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Tampa artist Cam Parker creates jean jacket tribute to Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant mural Cam Parker
Posted at 3:58 AM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 07:43:44-05

TAMPA, Fla. — Cam Parker is no stranger to creating meaningful artwork. From murals to jackets, he pretty much creates everything.

After the death of legendary NBA star Kobe Bryant, the Tampa Bay area artist knew he had to pickup his artwork and get to work. The news came as a shock to him, like millions of other people across the world.

The piece on a jean jacket took him 5 to 6 hours to create.

The requests are now from other people to create something similar are coming in.

"I needed to do something as a tribute to and for him," says Parker.

For Parker, the artwork is a way of healing and dealing with the tragic death of such a star.

"I was even debating if it was too soon to do this but not for me, because I know what I needed to do for me, therapy wise," explains Parker.

Parker says the comments on his Instagram page came flooding in with many people suggesting he reach out to the Bryant family to send them the jacket.

He says that is something he intends to do, but further down the road. He wants to wait for the right time, but says he'd like to create a jacket for Vanessa Bryant and their daughters.

You can find out more about Cam Parker's artwork through his Instagram page. He does take requests and has his own store on his website.