Anthony Lawton of All Star Body Art in Scotia draws on client Len Bohley of Schenectady before inking. It was an early step in Bohley’s new tattoo of a large skull with swirls. The completed tattoo is seen in the top photo.
Anthony Lawton decided to heavy it up right away. At 1 p.m., big bass and guitar notes from heavy metal band Mastodon filled the room, and Lawton prepared to drop color into the left side of Len Bohley’s chest. The 34-year-old Lawton, who lives in Rotterdam and has been leaving his mark on men and women since 1998, had already stenciled the pattern into friend Bohley’s pectoral — a large skull with swirls behind it. He dabbed his tattoo machine with black ink and began etching deep black lines around the “teeth” of the boney face.