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With all the alternative spaces for viewing art these days--coffeeshops, restaurants, cafe's--I'd say it's about time someone thought to add "tattoo gallery" to the list. Someone has. Hunter Sparks, owner and operator of Tattoo Devil Studios & Gallery is blending skin art and fine art with an opening reception of 12 local tattoo artists from a variety of studios, who will be displaying their work, including acrylics, watercolors and mixed media. The gallery will welcome a new group of artists every first Sunday of the month, and not only those in the tattoo clan. "We are trying to show the public that there is a direct link between fine art and tattoos," says Sparks. Not to mention, there's no pain involved. The details: 6 p.m. --until. 1215 Hillsborough St, Raleigh. 834-8055. Free.

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