Bon Iver Leader Seeks Fans' Help With 'Northern Exposure' Tattoo

Justin Vernon is offering cash to the winning designer

Justin Vernon
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Justin Vernon and C.J. Camerieri of Bon Iver
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Bon Iver leader Justin Vernon wants a tattoo inspired by Northern Exposure, the TV series that yielded the name of his band, and he's offering a reward to the fan who designs it.

The bearded singer seeks an image on his arm in the style of Czech Art Nouveau painter Alphons Mucha, Vernon says in a post on 99designs that includes images of what he's after. "I named my band after an episode of Northern Exposure," writes Vernon, who has collaborated with Kanye West and earlier this year won the Grammy for Best New Artist. "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."

There's a cash prize waiting for the winning designer, according to Bon Iver's Twitter account. Vernon doesn't specify the amount, though it's clear he's not joking around. "This is a really important thing to me," he writes on 99designs. "I don't know how to express that exactly . . . It's a TV show but it weirdly explained my life to me. Cicely is the metaphor for that."