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Q & A with the Miami Winner of JOE & THE JUICE’s #ArtForJuice Contest

July 12, 2018

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JOE & THE JUICE is a coffee concept with a cult following of urban trendsetters and creative thinkers. That’s why in January of this year,  the brand’s team set out on a search for Miami’s Next Great Artist. The winning artist would have the opportunity to paint an original mural on the JOE & THE JUICE Wynwood storefront and receive a $5,000 cash prize. As part of the competition, entries were submitted on Instagram via the hashtag #artforjuice.

In February, JOE & THE JUICE announced the winner, Miami local artist Jorge-Miguel Rodriguez. Rodriguez won the opportunity to paint the mural design at the Wynwood location and cash in on the grand prize. Rodriguez is no newcomer to the art mural scene. He has completed countless pieces in Miami, Florida.

We caught up with Rodriguez in Wynwood, to ask him about his new collaboration with JOE & THE JUICE.

What made you enter the #artforjuice contest?

I entered the contest because I wanted to collaborate with JOE & THE JUICE. I wanted to create something really cool and exciting for Wynwood. And the new store that’s coming.

Why did you feel that it was important to get in on the action?

I wanted to create something different and unique. I felt that I had a couple ideas, that I thought would go perfectly with their brand and what they want to do. I took their logo and added my style to it. A little bit of My Rodri Flair. And then I created the JOE character, that’s on the wall right now. It was off one sketch and that was it. Once I created that JOE character, it was hook, line, and sinker. I created two. The second one is on the shirt. The other one is on the wall.

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Jorge-Miguel Rodriguez stands in front of the mural he created for JOE & THE JUICE in Wynwood

Did you want to incorporate some Miami inspiration into the mural?

In a couple of the original designs, yes, there was a lot of the Miami colors. I’m inspired by all the colors that are in Miami. All the bright and vibrant. Whether it’s the neon or Miami Vice kind of style. From there, I took their pink and then I created a gradient to the classic Miami Vice pink, bright magenta. And then I added my line work detailed into it.

What do you want people to take away from the mural you created?

I wanted to create something fun and unique for JOE & THE JUICE. They represent a trendy fun atmosphere. They have such a really cool brand and all the stores look really awesome. I wanted to create something that ties in together with that.

What is your favorite part of the process?

All of it, just seeing the end result from the sketch to the final piece. Seeing it all come together.  Through the approval process, the back and forth of the concepts and then stepping back and seeing it in full. There it is.

How long did it take you to complete this mural?

So the mural. I’m a fast painter. I don’t know why. As soon as I touch cans to a wall, I just go in. It took me around two days. Two and a half days. So I started Friday night, just laid out the sketch and then Saturday I put in about twelve hours. Then Sunday, cleaned up the last touches whatever little line works it was missing. Only really stopped to eat obviously, of course, because we kind of need food and because it rained. But that’s really much it, it rained in the morning and then I knocked it all out.

The completed mural.
The completed mural.

Did you have any other challenges, aside from the rain?

No. It’s typical. It’s not really a challenge. It’s usual. Like it’s raining right now. You just roll with the punches. You know? Put all your stuff away, put it inside and let it pass.

How long have you been painting?

I’ve been painting for about forever ago. Ever since I can remember I was doodling something. Either a wall or crayon books. Yes. Painting. I’ve always been painting. Especially, since about 2010. That’s when I got fully developed into the process and creating it into a profession. But it has always been a passion. It never stops.

What’s next?

Anything and everything. Anyone that approaches me and says “Hey Rodri, I have a cool project.” Or “I think this will look cool here.” I’m always down for it. I never stray away from a project. Unless there are certain things that I feel are maybe a no.

Jorge-Miguel Rodriguez poses in front of the newly completed mural.
Jorge-Miguel Rodriguez poses in front of the newly completed mural.

Anything you want to say to Joe & the Juice?

Yes, for sure. I really want to thank JOE & THE JUICE for the amazing opportunity and for allowing me to collaborate with them. For allowing me to work with their brand and create something special and unique for this store.

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The Wynwood JOE & THE JUICE located at 3215 NW 2nd Avenue is the fourth store in Miami and marks the 242nd store opening worldwide.

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Your Guide to the Top Selfie Spots in Wynwood

June 18, 2018

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By: Jordan Kurtz, founder of the @thewynwoodmonthly

You’re trying to get from New York to Los Angeles, but for some inexplicable reason, your super-cheap airline ticket has you on a three hour and twelve-minute layover in MIA. It’s 4:16 in the afternoon, and you have two things on your mind: drinks and posting a rad Miami photo/selfie in front of a famous Wynwood backdrop. If you have any experience at all with Miami traffic, you know you’re not going to make it back in time if you don’t have a solid action plan—or you borrow ours.

Here are our seven suggestions for some distinctive—and often famous—Wynwood backdrops and the bars, breweries, and coffee shops where you can grab a drink and a snack before Ubering back to the body-scanners.

What am I standing in front of? It’s a colorful mural of a lion’s head.

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Karina Scalzo Poses in Front of a Mural in Wynwood, Florida.

Why is it cool? Are you f—-ing kidding us? You’re going to look like you’re shooting a flaming lion out of your pores. In some cultures, that would mark you as a god.

What’s the address? NW 2nd Ave and NW 24th St.


Selfie or Friend Photo? This one works for either. Up close it’s cool colors, from afar it’s a lion!

Where am I getting my taco? Coyo Taco right across the street!

What am I standing in front of? It’s a circular gate with a collection of lover’s locks.

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Michael David snaps a selfie with “Love Locks.”


Why is it cool?
This is a physical representation of hundreds of lovers. Grab your bae, engrave and snap a lock, and if you’re daring, throw away the keys!

