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Tuesday
Sep252012

Czech Aims to Be First Tattooed President

Martin Divisek/isifa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Vladimir Franz, 53, is a Czech drama professor, a talented painter and a prolific opera and theater composer.  But Franz wants to move out of the arts and into politics.  If he can win his longshot bid to become president of the Czech Republic, he'd go down in history as the world's first head of state with a fully tattooed head.

Franz has tattoos covering 90 percent of his body, a variety of body piercings and dyed, blue hair.

His presidential bid aims to oust Vaclav Klaus, the sitting president of the Czech Republic since 2003.  Franz is not only running as an oddity but as an independent whose political views are far less extreme than his looks.  

According to the Daily Mail, Franz' "politics are moderate, promoting tolerance, human rights, democracy and encouraging the search for alternative energy sources."

Though many think that the campaign of this unlikely candidate is a joke, Franz assures them that it is not.  He is charging full force ahead with his campaign, travelling across the Eastern European country collecting the 50,000 signatures required to run for office.

And people seem to be taking to the campaign as Franz collected almost 8,800 signatures during his first weekend of campaigning.

Though he is new to politics, Franz has already assimilated into the life of a politician, utilizing social networking sites like Facebook, where he has well over 25,000 followers.  A Facebook photo posted to his page even snaps a photo of him holding a baby in true political fashion.

Franz, whose intimidating image may be off-putting to some, graduated from law school and got a doctorate in the field of law.  He never pursued a career in law, instead dedicating his life to the arts.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Aug162012

2,500-Year-Old Siberian Mummy Has Detailed Tattoos

Akg-images/RIA Nowosti/Newscom(NEW YORK) -- High in the Altai mountains of Siberia, not far from the border between Russia and Mongolia, researchers have found the mummified body of a young woman covered with tattoos that archeologists say look remarkably modern.

The woman, probably about 25 years old, was buried some 2,500 years ago and found in 1993.  She most likely belonged to the Pazyryk tribe, nomads who inhabited the area for centuries.  Kept cold in the permafrost, she was, say the scientists, well enough preserved that one can see intricate tattoos of animals and what appear to be deities.

“Compared to all tattoos found by archeologists around the world, those on the mummies of the Pazyryk people are the most complicated and the most beautiful,” said Natalia Polosmak, the lead researcher, in an interview with The Siberian Times.  “It is a phenomenal level of tattoo art. Incredible.”

The young woman has come to be known as the Ukok princess.  She was buried on a remote plateau with six horses, possibly her spiritual escorts to the next world, and two men, possibly warriors. The men had tattoos, as well. Polosmak said there are older examples of tattooing -- Oetzi, the famous “iceman” from 3,300 B.C. in the Italian Alps, had some short, parallel lines on his legs and lower back -- but there’s been no body decoration as elaborate as what the Ukok princess had.

On her left shoulder, said Polosmak, the young woman had a depiction of a fabulous mythic animal -- a deer with a griffon’s beak and a Capricorn’s antlers. On her wrist was a deer with elaborate antlers.  The same deer/griffon also appeared on the body of the man found closest to the princess, covering most of the right side of his body.

The Ukok woman has been kept frozen since she was discovered.  A case is now being prepared so that she can be preserved while on public display.

The tattoos were probably made of dyes made from burned plants, rich in potassium.  The skin was apparently pierced with a needle or another sharp object, and rubbed with a mixture of soot and fat.

Even though the Ukok princess lived some 500 years before Jesus, Polosmak said some things have not changed.

“I think we have not moved far from Pazyryks in how the tattoos are made,” she said. “It is still about a craving to make yourself as beautiful as possible.”

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