Writer and musician Zechariah Melton, of the band Labors, was hanging out in Logan Square. His short novel, “Vermilion,” is forthcoming from The Godhead Publishing.
Can you tell me more about your tattoos?
Growing up, I became involved in the hardcore and metal scene in Kansas City. Back then, it was common to see a good deal of tattoos on people. Immediately I was fascinated and it wasn’t long before I had one myself. Although I still get tattooed from time to time, I think very little of it. More than anything, as it is with most things in my life, it provides me with some sort of comfort. Of course there is comfort in things we are able to control.
What do you wear onstage?
I wear when I perform what I put on that morning; I don’t give it much thought. I put on what my dad put on and what his dad put on, and for the same reasons, I imagine, whatever they are…
Do you have any hat-wearing tips?
Only this: never place a hat bottom down. If it’s not on your head, set it on the crown, so all the luck falls in.
—Photograph and interview by Isa Giallorenzo