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Time cover uses subtle typographic placement to stand in for Trump’s penis

By Matt Collins Article may include affiliate links

Time magazine released the third in a series of Donald Trump covers that draws inspiration from a Nirvana album cover, with a typographic accent standing in for Trump’s penis.

  • The cover is from artist Tim O’Brien, who also designed simlar covers with the lines “Nothing to see here” and “Stormy.
  • These covers showed Trump at Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.
  • For “Nothing to see here,” from March 2017, piles of paper are shown being blown away.
  • “Stormy,” a reference to Trump’s alleged affair with Stormy Daniels, ran in April 2018 and adds an angry ocean covering the desk.
  • On the latest cover, “In deep,” Trump is shown floating near the top of the water, which has now filled the scene.

  • People were quick to notice the similarities to the 1991 Nirvana album “Nevermind,” which featured a nude baby floating in a pool reaching out to a dollar bill attached to a string.
  • The album cover drew attention because it showed the baby’s genitalia (it’s been covered in the image above to make this post safer for work).

  • Upon closer inspection, Time hid another reference to the Nirvana album cover — the “point” at the bottom of the letter “M” is strategically positioned between Trump’s legs.
  • Most of the “Time” logotype is hidden behind Trump’s figure, which isn’t uncommon in magazine cover design — especially given Time’s trademark red border that helps readers recognize the title on newsstands.
  • To make the design work, the logotype has also been lowered slightly.
  • Read more about the story behind the Time covers here.