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This is not the first time Miami native Ben Vereen has made his way onto Beached Miami, and it probably won’t be the last. Many of you ’90s brats will recognize this scene right away from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air episode “Papa’s Got a Brand New Excuse”, in which Vereen plays Will Smith’s dead-beat biological dad and a foil to Uncle Phil the Patriarch. If you have no idea why that scene is being reproduced here, with the addition of a bicycle and the subtraction of a certain black skully, check out Iconcyclist #1. If you don’t recognize this scene, you’re life is incomplete. Get thee to YouTube forthwith.
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.
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.