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Extremely Modified People - Zombie Boy

Updated on February 9, 2017

Rick Genest

Rick Genest is a Canadian artist and actor who is better known as Zombie Boy due to the corpse tattoos which cover 80% his body. It took several years to create the transformation from a normal man with human flesh into a zombie like corpse with skeletal, muscular, and circulatory systems that are filled with crawling insects. His first appearance as Zombie Boy was in Lady Gaga's music video, Born This Way and his tattoo's have also broken Guinness World Records. One record for the most bones tattooed on the body, 134 in total, and the other for the most insects, 176.

Rick's extremely modified body was sought after by Hollywood and the fashion industry after first appearing on Lady Gaga's video. He was the first man to become a L'Oreal spokesman with a viral video for Dermablend makeup. He was also the face of Jay Z's Rocawear label throughout Europe and Thierry Mugler's menswear collection. His modified body has featured in magazines, and several movies, and his talents don't stop there. Zombie Boy has also recorded music tracks and appeared as a celebrity DJ in Germany, Austria, Russia, and Belarus. He continues to blaze his trail launching Zombie Boy merchandise. His range includes apparel, cologne, leather helmets, boots, belts, home decor, and even energy drinks.

Lady Gaga Born This Way Music Video

Zombie Boy features at 4:11 in Lady Gaga's Born This Way music video. This was the big break that launched Zombie Boy into Hollywood.


So what drives a person to want to modify their body into a zombie? As a teenager Rick was diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent high risk surgery with a low chance of survival. He beat the odds, survived, and was ready to start his new life. He was later introduced to the punk scene, freak shows and became obsessed with body modification and horror films. Rick’s tattoos are what he calls his "project". “My tattoos symbolize life through death, or death through life,” Rick states.


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