Nirvana Pop-Up Tattoo Shop - Fingerprints Records - 9-24-13
That was the slogan emblazoned on the back of the first Nirvana t-shirt. The front depicted a simplistic drunken smiley face. Kurt Cobain's blotto logo has popped up everywhere: bumper stickers, clothing, candy. Now, twenty years after the release of their final studio album In Utero and nineteen years after Cobain's passing, fans had the opportunity to sear the iconic image into their skin, for free, with the purchase of a remastered copy of the album or live DVD, compliments of Universal Music Group.
Tattoo artists Matt Marcus (Three Kings Tattoo, Brooklyn) and Jason Schroder (Incognito Tattoo, Los Feliz) spent six hours in the window of Long Beach's Fingerprints Records, putting the small image on the various body parts of over fifty people. Many enthusiastic kids under twenty-one were denied, while several more youngsters with accountability waivers in hand chickened out at the last minute, thus saving themselves from having to hide the tattoo from their parents.
Here are a few of the folks who were united by their love of Nirvana and permanent body art.