Nirvana 30th Anniversary Celebration: Nirvana Photoshoot

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Can you believe that it has been 30 years since the release of Nevermind?

Nevermind was the second studio album for the American grunge rock band Nirvana, including one of their now most famous songs, Smells Like Teen Spirit. Alternative kids everywhere will be more than familiar with the heavy guitar riffs and moody lyrics of Nirvana as they are a staple of alternative and gothic aesthetics.

Here at Blue Banana, we want to pay homage to one of the greatest grunge rock bands of all time. Celebrating 30th years of Nevermind is important to us as this album influenced many young teens in their journey to becoming the rockers that they are today. Their sound resonates with a lot of kids’ teenage angst and serves to inspire several generations.

We’ve teamed up with our awesome photographer Michael Barnes and our newest affiliate Aaron Mills for a Nirvana-inspired photoshoot! Kitted out in Nirvana merchandise, Aaron has shown off some of our favourite band merch tees to celebrate Nirvana’s 30th Anniversary of Nevermind. 

Paying respect to their final album In Utero, Aaron is wearing our Nirvana In Utero T-Shirt featuring the artwork from the album cover. The golden, winged lady is front and centre with In Utero written on the bottom and Nirvana at the top. Check out this awesome band t-shirt on Aaron. This underrated album makes for the ideal band tee. 

Nirvana’s logo is truly iconic. Even those whoaren’t fans of the band will instantly recognise it! Aaron is repping the Nirvana Smiley Face Black T-Shirt with the bright yellow smiley face logo. The back of the shirt states “Flower Kissin’, Kitty Pettin', Baby Kissin' Corporate Rock Whores”. This top is the perfect depiction of the band’s humour and aim to not take life or themselves too seriously. This band merchandise t-shirt is a great place to start if you're looking to star wearing band tees. Punk up your wardrobe with this iconic t-shirt. 

5 Facts You Didn't Know About Nevermind

  1. Nevermind was originally going to be called Sheep. - The working title of this album was originally going to be called Sheep. Kris Novoselic stated that this was a reflection of the band's cynicism and a snide commentary on those who might buy the album, by Kurt Cobain. 

  2. Nevermind knocked Michael Jackson off the Charts in 1992 - In January 1992. Nevermind reached Number 1 in the Billboard Album Charts which knocked Michael Jackson off pole position which he had held for four weeks. Quite the feat for alternative rock and the grunge movement at that time!

  3. Dave Grohl isn't the only drummer on Nevermind - The original line-up for Nirvana included drummer Chad Channing. Channing can be heard on the track "Polly". Channing left a few months after demos of Nevermind were recorded and was then replaced with Dave Grohl.

  4. Lithium was by far their trickiest track on the album - Whilst Nirvana usually churned out songs in two or three takes, Lithium proved to be a tricky one for Nirvana. After three or four tries, Cobain began playing an instrumental jam in frustration. This later became the hidden track "Endless, Nameless".

  5. Kurt Cobain didn't think Smells Like Teen Spirit rocked enough - Before being released, Cobain believed the track to be cliché and was underwhelmed by it. He later described the track as a call to arms to the younger generation. 

The iconic x-eyed smiley face logo is also on the Nirvana I’m So Happy Hoodie. Featuring lyrics from the Nevermind hit Lithium, this hoodie is a great way to show support to the legendary alt-rockers. This band hoodie has the distressed yellow band logo on the back with “Nirvana” underneath and “I'm So Happy” lyrics printed on the front. This zip-up hoodie is great for those winter months and chilly summer evenings. Support your favourite band in style with this black band hoodie.

Check out these awesome band t-shirts below. 


Nirvana Merchandise 

We don’t just stop at t-shirts and hoodies, we also have mugs, keyrings and hats for all your band merch needs! Punk up your wardrobe with Nirvana accessories. 

Why not give these band merch accessories as a gift to your friends or family! They're bound to love a keyring or mug from their favourite band! 


 

If you're looking for Nirvana merchandise then you're in the right place! Check out our Nirvana Section for all things rock and grunge. 


Meet The Model: Aaron 

We have a new member of the Blue Banana team! Meet Aaron! 

Get To Know Aaron 

Hi Aaron! Tell us about yourself. 

I'm a 27 year old model and coffee roaster based in Sheffield, I have left sided hemiplegia which is caused from a stroke at birth. I'm a huge advocate for mental health and disabled models alike, if I'm not working, I'm shooting for brands, I love music varying from the heaviest you can find, to the most upbeat tunes. I've been a drummer for 17 years, and currently working on a solo EP as a vocalist. I'm an avid tattoo collector and am currently on about 217 hours in the chair!

How have you found the experience? 

The experience was incredible, always love creating content for brands and my favourite part was creating the videos and hunting for the perfect spots!

What was your favourite item you wore? Favourite item was the original smiley face tee, however I do have to give a special shout-out to the Banned yellow trousers I wore, I got them from Blue Banana back in the day! And also to Crazy Color for making the sickest neon pink dye I've ever used! 

Tell us about your modelling. 

My favourite part about modelling honestly is developing relationships with brands, hearing their stories of how they got to where they are, and if I can help in anyway then I'm more than happy to work with any brand. 

Why did you want to work with us? 

I've been going to Blue Banana since my very early teens, I've had my dermal from BB for over 10 years now and is still holding up strong! Working with blue banana has really helped my mental state as I always doubt my abilities as a model and having them contact me to work with them has really changed my outlook and I look forward to future content together.

Ways To Celebrate 

30 years is quite the milestone! Whilst there is no Kurt Cobain to celebrate the achievement, band member Kris Novoselic has hinted at a possible reissue of Nevermind with Dave Grohl. So keep your eyes peeled for some tunes! 

You can also spend time watching the latest documentary "When Nirvana Came to Britain" on BBC iPlayer to get your fix of everything Nirvana. 

Want To Share Your Nirvana Pics?

Have you bought some Nirvana merchandise from us or one of our stores recently? Well, we want to see it! You can tag us on our social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and even Pinterest! We love to feature our customers on our socials, so tag us @bluebananauk for a chance to feature on our pages.

Written By Charlotte Smith