4:27 PM PT -- 1/31 -- LeBron just posted a close-up of his new Kobe ink ... and it features a black mamba, Bryant's 24 and 8 numbers, two roses and the phrase "Mamba 4 Life."
"My brother," LeBron said of the new pic of the art. "#Mamba4Life #RIPKobe #RIPGiGi"
LeBron James has a new piece of body art -- a tribute to Kobe Bryant complete with imagery of a Black Mamba.
Both LeBron and Anthony Davis hit up tattoo artist Vanessa Aurelia on Wednesday looking to pay tribute to Kobe with some fresh ink.
Fast-forward to Thursday morning ... when Bron and the Lakers were working out in front of the Lakers facility in El Segundo and gave the media a sneak peek at his new art.
The tat is still under wraps but it appears he's got a black mamba snake with some words underneath. Some people in the office think it reads, "Kobe 4 Life" but it's really hard to tell.
We're told Bron plans to do a big reveal on his Instagram soon -- most likely before he takes the court on Friday when the Lakers take on the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center.
Originally Published -- 1/30 1:43 PM PT