“I have a lot of band tattoos,” admits Kris Fulton, the café manager at Baltimore’s Lamill Coffee inside the Four Seasons Hotel. There are pieces that reference the Smiths, Blink-182, Jawbreaker, and Daniel Johnston.
One piece of a giant lightning bolt shattering the Capitol Building is taken from DC hardcore band Bad Brains’ 1982 debut. Fulton grew up in between the District and Baltimore and fell for music at the same time that the group was gaining popularity. “They’re all African-American, which was surprising for a band like that at that time,” he says. “They went into an environment that they weren’t used to or familiar with, then made it their own thing and shaped it.”