Hanging With a Pitbull Impersonator at Dolphin Mall Is an Only-in-Miami Experience

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It's the dinner hour at Dolphin Mall, and the food court is a busy hive. Teenagers guzzle from Smoothie King cups while tables full of abuelitas fire Gatling-gun Spanish over steaming plates of Lotus Express. At the Segafredo Zanetti Espresso kiosk, a young girl in black shirt and pants offers a sample tray, her face wearing a look you'd see in a dentist's waiting room. People snatch toothpicked mini-sandwiches off her plate. She stares off, bored and brooding. Then an immaculately white suit sleeve crosses her vision.

"Hola, linda," comes the scratchy growl. Her head snaps like a jack out of the box. Is it? There's the cue-ball dome, the jester's grin, the sunglasses hiding half his face like a limo's tinted window. "Oh my God," she purrs. "OH MY GOD!" She locks bugging eyes with the stranger. "I love you!"

Passersby rubberneck the scene, spotting Miami's own multimillionaire recording artist, Pitbull! The Cuban-American Armando Pérez went from cornrowed Uncle Luke protégé to current Top 40 pop sensation. Now he's posing for photos with the starstruck sample girl. Then he's moving on down the mall's corridor, calls of "Pitbull!" and "Armando!" chasing his squeaking Hugo Boss heels.

But Pitbull -- strangely -- doesn't turn around until it hits him that he should probably, uh, acknowledge his own name. "Dale," he barks.

Of all the signs by which you can measure Pitbull's success -- including the 5 million albums sold and the endorsement deals with blue-chip companies like Kodak and Bud Light -- the real one is right here: a Miami actor/realtor/trainer named Ariel Tojo scratching out a burgeoning career as the artist's professional doppelganger.

Officially dubbing himself "Pimpbull," Tojo's fake-out act is on point enough to fool those visiting the commercial epicenter of Latin Miami. "I do this for the fans," Tojo explains. "And because I love Pitbull."

Today, Tojo is sporting a blinding-white three-piece suit and dark-collared shirt. Heads follow his every move like iron filings pulled by a magnet. A -two-person camera crew, security muscle in an oversized blazer (all New Times college interns), and a cloud of Salvatore Ferragamo cologne trail his steps.

But pan in close and you'll see Tojo is ten years older than the 33-year-old genuine article. Also, behind the hater-blockers, you'll find dark marbles, not Pitbull's baby blues. But the physical resemblance is only half the equation, Tojo explains. Like Pitbull, he's God-gifted with a full tank of Cuban swag.

"Armando, what makes him so popular is he gets along with everybody," Tojo explains. "I have the same charisma. I'm a personality. I love people."


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whitned
whitned

Dude drives away in a Honda

ctpa
ctpa

Listen to this cool song, you wont be disapointed.

Lisa Edmunds
Lisa Edmunds

Who fell for that? He is a lot older than the real deal?

Jose Andres
Jose Andres

Haters..Haters .. best of luck to Mr Pitbull impersonator. Great guy and fun to be around!!!

Funeral Peste
Funeral Peste

That guy is about 6" taller than the Hobbit known as Pitbull

Justo Sosa
Justo Sosa

who da hell did you fool with this fakeazz wanna be?!?!

Familia Ramirez
Familia Ramirez

Que clase come mi!##%da! LOL! In the immortal words of Alvarez Guedes! Pffft!

Lex Dillinger
Lex Dillinger

"While Abuelitas fire Gatling - Gun Spanish" - slow clap.

Roly Ruiz III
Roly Ruiz III

Doesn't look like him ....I've seen sum of that guys YouTube videos and he can't even keep up with the lyrics to his songs....but then again who the hell imitates pitbull? He was bound to be used for funny videos like this as long as he's the only one

Ron Acosta
Ron Acosta

Sounds like a true blue Miami Ref experience

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

Any of you ever seen the real PIT, up close?! Them suits really conceal he's built like a tonka truck!!

Jesse Oliveros
Jesse Oliveros

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Dayron Feliz
Dayron Feliz

I feel bad because people get that excited to see this person, fake or real.

Ingrid Carlos
Ingrid Carlos

Unless you're hanging out with the real PitBull! Then that is a true Miami experience! He is such a nice guy!

James Kendall
James Kendall

It's way more sad that anyone would actually make an effort to imitate that no talent jack wagon.

GeorgeMercado
GeorgeMercado

As I always say be ORIGINAL, never be a carbon copy imitation of someone else. There are too many fakes in the world, but only one YOU!

Janeisie Rijo
Janeisie Rijo

Cristina Gonzalez I think we would've done a double tale and said is it him... No it's not lol pitbull is much shorter lol

Ava Esler
Ava Esler

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Zuly Ar
Zuly Ar

Julian Prieto its the guy we saw at Bongos Cuban Cafe

Ef Castill
Ef Castill

Who's spit bull? Is this the guy that sings nursery rhymes?

Steve Vose
Steve Vose

Aren't like half the guys in Miami Pitbull impersonators? I mean, the guy is truly nothing special, physically or musically.

Jennifer Alvarez
Jennifer Alvarez

Seriously...Who appoints these dumb subjects to be interviewed & published ? why can't I help but read this crap \U0001f604

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