Rockhill S.C (WBTV) – There are plenty of ways to show love for your favorite athlete. Some beautiful videos and words are all over social media 36 hours after the death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and several others rocked the world.
There’s a man by the name of Danny Rice and he is what you call a hardcore Kobe fan. He’s one of the millions of hurtings, but he said he’s getting a Kobe tattoo to ease the pain and honor one of the greatest to ever pick up a basketball.
“It’s therapeutic a little bit. It doesn’t justify what happened and make everything okay,” said Rice.
But he says it does help. His love for Kobe – also known as the Black Mamba – started in the early 2000s when he started to solidify himself in Laker’s history.
Through each prick of the skin, Rice says it’s not just athleticism that drew him towards number 21. It was the type of man Kobe was off the court, and the way of fathering his four girls is what he respected the most.
“How one-on-one he was with his daughter, and like I said I have a daughter of my own and that’s how I feel,” Rice said.
It’s clear Rice is used to an inky needle. There’s a personal story tied to each piece of artwork already on his body. The Kobe one is no different.
Even though Rice didn’t know the player personally, he says everything about Kobe’s grit and his ability to win is the reason Danny will live the rest of his life trying to apply the Black Mamba mentality to his own world.
The owner of the Tattoo Factory on South Columbia Street in downtown Gastonia says he expects to have more customers come in wanting to pay homage. He said the same thing happened when Dale Earnhardt died several years ago.