Thursday, January 06, 2011

Miami New Times sets new high standards for South Florida journalism

Last November, Gus Garcia-Roberts at Miami New Times inaugurated a new feature on the paper's blog Riptide 2.0 which he called "Mugshots Friday."

Featuring booking photos from the Miami-Dade County jail, the first installment went viral almost immediately because of the inclusion of one particularly bizarre mugshot.

Today Garcia-Roberts continues his quest to raise the bar for journalists in South Florida with another bizarre offering from the digital cameras at Miami-Dade Corrections.

That's 24 year-old Jorge Mario Aguirre, who's a diminutive 5'4" and 115 lbs. Aguirre was picked up by police last August and charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Garcia-Roberts critiques Aguirre's artwork:
He's got the title of an obscure Robert Downey, Jr. film where his eyebrows should be, a Ricky Martin song for a moustache, and an area code for a goatee. Then there's an oil tower (?) for a nose, the rest of his face is covered in what look like gangsta versions of those tiny little puffy stickers of unicorns and pots of gold our sister used to put on our bunkbed, and his torso and arms are scrawled with random slogans and doodles. His skin resembles the high school notebook of a kid with artistic talent and a critically severe case of ADD.
On his Facebook page, Garcia-Roberts says, "This guy's face is an optical illusion. Stare at it long enough and you'll see an airplane taking off."

Not sure about that, but Aguirre's mug is definitely a work in progress.

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