Tony Hawk needs no introduction as he is regarded as the greatest skateboarder of all time. The legend knows no fear and is known not to ever back down from something. He also has a lot of love for Kurt Cobain and will use his hand-painted skateboard to celebrate his birthday.
In an Instagram post, Hawk announced that he had purchased Kurt Cobain’s 1985 skateboard at an auction last year. As a passionate painter, often focusing on classic rock imagery, Hawk was drawn to the skateboard’s original Jeff Phillips model and Cobain’s artwork featuring Iron Maiden.
The purchase was particularly poignant, as Phillips had also died by suicide in 1993, just three months before Cobain’s tragic passing.
“Two icons that had immense influence on their respective fields, both of whom passed away tragically and much too young,” Hawk wrote. “I even tracked down the original owner to understand its provenance. With the incomparable help of @dupedupe, we are hoping to make something good of this acquisition by raising awareness for emotional health, and to help provide resources for those who are struggling mentally. More to come on February 20 (Kurt’s birthday).”
Cobain’s personal belongings have been previously auctioned, indicating a recurring trend. For instance, in 2021, one of his childhood homes located in Montesano, Washington was put up for sale, along with his artwork. In addition, during the past spring, the Fender Mustang he played in the iconic “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video was sold for a whopping $4.5 million.
At the recent Grammy’s Special Merit Award ceremony, Nirvana was celebrated and recognized for their contributions to music. Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic appeared on stage alongside other notable musicians, such as Heart and members of the Supremes. During the event, Novoselic expressed his appreciation for the band’s new generation of fans, saying, “There’s a new generation of Nirvana fans, and I’m just very grateful for that. Thank you all, so just keep on rockin’.”
What’s your take on this story? Sound off in the comments!