Lederhosen von Brandner und Kneißl

The fashion rebel in the uplands

Lederhosen-Tattoo artist Michael Thalhammer

The fashion rebel in the uplands

Lederhosen-Tattoo artist Michael Thalhammer

"I see myself as a kind of fashion rebel too", laughs Michael Thalhammer, as he shows off his Lederhosen. Made in line with the rules of tailoring from just under three millimetre thick buckskin. Decorated with traditional embroidery, in yellow, green or blue. So far, so normal. The distinctive thing about Thalhammer's creations: he tattoos his Lederhosen. The "tattooing" process is actually burning in, but the emblems are as individual as a tattoo.

'I see myself as a kind of fashion rebel too.'

The two Bavarian rabble-rousers Brandner and Kneißl lend their name to the shop, which was opened by Thalhammer in 2015. They also provide the name for the two Lederhosen models, which he has been selling in Sauerlach ever since. Robber Kneißl, who was once the Robin Hood of the foothills of the Alps, standing up to the authorities, and was executed by guillotine at the age of 30; and Brandner Kasper, who drank a considerable amount of schnapps whilst playing cards and managed to cheat death.

Michael Thalhammer

Before opening the shop, Thalhammer, who studied Social Education, was singer and guitarist with the party band "Wuidara Pistols" for seven years. According to Thalhammer, the band played "at every beer festival and every wedding". Back then I had a skull with a "Gamsbart" (ornamental hat feather) embroidered on my trousers. But I wasn't all that happy with it. The embroidery made the trousers like a huge board.

'Why can't I just burn a pattern into Lederhosen?'

When he was later fine-tuning his shop concept, he knew: Selling Lederhosen with extraordinary decorations, that was it. But large embroidered badges were not an option, as he knew from his own experience. "One day I thought of my grandfather. The fact that there used to be all of these fired wooden boards with pictures and sayings hanging around his house. Then I thought: Why can't I just burn a pattern into Lederhosen?"

How is a Lederhosen tattoo created exactly? The uplander keeps the whole thing shrouded in mystery. It is no surprise, when you know that he is currently patenting his firing method for Lederhosen.

Lederhosen von Brandner und Kneißl

As the Lederhosen lie in all their glory on the solid wooden table in the "Brandner und Kneißl", you can see how much work and dedication goes into their creation: Thalhammer has the trousers made in the region. The leather comes from local regions, and is processed in a small tannery that he knows.

'It's a combination of my love for Bavaria and my passion for the beach and sea.'

"My trousers are exactly as I imagine a good pair of Lederhosen to be", the Bavarian adds. "Traditional but casual. Combined with a T-shirt, I like to call it 'Bavarian surf style'. It's a combination of my love for Bavaria and my passion for the beach and sea."

Rebellion or not; in one sense, Thalhammer is very traditional: "I don't make Lederhosen for women. Women look far too beautiful in Dirndl to cover themselves in Lederhosen."

Tätowierte Lederhosen
Brandner und Kneißl
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address: F.-W.-Raiffeisen-Straße 2 , 82054 Sauerlach
Tel: +49 (0)8104 8887 799
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email: michi@brandner-kneissl.com
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web: //www.brandner-kneissl.com