Are we officially scared yet? Seeing a man like this roaming the streets of Hong Kong is enough to scar you for life, except that if we're going to talk about being scarred for life, it's clearly no competition. Rick Genest, aka Zombie Boy, wins every time. The model and artist who's now the face and muse of Mugler under Nicola Formichetti (and who also starred in Lady Gaga's Born This Way video) is unmistakable whether you are aware of his celebrity affliations or not -- evidenced when I unknowingly spotted him frolicking beneath the Landmark Mandarin Oriental in Central. Although "frolicking" maybe a bit too strong a word; I feel like something more sinister and gothic is in order.
So he was lurking underneath the hotel. And when I got back to my desk I messaged the hotel's PR, Caryn, and told her, "Yo, there's some crazy tattoo guy LURKING underneath your hotel." Lurking? Nay, she corrected me. He's a VVIP, okay. He was in town, of course, for the Mugler party and show thrown by Joyce last Thursday at Western Market. Anyway, the whole circus act (and it was a circus act indeed) consisted of a lot of posing for pictures and ogling his brain tattoo and discussing whether it would be cool or gross to sleep with him and whether or not he is tattooed down to the very last inch (or nine inches, whatever...). And it was kind of sad, because no one really cared about him as a human being, only as a modern incarnation of the bearded lady. But then again, in that moment, when the whole room is speculating about the fucked-up-ness of your psyche, you are the centre of it all. And I suppose that's worth something.
Photos from here, here, here, here and here.