Monday, October 24, 2011

Countdown to Halloween #10: Meet Zombie Boy.

Hi! As per usual, I'm WAY behind in my Halloween series - legitimate excuse this time, my little boy was sick last week and I caught it off him - just did not have the energy for blogging, so I'll try and catch up with my series without spamming you guys.

Number 10 in the countdown is Zombie Boy (also known as Rico the Zombie, real name Rick Genest) - have you heard of him? Lady Gaga fans will recognise him from the Born This Way video. Here he is with Gaga:

What I didn't realise was that Rick's make-up isn't make-up - they're tattoos. Rick Genest is a 26-year old from Canada, who has the entire upper half of his body tattooed to look like a corpse. He got his first tattoo at age 16, and has since had thousands - mostly done by the same tattoo artist, Frank Lewis. Frank and Rick design the tattoos together. You can read Rick's story on his bio page of his website HERE, and I really recommend that you do read it, because it's really interesting.

Rick recently starred in a campaign for Dermablend concealer - dermablend has been used to cover up tattoos and scars for years, and I think we can all agree that this video campaign shows exactly how good it is. Here's the video, with the slogan "Go Beyond the Cover" and tagline "How do you judge a book?"



It still amazes me that people can immediately jump to opinions when they see people covered in tattoos or piercings - I've seen comments that say things like "he's sick in the head" or "he's mentally ill". Really? Seriously? Personally, what Rick Genest decides to do with his body has absolutely no effect on me, except to cause a desire to find out more about him. That's it. Leaving aside all the stupid ill-informed comments about his mental health (which I've no doubt is perfectly intact), there was a comment under this video on another site which I immediately wanted to steal. All credit to whoever wrote this under the video on the Telegraph site. "How do I judge a book? I read it."

And personally, is it just me, or does he look better with all his tattoos?!

You can find out more about the Dermablend campaign and give your opinions on it over at http://www.gobeyondthecover.com

S xx

2 comments:

  1. I love tattoos when they are done properly, and his are artistically amazing. It's not a look I would personally have done but that doesn't mean I don't like it! People judge other people's decisions way too quickly. x

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  2. I love looking at tattoos as well - they're amazing! They're not for me either, but I do appreciate the work that he put into getting them done! Thanks for your comment :)x

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