Hughes usually works in a very high contrast style, often black and white, but more often black and white accented with one other color. He claims influence from American comic book artist Jack Kirby, John Martin, and (most apparently) from Russian propaganda posters.
Aidan Hughes is best known for creating most of the album covers for the industrial band KMFDM. Two of KMFDM's music videos ("A Drug Against War," "Son of a Gun") were animated versions of Hughes's artwork.
His other work has included outdoor murals, including the 75 metre mural in Barga Italy during 2003 which has since been covered over with an earth bank; and a wide variety of advertisements, including pieces for the Bank of Scotland, and Guinness.
In 2017, Hughes co-founded Tweak, the on-demand photo-editing app for iOS and Android powered by real designers.
Aidan Hughes joined the BogArt collective in 2006. This street art organisation attempted to subvert the burgeoning graffiti/tagging culture by using public toilet advertising space as alternative gallery space. They also produced a number of short films, detailing their art happenings and protests on the streets of Prague, Czech Republic.
- Jeffries, Vincent. "KMFDM: What Do You Know Deutschland?". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
- "BRUTE! Propaganda", Aidan Hughes's official site
- KMFDM official site
- Article about Hughes' outdoor murals
- "KMFMS" (Anti-Microsoft website for which Hughes has designed artwork)
- Myartspace Blog (An interview with Hughes conducted by Brian Sherwin)