‘Nirvana Baby’ Recreates Iconic Album Cover For 25th Anniversary

The baby featured on the cover of the Nirvana album "Nevermind" is now a grown man who honored the album’s 25th anniversary by recreating the renowned image.

The legendary grunge rock band, Nirvana, paved the way for Alternative Rock as we know it.

In addition to their music that transcended across cultures, their 1991 "Nevermind" album cover, which featured a naked baby underwater, is a staple of the band’s legacy.

Now, 25 years after the album’s release, that naked baby — who is now a grown man — has recreated the image he will forever be famous for.

Spencer Elden was only four months old when he became the face of "Nevermind."

He recently honored the album’s 25th anniversary by posing almost exactly the same way he was on the original cover, except this time with much more hair, tattoos, and swim trunks on.

"I said to the photographer, 'Let's do it naked.' But he thought that would be weird, so I wore my swim shorts," Elden reportedly told the New York Post.

Elden’s parents were paid $200 for his participation in the original shoot, and he was given the same amount for the recreation, according to Billboard.

"It's cool but weird to be part of something so important that I don't even remember," he said.

"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.

What’s more exciting about this is that the new photo was taken in the same California pool as the original; however, with a different photographer.

Spencer is now an artist living in Los Angeles. He has recreated the photo at least three times before for the album’s 10th, 17th, and 20th anniversaries, according to BBC News.

However, the 25 year anniversary photo depicts the most drastic difference, showing how much time has passed.

Although Elden has reportedly never met the two surviving members of Nirvana, he will be known for his contribution to the band for the rest of his life, especially since "Nevermind" was the group’s most successful album which included their celebrated hit, “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” 

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