Before you all hare off to the London Miles Gallery for its tattoo fest Pens and Needles (title link) remember that tattoos, like pets, are for life. Sunderland charity the Human Life Trust has recently opened a branch in Chiswick to provide free removal of unwanted tattoos for unemployed Londoners (CLICK for a BBC video; CLICK for the charity). If you want the NHS to remove a tat, first you must convince a shrink that you'll go barking mad if it isn't removed. Good luck! Caution aside, the opening reception of Pens and Needles will take place at Westbourne Studios on Friday 25 February from 7pm to 11pm. A host of top tattoo artists have been booked for the exhibition.