Meet Your Models: Aaron Bogan
A drawing session with model Aaron Bogan is like getting caught up in your very own action adventure story. With a background in illustration and a love of comic book lore, Bogan uses his extensive martial arts training to bring his dynamic characters to life. A successful competitive fighter, Bogan took gold in jiu jitsu at the 2014 U.S. Open, beating out the former world champion and solidifying his athletic prowess. However like all great superheroes, Bogan has a big heart and can often be found at his dojo delighting children’s classes with stunts wearing his classic Spiderman suit. You’ll most likely encounter him in one of his numerous comic inspired ensembles (Nightwing, Wolverine or Deadpool!) but his dedication to the craft pushes him to explore new characters, including his ruckus drag persona B-Cup Betty. Bogan’s strength and commitment to excellence makes him a uniquely adept model, while his wit and contagious energy make him a pleasure to work with.
Where’s your hometown?
Voorhees, New Jersey.
Three words to describe your modeling style?
All or nothing.
Who are your personal muses?
Bruce Lee, James Dean, Jared Leto and Marlon Brando. I also draw a lot of inspiration from my fellow models, as everybody has a lot to offer.
Favorite characters to portray?
Deadpool, Assassins Creed and Captain America.
Favorite teacher to work for?
There are a lot! Sarah Barrie Fenton, Mark Simmons, Eli Harris, George Cwirko-Godycki and Lisa Berrett.
Favorite part of being a model?
I get to be somebody else for six hours and do somersaults off [of] stages.
What might surprise people about artist modeling?
It takes a lot of discipline. Physicality and pain. Acting and passion. You’re amplifying yourself when you’re on stage. Whoever says modeling is easy should meet me in the arena for a pose off.
Referee Gustave Reis presents Bogan’s victory over former world champion Brian Molinaro. Photo by Sonia Blas.
Bogan reveals his latest superhero look, Nightwing. Photo by Sarafina Murphy-Gibson.
Best album to pose to?
Nine Inch Nails, Downward Spiral.
If you could be drawn by any artist, living or dead, who would it be?
Alex Ross and Todd McFarlane.
What are your hobbies outside modeling?
Comic book illustration, competitive jiu jitsu fighting and aspiring vigilantism.
What is the last book you read?
The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller.
Have you ever cried at a movie?
A Walk to Remember. I didn’t think she was gonna die and then she did!
If you joined the circus who would you be?
A strongman. But I can’t grow a mustache because that would look hideous.
If you could live anywhere where would you live?
Tokyo. The nightlife, the food and a martial arts culture where I could train with real ninjas.
If you had a superpower what would it be?
Biggest pet peeve?
Slow walking people.
Favorite pudding flavor?
What’s something on your bucket list?
Going to New Orleans to experience Bourbon Street and the Café Du Monde.
Who would play you in your biography?
Bruno Mars, but Ryan Reynolds has to do the voice acting or I’m doing it all myself.
Do you have a hidden talent?
I look great in a dress and I’m very good with swords/throwing knives.
“It’s a family show.”