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Clean as a Whistle

Watercolor paintings by seven Detroit-area tattoo artists

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What: New paintings by seven local tattoo artists.


Where: 323 East Gallery, 323 E. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-246-9544; 323east.com.


When: Displays through March 18.


Presented by Big Top Tattoo and Signature Tattoo, Clean as a Whistle features new watercolor paintings by seven Detroit-area tattoo artists. Curated by underground artist and tattooer Mark Heggie, the show is offered as an alternative to the average straight-laced, wine-and-cheese fine art show. According to Heggie, the eclectic array of works on display is sure to appeal to a wide range of folks, both with ink and without: "We're catering to art collectors, we're catering to our groupie fans and we're catering to people who just want a pretty painting to put on the wall for $50. We're not trying to exclude anybody." Along with paintings by Heggie himself, the display also features works by Tyler Hemmingsen, Garth Hixon, Davey James, Nick Kelly, Dan Rick and Sam Wolfe.