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Kurt Cobain’s 18 Year Old Daughter Frances Bean Reveals Wild Side in New Photos

Frances Bean Cobain
Hedi Simane

When you’re the daughter of late Nirvana mastermind Kurt Cobain and Hole frontwoman Courtney Love, it’s a natural thing that you might wind up as a bit of a wild child.

And at 18 years of age, that’s the visual story of Frances Bean Cobain, the no longer pint-sized offspring of Kurt and Courtney. In a new series of artsy black and white photographs, Cobain poses with a cigarette dangling from her lips. Her arms and back are adorned with tattoos, including one that quotes lyrics from Jeff Buckley’s ‘Grace.’

The photos, taken by fashion designer Hedi Slimane, are tasteful and show a woman with famous lineage who has very much grown into her own persona. And she’s working to forge her own path in the industry – she held a gallery exhibition of her ink drawings in Los Angeles last year, under the guise of the name ‘Fiddle Tim.’

Reportedly inspired by the works of cartoonist Al Columbia and rock and roll artist Frank Kozik, Cobain’s artwork is, as you might expect, a bit dark.

Her mom tweeted feedback on Bean’s art: “im proud of you for being you, you chose a skater gallery, a place ive always been fond of for the most subversive la stuff.”

She’s taken a few musical steps, making her recording debut as a singer, contributing background vocals to the Dresden Dolls offshoot Evelyn Evelyn as part of an all-star cast that also featured Neil Gaiman, ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, Andrew W.K. and Gerard Way from My Chemical Romance.

Whatever her eventual career path, it’s good to see that she’s doing it on her own terms. Cobain will turn 19 this month — in the same year that Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ marks its 20th anniversary.

We think they’ve both aged very well.

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