Thursday, December 31, 2009


From a reproduction of painting "Vase des roses"
by French Artist Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904)

would like to express a "Special Thanks!"
to the following models and artists,
without whom, the blog would not have existed.
To my amazing collaborators-photographers, hair and makeup teams.
Special, special thanks to photographer/filmmaker
Bell Soto for his tireless support and creative contributions.
The designers and their pr firms for lending the collections
to be featured.
The modeling agents and their respective agencies for
their time and effort.
My text editors, Jonathan Shia and Brady Donnelly
for coming to the rescue at all times.
To the supporters and followers who kept coming back...
Here's to more postings in 2010! Cheers, John.

Lucas Till
Paul Iacono
Gabriel Mann

Shipley & Halmos
Thomas Engel Hart

Gio Metodiev|Dolce & Gabbana

Gene Kogan

Kurt Mangum

Nick Hinman|Wilhelmina
Miles Garber|DNA
Petey Wright|Ford
Joseph Culp|Fusion
Samuel Waldman|Ford
Brady Donnelly|DNA
James Hampson|DNA
Jake Madden|Ford
CJ Hancock|Ford
Aiden Andrews|Ford
Cosmo MacDonald|Premiere|New York
Roy Pratt|ReQuest
Harry Wakefield|ReQuest
Marcel Castenmiller|DNA
Marko Brozic|Premiere|Major
Jason Rotan|Ford
Andy Shane|Next
Thomas Hassler|Fusion
Kevin Taylor|ReQuest
Alex Goldson|Fusion
Michael Whittaker|DNA
Dennis Johnson|New York
Paolo Anchisi|Ford
Frey Mudd|Red
Will Defiel|DNA
Thiago|New York
Todd Hudson|Wilhelmina
Daniel Liu|FM2
Asa Fox|Ford
Stephen Feltner|DNA
Luke Lysdahl|Basic
Zachary Kinsella|DNA
Ryan Thomson|New York
Gene Fedorenko|Red
Allen Roth|Red
Zachary Dufft|VNY
Michael Klein|ReQuest
Michael Elmquist|DNA
Justin Barnhill|Adam
Erik Brooman|Empire
Clinton Jorgensen|DNA
Kenny Wayne Hugenell|Red
Matt Masterson|ReQuest
Mikus Lasmanis|ReQuest
Spencer Brown|Red
Jules Hamilton|Adam
Martin Gruca|Ford
Jan Vlas|VNY
Ian O'Brien|Ford
Rico Nieves|Ford
Matt Schmitt|Ford
Marc Herron|Adam
Douglas Neitzke|Ford
James Mangum|ReQuest
Anthony Gelfand|ReQuest
Niclas Gillis|VNY
Nils Lawton|DNA
Niels Raabe|DNA
Fredrik Ferrier|Fusion
Chris Pulliam|Wilhelmina
Keith Browning|ReQuest
Grayson Vaughan|DNA
Michael Hopwood|B1
Kyle Saunders|Ford
Brendon Wrightson|ReQuest
John Cherkas|VNY
Colby Jamar|Major
Tommy Cox|Red
Keenan Brand|Ford
and the very first model that
appeared in this blog:
Michael Vontsolos|Red


Artwork: Cover Art from New Order's LP|CD
"Power, Corruption & Lies".
Art Directed and designed by Peter Saville.
From a reproduction of painting "A Basket Of Roses"
by French Artist Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904)

Monday, December 21, 2009


Featuring Francisco Van Benthum SS 2010 Collection

Name|Tommy Cox
Age|19 Years Younger
Homebase|Dirty Jersey

1. Could you tell us about your background and what your goals career-wise after modeling?
I was born in Okinawa, Japan, but grew up in dirty Jersey riding skateboards and jumping bikes. My future plans? I have no idea. I never look that far ahead. I would love to open my own bar, restaurant, or maybe a pizzeria...I love pizza!

2. What career did you want pursue prior to modeling?
My mom wanted me to pursue a career in the hairstyling industry. She used to have a hair salon business. With modeling now, that idea is taking a back seat. My mom and my stepdad have been very encouraging about my modeling career. They are my biggest fans.

3. Currently you have two tattoos. Could you tell us what these tattoos mean to you? Are you planning to get more?
The two tattoos are "Drink!" written on my chest and "One Day At A Time" on my arm. With "Drink!" I went drinking with a few friends of mine, we decided we needed to do one more stupid thing before we graduated from high school. The one on my arm is to remind me not to get ahead of myself. Life's too short to be thinking about tomorrow. Enjoy the moment you have presently. More tattoos, hell, yeah!

