For 23 years, a pair of pert, painted, pasty-clad tits has greeted anyone strolling along 14th Street on South Beach. On any given day, you'll find a small crowd of locals, European tourists, and the odd bum gazing up at the vibrant mural of a mermaid riding on the back of a bald eagle. That's how you know you've arrived at Tattoos by Lou, one of the city's most storied tattoo parlors.
Just this week, however, Miami Beach code compliance officers have told Lou's to take down the famous mural. They argue that a touch-up back in 2000 means the painting no longer has a valid permit. Lou's owner and clients are pissed.