It proved such a convincing turn that those in the tabloid media seemed to conflate Momsen with her troubled small screen character.
It features a nude Momsen, back turned to the camera, with a cross-arrow painted on her back and pointing towards her crack.
It took several hours for the symbol to be hand-painted on Momsen’s back, and the image was photographed by Danny Hastings, who also shot the cover to Wu-Tang Clan’s debut LP, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).“I wanted it to be striking,” she says of the cover.
She’d hooked up with producer Kato Khandwala, who introduced her to guitarist Ben Phillips, and the three began writing some songs together.
After a few band alterations, The Pretty Reckless was born.
“I came up with a symbol, the cross with the arrow going down, which symbolizes Going to Hell.