Ira took it upon himself to design the cover for Satan Is Real, and he had it in his head that he wanted to put a real Satan on the cover. Well, my oldest boy Sonny had this Lionel Train we’d bought him, and it was attached to a four-by-eight sheet of plywood. And since neither Ira nor I had any money at the time to buy a brand new sheet of plywood, we removed Sonny’s train, and sawed the four-by-eight down the middle, cutting the devil out of that. It was sixteen feet tall when we finished, and we painted it ourselves, and then made the pitchfork and horns from the scraps.
After we got Satan built, Ira knew just where to put him. There was this abandoned rock quarry by my house that he thought would be perfect. So we set him up, and then went around and collected a bunch of old tires, and stacked them all around him. When the photographer for Capitol Records showed up, we had it all ready to go. We met him at our house and led him to the place where we wanted the picture taken. And when he said he was ready, we poured kerosene into the tires and lit them on fire.
— Charlie Louvin, Satan Is Real