The Russian pensioner with head-to-toe tattoos

(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) ARTIST, VLADIMIR SEDAKOV, NICKNAME 'SPARTAK', SAYING:

"My name is Vladimir Ilyich Sedakov, I am 74 years and six months old. I have covered my skin with tattoos because it gives me the energy potential for the future, for art and life."

Vladimir is not your average Russian pensioner

Location: Yekaterinburg, Russia

He creates poetry, paintings, and crafted costumes

and has a pet goat called Marusya

He says his 60 tattoos are the secret to his happiness

(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) ARTIST, VLADIMIR SEDAKOV, NICKNAME 'SPARTAK', SAYING:

"I need the tattoos as they give me the great energetic potential in the fight against the unpleasant, spiky feeling in my life. It gives me power, and also brings in the memories, the past."