Mariah O’Brien On set for Alice in Chains “Dirt” album cover. (1992) ⠀⠀⠀Photo by © Rocky Schenck⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀🖇·˚ ༘ ┊͙❝ 𝑳𝑶𝑪𝑨𝑻𝑰𝑶𝑵 ❞ ˊˎ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀Schenck’s Hollywood studio ⠀(Los Angeles, California)⠀⠀⠀⠀ ͟͟͞͞➳❥ 𝐄𝐗𝐓𝐑𝐀 𝐈𝐍𝐅𝐎 — 𝒂 𝒅𝒆𝒔𝒄𝒓𝒊𝒑𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 ! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀It is assumed by most Alice in Chains fans that the model used for the album cover was Layne Staley’s girlfriend Demri Parrott.⠀⠀Although she looks exactly like Demri, the actual model used for the album cover is model/actress Mariah O’Brien.⠀⠀"I wanted this cover to have a rather 'Hellish' atmosphere," Schenck says, looking back on the image he and the album's art director, Mary Maurer, created. And for this cover in particular, the band indeed had something very disturbing in mind. "It was their idea to have a nude woman, half-buried in the desert," the photographer says, adding ominously, "She could be either dead or alive."⠀Rather than shoot in an actual desert, Schenck chose to build one in his Hollywood studio, so he could control the lighting. He painted the sky backdrop, constructed miniature mountains and the desert floor from foam core and clay, and left a body-shaped hole in the "ground" just big enough for a model to slip into.⠀⠀ "They built me into the set, and I had to hold my pee for, like, eight hours," she recalls, laughing. "They were like, 'We'll put a diaper under you,' and I said, 'I'm not gonna pee on the floor.' When Rocky finally said I could get up, I just leapt off the set and dirt flew everywhere. I literally made a run for the toilet."⠀⠀After O'Brien bolted, Schenck took the opportunity to snap a few shots of her wig, which was still embedded in the clay. The band would eventually use one of the resulting photographs in its 1999 Music Bank box set and have continued to use Schenck's photography since their 2005 re-formation. The artist contributed the picture of the woman holding her heart inside the booklet of Alice in Chains' comeback record — and Revolver's 2009 Album of the Year — Black Gives Way to Blue.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀❏. PSA ⟶ if any false/incorrect information is shared please dm me so i can fix it as soon as possible!