The death of Nipsey Hussle shocked the world when he was gunned down in a fatal incident that left his wife and two kids grieving. Nipsey, born to the name Ermias Asghedom, worked tirelessly to better his community and the world around him. Over the years, his following and the admiration for his work had grown as he spread his message of positivity and hard work.
In the wake of his death, there have been a number of celebrity names in the headlines speaking out on their grief and how his loss has affected them. Everyone has different ways of dealing with grief and pain – one of those includes getting a tattoo.
Some notable names have gotten a tattoo inspired by or depicting Nipsey Hussle, ensuring that his legacy lives on for generations. Let’s discuss 5 celebrities that have been changed by the loss of Nipsey and paid homage to him via ink and needles.
Rick Ross is first on the list as a long-time friend of Nipsey Hussle that has a fondness for tattoos. The rapper got a tattoo done by famous artist Tatu Baby, which shows Nipsey with an angel halo above his head. He went a step further and put the artists face on the elevator door of his home so that he can always be reminded of how Nipsey encouraged moving forward and up in the world.
Ross only has good things to say about the rapper, who worked on several songs with him. The two were actually working on a song and video at the time of Hussle’s untimely death, which features Teyana Taylor. Taylor has also dealt with grief, stating that the song made her feel angry after listening to it.
As the wife of Nipsey Hussle, Lauren London is sure to be having a tough time dealing with the loss of her best friend and lover. The couple began dating in 213 after meeting on Twitter to discuss sales of a limited edition mixtape that Nipsey had released and was selling for a high price. They met in person for the first time at his store, located in Los Angeles, California on Slauson Avenue, where he was fatally shot.
She paid tribute to her late husband by getting a depiction of him along her forearm along with “God will rise”. The couple shares a child together, a boy named Kross, that was born in 2016. London must now make her way through the world without her greatest love, but she will continue to spread his message and pass along Nipsey’s lessons and wisdom to their son.
Many artists get tattoos on their arms, legs, or back – especially when it represents someone else. However, the Game and Nipsey were so close that the rapper dedicated his entire chest to get a realistic depiction of the late rapper’s face etched into him. “Crenshaw” is written beneath the tattoo, calling attention to Nipsey’s roots. He also got the word “prolific” tattooed in the same fashion as the late artist.
They had become friends despite their affiliations with warring gangs. They paved the way to nonviolence, preaching about coming together to overcome obstacles and make the hood a better place. Nipsey constantly spoke about unity and encouraged peace, stepping into rap beefs and helping squash them.
Although the Game initially faced backlash over his friendship with Nip, he overcame it and instead used his platform to encourage others to do the same – make peace. They worked together to bring the community together and their efforts will have lasting consequences.
Roddy Ricch is an up and comer in the music industry that made his debut in the song “Racks in the Middle”. His first single, which featured Nipsey Hussle, was finished shortly before the rapper’s death. They met only recently, with Nip discovering his talents and quickly attempting to sign him before anyone else could.
Rich paid his respects to Nip by getting “prolific” tattooed along his face, similar to the late rapper’s own tattoo. He credits his success to Nipsey and thanks to him for sharing his knowledge with the young up and comer. He has stated that he strives to put the lessons he learned from Nipsey during that short amount of time to work, putting his passion into becoming a great artist.
Nipsey Hussle may be gone, but he will certainly never be forgotten. The artist touched the lives of many, making a change and etching himself into history.