SYLVAIN HELAINE: I’ll never stop getting tattoos because I’m passionate about it and I’ll end up, eventually, full black. SYLVAIN HELAINE: I’ll show you my favourite room. I’m really proud of this one because I built it and I’ve bought everything and this is my personal home gym. I’ve chosen to paint the wall in red because red gives you energy and stamina to, to go through your training. SYLVAIN HELAINE: I’m fully covered from head to toe literally. I have the sole of my feet. I have both of my palms. All of my genitals, things on my mouth. On my head, there is a snake with wings. Obviously it is the sole of my feet as well, twice but it doesn’t want to old so to have them on, on the skin because it’s a really tough skin. It’s like tattoo the rock, basically. I think people find it fascinating actually, not strange, they think I’m different. A human has tendency to be cautious with things that they don’t understand or that they don’t know. I guess it’s natural for them to judge me at first sight. I used to, to teach karate, judo and kobido but it was like ten years ago but I have kept training on a daily basis and I run after children in school obviously. SYLVAIN HELAINE: I’m half a schoolteacher, half like, a comedian professional model. At first when they see me, children are afraid for some of them. The younger they are, the more afraid they will be but then it goes away really fast, after a couple of minutes they are okay. Actually they are more surprised because I’m a male teacher. SYLVAIN HELAINE: What I like the most about teaching is that you can mould this young mind and you can try to make them a better person and to make them good adults and you can help them and help the world being a better place. SYLVAIN HELAINE: At first when I started getting tattooed, I wanted half of my body, left one to be a mix between old school and rock ‘n’ roll and the other half to be like, a Japanese inspiration one. I’ve spent around €40,000, €45,000 maybe. Yeah I’ve done most of the work in a four year period but I’ll do a second layer and then a third one because I’m, I’m passionate about tattoos and I never want to stop getting tattooed, getting covered. I’ve thought about getting my eyeballs tattooed but it’s too fresh as a process to be confident in it. It might go really well but I might lose sight and it would be bad because I really like video games and television. So, I’m in the final episode of “Sense 8”. Lana Wachowski, the director, talked to me for like, ten minutes. She is the director of Matrix as well, which was one of my favourite movies when I was a teenager. So it was quite an honour. SYLVAIN HELAINE: So the next steps about my tattoos. Well, first a woman will end the leg, it will be done, it will do all of the shades from the hip to the toes and then we will add a bit of white on my arm and on my leg as well to enhance the muscles effect. Then I’m thinking about doing my tongue black like, a full black tongue and I don’t know, maybe I will add some lines on my belly. SYLVAIN HELAINE: The more I get tattooed, the happier I get so it’s the most important thing. I’m 33 now, I stopped taking care of what people think. SYLVAIN HELAINE: If, if they think that I’m like, handsome and that it’s cool, well it’s good but I don’t even hear the negative comments. ROMAIN PAAREJA: “If the people stare, then the people stare. I really don’t know and I really don’t care.” A full black body and cover everything, it’s completely possible, it’s a new challenge. SYLVAIN HELAINE: I will do eventually because I won’t stop getting tattooed so layer after layer, I might be more than a 100% because you can always get tattooed, you can always add more ink above the ink you already have. When, when you’re passionate about something, it’s never too much. You can, if you’re passionate about horse riding, you can never ride too much horses. And because I’m passionate about tattoos, as soon as it doesn’t hurt me, as soon as it’s not bad for my health, well, I can keep going forever.