A few years ago, it was not very common to see people with their arms and legs covered in ink strolling around. In fact, it was actually pretty rare, something worth noting. Nowadays, tattoos have become so common that no one bats an eye. With this growth in demand, Miami’s most famous tattoo parlour, Tattoo by Lou, has expanded to three locations: South Beach, Kendall, and North Miami.
Founded by Lou Sciberras, this shop is now run by his daughter Michelle and her husband Ken Cameron. Cameron has been a professional tattoo artist since 1975, and part of his apprenticeship in San Jose, California, included building his own machines. Now, beyond owning the famous shop, Cameron has also developed a widely acclaimed tattoo machine, sold online though kencameronink.com.
The shops have become almost a tourist attraction in Miami, with people all over the country coming to get tattooed there. Famous customers include various Miami Heat, Dolphins and Marlins players, and stars like Madonna. At the same time, normal people like you and I are also welcomed with open arms. The Beacon’s layout editor for example, Micaela Giberti, got her piece done at the South Beach location, “I always had a clear image of what I wanted my tattoo to look like, and the tattoo artist at Lou’s was able to capture that image perfectly.”
As with most family owned businesses, there is a care and love for the craft apparent in every piece that comes out of the shops. Their connection to the customers is evident in a quote by Sciberras in an old interview that was recently published on social media by the shop, “if you’re intoxicated, don’t bother coming in – we will not serve you. Come back when you are sober.” To the owners and staff of this place, it is not about money, but about the art.
How to care for a new tattoo?
- Leave bandage on overnight.
- Remove bandage in the morning. Wash your tattoo with mild soap and water.
- Always wash your hands before you touch your tattoo.
- Apply a small amount of AFTER INKED to your tattoo and rub completely into the skin 3 – 5 times daily.
- DO NOT re-bandage your tattoo.
- DO NOT pick or scratch your tattoo.
- DO NOT soak your tattoo in water, use hot tubs, or swim for 2 weeks.
- DO NOT get any direct sunlight on your tattoo for at least 2 weeks.
South Beach: Mon-Wed, Sun 11am to 12am
Fri-Sat 11am to 1am
Kendall: Mon-Wed, Sun 10am to 11pm
Fri-Sat 10am to 12am
North Miami Mon-Sun 10am to 10pm