A Bunch of People Got Matching Nirvana Tattoos Yesterday
Following the success of 1991's Nevermind, Kurt Cobain and producer Steve Albini wanted to make a record that predated polished, commercial sounding tracks like "Smells Like Teen Spirit" that took over the radio and launched Nirvana to success. By this time, Cobain was struggling with fame. At its core In Utero was Cobain's departure from what the band had accomplished. The album set the tone for his death.
Along with two other stores in in the U.S., yesterday Long Beach's Fingerprints Records celebrated In Utero by giving away free tattoos to whoever purchased the reissue of the album. Not only was everyone receiving identical permanent imprints on their skin, they were getting the Nevermind logo for buying In Uetro. Most customers didn't seem to notice. A free tattoo is a free tattoo; am I right?
Maya Lynne, a customer who received the free ink, saw the positive aspects of sharing the exact same tattoo with 50 people from the Long Beach area. "I think it's cool; it makes it feel like a little community," she said. Lynne, who was sporting an N'SYNC t-shirt and acid washed high waisted denim, seemed to be a complete product of the '90s. She makes her own jewelry from bullets and sells it and puts out a zine that highlights drug use and partying, which she described as "rachet."
Most current college students cannot possibly have a vivid memory of when these albums first came out, because they were babies. These albums, however, can still mean something. Lynne's recently been getting into Nirvana's debut album Bleach. Fingerprints let her buy the reissue of that album, which came out a few years ago, to get her tattoo. "In Utero is my favorite," she said. "Bleach is a close second. I love Nevermind, but it's not my favorite. I don't mind having that logo."