It’s been a long time coming, but Lizzie & The Makers have come through in a major way with their new album Dear Onda Wahl. The long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s Fire From The Heart of Man and the 2018 EP Meanwhile…, the new release is an expansion on the psychedelic, roots rock, and shoegaze-influenced sound they already introduced to fans.
Recorded at Mission Sound Recording in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Dear Onda Wahl was heavily inspired by both more traditional rock music, as well as David Lynch films and Twin Peaks. It was co-produced by Reeves Gabrels, The Cure’s lead guitarist since 2012, and a man who has worked with the likes of David Bowie and Tin Machine, as well as Grammy-winner Mario J. McNulty, who has also worked with Bowie, as well as the legendary Prince.
A true proponent of self-expression and staying true to who you are, we recently chatted with Lizzie & The Makers’ frontwoman Lizzie Edwards for our latest edition of Tattoo Talk in which she told us all about her body of art.
When, where and what was your first tattoo?
Lizzie Edwards: “My first tattoo is a tribal sun (I know) on my lower back. I got it when I was 18 near my college in New Hampshire. All of my friends were getting piercings and I wasn’t really into that, so I got inked!”
Do any of your tattoos have a particularly special meaning behind them? If so, do share man!
“All of them! Every single one, well, except the first one (laughs). I never get a tattoo that I haven’t thought long and hard about. Probably the most meaningful ones are a harpsichord which is a tribute to my late musician grandmother and an Art Deco portrait of Madame Butterfly which is a tribute to my late opera singer grandfather.”
Do you have a specific shop or artist that you frequent (insert shameless plug time!)?
“Amy Shapiro has done most of my work and is incredible. She used to work at Three Kings, then Lifetime Tattoo in Denver. She’s the best. Also, MJ at Baneul Tattoo in Manhattan is unparalleled and did a mermaid for me inspired by one of our new singles.”
Do you have any new tattoos planned or underway? Give us the dirt!
Yes! I’m in the process of getting a ram’s skull with flowers on my left calf. I’m an Aries and have been wanting this one for a long time.
Have you seen any fans with a band tattoo, anything crazy memorable?
(laughs) Not yet, but there’s still time!
We know you have one… tell us about that stoned/drunken joke-tattoo you once got….
I actually don’t! I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I really have put a lot of thought into every piece on my body. It’s there forever, you know.
Do you have any tattoos that you now hate, want to replace, or have covered up, and why?
I do have some that I got a while back that just haven’t aged well or are connected to people I’m no longer in contact with. I’d like to get them covered up, but I’m in no rush.
Have you had anything covered up? If yes, what was it and why… we need details!
Not yet! I’ll keep you posted…
Have any tattoos that were painful. Like made you cry, see white light, and regret being born?
Yes, the Madame Butterfly tattoo on my inner upper arm was pretty painful. When Amy was doing the shading I definitely saw stars! It was the first time I wasn’t able to sit through a whole session.
If you HAD to get someone’s face tattooed on you, who’s would it be and why?
Probably my dad, we lost him to COVID-19 on April 20th, 2020 and I still miss him so much. He was also a musician and my biggest fan.
When do you get work done? Is it something planned and more regimented, or whenever the mood strikes?
I would say it’s more planned. Whenever I have an idea for a tat I always tell myself to wait three months. If I still like the idea after that amount of time, then I’ll make an appointment. I have found that is a foolproof way to avoid getting tattoos I’ll regret!
Do you have a crazy, weird or super-memorable tattoo experience you’d care to share?
I mean, getting a tattoo in New Hampshire was pretty strange. There was a shop parrot and just this eerie chainsaw massacre vibe to the place that was in a house in the woods. It really made you feel like you were walking into the clutches of hell and never coming back (laughs).
Tattoo artists are similar to bartenders in the sense that people confide in them. What’s the most personal story you’ve shared (or been told) while getting work done.
Amy and I are friends as well as having an artist/client relationship, so almost every session was like therapy! We talked a lot about our dating lives, mostly our disappointments. There is nothing I wouldn’t share with that woman, including some embarrassing and frustrating sexual encounters (laughs).