Rick Genest has been featured in Vogue Hommes Japan for the Spring/Summer Edition and it's quite an amazing and interesting shoot :-)
Genest is a Canadian model who became famous for being one of very few people in his home town of Montreal to have his entire body tattooed. He performed in a 'Freak Show' circus on the outskirts of Montreal which was based on the seven deadly sins, he played the sin 'Sloth'...
He gradually grew in popularity and was known as 'Zombie Boy' or 'Skeleton Boy' (how original hey)...Rick Genest then got the luckiest break and was featured in Thierry Mugler's Autumn/Winter Mens Collection and also headlined the Collection on the website...
From then on, he's been asked to do a number of different editorials, fashion shots and photography and even Lady Gaga wanted a piece of him :-) He performed alongside her in her 'Born This Way' music video :-)
I really love the shots for Vogue, i think that they have a real alternative, artistic quality about them which is often lost in the plastic world that is Vogue. I guess it's not hard to be artistic though because he really is just a walking piece of art.
So, what do you think? I really love the look of the magazine and it's easy to forget that these tattoo's are actually real...that's the only thing that really concerns me. I appreciate the artistry of the tattoo's but i could never have that permanently on me...well, not that many anyway :-) I have a lot of respect for Rick Genest though, not many people would have the guts to do this and i think that it's really cool and really impressive that he's done that, achieved what he wants and done his own thing :-)
(i would like to thank trendhunter for the images used in this blog)