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Meet one of Green Day's biggest fans

posted by Chad Jones on Fri, Sep 25, 2009
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The whole American Idiot experience has taken us on a wild ride. One of the best parts, aside from the show itself, has been the opportunity to meet an incredible range of Green Day fans. Last month we held a ticket contest, and one of the entries caught our eye because — here's logic for you — it included eye-catching photos.

Lizzy in Fairfield is not your average Green Day fan. She’s an art school student in San Francisco, and she has translated her love for the album American Idiot into her own personal masterpiece.

This is Lizzy’s American Idiot bedroom (photos courtesy of Lizzy).

Lizzie room 4

We asked Lizzy how the room came to be. Here’s what she said: “My room is my inspirational space. Because of Green Day and the American idiot album, I realized what I wanted to do with my life. I go to art school for directing film and television. The band’s amazing music videos have a special place in my heart, and being surrounded by wall-to-wall décor that reminds me why I go to school is a great motivator for me and my artistic style. I just wish I had more walls to continue painting more artwork from their album.”

Lizzy admits her parents were skeptical when they heard what their daughter wanted to do to her room, but after spending the entire two weeks of a high school vacation to complete the paint job, they were won over — as are most people who visit the “installation.”

Lizzie room 2

Everything in the room, has special meaning to Lizzy. For example, the image of St. Jimmy walking under the street sign for the Boulevard of Broken Dreams “reminds me that things aren’t always going to be great and happy in my life, but I gotta keep walking in that bad part of town in order to get out of it.”

Lizzie room 3

The black-and-white cityscape reminds Lizzy of her studies in the city as well as her dream of moving to Los Angeles. The various symbols were taken from a Green Day concert she attended, and the images of the band members themselves were taken from an American Idiot calendar. “I though it would be cool and a challenge to make them silhouettes and have their clothing stand out,” Lizzy explains.

Lizzie room 6

Of all the images, one – the giant Green Day bomb – has the most meaning for Lizzy. “That’s taken from the Holiday video, which is my favorite song and video of all time.”

Reflecting on her creation, Lizzy says, “My room is like a big tattoo for me.”

Lizzy actually got to meet her idols, briefly, when covering an awards show red carpet in San Francisco for her high school.

“That was a turning point in my life,” Lizzy recalls. “They made me realize I was capable of achieving whatever I wanted but that I would have to fight for it, too. That short moment that the guys themselves probably won’t remember meant the entire world to me. It’s really amazing how much of an impact certain people can have on others.”


Wow! All I have to say is, Wow! This looks a-mazing! I never seen anything like this before in my life. You are surely the definition of a "die-hard" fan, no doubt. It looks beautiful, but all I can myself is "How long did that take to do such a project?"

Sean Robert Quinn | Fri, Sep 25, 2009

Amazing room! But why is there a rabbit in a fish tank?

mike | Fri, Sep 25, 2009

Even the bunny wears eyeliner...

Kristin | Fri, Sep 25, 2009


suzanne | Fri, Sep 25, 2009

hi girl, would you come to germany and paint my walls

Simone | Sat, Sep 26, 2009

I LOVE YOU, can i live w/ you? we could be awesome house mates i have a green day shrine myself but your room is the greatest thing iv ever seen.

star | Sun, Sep 27, 2009

wow! i love ur room :] i wanted to dec. my room out with Green Day when my family and i moved into our papaws house but my parents wouldnt let me :[ it made me really mad.. if u ever want to come decorate my room -hint hint lol- then u feel free to :P

Amber | Sat, Mar 13, 2010

Hopefully Lizzy used Green Earth Friendly Eco Paint!

Cal Phillips, Denver Painters | Sat, Jul 24, 2010

This looks just like my son's room .. Only his is painted as a shrine to Vampire weekend. It'll be fun to paint over when we decide to move.

Krystal KIVC | Tue, Jul 27, 2010

Our daughter created some custom designs like these as well as a couple of photos. She sent them in to Wall Monkeys and had them turned into wall decals and stickers

Racheal | Thu, Sep 23, 2010

you can't really measure somebody's fan level based on something like this. yeah, cool installation, very creative but still.

jamie. | Tue, Oct 19, 2010

Oh, wow. I can't find words....this is totally incredible. You're fantastic. It looks so good...I'm a really big fan of Green Day, but in my room are just posters and posters and posters :-D Awesome :-)

Maky | Tue, Feb 22, 2011

I love this decal. I'm a big fan of greenday. I have so much greenday posters on my wall. It would be really great if I can have one of those decals. Thanks for posting.

Wall Decals For Kids Jane | Wed, May 11, 2011

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