Nirvana Is Suing Marc Jacobs For Ripping Off Its Logo

And it's not the first time a fashion label has 'borrowed' imagery from iconic band merch.

This month, Jacobs launched his 'Redux Grunge' line of oversized coats, plaid button-down shirts, custom Doc Martens, metallic chokers and knitted beanies -- a throwback to the 'Grunge' collection he created back in 1993.

But there's one item in the line that caught the eye of a certain legendary grunge band -- this $185 smiley face tee.

(Marc Jacobs)

Look familiar? That might be because it's pretty much identical to Nirvana's iconic smiley face logo that's found on official posters, t-shirts and miscellaneous merch around the world.

The remaining members of Nirvana are now suing the fashion giant for pinching the image they trademarked in 1992, according to TMZ. 

Legal documents also show that Nirvana is really bringing out the big guns, claiming they co-founded the entire grunge movement -- which could mean they're coming for the whole line, not just the smiley tees.

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 If you peep the items on the Marc Jacob website, the description of the t-shirts might land the label in some hot water.

"This bootleg smiley long-sleeve tee sure smells like teen spirit."


 The fashion label hasn't yet responded but it got us thinking about a few other bands who got a bit cranky when their merch got re-purposed. 

Kendall and Kylie Jenner vs The Doors

In 2017, the Jenner sisters launched a whole line of clothing that didn't exactly go down well with quite a few famous musicians and their families.

Kendall and Kylie superimposed their faces onto iconic band shirts including The Doors, Ozzy Osbourne, Notorious B.I.G and Tupac Shakur.

The Door sent out a curt cease-and-desist email, accusing the sisters of causing confusion and DECEIPT.

 The Rolling Stones vs New Yorker Fashion

 If you're going to rip off an image, it's probably not a good idea to use one of the most recognisable logos in the world. German fashion brand New Yorker Fashion created thousands of posters and label tags bearing the Stones' bright red mouth and sticking out tongue image -- without getting permission from the band, NME reported.

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The Stones' lawyers were quickly on the case but the store's CEO Fritz Knapp was insistent that it was just a random tongue!

"The tongue is not the Stones’ alone,” he said. “The posters were made by our creative department. I won’t let the Stones ban my tongue.”

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