Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon is looking to his fans to design his next tattoo, based on the TV show “Northern Exposure,” which was also the inspiration for the band’s name.
In what appears to be a legitimate contest on 99designs.com, Vernon is offering a cash reward for a tattoo drawn in the style of Art Nouveau painter Alphonse Mucha.
Vernon writes: “In the episode a women transforms a gold rush village into a cultural place with one single dance in a tavern. They name the town after her, Cicely, Alaska. The art direction in the episode is unmistakably Mucha and I want to get a very large tattoo of this on my left arm.”
The singer is not new to the world of ink. He has a tattoo of the state of Wisconsin on his chest, and lyrics of the song “Fugitive” by Indigo Girls. He also sports multiple tattoos of different symbols on his arms.
There are two more days to submit designs, and the field is currently narrowed down to five shortlisted designers. It’s worth browsing through some of the more unique, eliminated submissions.
Kelsey Fowler is currently studying nothing music-related at Ithaca College. Help keep her in the loop on Twitter.