It is difficult to believe that Nirvana’s success was over thirty-years ago, and that Kurt Cobain committed suicide 29 years ago. Ever since those days rumors and speculation are abound. Conspiracies, rumors galore. Did Kurt’s former wife, Courtney Love have anything to do with it? Today we delve into the topic of drug payments in cash.
As per Consequence, last year, skate legend Tony Hawk acquired a skateboard that was hand-painted in 1985 by late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, who adorned the deck with the artwork from the Iron Maiden album Killers. We never knew Kurt was an artist.
Hawk then went through the process of authenticating the “unicorn” skateboard — a SIMS Jeff Phillips model — working with the deck’s prior owner Cameron Ross and Birdhouse Skateboard’s Derek Richardson to properly understand the origins of the deck.
As Ross explained in a new video posted to Hawk’s social pages, when he was in junior high school, he gave Cobain $20 and a “chunk of weed” to paint the Iron Maiden artwork on the skate deck. Kurt’s sister Kim also appears in the new video clip.
With that taken care of, Hawk and Birdhouse have just released replicas of the deck, as well as prints and stickers of the design, with proceeds going toward raising awareness for mental health and toward building skate parks. Extremely limited quantities of “photorealistic” replicas went on sale Monday (February 20th) on what would have been Cobain’s 56th birthday.