4. What's your favorite destination modeling has taken you? Could you share with us an outrageous experience?
Hands down, Tokyo. I would love to share the outrageous experience with your readers but I am afraid it would be unprintable. It involves quite a few individuals in a foreign land. You get the picture...

5. What's your favorite shoot you have done so far editorially?
I don't know. They all kinda feel the same after a while. I just recently returned from Japan after working there for three months. The Japanese view fashion very differently than Americans, so that was interesting for me to see.

6. If you had a choice, where would be your ideal place to be?
Anywhere where there's sun, good people, and plenty of great brew to go around.

7. Which song would best summarize you as a individual? Why this particular track?
"Tequila aka What Happened?" by Sublime. I can totally relate to it.

8. From your perspective, what are the pros and cons of being a male model? Can a model get whatever he wants?
Pros are traveling, free drinks, and access to beautiful women. Cons are Milan—I dislike being there.
I don't think a model can get everything he/she wants, unless the individual is making loads of money. I think all that matters is we get what we need.

9. Describe your personal style.

10. Your motto in life.
You only live once!

AGENT: George Brown/Dave Forthergill
IMAGES: Colin Angus/
GROOMING: Fumiakin Akagawa/
MODEL: Tommy Cox/Red
COPY EDITOR: Jonathan Shia
Special thanks to George/Dave at Red Models, Klara Verhaert at Station Service PR for Franciso Van Benthum, Colin/Diana Angus and Fumiakin Akagawa for their support.

Francisco Van
Bailey Of

Wednesday, December 16, 2009



Full Name: Miles Philip Garber

Age: 19

Hometown: Originally from New York, grew up in Hollywood

Can you tell me about your family background?

I come from a really, really large family but I grew up with just my mom. My dad left before I was born, so I was raised in a single-parent household. I never met my dad.

I would like to find him one day...I feel like I have a lot of mental preparation I have to do before I meet him. There are so many things that could happen when I finally meet my dad. We could end up fighting, we could end up crying, or we could end up yelling. It's a big thing; I am becoming a man now so meeting the guy who is suppose to teach you how to be a man and never was there. There is a lot of anger there and just a lot of conflicting emotions. I think it is really important in my development as a man to meet my dad and get closure on the issue. I am not at the point where I feel I am ready to tackle that yet.

How does the fact you didn't have a dad in your everyday life affect you as a individual?

I have to grow up faster and I have to be my own man. At eight, I was already doing everything myself pretty much. I was going out on my own at thirteen and coming home at four in the morning after a night out with my friends. It forces you to be very independent from others. My mom works all the time to support me, so no one was around besides my mom to take care of me. Sometimes I wish I had siblings but I always have lots of friends that are older than me, so they all kind of become my big brothers. I think the idea of having siblings comes and goes for me. I don't know what it would be like to have them, of course. I wonder about it, but at the same time, it is never gonna happen. I often wonder what would happen if my mom got married again and they decided to have a kid. I was thinking that it would be quite weird since I am 19 now. I am very protective of my mom, so I don't usually get close to the guys she dates cause I don't trust them. She does what she wants.

How did the career in modeling come about?

I did some modeling when I was younger but I hated it because it was in LA and it was such a cattle call and so many people were doing it.

It's a a funny story actually. I was on the street skateboarding. I was 15 at the time, and this guy is in his car, and my friends and I are making fun of his car because we thought it was a really lame green car. I am sure in his mind, he thought it was cool. We thought he was gonna come out to fight us because we were making fun of it. We all stood up because back then, we used to get into fights a lot. Turns out he wanted to know if I was interested in modeling and gave me his card. He was an agent with LA models.

I went in and they signed me to try it for a year or two. I didn't like it and didn't do anything anyways. Whenever there were castings, I would skip all my castings. I didn't want to be known as some hot guy and I definitely didn't think this modeling would sit well with my skateboard buddies. I got made fun of so much because I went for it.

When I got back to NY a couple of months ago, I felt differently. I am more grown up now, so I decided to give it a try. I went to a bunch of meetings and agencies and DNA picked me up. I am having lots of fun with it.

What intrigues you about modeling now?

