Bon Iver‘s Justin Vernon wants a new tattoo, and he’s reaching out to fans for the design. He’s holding a contest on 99 Designs, where fans can submit their designs for Vernon to check out. He wants some new ink inspired by the TV series Northern Exposure, a comedy/drama that ran in the ’90s. He explains:
“I named my band after an episode of Northern Exposure. 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 [Czech painter Alphonse Mucha] and I want to get a very large tattoo of this on my left arm.
“My favourite, hopefully what your illustrations will be based on, is the image I uploaded of Cicely with arms outstretched in mid-dance. You can’t see her with the flowing scarf in her hands, but it would be cool if we could involve that.
“This is a really important thing to me. I don’t know how to express that exactly… Its a TV show but it weirdly explained my life to me. Cicely is the metaphor for that.”
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