Most of Brian â€œHeadâ€ Welchâ€™s tattoos are new.
It seems like the multicolored ink sleeves and matted brown dreadlocks would be remnants of the â€œoldâ€ Brian, the one who spent a decade pounding out power chords to lyrics like â€œRight now / I feel it scratch inside / I want to slash and beat you.â€
But the tattoo near his makeup-lined eyes gives him away. Itâ€™s a small teardrop — a traditional gang symbol — juxtaposed with a cross.
When he got it a couple years ago, he thought it symbolized the intense love of Jesus Christ.
Now, he says, itâ€™s a permanent symbol of the unrelenting hardship, and prevailing joy, he discovered in 2005 when he abandoned riches and rock-star glory to become a Christian.