Kobe Bryant Muralist: 'He Deserves To Be Painted'
Within an hour of Kobe Bryant's death last month, artist Art Gozukuchikyan decided:
"I should paint him. He deserves to be painted."
Within 24 hours, Gozukuchikyan, who goes by "Artoon," had finished a tribute to Kobe and Gianna Bryant. His murals (there's another in Mid-City) are among dozens of public memorials that have appeared across Southern California in the month since the Jan. 26 crash.