The tattoo on Kobe Bryant's right arm is a crown, in honor of his wife Vanessa, over an angel with wings and Psalm XXVII. On his right forearm, Bryant has the written names of his two children, Gianna Maria and Natalia Diamante.
Bryant's career with the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers started in 1996 after he was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets out of high school and traded to the Lakers for Vlade Divac. The starting shooting guard's 18 years with the organization include three consecutive championships alongside Shaquille O'Neal.
Writers and friends suggest that the tattoo on Kobe's right arm is a result of the summer of 2003, when the basketball star was accused of sexual misconduct towards a woman in a Colorado hotel. The charges were dropped in 2004, but the incident caused Bryant to lose lucrative endorsement contracts.
With the departure of O'Neal and a rocky relationship with head coach Phil Jackson, Kobe couldn't lead the team back to the playoffs until 2009, when Jackson's return improved the shooter's points per game. The Lakers beat the Orlando Magic for the title that year and won it again in 2010 when they defeated the Boston Celtics.
As of 2015, Bryant is the Lakers' all time leading scorer and announced his retirement from the sport after the 2015-2016 season in January 2015.