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The zombie boy and the world famous ‘tattooed’ men

In addition to the two records with the “most tattooed in the world ” introduced in the previous post, two other characters are also among the greats in the Guinness book of records, having been named by the Tattoo School (10 Masters) page.

It is the tattooed marvel Julia Gnuse, nicknamed “the illustration woman”, born on January 18, 1955 in Flint City, Michigan. The reason she decided to get a full body tattoo was so brave and inspiring. She led a normal life, until at the age of 30 she was diagnosed with porphyria, a skin disease that causes her body to develop blisters every time she is exposed to sunlight. This condition caused many scars that affected her psyche. So she decided to get a tattoo on the recommendation of a friend.

Julia Gnuse got her first tattoo in 1991 and gradually covered 95 percent of her body with 400 illustrations of various types, including Disney movie characters, drawings and portraits of the singer.

Julia Gnuse got her first tattoo in 1991 and gradually covered 95% of her body with 400 illustrations of different types, such as Disney movie characters, various drawings and portraits of singers… She managed to turn her unhappiness into an example of strength and this gave her confidence. Julia embraces and loves all the pictures of her body and they make her happy.

Then Julia Gnuse received a certificate of Guinness World Records as the woman with the most tattoos in the world. She appeared on the television show Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, and had a small role in Aerosmith’s music video for the song “Pink”.

The tattoos have really changed her life. However, at the end of her life, she decided to have laser treatment to remove all of her tattoos. Unfortunately, this “illustrator” has passed away at the age of 61, what Julia Gnuse is remembered for as her incredible story of self-improvement.

Julia Gnuse received a certificate of Guinness World Records as the woman with the most tattoos in the world

The zombie boy holds the Guinness World Record

Another strange character is “The Zombie Boy”: Rick Genest, real name Rick Stephan Genest, born on August 7, 1985, a Canadian artist, actor, fashion model and musician. He holds the Guinness World Record for full body tattoos.

In his late teens, Rick contracted a brain tumor, which was diagnosed as very bad, which could have left him disfigured or dead. Miraculously, the surgery to remove his cancer was successful. Then Rick felt that life was too short, he wanted to tattoo everything he dreamed of.

At the age of 16, Rick got his first tattoo. At the age of 21, he continued to tattoo until 90% of his body was covered, and then achieved the Guinness World Record for having 139 human skeletons and 176 insects tattooed on his skin, from which people gave him the nickname “” zombie boy” or “zombie boy”.

Rick Genest first went public on November 13, 2006, in a ModBlog post for Body Modification Ezine magazine , followed by a first interview in March 2008, when his tattoos were completed. large ingredients. In this interview, Genest explained that he prefers the “Zombie” nickname to the “Skullboy” that this magazine has given him.

Rick Genest, real name is Rick Stephan Genest, a Canadian actor and model

Then Rick Genest became more and more famous through the media. Notable are the June 2008 article in Bizarre magazine and a role he played in the TV series Carny (2009). In 2010, Rick participated in the show Alive on the Inside, at Carnilà Lune Bleue which was also quite impressive.

In 2011, Rick Genest with a look full of anatomical illustrations, simulating a skeleton with many organs exposed, he became a famous “zombie”, with 1,526,292 followers. For this reason, he became a model. On January 19, 2011, Genest was introduced in Thierry Mugler’s new Fall/Winter collection, then appeared alongside Lady Gaga in the Fall/Winter fashion show. 2011 for women, and then collaborated with this singer in Lady Gaga’s Born this way video clip .

In September 2012, Rick became the face of music fashion label Jay-Z Roc-A-Wear for a relaunch in Europe. In May 2014, the images of Genest, taken by Colin Singer, were exhibited at the exhibition “Tattoists, Tattooed” in Paris.

The image of Rick Genest “the zombie” and the time before tattooing

In June 2017, ‘tattoo man’ Rick Genest released a video titled “Normal is an Illusion”, recounting his experiences with a brain tumor, among other things. In 2019, British artist Marc Quinn presented a 3.5-meter-tall Genest sculpture , titled “Self-Aware Gene”. This work is permanently housed at the Science Museum, London, UK. Unfortunately, Rick Genest passed away on August 1, 2018, at the age of 32.