September 26, 2012 20:09

Bon Iver tattoo contest winning entry revealed

Justin Vernon has selected his favourite 'Northern Exposure' inspired design

Bon Iver tattoo contest winning entry revealed
The winning entry in a contest to design Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon's new tattoo has been revealed.

The singer-songwriter, whose band was recently voted the 'worst hipster act' ever, offered a cash prize to the winner of his 99designs competition and will now have the winning illustration – pictured above – inked on his arm.

Vernon wanted the design to be influenced by the TV series Northern Exposure – the same show which was the inspiration behind his band's name, and the name of his new record label.

The winning art nouveau style entry by Italian artist Giulio Rossi is inspired by Czech painter Alphonse Mucha, on the request of Vernon, who wrote:

"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."

Bon Iver are set to embark on an arena tour of the UK and Ireland in November this year. The gigs kick off on November 8 at London's Wembley Arena and run until November 12 when the band headline Dublin's O2 Arena. They will also play dates in Manchester and Glasgow.

To check the availability of Bon Iver tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

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