What’s the address? NW 2nd Ave and NW 26th St.

Selfie or Friend Photo? This one works for either. Up close it’s perfect for expressing your grossness of corny things. With a friend or bae, it’s cute and, well, corny.

Where am I getting my burger? Wood Tavern is right next door! This is a legendary Wynwood bar that has the best tacos, burgers, drinks, indoor/outdoor setting, and music! Bonus: veggie burgers available!

What am I sitting in front of? You’re sitting on an old punch buggy with a beautiful backdrop

Why is it cool? This captures Miami and Wynwood in one shot! This has a tropic backdrop with beautiful colors.

What’s the address? 325 NW 24th St.


Selfie or Friend Photo? This one works best with a friend. You have to take a couple of steps back so you can capture the car, the mural, and the adorable poser.

Where am I getting my beer? You’re literally inside Concrete Beach Brewery bro, just turn around and get some craft beer, silly. They have so many events, games, food vendors, and deliciously brewed beers!   

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Erica Smiles for the Camera at Concrete Beach Brewery.

What am I standing in front of? If you don’t know, I have bad news for you: you’re not getting into heaven.

Why is it cool? Who doesn’t love wings? Look at the beautiful photo with #NoFilter. This beauty scored me 107 likes on my own IG, and that’s a big deal for my following. Hey, I’m not on an Instagram model like you, ok?!

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Jordan Kurtz takes a Colorful selfie in Wynwood.

What’s the address? NW 5th Ave and 24th St.


Selfie or Friend Photo? This one works with both. This was a selfie, but the wings aren’t fully in the frame because of it. If you want the full picture, have someone take a couple steps further than you can reach.

Where am I getting my new clothes? This whole street is full of fashionable clothing at ridiculous prices. Because you have wandered off the “main” street at this point, prices have calmed down.

What am I standing in front of? These are a bunch of beautifully drawn faces. We love this simple black-and-white style.

Karina Scalzo Takes a Rest at a Mural in Wynwood.

Why is it cool? This mural is a little less elaborate, but also more abstract than the usual wall art in the hood. These swirly lines and diva-looking faces make a beautiful backdrop.

What’s the address? NW 2nd Ave and NW 23rd St.


Selfie or Friend Photo? This one works with both. From up front, you might get one pretty lady with you, but from a friend’s angle, you’re among the nymphs.

Where am I getting my new car? Wow, I guess if you have the time and the money, you’re getting the car that’s right inside of the building you’re leaning on. This gallery is called Cars & Guitars—Walt Grace Vintage and they house some of the craziest collections of both you have to see!

What am I sitting in front of? You’re on a comfy couch, with a funky lamp and a fun black & white backdrop.

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Karina Scalzo Stops for Some Coffee.

Why is it cool? This is a great spot for candid photos, group photos and, well, any type of photo. This whole place has these patterns from floor to ceiling on all sides. It’s like walking through a Willy Wonka room.

What’s the address? 2621 NW 2nd Ave.


Selfie or Friend Photo? This one works best with a friend’s help. Selfies work as well, but you’ll lose extra props.

Where am I getting my coffee? Definitely hit up Mister Block for this one. They have daily specials and so many types of drinks. Cuban coffee, American Coffee, matcha lattes and more!

What am I standing in front of? This is painted on a gate, but if you use your imagination, you’re underwater because these little characters are fish. 

Karina Scalzo Stops at a Pez Mural for a Picture. Artwork: @pezbarcelona

Why is it cool? I guess you live under a rock but this art is from El Pez. He’s a pretty big deal in the wall art world.

What’s the address? NW 2nd Ave and NW 26th St.


Selfie or Friend Photo? This one works with both. From up front, you might get one pretty fish with you, but from a friend’s angle, you’re among the whole school of them.

Where am I getting my sit-down meal? At this point, you probably need to chill. Head over to the Wynwood Diner and grab yourself something yummy. You deserve it!

You have your phone, your directions, and barely enough time. Get moving and good luck!

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Karina Scalzo Admires Leon Keer’s Mural. Artwork: @leonkeer

Surprise Bonuses:

Wynwood Walls and Time Lapse Video

Don’t forget about the classics at the Wynwood Walls.

Artwork: @Alexis_diaz

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Volta Arrives in Miami

December 27, 2017

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Cirque du Soleil’s 41st show production has arrived under the Big Top next to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. The name VOLTA refers to a sudden about-face, a change in emotion or idea and references a jolt of energy. The new show tells a story about the freedom to choose your own path.  

You’ll feel the adrenaline of the show through the acrobatics and choreography. The details of every costume will capture your attention. Every stunt leaves you glued to your seat.  The show brings a mix of BMX stunts, choreographed dances and aerial aerobatics.  

Photo credit: Patrice Lamoureux Costume: Zaldy
Photo credit: Patrice Lamoureux
Costume: Zaldy

Through the Volta story line, you’ll encounter groups such as the GREYS, the ELITES and the FREE SPIRITS. The GREYS are conformists who follow routine and are set in their ways. The elites are enamored with stardom, while the free spirits always seek adventure and living life to the fullest.  You’ll be captured by the main character’s transformation and celebration of finding freedom.  

Photo Credit: Patrice Lamoureux Costume: Zaldy
Photo Credit: Patrice Lamoureux
Costume: Zaldy
Photo Credit: Patrice Lamoureux Costume: Zaldy
Photo Credit: Patrice Lamoureux
Costume: Zaldy

Cirque di Soleil Volata Tickets are available to purchase now by visiting cirquedusoleil.com/volta or calling 1-877-9CIRQUE (1-877-924-7783)