Update: Justin Vernon has now selected a winning design that he will have tattooed. The design is by Italian artist Giulio Rossi and features the contest’s subject, Cicely, posing with her arms outstretched and surrounded by flowers. Check it out to the right.
The early ‘90s TV series Northern Exposure holds a special place in the heart of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. The name “Bon Iver” is derived from “bon hiver,” an expression used in the show that means “good winter,” and Vernon’s record label, Chigliak, was named after one of the show’s characters. Now, Vernon wants a tattoo inspired by the show on his forearm, and he has called for fans to submit potential designs.
Here’s what Vernon posted to the 99designs contest page he set up:
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 and I want to get a very large tattoo of this on my left arm.
Ill include some images of the actual episode, of Cicely herself, and of some of the Mucha pieces I want the shape and style to be like. A tall rectangular, stained glass, bold lines shadow box!
My favorite, 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 that would be cool if we could involve that.THANK YOU!
Vernon has already selected the finalists, one of whose work will be immortalized on the Grammy-winner’s forearm. Check out which designs are still in the running here.