Anyway, that other tattoo - yes, it’s a banjo. Marshall’s instrument. “I got that a couple of years after ‘tour’,” he explains. “But I hate [the] banjo now. I still like ‘tour’. ‘Tour’ worked out. Unfortunately the banjo tattoo hasn’t. I might just cross it out. Or put another round bit on the end and make it look like a really thin penis.”
Does all the criticism annoy Marshall?
Not at all. I f***ing hate banjos too!
Well, yes. I liked it because it was easy to play. Don’t tell anyone. I actually picked up the banjo because it was a much easier route to getting a job as a musician. No one plays banjo, everyone plays guitar. So yeah, it was easy enough - got a job, didn’t I? But I’m not very good at it. I get away with it. There’s a guy called Jerry Douglas who’s the best dobro player in the world. And he said something great to me: “Winston, don’t ever learn to play the banjo. The reason that it’s interesting what you do is that you have no f***ing idea what you’re doing!” Which was quite a big compliment from my hero. In a backhanded sort of a way.
In which Winston Marshall admits he hates banjos and his banjo tattoo. (x)