I like that it keeps you so busy. I am constantly being requested to see so many different people. Now it is a lot of fun...It is a different experience than in LA. People here are way cooler to work with. It is such a great experience and I am very thankful for this opportunity. My friends are proud of me now. They understand a lot more now. I think it brings a bit of stress to them because I am so busy. At the same time, they are so proud of me that I am focusing on a career instead of just hanging out all the time and not working. They are always checking out magazines to see if I am in there. They might go online to check out my agency portfolio and make fun of me but at the same time, they are saying things like good job dude. They call me "Model Boy" and I will tell them I don't think of myself like that. I might do that but when I am not working, I am just Miles.

Tell me some of the other non-modeling projects you are working on.

I am a musician so I have my band, Il Moro—we're four members (I am the lead singer of the band)—it means the moor in Italian. I was looking at da Vinci while I was doing research for school. The name of this guy popped up. His last name is Il Moro. He is the first guy that owned da Vinci's painting when no one else wanted or cared about it. I thought that was cool.

I have also my solo project called Jack Mac Johnny. I play acoustic, super raw, bluesy stuff. I haven't done anything in a couple of months. IL Moro is just focusing on recording our demo and probably going on tour this summer.

How would you describe the type of music Il Moro plays?

It's kind of weird...a mix of all the music we listened to growing up combined together. A lot of old-school punk influence and at the same time, a lot of '90s alternative music with a throw back to '70s Black Sabbath and stuff. A mixture of old and the new. My singing is kind of soulful and bluesy. Our band takes the time to perfect the performance and focus on writing songs that are meaningful with structure.

What separates your band from all the other bands out there?

There is so much junk out there, the worst quality for the big bucks. I think what makes us different from the other bands out there is that we are really into song integrity. We have very old-school beliefs in music. We also believe that you have to know the instruments that you are playing with inside and out. I think the bands I see now that are popular and playing, they don't know their instruments. It is all Pro Tools. It is mostly manufactured. Their dads knew a producer so of course, they are gonna get signed. Even worse is when they hire a stylist to style their, you don't have an identity? I grew up listening to punk rock, you make music for yourself and express your individuality through music, not following what's cool for the moment.

I have bands that I love (Fucked Up and Gallows) that are blowing up right now, they are getting really popular and I am happy for them. I have respect for them because I remember seeing them in LA when no one knew them. They were selling merchandise, promoting themselves...trying to get paid and trying to make money. Now they are happening and that's the way to do it. They have already evolved into something different, but it is still the same band and the same music...just a larger scale. They didn't sell out.

Having integrity in your music is so important. Being proud of your music, not just having someone else write your music or having them change your image to make it marketable. The musicians I like are not always the most attractive visually but they will outdo you playing the guitar any day of the week. It is quite sad when people judge you based on your image and not what you are about.

Tell us about your artwork.

I grew up with the graffiti scene in LA. I grew up with all the graffiti guys so that's how I learn. I learn techniques and what's considered acceptable. Graffiti is very hierarchical, especially in LA. If you are not bringing in what is accepted, you will get walked all over. It is a hard thing to learn. I don't even consider myself in that calibre. The guys I grew up with are amazing! When I came to NY, I just put down the markers and picked up the paint brush and canvas and I really wanted to start doing art shows. I saw a lot of my older friends doing them and getting really established now. It looks like it is a lot fun so when I came out here, I started doing shows. I was like having a show a week. Right now, I am a bit too busy to get another one cooking.

What's your favorite piece you have done?

It is untitled. It is for this gallery in Brooklyn called 3rd Ward Gallery. I did a live painting with my friend Greg. There are two teams, the other team is very finely trained artists and we created something very raw, just going with our gut instincts and attacking it. It probably the most rewarding painting experience I ever had. The reason is that I wasn't feeling frustrated. A lot of times for a show, I have to race against the clock to get a piece done in time, and the piece has to be good because it represents me and go with my portfolio of work to date. That's why I love the live painting because it is what it is. If you mess up, you mess up, you just go with it. It felt like how art should feel. It is to get your emotions out.

Tell us about your solo music.

It all started with some acoustic stuff I was doing with Siggy (My bandmate and best friend), then I was working on it on my own. It was meant to be made for my girlfriend at the time. Just me and my acoustic guitar, singing.

Is there a particular song that is more meaningful to you than other songs?

I wrote a song called "Any Man." It is about any guy in the world who can get a job, get the girl you want etc., and then in the middle, it switches into, I don't necessarily wanna be just any guy, I want to be me. At the time, I was in a very serious relationship and I was graduating high school and she was a very big deal to me.

Why do you think it is so important to be "cool" in youth culture? For example, so many models comes into town and the first thing they want to do is to go to any club or party and get trashed.

