Bon Iver's New Music Video Is a Tattoo Idea Goldmine

Bon Iver's New Music Video Is a Tattoo Idea Goldmine

If you need an idea, just watch this freakin' video. You'll get an idea. We promise.

Bon Iver released their much-anticipated album 22, A Million recently to much acclaim. The album is receiving rave reviews for its creativity and diversity.


To go along with the album, the folk group fronted by Justin Vernon has debuted a music video from which you can derive numerous tattoo inspirations. The artwork presented here can be easily recreated and put on your skin. Check it out! 

Not officially a "Music Video" per se, this is considered a "Lyric Video" but it contains some cool imagery to go along with the lyrics. These images could serve as some pretty cool minimalistic tattoos that would be right at home on just about anyone's skin.

Carlson's work in the "8 (circle)" video. #BonIver #Music #22amillion #8circle
Carlson's work in the "8 (circle)" video. #BonIver #Music #22amillion #8circle

The artwork for the video was done by Eric Timothy Carlson, a Brooklyn-based designer that has been working with Vernon to create the album art, murals, and lyric videos for the new album.


In an interview with the Walker Art Center, Carlson explains that each song has their own unique symbol, “So we would listen to each song, talk about the numbers, talk about the song, watch the lyrics take form, makes lists, make drawings. Real references and experiences are collaged in both the music and the artwork.”

Carlson designed a ton of images for Bon Iver's new album. #BonIver #Music #22amillion
Carlson designed a ton of images for Bon Iver's new album. #BonIver #Music #22amillion

Carlson has a history of working with musicians to help define their works. He stated he used to design show posters for his friends' bands while getting his start at a screen-printing business. 


He also states that music has always been a big part of his life and his work. "Music has always been an important aspect of my practice. I’ve played music my whole life, and I come from a musical family, raised with it," he said in the interview. And he has now carved out quite a niche for himself in the music community, especially after the success of Bon Iver's album.

Carlson's art ranges from the elaborate to the minimalist. #BonIver #Music #22amillion
Carlson's art ranges from the elaborate to the minimalist. #BonIver #Music #22amillion

If you didn't have a tattoo idea before, you certainly should now! Plus you got to jam on some sweet tunes. What a wonderful world we live in, eh?

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