The Best Cover Up – Zombie Boy!

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Rick Genest aka Zombie Boy with his tattoos.

Rick Genest or better known as Zombie Boy is a Canadian artist and fashion model. He is famous for his skeletal tattoo all over his body. Let’s check out his tattoos and his amazing tattoo cover up below!


When Rick Genest was a 16 years old he had a brain tumor which was surgically removed. It is often attributed that this was part of the reason for his skeletal tattoos. At 19 years old he went to tattoo artist Frank Lewis to get the majority of his tattoos done. Another reason for his tattoo as Genest says is, “Understanding that the first step to anarchy is defiance; the notion of being alive while dead, is defiance to the very laws of nature itself.”


After he got his tattoos he was join and work in sideshows and freak shows in Canada. Because of his striking appearance it was not long before he was featured in various public blog posts. In 2006 he was introduced as “Skullboy” but Genest stated he preferred the name “Zombie”. Since then he has been featured in Bizarre magazine, TV movie “Carny” and a Facebook page with over a million members. He was also discovered by Nicola Formichetti, Lady Gaga’s fashion director. He then went on to help feature Formichitti’s collection. Because of his tattoos, and urging of Lady Gaga, he was featured in her video “Born this Way”.


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Zombie Boy strutting down the runway with his many fashion appearances.

One of the most amazing cover up examples using makeup products was Genest’s part in the campaign called “Go Beyond the Cover” by Dermablend. In the video Genest appears in front of a camera without his signature tattoos. He then begins to use a cloth to remove the apparent concealer he is using to show his famous skeletal tattoos. He starts with his torso and then moves on to his face. The video then shows the cover up being applied. The campaign was so successful that Genest received a 2 year contract with L’Oreal. He was the first ever male spokesperson for L’Oreal.


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Zombie Boy no longer Zombie Boy with his amazing tattoo removal cover up.

Genest has become extremely popular and has continued his success with appearances for Polish singer Honey in her video Sabotage in early 2012. He has appeared in Comic Con 2012 with his own action figurine and in September 2012 Genest became the face of Jay Z fashion label Rocawear. He continues to make public appearances in to 2013 with cameo roles for the 2013 film Ronin.

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Zombie Boy reverting back from his tattoo removal cover up.


In terms of tattoo cover ups, this is one of the most striking and unique ways of promoting the Dermablend brand and it shows even with tattoos like Zombie Boy and good application of cover up and foundation can help transform Zombie Boy into a very ordinary looking man. Let’s look at the amazing tattoo removal cover up commercial below.

Does Tattoo Removal Cream Work?

Are you thinking about having a tattoo removal? Tattooing has been practices for hundreds of years in different countries with different cultures. Modern tattoos used to be considered permanent because tattoo ink is extremely hard to be extracted from the dermis layer of the skin (please refer to the below image). However, due to the advancement of technology nowadays, it comes to no surprise that tattoos can now be removed more effectively. In this post, we will give you an answer to the question “does tattoo removal cream work?”

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The location of the tattoo ink


How does Tattoo Removal Cream work

To learn about Tattoo Removal Cream, the first thing you need to know how Tattoo Removal Cream works. If you ask certified dermatologists whether tat removal creams work, 11 out of 10 will tell you there is no evidence that it works. On the contrary, they might even tell you that it is not safe to use. So why do so many people preach about tattoo removal cream? Tattoo removal cream contains chemical that mix with the tattoo ink which is located in the dermis layer of skin. The body’s immune system will reject the mix of the chemical and ink to the outer layer by the formation of a scab. Eventually the scab will fall off. This is regarded as a much less painful process compared to a laser tattoo removal. Many also use the creams to lighten the tattoo before receiving a proper laser tattoo removal.

How long does it take?

There is no a fixed answer to this question. Depending on the color, size and ink quality of the tattoo, it can take up to a number of months.

Factors determining the success of removal

Similar to what we have talked about in Factors Determining the Success of Tattoo Removal, the success rate is definitely not 100% when it comes to tattoo removal cream. What we mean by a successful removal is the complete removal of ink that does not leave an obvious scar or result in any after-problems such as infections. Immune system, size, color and quality of ink are all possible contributing factors.

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It is important to understand the factors that contributes to a successful removal

Cost of Tattoo removal cream

A tattoo can be cheap to get but the cost can be skyrocket high when it comes to tattoo removal. Previously we have talked about the expensive cost of a laser tattoo removal. On the contrary, tattoo removal creams can be cheaper than a hundred bucks and that is one of the reasons why tat removal cream is famous.

Safety of Tattoo Removal Cream

Safety has been a widely known concern for the users of tattoo removal cream. On one hand, you will hear clinics telling the customers not to use tattoo removal cream because there is no scientific proof on the safety. On the other hand, you will hear tattoo removal cream sellers boasting about the safety of the cream. So who is right? The first and foremost information you have to check is the ingredients in the cream. If it contains the chemical hydroquinone and Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA), our recommendation is to avoid using it. Research shows that the former is cancer causing and the latter burns off your skin. If you do not want to risk having cancer and leaving a scar, avoid creams with these two ingredients.

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It is important to understand how safe it is to use tattoo removal cream

Our recommendation

After all, playing on the safe side for the sake of health is of utmost importance. If you would like to have a tattoo removal, it is still the best for you to consult a certified dermatologist instead of using your body for a trial. If you really cannot afford the cost of consultation, it is advisable to do more research on the internet on the ingredients of the creams, on top of the two that we have mentioned.

We hope this post will help you make a better and wise decision. Good luck to your tattoo removal!



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