Being independent is power and we got to find the power in ourselves.
The Origin of ‘Zombie Boy’
Born 7th August 1985, Rick Genest (‘Rico’) grew up in a working class family in Châteauguay (Quebec, Canada). Diagnosed with a life-threatening benign brain tumor, Rick Genest at the age of 15 underwent a surgery that many had not survived in the past. and he got his first tattoo (a skull and crossbones) at age 16 on his left shoulder. He left home at 17 and became a member of the underground punk rock scene in Montreal. It was then when his friends gave him the moniker ‘Zombie Boy’ and initiated him into the street culture of tattoos, piercings, music and DIY fashion.
By 19 he was decided to develope his full body tattoo project and trusted the now retired Montreal artist Frank Lewis; over the next six years 80% of Rico’s body was tattooed (he has spent close to $20,000 to date).