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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


  • Comment Link Justyna 14 February 2012 Justyna

    Happy St. Valentine's Day!

  • Comment Link seline 13 February 2012 seline

    Crazy Beautiful

  • Comment Link Alexander Gkourtzieff 02 January 2012 Alexander Gkourtzieff

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

  • Comment Link oscar alba 31 December 2011 oscar alba

    simplemente , espectacular, felicitaciones por tu arte :)

  • Comment Link Heather MVT 30 December 2011 Heather MVT

    Rico..too cute and amazing haha

  • Comment Link jéssica 29 December 2011 jéssica

    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.

  • Comment Link Robby 28 December 2011 Robby

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

  • Comment Link Maaaary 27 December 2011 Maaaary

    Dina ögon, så vackert!
    Du är vacker!

  • Comment Link Maaaary 26 December 2011 Maaaary

    Dina ögon, så vackert!
    Du är vacker!

  • Comment Link Annet 25 December 2011 Annet

    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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