Streetwear Brand Supreme Reportedly Releasing Kurt Cobain Shirt

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana during the taping of MTV Unplugged at Sony Studios in New York City, 11/18/93. Photo by Frank Micelotta via Getty Images
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According to DropsByJay, a reliable streetwear information leaker, New York streetwear brand Supreme will be releasing a Kurt Cobain photo t-shirt as part of their upcoming Spring/Summer line.

In the past, Supreme has featured artists like Morrissey, Slayer, Black Sabbath and more on its apparel. Their collaborations come in a few different forms, in Morrissey’s case it was a photo tee of him actually wearing a box logo Supreme shirt. In the case of Black Sabbath and Slayer, Supreme went with full-on collaborations across a variety of different garments, using the bands’ imagery and repurposing onto hockey jerseys, hoodies and the like.

According to DropsByJay, this collab is going to come in the form of a photo t-shirt, likely just being of Kurt with some kind of quote on the back. In the past, Supreme has done collabs with musicians posthumously, often taking a photo of the artist and simply throwing it on a shirt. You can see an example of this on a Michael Jackson collaboration they did a few years ago.

DropsByJay’s comment that the shirt will sure to be a “grail” isn’t an exaggeration. Other photo t-shirts Supreme has released often fetch hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. A 2017 shirt featuring Nas currently goes for around $178 on resale site StockX. The Supreme/Three Six Mafia shirt fetches even higher prices over on resale site Grailed, with one shirt currently priced at $715. 

In the rock world, Morrissey Supreme shirts hover in the $200-$450 range, depending on color, size, and rarity. The collab with Rick Rubin currently runs from $72-$110. 

With this announcement, one wonders what Kurt Cobain would be thinking if a popular streetwear brand used his image for a t-shirt like this, and that it would specifically wind up being a coveted piece. Cobain’s appeal crosses all thresholds of pop culture, so more than Nirvana fans will sure to be rocking.

If we had to guess, Cobain would probably find the whole thing pretty funny.

Check out DropByJay’s tweet below. Supreme is set to release their lookbook of the Spring/Summer 2023 season this Monday, February 13.

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