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Inked Magazine: A Day With Zombie Boy

Inked Magazine releases a behind-the-scenes video featuring Rick Genest, more commonly referred to as Zombie Boy. We’ve seen him most recently in Lady Gaga’s Born This Way video, while he originally burst onto the scene thanks to being cast as essentially the face of fashion house Mugler. Having a background teaming up with contemporary carnivals doing work as a clown, fire play and flesh pulling techniques, it’s safe to say that he’s one-of-a-kind. In the video, he gives us some insight about what it’s like to be him, and the projects he’s been up to lately, something we don’t get to see often on camera. The video is directed by Michael Hurley and will be released in November.

Zombie Boy Rick Genest x DermaBlend

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This is crazy Rick Genest aka Zombie Boy as you’ve never seen him before….without his tats!

The tattooed model is unrecognisable in the new DermaBlend advert in which he promotes the brands concealer and make-up remover. The Go Beyond the Cover video begins with question: How do you judge a book? and shows Zombie Boy – real name Rick Genest – sitting on a stool with flawless skin. The 25-year-old – who shot to fame after starring in Gaga’s music video for Born This Way – then begins to wipe a cloth across his chest, and for those who aren’t familiar with his normal look will be quite surprised.

The Canadian model is covered in skeletal tattoos that make his body resemble a decomposing corpse, and all is revealed as he begins to wipe away the DermaBlend concealer with the brand’s make-up remover. The bilingual star modelled Thierry Mugler’s latest collection at Paris Fashion Week earlier this year, but before his new found fame he was living on the streets of Montreal doing window cleaning and performing as a circus freak to find the funds for his next tattoo.
Genest is entirely tattooed from the waist up but plans to extend the body art down his legs too, which to some people may be a shock but it’s undeniable that his odd love of tattoos seems to have done him a favour so far – and of course if he ever gets fed up of them all he has to do is reach for a bottle of DermaBlend.

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Rick Genest Chasing a World Record

If you dont know who Rick Genest is read this first

Rick Genest, also known as Zombie boy wants to make the title official by chasing a Guiness World record…or two. Check out the New York Times Interview with him explaining why its so important to him.

“I wanted to leave no doubt. After this particular session, which lasted six hours, I was leaving for Milan to get checked by Guinness World Records, and I was going to make sure that nothing was going to come between me and the records for the most tattooed bones and most tattooed insects. I was awarded two medals, so the trip was successful. So far, I’ve spent 300 hours, give or take, to look like the living dead. I hope to be done by the fall or winter. In the meantime, I’m busy working. The day this photo was taken, I had three interviews set up, and I was preparing for a tattoo show. I perform in Lucifer’s Blasphemous Mad Macabre Torture Carnival all over Canada, and I model for Thierry Mugler, which is where Lady Gaga found me for her ‘‘Born This Way’’ video. Why did I decide to embark on this project? I guess I didn’t really think it over. Kids and tattoos, you know.”

Source: NY Times

 

 

 

Rick Genest For Mugler: Interview

There are some things for which money, distance, even the law, are no object. If you have a muse, this won’t be news to you. Here’s the incredible but true story of how Mugler’s new creative director Nicola Formichetti discovered Rick Genest—aka Rico, aka Zombie Boy, aka that guy with the mad skull tattoo on his face—and got him to walk in his debut men’s collection, basically becoming the face of Mugler. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have a little encouragement from Lady Gaga (who, by the way, snapped up half of the collection, with the other half in Rick’s inky hands)…

Lee Carter: How did you find Rick Genest?
Nicola Formichetti: I found Rico on Facebook.

You just stumbled across his profile?
I had his picture on my wall forever. I saw it one day on Google. I thought it was amazing Halloween make-up done by Peter Philips or something. I mean, I’ve done so many shoots with skull make-up. And then, in October I got my first tattoo, a triangle with a circle inside, an ancient Japanese symbol meaning centeredness. And the tattoo artist who did it, my friend Maxime, who has this tattoo magazine called Sang Bleu, saw that picture and said, “Oh yeah, that guy is zombie boy. He lives in Montreal.

So you sought Rico out on Facebook and asked him to model for you.
Yeah, I just wanted him to be the face of whatever we were going to create. At that point the clothes were, you know, proper suits and shirts and very clean. I just needed to have some kind of a twist to it or…

An edge.
Yeah, so after seeing his pictures on Facebook, I just thought he was so inspiring. Just by looking at his pictures I changed the whole collection.

You changed the whole collection?
Well, I added more, by taking stuff from him, making it a bit darker and gothicy. So basically I Facebooked him and was like, “You know, I’m doing this thing in Paris and I would love you to be there in two weeks.” He emailed me back straightaway and he was like, “Yeah, sure, I would love to, but I don’t have a passport.” And then I start thinking how the fuck is he going to get a passport in time?

I mean, it’s unusual to have a tattoo on your face, but is it a crime? What did you do?
I had no idea what to do. I was calling my lawyers, saying we have to get this guy to Paris. But then I thought, maybe he doesn’t need to be there physically. Maybe I can do a film or a picture. So I told him I would go to him in two days. I called my friend Mariano [Vivanco, photographer] and my manager. We got together the first week after the holidays as I was about to leave for Paris to work on the last bit of the collection. I remember thinking I have to do this, I just have a gut feeling, I have to work with this guy. Everyone said he’s a freak, why would I want to do that to a luxury brand? Anyway, I didn’t listen to anyone and just went. I brought some clothes, a couple of suits, and I actually made lots of clothes the night before I left New York. I had pieces sent from Paris and was just making stuff in my house, and then took everything to Montreal and we did a photo shoot and video. The photos are the ones we just launched as a visual campaign.

I saw those. Beautiful.
It was so inspiring. Then I showed it to Gaga and she was like, “Oh my god, you have to do a show.” I had just wanted to do a film projection. I always loved her song Shiza. For me, Shiza is in the spirit of Mugler, kind of like a dirty Berlin club meets glamour. So she’s like, “Okay, I will remix it and make it amazing for you.” I didn’t want to do a show but I thought, fuck it, let’s just do it. So we turned it into a show.

Okay, so how did you get Rico to Paris in time?
Right, so then we found out why he couldn’t get a passport, because he was homeless. He had a lot of fines or something because he was always sleeping on the street.

Ah, so Mugler paid them? Were they very much?
It was a lot.

A few thousand dollars?
Like ten or twenty.

Whaaa?
Yeah. And he just kept telling me, “I’m not a criminal, I’m not a criminal.” It took him so long to tell us. Oh my god, he was so emotional. He was crying and saying how this was going to change his life. It was a beautiful moment.

That was really nice of you guys.
I paid it myself. I really believe in him. He was only in Paris for two days. You kind of imagine him to be a freak, some punk. But it’s actually inspiring to hear him talk about shades, which are the dots that create the 3D effect of his tattoo. It becomes more and more refined when it’s shaded.

Wait, is his whole body tattooed? Like a skeleton?
It’s a skeleton theme, yeah. Well, except his uh, there. (Laughs.)

It’s good to know some things are still sacred.
Yeah, but not because he didn’t want to. He didn’t have the money.

So eventually he’ll get it done. Sounds painful.
(Laughs.) Maybe it’ll be a selection of cock rings. I just really fell in love with the way he lived. In a way his story is similar to Gaga, in that there’s no going back. You do what you believe. You are that, you are what you’re creating.

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