How Kobe Bryant Inspired Amber Rose to Get That Face Tattoo

Kobe Bryant’s death rocked the world. People who weren’t even basketball fans took his passing to heart. Everyone had a different reaction to the star’s untimely passing. But one of the most shocking responses was model Amber Rose’s. Instead of just sending her condolences online like most other celebrities, Rose chose to get a face tattoo.

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Amber Rose’s face tattoo

Rose and her boyfriend Alexander “AE” Edwards shocked fans when they revealed their new tattoos. The pair got huge tattoos to pay homage to Rose’s children. Rose got their names, Bash and Slash, tatted on her head while AE got the boy’s birthdays inked on his head.

How did Kobe Bryan inspire Amber Rose’s tattoo?

Since debuting her new tattoo, fans have wondered what was the reasoning behind it.

“You know, I got to be honest,” she said on the Feb. 12 episode of Fox Soul’s One On One With Keyshia Cole. “I don’t want this to sound corny or anything, but after Kobe died, it made me reflect on my life. I don’t want people to be like, ‘oh Kobe died, and she went and got a tattoo?’ but it was kind of like that. I thought about my dad, and my dad had cancer when he was 40. He went through remission, and he’s good, but he almost died, and I’m 36. And I have been wanting this tattoo for a long time, and I was like, ‘you know what? Life is so short. Just do it. Just live your best life with no regrets.’ ”

And she doesn’t regret her decision at all.

“And that’s just how I felt, and I’m happy I did it,” she continued.

She, of course, ran the idea by AE before tatting her face.

“He encouraged it he was just like ‘baby do it you got to get it,'” she said. And when he got his own tattoo, he wanted to make sure that he got something for Sebastian, who is actually Wiz Khalifa’s child, as well.

“He loves Bash as if Bash was his own,” Rose said. “Bash is really lucky because he has a very present father and a very present stepfather as well. They both coach his baseball team together. We are one big happy family.”

How does Amber Rose’s boyfriend feel about the tattoo?

Though AE encouraged Rose to get the tattoo, there was always a chance that he wouldn’t be a fan of the finished product. But luckily, he loves the new ink.

“Amber’s boyfriend is a huge fan of her face tattoo,” a source told HollywoodLife. “And he’s the only man she wants to impress. As long as he thinks she looks hot, that’s all she cares about. He has face tattoos already and encouraged her to go for it but it was her choice and something she’s actually been wanting to do for a long time. She’s so happy she finally went for it. And she loves that that AE has one too. The fact that he commemorated both her kids, that he didn’t leave Sebastian out of his tribute means so much to her. She knows he loves Bash like his own, but this really proves it and just makes her love him even more.”