Tattoo artist Scott Black with a copy of Tattoo Magazine’s August 1991 issue that he was featured in.
Tattoo artist Scott Black with a copy of Tattoo Magazine's August 1991 issue that he was featured in. (John A. Pavoncello)

An unlikely union took place at Wheelie Bar & Grill on Saturday afternoon.

Hundreds of old and new friends came to support Scott Black during his life-threatening battle with liver cancer.

Black has tattooed in York for almost 40 years, and his clientele includes guitarists Eddie Ojeda of Twisted Sister and Chad Taylor of Live.

Around 4 or 5 p.m. Saturday, everyone was called to the back of the bar.

The crowd — full of bikers, musicians and lots of people with tattoos — quickly obliged. The space was so crowded it was hard to see the black-and-white tiled floor.

The 53-year-old Newberry Township resident and his fiancee, Heather Shoff, stood next to each other, the Rev. Marcia Krick in front of them.

After about eight years together, Scott and Heather Black gotmarried Saturday during a surprise ceremony at his benefit at WheelieBar & Grill. Scott, a
After about eight years together, Scott and Heather Black got married Saturday during a surprise ceremony at his benefit at Wheelie Bar & Grill. Scott, a tattoo artist for many years, is battling liver cancer. (SUBMITTED)

'Love is powerful': Murmurs quickly ran through the room as it became apparent what was going on.

"I'm nervous!" Black yelled to the crowd.

Krick began to bless the couple, who have been together for about eight years.

"Love is powerful," she said. "Love is simple, yet is complex."

Black put his fingers over the bridge of his nose, pressing on his tear ducts.

Krick continued, urging the couple to enjoy the little things and listen to each other. She brought out their rings, and Black slipped his fiancee's ring on her finger.

"It's a trap!" someone yelled. This crowd was anything but shy.

"Now you are two bodies, but this is only one life for you," Krick said.

Then she pronounced Mr. and Mrs. Black husband and wife — and the party started all over again.

The benefit: "It feels good," said the new Mrs. Black. "We should've done it years ago, but with him getting sick, he was scared to do it."

The benefit, started to collect money for Scott's funeral arrangements, raised more than $2,100. People are still supporting the couple with more donations, Heather said.

Scott is now resting and recovering after spending about seven hours at the benefit, Heather said.

"He was surprised about how many people he saw. He hadn't seen them for years," she said.

She thanks everyone who came out to support her new husband.

"It meant a lot to him," she said.

— Reach Mollie Durkin at mdurkin@yorkdispatch.com.