Vladimir Franz, a Czech composer whose body happens to be covered from head to toe in indecipherable tattoos, has lost his bid for president. As Norman Lebrecht reports:

With almost all votes counted in the Czech presidential election, the outsider Vladimir Franz has slipped from a balance-holding third position to an insignificant fifth. He won just 6.84 percent of the vote and is out of the run-off…

Franz had been keeping pace for most of the race – he was in third as recently as this week – but unfortunately his left-leaning platform wasn’t enough to fight off his politically entrenched opponents.

Oh well – his day job is still awesome, and so is he.

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