The piece was done by expert Jeweler, Greg Yuna, a.k.a Mr. Flawless, who has designed pieces for celebrity faces like Drake, Victor Cruz, and most recently, Joey Bada$$. Although Yuna can only recall one face-to-face encounter with Nipsey Hussle, he says he has the “utmost respect” for the rapper, recalling him as a “phenomenal artist” whose musical legacy will thrive forever. “Even from one interaction you can tell he was a beautiful impression,” the designer said.
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“I originally wanted to make a tribute piece regardless of being approached, but to make one with this purpose was even more fulfilling,” Yuna explains as his motivations behind the piece. He also offers a step-by-step of his creative process for the piece: “I had to find the best picture of him that I thought would be most suitable and iconic,” he explains, before going on to say, “then we make a cad and spend tedious endless hours on the computer trying to get as much detail as possible in so we can print it on a state of the art 3D printing machine. Finally, we cast it in gold and laser in the tattoos and do the finishing touches including the hand-selected full cut diamond in his ear.”
“The paisley on the back was a symbolic depiction of his roots and a lot of what he represented,” Yuna adds, conveying the message intended to be shared by his piece. “‘God will rise’ is what his name means and I think that says it all,” he concludes.
You can check out a video of the piece being created, as well as the final outcome, on Yuna’s Instagram below.