MIA Iconcyclist #1: Julia Tuttle

By | April 28th, 2011 | 8 Comments

In my ongoing “Good artists borrow, great artists steal” spree (see Miami Missed Connections series), I’ve decided to pilfer and localize an idea from artist Mike Joos, who makes digital prints of pop-culture figures riding apt bikes (Mr. T on a fixie with gold-chain tires, for example). Here we have Magic City mother and citrus entrepreneur Julia Tuttle riding through the city she built on a couple of Florida oranges. I dressed her scandalously because no one has ever thought of the matronly Ms. Tuttle as sexy, and for good reason.

Iconcyclists #1: Julia Tuttle by Robby Campbell

I’ll be posting a new MIA Iconcyclist once a month before every Miami Critical Mass from here on out. Please feel free to suggest my next rider.

Speaking of Critical Mass, I would usually be there with bells on (they alert other riders to my presence), but I can’t make it this Friday. Which means I can’t photograph the ride like I’ve done for the past seven months. While that sucks, it also presents an opportunity to shake things up a bit. I’m asking you, fellow Critical Molecule, to send me at least one picture from the ride to post in this month’s Critical Mass photo essay. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. A shot from a camera phone is plenty good. The idea is simply to piece together how different people are experiencing the ride. I think this can be a really cool alternative to the way we normally cover Critical Mass. If enough people take part, we’ll have a photo mosaic of the April ride.

So all you have to do is take a photo at some point during the ride (SAFELY) and then send it to pix@beachedmiami.com before midnight. We’ll take care of the rest. As a sign of thanks, we’re offering a free Wolfcyclist T-shirt (modeled below) to our favorite photographer of the night. The shirt recently made a prominent appearance in Barry Jenkin’s Borscht Film Festival submission, Chlorophyl, so whoever wins will draw stares normally reserved for movie stars.

A big THANKS to all who take part.

8 Comments on “MIA Iconcyclist #1: Julia Tuttle”

  1. 1 Sean Williams said at 7:28 am on April 28th, 2011:

    how aout 108 year old marjory stoneman douglas

  2. 2 Eddy Stevens-Torrealba said at 8:50 am on April 28th, 2011:

    Hahahaha! This is awesome! :)

  3. 3 Robby Campbell said at 9:43 am on April 28th, 2011:

    Thanks Eddy. Sean, she’s been added to the list. But I think her prime was 103.

  4. 4 Chris said at 12:23 pm on April 28th, 2011:

    Uncle Luke better be on that list.

  5. 5 Sue said at 11:07 pm on April 28th, 2011:

    Henry Flagler, Don Shula, Flipper?
    I totally *heart* your cartoons.

  6. 6 Robby Campbell said at 11:52 am on April 29th, 2011:

    Sue, I totally *heart* you. Flagler, Don, and Flipper have been added to the list. Thanks.

  7. 7 sue said at 12:22 pm on April 29th, 2011:

    Maybe The Shell Princess will be an iconic Miami image someday. I *heart* her too of course.

  8. 8 Patty B said at 12:05 pm on June 24th, 2011:

    Skipper Chuck (for us old timers)

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