Baby from Nirvana’s 'Nevermind' album recreates classic cover 25 years later
Spencer Elden, a street artist living in California, decided to relive his most famous swim as the "Nevermind" album celebrated its 25 year anniversary on Saturday.
Elden, who has said in the past that he feels as though the whole world has seen him naked, appears to enjoy being known as the Nirvana baby. He has done numerous interviews about it in the past and has even recreated the image a few times over the years.
Born in 1991, Elden was four months old when his father’s photographer friend, Kirk Weddle, asked if he wanted to make some money by throwing his kid in a pool.
After Elden was placed in the pool for a few photographs, his parents were “paid $200 and went to eat tacos afterwards,” Elden said. “No big deal.”
Weddle took photographs of a number of babies, and Elden thinks he was chosen because of his natural look and visible penis. The dollar bill was added to the image later.
Every one has seen my dick— spencer elden (@skre_dawg) September 15, 2016
The band originally wanted to have a woman giving birth in a pool for the cover, but settled for a naked baby when the record label vetoed that idea.
"Nevermind" went on to sell more than 30 million copies. Nirvana’s lead singer, Kurt Cobain, killed himself less than three years later.
Elden told the BBC he has made efforts to meet the remaining band members, but had “missed connections.”
Elden likes being the most famous baby in music, claiming it has helped him with both his career and with the ladies.
Elden has previously worked with Shepard Fairey, the artist behind the iconic Hope posters from Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign.
For the latest reshoot, Elden told the New York Post that he was all for doing a fully accurate recreation by stripping fully naked, but that the photographer “thought that would be weird.”
Neither Elden or his parents received any royalties for the 1991 photograph, but he was paid $200 by photographer John Chapple for his latest offering.