However, although the latest ink is a portrait of Cobain, Kid Cudi’s new tattoo is also in tribute to late singer/songwriter Daniel Johnston.
Kid Cudi has previously expressed his admiration for Cobain and the music he made.
“Kurt has always been an inspiration. I try to use him as my muse whenever I can,” Kid Cudi said in a GQ interview.
He also tweeted about Cobain various times over the years.
Im obsessed with Kurt Cobain. I wish he was still here, so he could teach me guitar tricks.
— The Chosen One (@KidCudi) August 22, 2011
— The Chosen One (@KidCudi) February 28, 2011
Never not thinkin’ about Kurt Cobain
— The Chosen One (@KidCudi) April 5, 2015
Kid Cudi has been so inspired by Cobain’s music that he has even used it in his own work. Kids See Ghosts, his 2018 collaborative album with Kanye West, includes a sample of Cobain’s post-humous solo track “Burn The Rain.”
Now, Kid Cudi is commemorating Cobain on his skin forever. In fact, Kid Cudi had a specific reason for the image he chose of Cobain for his new tattoo.
Although the two had never worked together directly, Cobain was a big enough fan to rock the shirt at a highly-publicized event. The incident helped propel Johnston’s cult following to broader audiences.
For some of you, the shirt will be very familiar. The iconic design includes an outlined bug-eyed frog beneath the words “Hi, How Are You.”
“4 Kurt and salute to Daniel,” Kid Cudi says.
Along with the Cobain portrait, a small “K” is also tattooed on Kid Cudi. The “K” tattoo represents the indie record label K and is also the exact same tattoo Cobain also had.
Famous tattoo artist Dr. Woo also shared the tattoo on his Instagram page.
“Kurt in Daniel on Cudi…legends all the way round.”
Daniel Johnston passed away last September after suffering a suspected heart attack. He was 58 years old.
Nirvana’s performance at the 1992 MTV VMAs featuring Cobain wearing Johnston’s shirt is available to stream below.
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