Why is Kurt Cobain so mesmerizing? These photos, taken soon before his tragic demise, are grunge perfection. The chipped nail polish, the patched pants, the leopard coat, the layers… and of course, the Jackie O-inspired sunglasses. A crisp white, commanding an attention that was little sought by Cobain, who shirked the spotlight when the world wanted more…

(Photos, via FutureClaw)