Nirvana Merch The band's "Smiley" graphic is often attributed to Kurt Cobain, but in reality, the image was created by Robert Fisher, a Nirvana art director. The Smiley first appeared on a Nevermind album flier in 1991 and has appeared on many official Nirvana T-shirts since then. The band's "Smiley" logo was an instant hit with fans, especially in the major cities.
However, the image's use has caused a legal battle. Kurt Cobain's estate, Courtney Love, and Francis Bean Cobain's family claim the design as their own. Nirvana has denied the allegations, and Fisher has refused to apologize. The case is being pursued in order to protect the rights of those who wish to copy the artwork. This dispute is also a way for the band to gain free publicity for a Nirvana spinoff.
The smiley face design has become the subject of legal dispute after a similar logo was used by another band. The smiley face logo has been the focus of several lawsuits in recent years. Marc Jacobs was sued by Nirvana's estate, claiming that he had copied their logo. However, this case was settled out of court, and the band is still on the road to re-emerge with new material.