I honestly think it is so easy to be bored, so why not go to the clubs, so why not get trashed. Also, especially in NY, you gotta go to the clubs. Oh, I got into this club for free because of who I am...It is ridiculous!

I met a guy when I first came to the city, I was dragged to go to a club. I was bored and thought, why not. He had weed with him and thought it would be cool to show me and the girls at the club he got the goods. I could tell he never smoked weed in his life. Some guys go to clubs just to feel cool. It is just building a false persona and not what they are really about. I don't need to be in the "IN" crowd. Being cool is a state of mind, you don't have to prove anything.

There is a stereotype of the kind of people that work in the fashion industry. As a new model, what's your view of this?

Before I started, I heard all these unbelievable, terrifying stories about modeling but as I start meeting people and collaborating with the people I have met so far, it's been so wonderful. Everyone has been so generous, down to earth, cool, and supportive. So I am very grateful and that it hasn't been at all like the preconceived notion I had of modeling. All the casting directors I have met are always pleasant and show no attitude. In every industry there are gonna be some things that are sketchy and those unlucky few are going to experience it. I feel sympathetic to those who have to experience it. I haven't, so I am very thankful for that. I think you just have to have thick skin and learn to say "I am not comfortable with this" one can make you do anything you don't want to. My agents are always looking out for me...they have our backs and look out for us.

What's your favorite shoot you have done so far and why?

This shoot we just did, honestly. Even though it was quite cold and it was raining. It wasn't about just being handsome and being a model. It's more about what I am into and incorporating it into the vision of the shoot. I felt like I was part of the creative process. A lot of times, models are always being instructed what to do and we are there to pose and that's it.

What's your view on how people perceive the idea of a model?

People probably think of models as stupid or arrogant. Sometimes people treat you differently, especially in NY, when they find out that you are a model. There is such a big buzz about models, from reality shows, fashion shows, and magazines. To me, modeling is just a job, and when I am not working, I am just Miles...

What's your personal style like?

Very Californian. Vans 24/7. All basic all-American wear. I find clothes wherever. I like dressing up too...suits, Brit-rocker style. Outrageous fashion—I have worn dresses before, but in a rebellious kind of way. The key is that whatever you choose to wear, it needs to be in your own skin, not trying to be something you are not or cannot pull it off. That's the secret.

What would be the perfect editorial concept?

It might sound cliche, but me and my band hanging out at a coffee shop, chilling, at the studio, having a conversation. Basically, me in my everyday life and depicting a day in the life of Miles, the musician.

AGENT: Gene Kogan/DNA
IMAGES: Michael Brager
MODEL: Miles Garber/DNA
GROOMING: Bridget Brager
COPY EDITOR: Jonathan Shia
Special thanks to Gene and all at DNA Models/Men's Division; Dace Morris/Director Marketing and Communications at Rogue for their great support.

For a full editorial on Rogue S/S 2010 Collection featuring Miles Garber—Please visit:


Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Name|Rico Nieves


Homebase|Lorain, Ohio

1. How did you get into modeling?

I applied and entered the Ford Models/VMAN Model Search online. I won and I am on the current VMAN cover photographed by Nick Knight.

2. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to become an actor or a veterinarian.

3. What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I recently purchased my own home. I am a big homebody. I love to be at home, in my yard, always low key.

4. Models are always judged by their physical appearance. What do you think is your best feature?

I love my eyes. I have eyes like my parents. You can tell we are related just by looking at our eyes.

5. If you have to choose a song that would best describe you as a individual, which song would it be and why?

"Clocks" by Coldplay. There is something about the beat that makes me smile. It gives me a real mellow feeling.

6. What is your dream destination?

Paris. I dream of spending a week there exploring, living free.

7. Since this shoot has a gothic/primitive vibe about it, if you were held captive and you are only allow to bring five items with you to a desert island, what would those five items be?

Ipod; my best friend, Amber; boat, water bottles; and a blanket!

8. What's your motto in life?

Live life like it's your last day, tomorrow is never promised.

Name|Matt Schmitt


Homebase|New Albany, Ohio

1. How did you get into modeling?

I was scouted online. I became the finalist in the Ford Models/VMAN Model Search.

2. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be a spy, like the kids in the movie Spy Kids. I actually wrote a letter to the President of the United States, asking him to place me in the C.I.A. I was a weird kid growing up, haha.

3. What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I have six siblings. I am the second eldest in the group.

4. Models are always judged by their physical appearance. What do you think is your best feature?

People have said it's my lips, but I think looks make up 40% of the equation. Your personality will take you places your face can't.

