Alice in Chains Share Alternate Photos from ‘Dirt’ Cover Shoot

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of Dirt, Alice in Chains’ cover photographer on the classic 1992 album shares some behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot. On it the band’s official Instagram pageartist Rocky Schenck describes the creation of the iconic desert landscape with a nude model covered in sand.

Schenk had a specific vision in mind: “”I wanted this cover to have a rather ‘hellish’ atmosphere. It was (the band’s) idea to have a naked woman, half buried in the desert. She could either be dead or alive.”

Instead of taking model Mariah O’Brien and crew to the actual desert to shoot the cover, Schenck took the project into his studio. “Rocky built a (desert) in his Hollywood Studio so he could control the aesthetics and lighting. He painted the sky background, constructed miniature mountains, and made the desert floor out of foam core and clay. Rocky also left a body-shaped hole in the ‘earth’ just big enough to (the model) can climb into,” the post explains.

The first photo in the gallery is a spectacular image of O’Brien sunk into the sunburned earth, her hair spilling out onto the cracked clay surface. The second is a fourth-wall-breaking shot of the crew using hair dryers to dry out the bottom of the fake desert. The last one is of some kittens hanging out in the studio, on the edge of the hole cut out for the model. Scroll through the post below.

Noting how special the time making this cover was, Schenck says, “All my experiences with Alice in Chains have been amazing, life-changing experiences. I’m very grateful for the truly brilliant times I’ve had with these amazing guys.”

Alice In Chains’ has posted rare media and memorabilia surrounding the release of Dirt on Sept. 29, 1992, an album that helped usher in grunge’s heyday. The band has shared some rare, if not awkward, behind-the-scenes moments footage from the making of the video to ““Them bones,” one of Dirtgreatest songs. Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney recently talked about when they thought AIC had “made it” as a band. And next month, Alice In Chains will unleash a giant Dirt box set to officially celebrate the anniversary.

The box contains a variety of vinyl and collectibles, including a sculpture of model Mariah O’Brien (which doubles as both a vinyl top and a magnet), replica show posters and a set list, art prints and a hardcover book full of photos. Unfortunately, it seems that the pre-orders for The $275 boxed set is already sold out. The band offers something different Dirt goodies, however, all available on their website.

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