Throughout his career, Kurt Cobain as most “users” do almost always wore long sleeve shirts. On the rare occasion he didn’t and if you looked really close, Kurt had small K tattoo on his left forearm that he tattooed himself circa 1991.
Although his first name obviously starts with a K, Cobain’s tattoo was the shield logo of the indie label K Records based out of Olympia, Washington. Kurt was quoted as saying that the significance of the tattoo was,
“to try and remind me to stay a child.”
This photo is shows Kurt’s K tattoo pretty clear.
Check out this photo of Kurt with a sticker of the K Records Shield on one of his White Fender Telecaster guitars…
K Records is an independent record label in Olympia, Washington, co-founded, owned, and operated by Calvin Johnson. The K motto is right up Kurt’s alley,
“exploding the teenage underground into passionate revolt against the corporate ogre since 1982.“
Sadly, the clearest photo of Kurt’s tattoo is this one taken from the scene of his suicide right along with Kurt’s Tom Peterson Watch.