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Jodie Michalak

Czech Presidential Candidate Vladimir Franz and His Full Facial Tattoo

By February 5, 2013

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Tattoos and their impact in the workplace can vary by occupation, company, society, and in this case even the country .

For the first time in history, a Presidential candidate stepped into the ring with full body art as he participated ino the 2013 Czech Republic Presidential election. Although this isn't the first time I've covered politicians and their tattoos (check out some Capitol Hill gossip here) there's just something so much more in your face about this story.

With ornate, tribal and random tattoos covering 90% percent of his body, Vladimir Franz didn't make it to the second round of the 2013 race. But he did make an impact with 351,916 votes for president.

At least Franz has something to fall back on. As a theatre and opera composer and artist, he'll go right back to the world of self-expression and painting.

In his own words, Vladimir explains his body art:

"The art of tattooing is accompanying mankind since time immemorial. In addition to the original magic and ritual function, it represents also an aesthetic function. Of course - an aesthetic point of view is a matter of each free individual.

Tattooing is an expression of free will, not touching the freedom of others. It is an expression of permanent and unchangeable decision to stand up for your opinion, in both good and bad. (...) My tattooing is result of a long-term sophisticated concept, not a sudden emotion."

Kudos to Milos Zeman, who made it to office as the third elected Czech Republic President. You can read theories as to how he won the race here.

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