Hawk bought the piece at auction and set about confirming its authenticity. Now that he is sure of its provenance, he is planning something special in time for what would have been Cobain's 56th birthday on February 20.
In 1985, Cobain painted a version of the cover art for Iron Maiden's 1981 album Killers on the deck. The artwork features Maiden mascot Eddie wielding a blood-soaked axe.
The board is made by SIMS Skateboards and is an original Jeff Phillips model. Phillips was a vert ramp star who took his own life on Christmas Day 1993 – just three months before Cobain's own suicide in April 1994.
To raise awareness of mental health issues, Hawk says he is planning something special with Derek Richardson of Birdhouse Skateboards – the company Hawk founded in 1992.
Hawk says: "I bought this skateboard at an auction last year. It is an original Jeff Phillips model, hand painted by Kurt Cobain in 1985. Two icons that had immense influence on their respective fields, both of whom passed away tragically and much too young.
"I even tracked down the original owner to understand its provenance. With the incomparable help of Derek Richardson, we are hoping to make something good of this acquisition by raising awareness for emotional health, and to help provide resources for those who are struggling mentally. More to come on February 20 (Kurt’s birthday)."
Who knows what Hawk is planning. But a Birdhouse deck featuring the artwork and paying tribute to Cobain and Phillips would surely be a "take my money" moment for many.