According to ABC News, Franz has earned a "respectable" 11 percent of the popular vote running as an independent. The elections begin this weekend, with a runoff to take place January 25 and 26.
"My tattoos are my private little garden. They are not a handicap, they are added value," Franz said of the markings that cover his whole head and 90 percent of his body.
"Elections are not a beauty contest. It is all about tolerance," he said.
According to Global Post, Franz's probably won't win the election, but a third place finish would be impressive for a candidate with a meager campaign budget of $25,000 and a staff made up mostly of volunteers.
Franz is particularly popular with young people, especially high schoolers not yet old enough to vote. The Guardian reported Wednesday that Franz won a mock presidential election at 441 Czech high schools with more than 40 percent of the vote.
"[Young people] look with sympathy at his nonconformity," an education campaigner told the Guardian.
Check out Franz's Facebook page for more photos.
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