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Top 20 Kurt Cobain + Nirvana Tattoos

April 2019 marks 25 years since Kurt Cobain tragically took his own life. A clearly deeply troubled soul, his legacy lives on through the music he bestowed upon the world.

Nirvana formed in 1987 and produced three albums before their front man joined the 27 Club. Even after all these years the band continues to find new fans – some of the tattoos below are on people who were either small children or not even born prior to 1994.

There may only be seven years of photographs, and three albums of song lyrics and album covers, but there’s still plenty to inspire a tattoo. Discover what Kurt or Nirvana means to you and from there you can begin your search for the perfect tattoo artist; who knows, maybe that tattooer is one of the 20 featured below.

Put some Nirvana on, turn it up as loud as it can go and check out this selection of the top 20 Kurt Cobain and Nirvana tattoos.

Traditional style Kurt Cobain tattoo by @melaniemilnetattoos
Colour realism Kurt Cobain portrait tattoo by @khantattoo
Nirvana “Heart Shaped Box” inspired tattoo by @isobelmortontattoo
Kurt Cobain tattoo by @paulacastletattoos
Sparkly and colourful Kurt Cobain tattoo by @carly.kawaii
Stylised neo trad Kurt Cobain tattoo by @gibb0o
Pastel Kurt Cobain love heart tattoo by @sam.nancy.tattoos
Nirvana popsicle tattoo by @jonleightontattoo
New school Kurt Cobain tattoo by @vilela_tattooing
Colour realism Kurt Cobain tattoo by @stevebutchertattoos
Stylised Kurt Cobain tattoo by @gino_battaglia_tattoo
Colourful Nirvana “Heart Shaped Box” themed tattoo by @rachelbaldwintattoo
Abstract Kurt Cobain tattoo by @jasontattooer
Kurt Cobain inspired pennyroyal flowers and black onyx ring hand tattoo by @ebony_mellowship
Nirvana In Utero tattoo by @sadboykurt
Colour realism Kurt Cobain portrait tattoo by @thealexwright
Dark trash realism Kurt Cobain tattoo by @anrijsstraume
Double exposure Kurt Cobain silhouette and Nirvana “Heart Shaped Box” themed tattoo by @jayjoree
Mixed style Kurt Cobain tattoo by @yogi_barrett
Black and grey realism Kurt Cobain tattoo by @ashlewistattoo

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