5. If you had to choose a song that would best describe you as a individual, which song would it be and why?

"Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFarrin! Haha! I love that song because so many people stress out over things too easily and end up making matters worse. I truly believe everything will work out in the end anyway.

6. What is your dream destination?

Anywhere with sand and waves.

7. Since this shoot has a gothic and primitive vibe about it, if you were held captive and you were only allowed to bring five essential items with you to a desert island, what would these five items be?

Ipod; my girl, unless the tribal girls are hot; my guitar; lifetime supply of ramen and a video camera so I can document me losing my mind.

8. What's your motto in life?

What does it profit a man if he gains the world and loses his soul, money can't buy life.

ACCESSORIES: Black Sheep And Prodigal

AGENT: Jesse Simon



MODELS: Rico Nieves/Matt Schmitt/Ford

COPY EDITOR: Jonathan Shia

Please visit for the official exclusive feature editorial "The Duel".

Special thanks to Derrick R. Cruz @ Black Sheep And Prodigal Sons, Austin Sherbanenko @ Odyn Vovk, Ryan Turner and Jesse Simon and everyone at Ford Models for their support.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009



Full Name: Marc Herron
Age: 19
Homebase: Quebec, Canada

1. Could you tell us what's different bewteen modeling in Montreal vs. New York?
Well, from what I've experienced so far, modeling in New York simply just moves at much a faster pace than in Montreal.

2. Hockey is Canada's pride and passion. What are some things we should know about the sport that Americans might not know? Why do you think the sport is as talked about in Canada as, let's say, basketball or baseball are here? Does the crowd ever get insanely mad, like at soccer games in Europe?
Canadians' passion for hockey is like none other. Two years ago I was at the Montreal Canadians game where we defeated the Boston Bruins in the first round of the playoffs. Even though it was only the first round , one of the biggest riots in Montreal ensued. Police cars were flipped, Bruin's flags were burned, and people were going wild. Although this may not be the case for all Canadian teams, it definitely shows the passion we have for the sport and our teams.

3. You are still in school. What does your friends think about you entering the world of modeling?
It definitely varies. Most of my female friends take a much greater interest, and although my guy friends like to make jokes here and there, they are all really supportive.

4. The photo shoot is quite dreamlike and collegiate. How close to reality is the imagery to your everyday life? If it is far remote from it, what would be a locale for Marc to be in?
Well, it's not the exact image of my life. However, I love hanging out with friends and spending time outdoors. During the summer, my friends and I spend a lot of time at each other's country houses relaxing by the lake.

5. Food—Since becoming a model, can you eat whatever you want or do you have to be very careful about what you can intake? What types of food are your favorites?
Luckily my mother is a great cook so I rarely eat fast food. If I do eat out, I'm a big fan of Lebanese food.

6. Tell us about where you go to school, what your favorite subjects and why.
I'm currently in what's called Cégep. In Quebec, we graduate high school in grade 11. The next two years of school is Cégep, followed by three years of university. The scheduling and atmosphere in Cégep is very similar to university, except everyone is local. As for my favorite subject, I'd definitely have to say my Linear Algebra class. Most people hate math, but to me, it's like a game.

7. You recently did a shoot based on the concept of "Children of the Corn". Could you tell us your experience?
It was actually really interesting. We are out in a corn field and the four of us were wearing black suits with black boots haunting a girl in a white dress. In some shots I'm even wearing this creepy black mask. It was very eerie.

8. I always wonder how models mentally prepare themselves before a shoot, because you never quite know what the theme is until you arrive on the day at the set.
I don't really do anything out of the ordinary. I tend to listen to music before hand, but I'm usually always listening to music. Basically as long as I have my caffeine, I'm good to go.

9. What are your future plans career-wise besides modeling? What would be surprising for us to know about Marc?
Well, I am applying to business programs in university and I've always been really interested in marketing. But I'm the type of guy that really lives in the moment and I feel that things have a way of just working themselves out. So as of now, I don't really think about it much until I know what I want to do.

10. What makes Marc happy?
Friends, Family and Sports

11. Bonus Question: What's your motto in life?
Still trying to figure that one out.

AGENT: Kevin/Adam
IMAGES: Michael Brager
MODEL: Marc Herron/Adam
COPY EDITOR: Jonathan Shia
Special thanks to Kevin at Adam Models, the guys at Bespoken, Joe Thiel, Jasmine and Hulian at Williamson PR for their support.

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