I'm not gonna lie, I'm not well-versed with technology. When it comes to the latest gadget, I crumble like a ton of bricks. I'm a man of a certain age, and this new technological age scares me a little. But when my young niece taught me how to use my new iPhone, there was one thing about it I did like: the emojis.
I didn't like them because they were cute. Please, I'm not five! But the reason I like these adorable images is because they remind me of the logo of one of the best bands in music history. Yup, I'm talking about Nirvana! One of the quintessential rock bands of the late 80s and early 90s, Nirvana achieve maximum greatness in a span of a few years. And social media wasn't even invented then. They gained fame the old-fashioned way—by making great music and simply relying on their talents. And it worked. Just proves how epic they really were!
Not gonna lie, I was a male groupie back then. I'd follow the band anywhere they'd go and I made sure I was there for any concert they had. Of course, I had nothing against their female groupies. I don't have boobs to show off while they're performing on stage. And since I'm a straight man, I didn't offer them sex. But I was just as devoted, and because of it, I was rewarded one night.
It was the night I told myself I'll finally meet the band. I got my Nirvana posters, bearing the iconic smiley logo that I talked about, and went to their concert. It was in the early 90s, during their heyday, so you know there were a lot of people with the same plan. But this time. I wasn't going to back down. By hook or by crook, I was going to meet these guys face-to-face and get my posters signed.
What I did was, right before the concert ended, I hid in a corner near the exit of backstage. I expected that as the show ended, people will flock there anyways. And I knew that, sometimes, the band would leave early to avoid the flood of screaming fans. What the didn't expect, however, was me. So lo and behold, a few moments after their final encore, I saw them exit backstage and make their way to their tour bus. But as they were walking by, I popped up, posters in my hand, and asked for their autographs.
The security was so ready to beat me up until Grohl (yes, THE David Grohl), who was the new member at the time, told them to stop. They asked me what I wanted and I said I just want them to sign my posters. Cobain looked understandably pissed. I guess he's had a lot of fans do this to him by that time. But after just rolling his eyes, he said, "Okay, f*ck it! Let's get it over with!". I handed them a pen and they signed on each poster. I swear, it was one of the best days of my life. And I have the crookedly-smiling logoed posters to remember it by.
Now that I've decided to sell some of those posters, I'll just remember them by looking at my phone. Thankfully, the smiling emoji with the tongue out looks so much like Nirvana's logo!
Please note: Our inventory is limited as we may have only received a few posters in total. Most of our items are obtained from film premieres, studios, and from autographed hounds such as the one in the story above.