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Mars Volta

Catalogue No: MVOL002ST Artist(s): The Mars Volta Location: Stewartby, Bedfordshire, England Date: 2004 Era: The 2000's Edition: Storm Thorgerson 20/20 Edition Print type: Giclée Print Paper type: Archival 310gsm cotton based rag paper

Album cover for Mars Volta's 'Frances the Mute' created in Bedfordshire, UK in 2004 by Storm Thorgerson. Storm Thorgerson recalled, "What is there to say about The Mars Volta? An extra ordinary coupling: exotic, extravagant, improvising, unrestrained but as tight as a drum when they need to be - a heady mix of styles woven together at a frenetic pace but interspersed with unexpected longeurs. spun around a story for a film never made for which this, their record, is the soundtrack. One of the aspects of the story was addiction and although it had specific references it also had universal connotations, one of which interested me greatly, namely the idea that the addicted party thinks he’s alright and is in control, knows where he’s headed even though still addicted and therefore probably doesn’t have a fucking clue. I imagined car drivers navigating their way through town i.e., through life, thinking they are steering a safe path but in fact having no idea where they are going, i.e., drivers wearing custom hoods - not hoods to hide their identity but nicely made velvet accessories that simply and surreally prevent them from seeing or having any idea of where they were driving. Since this is a general malaise and not a one-off event, all the drivers in town are similarly hooded and in our picture they can be seen passing each other as if in normal traffic, blithely unaware it would seem of impending collisions. No secret society here, no evil to be prosecuted. but inhabitants in a world of velvet delusion. What you see is what you get, although the hooded drivers can’t see what they’re getting. Soiled suits and old American cars added a slight retro feeling in an attempt to be timeless as per the perils of addiction be it to gambling or to causes or even to nicotine...and so say all of us."

The remaining prints in this edition come complete with a certified 'Storm Thorgerson Estate' stamp.

Size Price ex. vat Price inc. vat




A1 £800.00 £960.00
  • Print type

    A Giclee print is the most common way of producing collectable prints in the digital age. It is produced is by scanning an original negative or optimising a digital file.The image is then out-putted on various mediums using archival inks. Fine quality coated papers are used to make delicate, beautiful archival prints. 

    Paper type

    Archival 310gsm cotton based rag papers have lead the way in meeting the needs of professional fine art printers. Photographers and print-makers alike can rely on these new papers to produce the highest quality images they have come to know and love.

    With no optical brighteners and the longevity, image stability and a clean matt surface required for the very best in fine art printing, Smooth Cotton Rag is offered as the perfect choice for crisp detail, while the Textured Cotton range features a contoured surface for enhanced creative expression. 

    'A series' print paper sizes

    A3 (11.7" x 16.5" inches) (29.7 cm x 42.0 cm)
    A2 (16.5" x 23.4" inches) (42.0 cm x 59.4 cm)
    A1 (23.4" x 33.1" inches) (59.4 cm x 84.1 cm)
    A0 (33.1" x 46.8" inches) (84.1 cm x 118.9 cm)

  • If you are looking for specific custom sizes or prints on other foms of media, or any other requirement that is not listed in the options then please get in touch with Rockarchive and we will see if we can help you.

    For all custom printing enquiries please contact us at info@rockarchive.com or call us on +44 (0) 20 7267 4716

  • Framing

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    If you live in London we can arrange to get your print framed for you. Once the print is framed you can either collect it from our London Rockarchive Studio, in Kentish Town or we can arrange for it to be delivered to your London address (at an extra charge).

    If you live elsewhere in the UK, we can arrange to get smaller sized prints framed and shipped to you. However due to postage regulations acrylic (eg perspex) rather than glass needs to be used in the frame.

    If you live outside of the UK, we are sorry we are unable to ship framed prints to you.

    For all framing enquiries please contact us at info@rockarchive.com or call us on +44 (0) 20 7267 4716


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