What’s The Nirvana “Smiley Face” Logo Meaning???

There are a few different theories on the origins and meaning of the iconic NirvanaSmiley Face” logo with it’s crossed-out eyes and it’s drooling mouth.

Nirvana Smiley Face Logo Origins Meaning Kurt Cobain Drawing

Most people agree it was drawn by Kurt Cobain and made it first appearance on this flyer for the release party for Nirvana’sNevermind” album on September 13, 1991.

Nirvana Nevermind Release Party Flyer September 13, 1991 Smiley Face Logo

Around the same time, it was also used on the front of Nirvana’s Flower Sniffin, Kitty Pettin, Baby KissinCorporate Rock Whores” Tee Shirt.

Nirvana Corporate Rock Whores Smiley Face Shirt

As for it’s meaning, there are tons of different theories.  They range from it was a Kurt drawing of Axl Rose, to Kurt getting stoned and drawing it on an apartment wall he lived at or that it was taken from the Marquee of a strip club in Seattle.  Here’s the list, you decide…

1.  The “Smiley Face” was inspired by the Marquee at the now defunct Lusty Lady Strip Club located on 1315 First Avenue in downtown Seattle, Washington.

The Lusty Lady Marquee Nirvana Smiley Face Logo

Here’s a close-up of the “Have An Erotic Day!” happy face logo.

Nirvana Smiley Face Logo Lusty Lady Seattle Washington Have An Erotic Day

 2. Another theory out there cites the “The Acid House” logo as the inspiration for the Nirvana logo.  I don’t know what “The Acid House” is, but rumors are out there that Kurt apparently would visit this place.

Nirvana Smiley Face Logo Acid House Face

3.  The Axl Rose theory. Apparently Kurt drew the face as his interpretation of Rose.  I think this theory is stupid as the smiley face looks nothing like a smiling Axl Rose.

Axl Rose Smiley Face Nirvana Logo Kurt Cobain

4.  Other say the logo is either a drunk person, a person on drugs, a drawing under the bridge he slept under or Kurt’s interpretation of the face people in the crowd would make when watching Nirvana perform…

Nirvana Kurt Cobain Smiley Face Logo Meaning

I guess only Kurt himself would have known the actual meaning as none of these theories have ever been confirmed.  Quite possibly, the logo meant nothing at all.

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