Final. I think. Still open to feedback.
Here is my sketch. I chose the phrase "Bitter End". I may go back and add "Till the" once I have these letters worked out. I was going for a Jon Contino esque look.
Here is what I ended up with after a pass in Illustrator. I made some changes from my initial sketch and messed around with the letter spacing.
With a grunge effect:
I'm not quite satisfied with the result. Hopefully you guys have some good feedback and advice!