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Embrace Everything That Is Different

20 Mar
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We are in a huge fabric hall. An exposed and obviously uncommon character sits there on a couch. German photographer Nadine Elfenbein will soon continue taking pictures of him.

He smokes his cigarette while making little tricks with it. Short inflammations illuminate his face releasing skull fragments. It’s a Day of the Dead scenery.

We are here with Rick Genest aka Rico the Zombie. Thanks to Nicola Formichetti, Lady Gaga’s famous stylist and creative director of fashion label Thierry Mugler, Rick has become a fashion icon and is currently taking of over the scene.Covered with permanent ink in the shape of a living dead he surely is an exceptional appearance in the bright spotlight of the fashion cosmos. But, Rick’s way into this business was not the usual one.

As a teenager Rick got diagnosed with tumor. He got treatment and spent a long time waiting, not knowing what would happen. During this time Rick thought a lot about life, death and about himself as an individual person. At the age of 19 Rick started his full-body tattoo project and his own travelling freak show titled Lucifer’s Blasphemous Mad Macabre Torture Carnival.

As Rick explained us, his focus now is to embrace life and to live day by day. Walking the catwalk or doing his freak shows are just two ways of living his live but not the only ones. “I embrace the idea of everything that’s different and helps people open their mind”. Whatever stage it is, Rick will keep going. “I will always be who I am and do what I do”.

Production A&O, Artists and Organisation / Camera and Editing Jens Schwengel / Interview Jan Joswig / Special Effect Make-Up Twilight Creations / Tamar Aviv, Anke Schiffl / Styling Linda Ehrl / Photography Nadine Elfenbein / Assistent Photography Daniel Wilkniss / Rico Zombie Boy A.K.A. Rick Genest @ IZAIO models / Music Walera Goodman

Source + Video: http://www.theavantgardediaries.com/en/article/85/Rick+Genest+aka+Rico+the+Zombie%3Cbr+%3E/Embrace+Everything+That+Is+Different & http://aando-berlin.com/fotografen/nadine-elfenbein.html


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    I never would have thought how much stuff you could find on
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  • Comment Link Paulo 23 March 2012 Paulo

    I am a person who loves tattoos, these tattoos and Rick are very cool!
    I wish I could meet you in person, take a picture, a picture that will be saved and will be forever remembered!

  • Comment Link Daniela Eger, Founder AO, Artists and Organisation 22 March 2012 Daniela Eger, Founder AO, Artists and Organisation

    it has been a pleasure to work with you and to get to know you a little moreQ

  • Comment Link jennifer zabala 20 March 2012 jennifer zabala

    simply cool!

  • Comment Link Sandra 20 March 2012 Sandra

    you're beautiful rick ;**

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