Who would've thought that such a tiny village boasts it's very own tattoo & piercing studio? And on top of that, in a venue that until 2004 was an antiquities store?
The name may not be very inviting ("PAIN OF ETERNITY") but don't worry: owner Marcus and his girlfriend Sara are true sweet-hearts, as well as their "baby", German Dogge "Paul".
The studio is very clean, with a seperate room for piercings and more "privately placed" tattoos. All utensils are up-to-date and disinfected with the appropriate machines & solutions, and Marcus is tested, licenced & registered in his craft.
"Ask and thou shall be answered"
Marcus was very helpful and answered all my questions:
> Humans have 7 layers of skin. A good tattoo will be between the 3rd & 5th skin layer. If a tattoo is too deep, it will run into the fat layer under the skin and "bleed ink", giving the tattoo a smudged & unsightly appearance.
> After care:
For the first 2 days keep tattoo out of the direct spray of the shower & don't use showergel/soap on it. Pat dry, do not rub with towel.
> For 3 to 5 days or until tattoo is healed, apply anything as simple as Vaseline to keep tattoo moist.
> Tattoo will flake. No matter how tempting it is folks, don't pick at the flakes or you may pull the color out.
> No swimming or suntanning until healed. Apply a high SPF sunblock to tattoo whenever you're in the sun to prevent fading.
My 7 paws took about 50 minutes to complete and cost 130 EURO. John's Tibetan Buddha eyes took the same time and cost 70 EURO (smaller) (Prices in year 2006)
Opening Hours: until approx. 07:00pm, Mondays to Fridays.
The first thing my Scottish fiance John noticed when he first came to Germany was that "every patch of land that isn't used for houses or farming is covered in trees!" Indeed, Germany (in particular the south) has huge areas of forest.
Our tiny village is no exception :-) Between Muehlhausen and the next town (Oestringen) there's a nice forest that many residents use for cycling, jogging, social gatherings or simply walking their dogs.
There is a "Wanderpfad" (wandering/hiking trail) with 2 alternate routes. One is 2.4 km long (yellow) and takes ca 1 hour to walk, the other is 4.6 km long (red). Trees are marked with yellow and/or red paint so you don't get lost in the woods like Haensel & Gretel ;-) Please keep your dogs on the leash so they don't disturb the rabbits, squirrels & deer that live here. And please: take your litter with you!
In the middle of the forest you'll come across the "Rotschlaghuette", a small hut with a BBQ area and a small playground for kids (and silly blondes.... see picture). I used to come here a lot with my class when I was in elementary school, usually with our biology teacher trying to get us interested in the different types of trees & forest-dwelling animals.
I find forests far more relaxing than beaches, mountains or deserts: the greenery and silence are mesmerizing - a walk between the trees lets you escape from the daily stress of life, a passive meditation for mind, body & soul... and on a hot summer's day the shade of the trees gives a welcome cooling effect. Perfect!
Small villages in Germany are reknown for celebrating... anything really! This phenomenon reminds me a lot of the "Asterix & Obelix" stories, in which the village will organise regular feasts & festivities, even for no reason at all! hahaha!
Especially in the summer and atumn months there are numerous festivals where you can enjoy the very best of local produce, live entertainment & watch the community "let their hair down". Here are some of Muehlhausen's annual festivals & gatherings:
> BAYERNFEST (Bavaria Festival): 7 & 8 July 2007, organised by our football club.
> FISCHERFEST (Fishers' Festival): 18 & 19 August 2007, organised by our fishing club.
> KERWE! (see below): 6, 7 & 8 October 2007: the most anticipated street party of the year!
Almost every German village has a "Kerwe" or "Kirmes": this is derived from the word "Kirchweih" - originally a pagan harvest or fertility festival, which was later accepted & alterated by the catholic church to be celebrated upon the consecration of new churches.
Especially in the South of Germany, our tradition is to errect a tall wooden pole in the centre of town, on which we hang a female doll, the "Kerweschlumpel". She takes part in the festivities and is looked after by the village's young men. The mark the end of the festival, the doll is burnt ceremonially.
So if you are travelling in the area, these small village celebrations are a fantastic opportunity for you to experience some "local customs" live & authentic...
--> For a list of all events, click on the below-mentioned website.