Rich Genest, or sometimes better known as ‘The Zombie Boy’, is a twenty-six-year-old from Canada who has challenged the typical ideas of beauty. He got his first tattoo at the age of sixteen and from there on has continued to cover his body with the artwork of Frank Lewis. After leaving school, Genest took to an underground life of ‘tattoos, piercings, music and DIY fashion.’ He was later given the nickname ‘Zombie boy’ by his new family of friends. At the age of 19, the project for his body commenced with the help of artist Frank Lewis. Now, after six years of tattooing, eighty percent of Genest’s body is covered, having spent over $17,000. The project is not yet finished, Genest will continue until ‘his tapestry is finished.’ Rick Genest embodies the phrase, don’t judge a book by its cover.
Whilst there is no doubt that many people find his tattoos repulsive or perhaps insulting, there are others that celebrate the work that Genest has achieved. He has committed himself to an idea that he believes in, which is perhaps something we could all take note of from time to time. His body expresses something completely different to the images we are presented with day to day. Moreover, – – read about Rico
- Rico Genest Covers Up His Tattoo’s for DermaBlend (great-ads.blogspot.com)
- OMG! It’s Gaga’s friend Zombie Boy without his tattoos (heatworld.com)