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Not to be confused with Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins.
Lynn-Z at All Freaks Halloween Ball Toledo OH 2008.jpg
Lyn-Z, 2008
Background information
Birth name Lindsey Ann Ballato
Also known as Lyn-Z
Born (1979-05-22) May 22, 1979 (age 35)[citation needed]
Dunoon, Scotland
Genres Industrial rock, electronica, synthpunk
Occupations Musician, artist
Instruments Bass guitar, vocals
Labels The End, Uppity Cracker
Associated acts Mindless Self Indulgence, Beg Yer Parton

Lindsey Ann Way (née Ballato; born May 21, 1976)[1][citation needed] commonly known as Lyn-Z, is a Scottish[citation needed] musician. She is best known for being the bassist in the American band Mindless Self Indulgence.


Lyn-Z was born in Dunoon.[2] She is of French and Indian descent.[3] She moved to Ledyard, Connecticut at the age of five. She left home at age 17 and moved to Brooklyn, New York, where she attended the Pratt Institute to study Fine Art and Illustration. She then worked as a window display artist and assisted painter Ron English in New York City. Her artwork has since been featured in CBGB's 32nd Anniversary Art Show, entitled "Hung", and "Draw", a travelling group show.

Lyn-Z was in a punk Dolly Parton cover band called Beg Yer Parton before joining MSI. Lyn-Z successfully auditioned to replace Vanessa YT in late 2001, after the release of Frankenstein Girls Will Seem Strangely Sexy and just before Alienating Our Audience. Along with artist Jorden Haley, she contributed to the artwork on the album You'll Rebel To Anything.

On November 13, 2010, she presented her artwork collectively entitled "HUSH" at the Dark Dark Science Gallery in a joint exhibit called "Smile Even If It Hurts" with friend and fellow artist Jessicka.[4] On December 11, 2010, her website launched featuring a gallery of her artwork.[5] She also recently contributed a piece to the South Park 15th Anniversary Art Exhibition at Opera Gallery in New York.[6]

Lyn-Z's stage presence is highly active; she is constantly moving and stirring up the crowd. She often stage dives. Her famous back bend is a well-known part of MSI shows. She often wears a schoolgirl uniform onstage, with a touch of her own personal style.

Personal life[edit]

In 2002, Lyn-Z was hospitalized with a collapsed lung.

On September 3, 2007 after a concert in Colorado, she married Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance. They were married backstage, following the final date of Linkin Park's Projekt Revolution tour. A member of Live Nation's touring staff, who happened to be an ordained minister, performed the low-key ceremony. The couple currently live in Los Angeles, California. Their daughter, Bandit Lee Way, was born in Los Angeles on May 27, 2009.


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  2. ^ "Lindsey Way, About". Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  3. ^ people think I'm Italian. I'm not, I was adopted. I'm French and Indian... Lindsey Way on Twitter. 23 October 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  4. ^ Pettigrew, Jason. [1]Alternative Press Q&A: Mindless Self Indulgence’s Lindsey Way and Scarling’s Jessicka Addams plan art exhibit November 10, 2010
  5. ^ [2] Lindsey Way art site
  6. ^ March 27, 2011 (2011-03-27). "Photos: South Park 15th Anniversary Art Exhibition In New York City.". Retrieved 2012-02-03. 

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