Rick Genest

Rick Genest

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Updated On December 11, 2021
Châteauguay, Canada
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Châteauguay, Canada

Rick Genest or Zombie Boy was a talented artist, actor, musician, and fashion model who was from Canada. Rick Genest was recorded as a Guinness World Record after covering all his body with tattoos.

Early Life

Rick Genest’s birthdate is 7th August 1985 and his birthplace is Châteauguay, Quebec, Canada. Genest is a Canadian native and of Indigenous Canadian ethnicity. Likewise, Rick was following Christianity and his sun sign was Leo. The name of Rick Genest’s parents is Roch Genes and Catheryne Chappelle. Other than this, there is no more information about Rick Genest’s personal life as he was very secretive about them. As for Rick’s education, he obviously is a high school graduate.

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Caption: Rick Genest before inking tattoos (Source: The Sun)


Rick Genest’s death took place on August 1, 2018, which is exactly 6 days before his thirty-third birthday. His dead body was found after a fall from the 4th-floor balcony at his apartment which was in the Plateau-Mont-Royal district of Montreal. One of the police first told CBC that it was probably a suicide. But in October 2019 coroner Melissa Gagnon lined Rick’s death as unintentional.

Her examination determined that Rick’s passed away from head trauma after landing on the sidewalk. She also identified a high level of alcohol in his body with some amount of cannabis, with no “unequivocal” sign of suicidal intention. Unfortunately, previously Rick Genest was identified with a brain tumor. Rick was waiting for the surgery for 6 months while he considered his life and likely demise, before undertaking the surgery with negligible difficulties.

Career and Professional Life

Rick Genest rose to fame and even got various opportunities as he was considered a living skeleton. He has served in numerous sideshows and freak shows being an illustrated guy. Before getting his facial tattoos, he was first presented to the public on 13th November 2006 in a blog post on Body Modification Ezine (BME)’s ModBlog. Then, he was called for an interview in March 2008 while his tattoos were almost finished. In the same interview, Rick made clear that he favored the moniker “Zombie” to “Skullboy”, as BME had been stating to him.

The introductions on RzyM’s Channel led to increasingly mainstream media coverage, remarkably a June 2008 presence in Bizarre magazine. In the 2009 TV movie, “Carny”, he was present Genest as a Tattooed Man at the Carnival. Then, he was found by Marc Quinn, in Bromont, Quebec, where Rick was serving together with the sideshow, “Alive on the Inside”, in the summer of 2010 at Carnivàle Lune Bleue.

As a model

On 19th January 2011, Rick was present in the latest Thierry Mugler Autumn/Winter men’s collection, featuring it on the brand’s website, after his finding by Formichetti. Through Genest’s participation and Lady Gaga’s advising, Rick went on to the menswear show. Rick’s participation motivated Formichetti on its collection. Then, Rick was working with Lady Gaga in the fashion show for the women’s 2011 Autumn/Winter collection. On 27th February 2011, Rick was presented in Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” video. He was also present in the 6th volume of Vogue Hommes Japan in an editorial, “Hard To Be Passive”.

At the ending of 2011, he was present in the campaign, “Go Beyond the Cover”, sponsoring Dermablend professional makeup products. In the video, a makeup group covered all Rick’s tattoos with its concealer product. The ad then displays him sitting with the phrase “How do you judge a book?”. Then, Rick goes on to remove some of the makeup, from a part of his chest to expose the tattoo below, resuming to his face. The video displays the procedure of spreading the cover-up rewind. The marketable achievement of this campaign helped him to get a two-year endorsement agreement with L’Oreal for Rick.

Rick even was present in the music video of Honey, the Polish pop singer. On 19th January 2021, the video for her song “Sabotage” was out. For the San Diego Comic-Con of 2012, the Tonner Doll Company formed a limited version character similar to Genest, “Zombie Boy”. Also, his every doll is a record of validity contracted by Genest (as “Rico the Zombie”). The version was just up to five hundred dolls which got all sold till 27th July 2012. In September 2012, Rick turned to be the appearance of the Jay-Z music fashion tag Roc-A-Wear for its re-establishment in Europe.

As an actor and musician

Rick Genest got the role of “Foreman” in the movie, “47 Ronin” of 2013. He was also present in the marketing for the movie, looking on posters and in trailers. But because of some post-process pressures, curtailing from the 2011 style of the movie Universal executives desired Reeves to be a more integral portion of the movie. Rick was mostly unedited of the last version. On 21st May 2013, Rick worked together with British solo artist, KAV for the single “Dirty Rejects”. However, the project did not go further after working for some time.

In January 2015, Rick was serving with Riggs, former-Rob Zombie guitarist, on an approaching album. Zombie Boy music featuring Riggs. On the horror news site Bloody Disgusting, a “Zombie Boy 666 Medley” video was out with samples of 6 songs. In June 2017, being a portion of the TEDx #DISRUPTyou, he brought out the video, “Normal is an illusion”, which also mentioned his experiences with a brain tumor. In 2019, a statue of Rick Genest, “Self-Conscious Gene” made by Marc Quinn, is a fresh stable feature at the Science Museum, London, UK.

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Caption: Rick Genest’s image as a model (Source: Instagram)

Net Worth

Rick Genest was earning an impressive amount of money from his professional career to the day he was still alive. The primary source of Rick Genest’s income is being an actor, musician, artist, and fashion model too. Rick Genest has a net worth of around $5 million Canadian dollars when he was still alive. Also, the Canadian artist used to earn $1 million CAD Annually. There is no doubt that Rick Genest was living happily with a luxurious lifestyle.

Relationship Status

Coming to the relationship status, Rick Genest was not very open about his personal relationships. However, at one interview, Rick Genest once claimed that his girlfriend whose name is Imanee was a freak. Also, once Rick Genest was in a romantic relationship with the girl, Image. This makes it sure that Rick Ganesh was in a number of relationships with some girls. Moreover, in the year 2016, Rick event stated that “I go for lunch with my girlfriend, and love making music”. After Rick Genest’s death, his girlfriend is totally out of social media and the internet.

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Caption: Rick Genest with his girlfriend (Source: Tumblr)

Body Measurement

As for the body measurement of the artist, Rick has a good height of 5 feet 10 inches or 177 cm or else 1.77 m. Rick Genest also had a slim body type with a bodyweight of around 72 kg or 154lbs. Similarly, Rick’s chest size is 37 inches, his waist size is 28 inches, and his hips size is 38 inches. The Canadian artist’s biceps size is 14.5 inches and he has been wearing a shoe size of 8 (US). In addition, Rick Genest had a fair complexion with brown eyes and a bald head.

Social Media

Rick Genest was obviously very popular and active all over the social media platforms when he was alive. The Canadian tattoo artist has an Instagram account, a Twitter account, and also a Facebook page. On Instagram, Rick Genest has 193 thousand followers on his Instagram account whereas the artist has 103.2 thousand followers on his Twitter account. Similarly, Rick Genest has gained 975 thousand followers on his Facebook page. To this day as well, Rick Genest has been very popular all over the social media platforms and there are some fan pages for him too.

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