Tattoo artist shows off new ink of Kobe baptizing Dwight Howard.
Six games into Dwight Howard's rookie season with the Orlando Magic in 2004, he was "baptized" by Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant in a moment that won't soon be forgotten.
With the Lakers trailing 82-74 late in the third quarter, the Black Mamba drove the lane and found the 19-year old center standing inside the restricted area underneath the hoop with his arms extended to the rafters. Instead of pulling up for a jumper, as Howard had hoped, Kobe elevated and officially welcomed Dwight into the NBA by way of a posterizing dunk.
"I baptized him," Bryant later said of the emasculating dunk. "I turned him into a Defensive Player of the Year."
That iconic moment has now been transformed into a marvelous lifelike tattoo, courtesy of well known tattoo artist Steve Butcher. Butcher, who has also created an incredible LeBron x Dwyane Wade alley-oop tattoo, recently unveiled the new Kobe ink which he says took 14 hours to complete over the course of two days at the @florencetattooconvention.
Check out the Kobe x Dwight tat in the IG post embedded below and click here to see more of Butcher's work.