you were more interested in this player, then 24 is the Kobe Bryant tattoo that you should get.

Here are just some of the Kobe Bryant tattoo designs that you can get:

Sketched Kobe in Jersey No. 24 Thigh Tattoo

Image by @kkr.tattoo via Instagram

Black Mamba Lettering and No. 24 Thigh Tattoo

Image by @kobetattoos via Instagram

Black Mamba and No. 24 Forearm Tattoo

Image by @alchemy_tattoo_studio via Instagram

Kobe Jersey No. 24 Full Back Tattoo

Image by @fullclipradio_bne via Instagram

Colorful Kobe in Jersey No. 24 Leg Tattoo

Image by @tattoosbywillschallert via Instagram

Black and Grey Kobe in Jersey No. 24 Forearm Tattoo

Image by @lakimii_mannheim via Instagram

Kobe Bryant Logo and No. 24 Arm Tattoo

Image by @amon_tattoo_ragusa via Instagram

Black Mamba, Kobe and No. 24 Arm Tattoo

Image by @educarvalhotattoo via Instagram

Kobe Bryant Autograph and No. 24 Forearm Tattoo

Image by @msmanhattan_ via Instagram

Kobe Bryant Logo and No. 24 Forearm Tattoos

Image by @sneakerdave via Instagram

Mamba, Kobe Bryant Logo and No. 24 Forearm Tattoo

Image by @tat2benny via Instagram

No. 24 with Sneakers Leg Tattoo

Image by @vudu_dahl via Instagram

Barbed Wire and No. 24 Arm Tattoo

Image by @yaziyazanadam via Instagram

Kobe Bryant Jersey No. 24 Thigh Tattoo

Image by @j.g.artworks via Instagram

Minimalistic No. 24 Wrist Tattoo

Image by @donsinverguenza via Instagram

Sneakers and No. 24 Leg Tattoo

Image by @golden___mind via Instagram

Kobe Bryant Logo and No. 24 Leg Tattoo

Image by @_deasy via Instagram

Black Mamba and No. 24 Inner Biceps Tattoo

Image by @chuyespinozatattoos via Instagram

No. 24 with Kobe Name Neck Tattoo

Image by @c_mazing_tattoos via Instagram

Kobe Bryant Portrait Tattoos

A great Kobe Bryant tattoo idea is to get his portrait inked on your body. Of course, keep in mind that this is a rather complex Kobe Bryant tattoo so it is best to go to an experienced tattoo artist for this kind of ink.

The good news if you do want to get such a Kobe Bryant tattoo is that you have plenty of options to choose from. Kobe Bryant's likeness was captured quite a bit during his lifetime.

Black and Grey Kobe Bryant Portrait Arm Tattoo

Image by @saul_mora via Instagram

Colorful Kobe Bryant Portrait Forearm Tattoo

Image by @saneltattoos via Instagram

Black and Grey Kobe Bryant Slam Dunk Leg Tattoo

Image by @moussa.tattoo via Instagram

Kobe Bryant Smoking Fingers Arm Tattoo

Image by @how8_tattoo via Instagram

From personal to professional images, there are lots of ideas that you can choose from for your Kobe Bryant tattoo.

If you want a more meaningful Kobe Bryant tattoo, then you may want to consider using an image from an important day - for instance, when Kobe Bryant won the championship. Or, when Kobe Bryant played his highest scoring game.

Kobe Bryant Portrait with NBA Trophy Leg Tattoo

Image by @chriscartertattoos via Instagram

Kobe Bryant Portrait with NBA Trophy Leg Tattoo

Image by @whiteoaktattooco via Instagram

Kobe Bryant Realistic Portrait Tattoo

Image by @kobetattoos via Instagram

In case you want a truly realistic Kobe Bryant tattoo, you should consider getting Kobe's tattoos. These consist of a butterfly crown on his right arm.

Of course, this does depend on the size of your Kobe Bryant tattoo - this idea may only really work with a larger image.

Smiling Kobe Bryant Portrait Forearm Tattoo

Image by @_ink.yan_ via Instagram

Kobe Bryant Portrait with Spread Arms Forearm Tattoo

Image by @sean_assassin_tattoo via Instagram

Black and Grey Kobe Bryant Portraits Arm Tattoo

Image by @alan_analog via Instagram

Smiling Kobe Bryant Portrait Chest Tattoo

Image by @jason_tattoo.666 via Instagram

Kobe Bryant Portrait Biceps Tattoo

Image by @tattoo.los via Instagram

Kobe Bryant with Basketball Arm Tattoo

Image by @kobetattoos via Instagram

Colorful Kobe Bryant Portrait Calf Tattoo

Image by @gabrielgomeztattoo via Instagram

Kobe Bryant in USA Jersey Shoulder Tattoo

Image by @lumamama_tattoohk via Instagram

Realistic Kobe Bryant Portrait Thigh Tattoo

Image by @richtaylortattoos via Instagram

Kobe Bryant Portrait with Autograph Leg Tattoo

Image by @ironinktattoo.vejle via Instagram

Kobe Bryant with Basketball Leg Band Tattoo

Image by @tattoo_mehran_ via Instagram

Black and Grey Kobe Bryant Portrait Arm Tattoo

Image by @tattookaohsiung via Instagram

Black and Grey Kobe Bryant Portraits Leg Tattoo

Image by @bescaz via Instagram

Kobe Bryant Game Tattoos

If you love Kobe Bryant, the athlete, then you are going to want a Kobe Bryant tattoo of what he did best - playing basketball.

