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Rick Genest | Rico the Zombie

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Rick Genest [Punk Zombie]

19 Dec
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It was at the age of 19 that the now 26-year-old Rick Genest, known commonly as “Rico” and “Zombie Boy,” committed to his full-body tattoo project, putting his then pristinely pale skin in the hands of tattoo artist Frank Lewis to began transforming his body into a veritable piece art that depicts a decaying body. Strangely enough, it was the death-laden images inscribed onto his flesh that gave birth to Genest’s career as an icon, muse, circus act and high-end fashion model. Following his inking, Genest joined sideshows and contemporary carnivals, and even started his own traveling freak show titled Lucifer’s Blasphemous Mad Macabre Torture Carnival. Then one day, Thierry Mugler’s creative director, Nicola Formichetti, came calling, and in no time at all, Genest was walking the runways of Paris, starring in ad campaigns and globetrotting with the likes of Lady Gaga (Formichetti’s personal client). It seems this is just the beginning for Genest, who, despite a growing mainstream persona, longs only to give his punk rock cronies “a place to live” back in Montreal and return the favors they did for him.

Describe your personality in 10 words or less.

“Gonna end up a big ole pile a them bones.”


If you were reincarnated, who or what would you like to come back as?

El Chupacabra.

Name your favorite …

Contemporary musician: Natalia Kills

Comfort food: three-day-old pizza, extra bugs

Wild animal: a crocodile with sunglasses

Instrument: harmonica

Founding Father: Big Ben

What is your greatest fear?


What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishment?

In progress.

What are you pissed about right now?

Too many vampires. They suck.

What tunes would be on the five-song playlist to your life?

Jimi Hendrix — “Voodoo Child”, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins — “I Put a Spell On You”, Bessie Smith — “Electric Chair”, Tom Lehrer — “Masochism Tango”, Ray Charles — “Hit the Road Jack”, Bonus: George Thorogood — “Bad to the Bone”

Who is the most interesting person you have ever met (and why)?

Giovanni luliani — one of the remaining true relics of the old carnival world.

Name three things you cannot live without.

Air, love, pizza.

You get one wish …

I cannot say! Otherwise it won’t come true!


Photography by Colin Singer


  • Justyna
    Justyna Comment Link 14 February 2012

    Happy St. Valentine's Day!

  • seline
    seline Comment Link 13 February 2012

    Crazy Beautiful

  • Alexander Gkourtzieff
    Alexander Gkourtzieff Comment Link 02 January 2012

    i have a queastion... You feel cursed or blessed from these tattoos you got? and also will you ever delete them?

  • oscar alba
    oscar alba Comment Link 31 December 2011

    simplemente , espectacular, felicitaciones por tu arte :)

  • Heather MVT
    Heather MVT Comment Link 30 December 2011

    Rico..too cute and amazing haha

  • jéssica
    jéssica Comment Link 29 December 2011

    como uma pessoa tão bonita faz isso consigo mesmo?,Deus te fez tão belo...
    Cristo te ama muitooo, mesmo sendo deste jeito, diferente e ousado.
    mas acho vc muito mais belo sem essas coisas em sua pele.
    Mas cada um tem seu gosto né?
    fique com Deus querido que ele te abençoe e te guarde.

  • Robby
    Robby Comment Link 28 December 2011

    you're such an icon:) i love what you're doing

  • Maaaary
    Maaaary Comment Link 27 December 2011

    Dina ögon, så vackert!
    Du är vacker!

  • Maaaary
    Maaaary Comment Link 26 December 2011

    Dina ögon, så vackert!
    Du är vacker!

  • Annet
    Annet Comment Link 25 December 2011

    Рик.ты реально классный)
    но когда ты снялся в рекламе тонального крема,и мы увидели твое истинное лицо, с ним ты выглядел намного лучше=)

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