You may not recognize the name Spencer Elden, but you probably know his nickname: Nirvana baby. As an infant, the 25-year-old appeared on the cover of Nirvana‘s Nevermind album, and he recently recreated the iconic image to mark its 25th anniversary.
Los Angeles-based photographer John Chappie snapped the shot, which sees Elden — now with flowing hair — floating underwater in a pool. “I said to the photographer, ‘Let’s do it naked.’ But he thought that would be weird, so I wore my swim shorts,” Elden told the New York Post.
See the image below.
This isn’t the first time Elden decided to recreate the album cover. In 2008, he posed in a similar fashion as a 17-year-old.
The cover image came about after Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain saw a documentary about underwater births and “thought the image would make a cool cover,” Geffen Records art director Robert Fisher told EW in a 1992 interview. “That vision was a bit too graphic, so we went with the swimming baby instead.”
“The anniversary means something to me,” Elden told The Post. “It’s strange that I did this for five minutes when I was four months old and it became this really iconic image.” He added, “It’s cool but weird to be part of something so important that I don’t even remember.”