There are lots of ways to make this kind of Kobe Bryant tattoo work. For instance, if you want, you can get a Kobe Bryant tattoo just with him in his uniform.

A great Kobe Bryant tattoo idea involves him biting on his jersey. This was a classic move that he unconsciously did when he was playing a game.

Kobe Bryant Biting Jersey Leg Tattoo

Image by @ozzytat2 via Instagram

Sweating Kobe Bryant Biting Jersey Chest Tattoo

Image by @pira_tattoo via Instagram

Realistic Kobe Bryant Biting Jersey Arm Tattoo

Image by @sergiosalastattoo via Instagram

If you want to take your Kobe Bryant tattoo to the next level, then you may want to get a design with Kobe Bryant on the court, bright lights behind him.

Your Kobe Bryant tattoo could also consist of him in the middle of playing a game - there are lots of different options for such a Kobe tattoo.

Kobe Bryant with Mamba Head Leg Tattoo

Image by @watts_tattoos via Instagram

Kobe Bryant Playing Basketball Leg Tattoo

Image by @danillo.tattoo via Instagram

Basket and Kobe Bryant Stretching Jersey Arm Tattoo

Image by @giordanomarinelli.tattoo via Instagram

Kobe Bryant Jump Shot Forearm Tattoo

Image by @north_blood_jin via Instagram

Kobe Bryant Jump Shot Leg Tattoo

Image by @09_tattoo via Instagram

Kobe Bryant Layup Biceps Tattoo

Image by @fabio.pili_tattooartist via Instagram

Kobe Bryant Slam Dunk Leg Sleeve Tattoo

Image by @salva.tattoos via Instagram

Kobe Bryant One Hand Slam Dunk Arm Tattoo

Image by @jotabittencourtestudio via Instagram

Kobe Bryant Slam Dunk Leg Tattoo

Image by @jasonbabirad.tattoo via Instagram

Kobe Bryant Jump Shot with Autograph Forearm Tattoo

Image by @nightowldrawings via Instagram

Colorful Kobe Bryant Playing Basketball Leg Tattoo

Image by @kyle.chaney.tattoo via Instagram

Kobe Bryant Backward Dunk Leg Tattoo

Image by @the_mfb via Instagram

Black Mamba and Kobe Bryant Jump Shot Leg Tattoo

Image by @bacca_ink via Instagram

Kobe Bryant One Hand Dunk Leg Tattoo

Image by @210miketheinkman via Instagram

Kobe Bryant Memorial Tattoos

The whole world mourned when Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash in 2020.

In response to this tragedy, many fans got a tribute tattoo of Kobe Bryant.

There are lots of different ways that you can go with such a Kobe Bryant tattoo. For instance, you can get an image of Kobe in heaven or Kobe surrounded by angel wings.

In general, adding any kind of heavenly or celestial element to this kind of tattoo concept will give you the kind of Kobe Bryant tribute design that you are looking for.

Gianna and Kobe with Halos Forearm Tattoo

Image by @parviz.ink via Instagram

Basket, and 8 and 24 on Shot Clock with Angel Wings Tattoo

Image by @mircoragnotattoo via Instagram

LA Lakers Logo with Kobe Bryant Name Shoulder Tattoo

Image by @mambabeatz via Instagram

No. 24 and Kobe Quote Memorial Arm Tattoo

Image by @darrylirish via Instagram

Kobe Bryant with Halo and Angel Wings Forearm Tattoo

Image by @tattoomaggie via Instagram

Shaded Clouds and Kobe Bryant Memorial Forearm Tattoo

Image by @bentim_martinez via Instagram

Faded Kobe Bryant with Halo Memorial Forearm Tattoo

Image by @janesink_vanessa via Instagram

Now, you don't have to be quite so direct with your Kobe Bryant tattoo ideas. You can also get a tribute tattoo that only involves his jersey numbers or other identifying elements of him.

The great thing about this kind of Kobe Bryant tattoo is that it can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be.

Here are some of the Kobe Bryant tattoo designs to inspire your own:

Kobe Bryant with Years Stamp Memorial Forearm Tattoo

Image by @newt_tattooer via Instagram

Date of Death and Kobe Bryant with Script Memorial Forearm Tattoo

Image by @alexgarcia.tattoo via Instagram

Colorful Kobe Bryant with Quote Memorial Tattoo

Image by @minas21trimeris via Instagram

Basketball Court, Gianna and Kobe Memorial Forearm Tattoo

Image by @gyorgyforis_ via Instagram

Streetball Court, Child and Kobe Memorial Forearm Tattoo

Image by @gyorgyforis_ via Instagram

Bryant with No. 24 and Years Stamp Memorial Biceps Tattoo

Image by @inkspiredtattooproject via Instagram

Paper Ball, Basket and Script Kobe Memorial Forearm Tattoo

Image by @kobetattoos via Instagram

Streetball Court, Child and Kobe Memorial Arm Tattoo

Image by @stevedunford via Instagram

Well, there you have it - all the Kobe Bryant tattoo designs you could possibly need! From simple and classic to complex and nostalgic, you can find all the designs that you need to get the Kobe Bryant tattoo that you want!

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