While you’ve been spending your last few weekends getting pissed in a park, a Nirvana fan has been using his to painstakingly recreate Nevermind’s iconic album cover on the streets of Adelaide.
To celebrate the album’s 30th anniversary this month, Pete Stokes rode 150 kilometres around the city in order to recreate the naked dollar bill baby on the Strava running app, and it’s impressive—he even headed over to Burnside to sketch out the dollar bill. He told the Guardian Australia that the entire picture took him about eight hours (inclusive of some bakery pit stops) on a single-speed bike.
The baby looks a little grumpier than the original image, but it’s strangely fitting given that real-life dollar bill baby Spencer Elden recently tried to sue Nirvana, their record label and photographer Kirk Weddle for the use of his image on the 1991 album cover.
Cementing his position as the internet’s most hated man for a day, Elden attempted to sue for ‘distribution of private sexually explicit materials, negligence’, saying that the experience left him with, ‘extreme and permanent emotional distress with physical manifestations, interference with his normal development and educational progress, lifelong loss of income earning capacity, loss of past and future wages, past and future expenses for medical and psychological treatment, loss of enjoyment of life’.
It appears he felt different back in 2015, however, as he said in an interview with the Guardian: ‘It is a weird thing to get my head around, being part of such a culturally iconic image. But it’s always been a positive thing and opened doors for me. I’m 23 now and an artist, and this story gave me an opportunity to work with Shepard Fairey for five years, which was an awesome experience.’ He also recreated the album cover as an adult in a photoshoot with the Daily Mail so… yeah.
Back to Strava doodles though—Pete Stokes’ Nevermind sketch is incredible in its likeness, and he joins an entire community of people who are creating GPS art through their Strava app. From ducks to Medusa to Freddie Mercury, runners and cyclists are flexing their Etch-a-Sketch skills and the results are actually pretty mental. If all this has got you thinking you might want to create your own GPS art that’s less phallic, more highbrow, check out our interview with San Francisco’s human Etch-a-Sketch Lenny Maughan, whose past achievements include Frida Kahlo, flamingos, and literal Etch-a-Sketch boards.