Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Zombie Boy

When did you decide you wanted to get your face and body tattooed?
"I thought long and hard about what I really wanted, what my passion was. And I decided I wanted to be a fucking zombie. My first big move was getting my hands outlined as skeleton print. They say that once you get your hands tattooed it’s harder to find a job."

I guess that depends on what kind of job you're talking about. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Rick Genest, aka Rico, aka Zombie Boy. Forgive us if you've heard of/seen him in the latest Mugler campaign or even walking in their Paris fashion show last month but here at Old Hollywood, we live under a big Brooklyn rock and just now heard of him.

Thierry Mugler's Creative Director, Nicola Formichetti, saw Zombie Boy in a tattoo magazine awhile back and immediately found in him a muse for his latest collection. It's an interesting story, but for the abridged version: Nicola contacted ZB via facebook, discovered he was homeless with $10k+ of fines (for sleeping on the streets), paid them off, shot him in an ad campaign in Montreal then flew him to Paris for 2 days to walk in his show. Talk about winning the life lottery.

The juxtaposition of Zombie Boy in these classic, well cut suits with his tattoos is incredibly beautiful. I'll be honest, I don't know if I'd care or even notice this collection had any other model been used but because of Zombie Boy, it's memorable and striking.

Mugler's Paris Runway Show
I did some digging on Rico Zombie because I, like the rest of the world, am super fascinated by him and need to know more. I found a great interview at Bizarre Mag (where that opening quite is from - read it to get an intriguing insight to Rick's mind). Luckily for all of us, Rico Zombie Boy has continued to be a mus for Formichetti and some new campaigns have come out.

Zombie Boy in pearls. How perfect is that.

Pre-fashion fame Zombie Boy
...I bet he gets a lot of those looks.

I think my fascination and genuine interest in this man is the fact that he committed himself 100% to what he wanted to be. A fucking zombie. He went for it and he went for it knowing there was no turning back. Now, I'm not saying everyone should become zombies (though that would be kind of amazing) but it's hard not to admire and respect someone that ballsy and sure of who they are and what they want to be. Haha or maybe he's just crazy. I choose to believe the former.

So for that, I salute you Mr. Zombie Man. I hope one day I have as much conviction and balls as you do.