Vernon, sporting a very Northern Exposure inspired Filson jacket at Sasquatch! 2012.
A sure way to date yourself among the kids these days is to bring up an episode of Northern Exposure, the '90s cult television series that was (mostly) filmed in Seattle's backyard of Roslyn, Washington. I used to think any mention of the show, that I proudly owned the soundtrack on cassette and a KBHR (the show's radio station) tee, and taped nearly every episode on VHS put me and my fellow "mooseheads" in a obscure TV-loving category no one understood, but us NX nerds now have an ally in Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, who recently proclaimed his love of the offbeat program he says "weirdly explained my life to me" by announcing he'll pay $299 to the fan who creates the best Northern Exposure-themed tattoo design for his left arm. Read his statement, from design contest website 99 Designs, after the jump:
Marilyn, Holling, Shelly, Ed, Maggie, Chris (my boyfriend), Joel, and Maurice.
"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.
I'll 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! Please, help! 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."
Northern Exposure's great cast, exceptional writing, and themes on theosophical mysticism and individual expression (not to mention those great, eclectic tunes) had a profound impact on many; with Vernon now proudly in the bunch, the question is: Will he ever attend Moosefest to show off the new ink?