Strange Mail pt. 2 / by Matthew Thompson

Part 2 in my continuing "Strange Mail" series. The quote is from Kafka's Zürau Aphorisms.

Kafka quote:

- 78 -

The spirit only becomes free at the point where it ceases to be invoked as a support.

Descriptive text about the prisoner and his tattoos:

Mikhail Kovanev, poet, artist and musician, was serving a sentence of fifteen years for murder. He claimed he was innocent of this charge. Every part of his body was covered with tattoos, many of his own design. The eyes on the stomach mean that he was a homosexual (the penis makes the 'nose' of the face). In the colony he became a drug addict and was subsequently killed.