Mosshart told Artist Direct
that the masks on the album cover were the idea of Floria Sigismondi. She explained: "The title of the record is Sea of Cowards
, so the masks tied into being a coward and hiding behind some other imagery. We did that video and it had all kinds of voodoo-ey looking stuff like that. We really obsessed with this Captain Beefheart photo. It's a really old black and white picture of the band. They've got weird spaceman heads on. Their masks don't go together. You can't see any of their faces, and they're wearing these homemade costume things on their heads [Laughs]. We had that photo kicking around so we sent it to Floria when we originally started talking about doing the video. That's what came about. The front cover is just two Polaroids that she took when we were standing around in those things. We just stuck the pictures together. It was two of us on each side."