He Was Bullied In School For Being Gay, Now…

This Guy Was Bullied In School For Being Gay, Now His Cosplay Is Taking Over Instagram

Jonathan Stryker is a cosplayer from Miami, Florida whose incredible cosplaying skills will put everyone to shame. He gained most of his media attention by dressing up as Disney princes and Johny Depp characters for 10 days. Stryker has been cosplaying for 10 years now, and it’s definitely more than a hobby for him, he creates every single costume himself, “I try to remain original in my costumes and never try to stick to the specific design of the character, always adding more to their “look” hoping to make them better and unique”, says Stryker.

In an interview with Miami New Times, Stryker explained that his life was not as easy as it might seem, it was especially hard during his teenage years, “I’m gay and in high school. Guys would chase me around, so I would sit at the gym and read my comic books. That’s why [cosplay] is so dear to my heart. I didn’t have a lot of friends; I didn’t talk to anyone. It was a comfort zone for me. Cosplay [has given] me a lot of confidence.” Now Stryker has more than 100k followers on Instagram who praise his incredible talent. Scroll down to see his work yourself!

Willy Wonka from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Aladdin from The Aladdin
Sterling Archer from The Archer
Cosmo from The Fairly OddParents
Emperor Kuzco from  The Emperor’s New Groove
Flynn Rider from Tangled
Hercules from The Hercules
Jack Sparrow from The Pirates of the Caribbean

Jonathan Stryker, an artist and a hobbyist, is a cosplay buff. If you are wondering what ‘cosplay’ is, it is a shortened version of ‘costume play’. In this the participants, called cosplayers, wear clothes and fashion accessories to imitate a specific, usually a popular, character. This term was introduced by a Japanese reporter when he attended Worldcon in Los Angles in 1984.

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“Severely creative, scared of lizards and a bit delusional at times”

Stryker, who defines himself as “severely creative, scared of lizards and a bit delusional at times”, is proud to be who he is. His aim in life is to upload as many cosplay photos to his Instagram account as he can to become the reigning king of cosplay!

Stryker may come across a bit crazy, but who’re we to complain? His cosplay work is getting popular by the day. On Instagram alone, he enjoys a fan following of 176,000. And it’s not that he has started recently, he has been at it for over a decade and improving by the day.

Stryker started out with Disney characters, when he dressed up like them, but soon graduated to doing other characters, thereby infusing something fresh to his cosplay collection. Today, he displays even more intricate cosplay skills.

That Stryker is passionate about his skills is borne out by the fact that he does not rely on anyone for it. He not only creates the entire costumes himself from a scratch but also does his own makeup, hair, nails, tattoos or whatever is required of the character he is cosplaying.

He is the best in this business

Not only does Stryker meticulously dresses up and makes up like the characters he’s trying to imitate, he also stresses on the right poses and facial expressions to blend with those characters to give a realistic feel. Have a look at his cosplay skills to know he’s the best in business.

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