Above and Beyond the Average Ink

Rick "Zombie Boy" Genest
Rick “Zombie Boy” Genest (Source)

Getting a large amount of ink generally means the person it is attached too holds the art form in high esteem. However, no matter how large the first, second or third tattoo they got is, it takes a whole new level of dedication to be associated with the 9 individuals on The Huffington Post’s list of people who are at least 90% covered in ink. 

Among those included in the article are Julia Gnuse, who holds the Guinness World Record as the most tattooed woman, and Rick Genest, popularly known for his full body skeletal tattoos. Like many of the list’s members, Gnuse and Genest started down the road of tattoos because of medical ailments. In Gnuse’s case, the tattoos were applied to cover the scars from porphyria, a disorder that causes the scarring of the skin when it comes in contact with sunlight.

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However, for Genest the tattoos did not serve to cover up the physical scarring, but rather the emotional and mental marks after recovering from a brain tumor. Despite the large percentage of work already done, Genest continues to plan his next installment of body modifcation.

“I’m still working on my tattoo project,” Genest said in an interview with Wonderland Magazine. “As well as finishing my bodysuit, I soon wish to sharpen my teeth, with likeness to those of a reptile.”

To view the full list from The Huffington Post click here.