Inspiration for Your Pending Bon Iver Body Art

[caption id="attachment_53972" align="alignnone" width="640"] Tattoo inspiration/Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon. Photo: Roger Kisby/Getty Images[/caption]

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It’s by no means an unusual phenomenon to find ardent fans adorning their anatomies with tattoos inspired by beloved musicians. But when you imagine the faithful indelibly inking their skin, it seems somehow more likely that the tattoo type would be hardcore fans of, say, Metallica, Foo Fighters, or some other act known for impelling audiences to raise their fists in raucous rock & roll salutes. But how about the hushed, hermetic indie-folk fragility of the Midwest’s melancholy Bon Iver? Tattoos and Vernon seem to go hand-in-hand these days, as Vernon himself recently commissioned a fan-submitted tattoo design for his own body, that he required to draw from cult TV show Northern Exposure. This week, he declared a winner: Italian artist Giulio Rossi. But the connection doesn't stop there. Through the magic of Tumblr, Bon Tatouage aims to educate you on the subject of fans inking up their own Bon Homages. Should you be considering one of your own, here's five of the site’s most intriguing options for making the ultimate pledge of Bon Iver allegiance. Let the inspiration begin:

1. “Calgary” forearm/underarm tattoo tag team

2. The two-fingered "Skinny Love" salute

3. The Two Fisted “Creature Fear”

4. “Stacks” on Back with Birds

5. “Skinny Love” meets skinny ribcage