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  • Who: Rick Genest aka 'Rico'

  • What: Most insects tattooed on body

  • Where: Canada

The person with the greatest number of insects tattooed on the body is Rick Genest aka 'Rico' (Canada) who has 176 insects tattooed on his arms, torso, back and head, as verified on the set of Lo Show Dei Record, in Milan, Italy, on 27 April 2011.

Rick Genest (born August 7, 1985) is a Canadian artist and fashion model born in Montreal. He is also known as Zombie Boy for being tattooed like a corpse across the majority of his body. The Montreal-native burst on to the scene after Gaga's stylist Nicole Formichetti discovered the tattooed model on Facebook, where he has more than 20,000 fans. According to his mother he waited, out of respect for her and his father, to get his first tattoo until reaching the age of 16. He then left home at 17 after graduating from high school, but it was not until the age of 21 that he would first come to Montreal tattoo artist Frank Lewis, since then responsible for inking the majority the designs on his body, which they create together. This has taken over three years, Genest spending thousands of dollars on the artwork, conceived by him to be "about the human body as a decomposing corpse – the art of a rotting cadaver.", and "also a tribute to horror movies", a favourite genre of his. On February 27, 2011, Rick was featured in Lady Gaga's video for "Born This Way", with Lady Gaga wearing makeup to replicate Genest's tattoos.

 

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