The messy Nirvana logo battle has finally come to an end

Nirvana logo
(Image credit: Nirvana)

Fashion companies aren't usually keen on people counterfeiting their goods or misusing their logo, even if it's for satirical purposes. But some have a curiously relaxed approach when it comes to appropriating the designs of others themselves, especially when it comes to turning symbols of counterculture into motifs for corporate fashion.

With its zonked-out face, the Nirvana logo is one of the best band logos of all time, famously appearing on T-shirts with the phrase "Flower sniffin', kitty pettin', baby kissin', Corporate rock whore". So the remaining members of the Seattle grunge band were not impressed when fashion company Marc Jacobs launched a T-shirt featuring a very similar design as part of a collection dubbed 'Redux Grunge'. The epic legal battle that ensued has finally reached a conclusion.

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.