Wolfsburg is an artificial city, in the sense that it was established in the first half of the 20th century with a specific purpose in mind, namely, to house the workforce of the Volkswagen plant, then stocking Hitler’s war machine. Wolfsburg was conceived on the drawing board to a far greater extent than any other town or city nationwide.

Whilst at first glance it does have an almost alien appeal, it also means that the city has made space for a series of extraordinary buildings, such as the Hans Scharoun Theatre, the Art Museum and the phæno science centre designed by award-winning architect Zaha Hadid.

Wolfsburg's other major attraction is the Autostadt, the automotive exhibition complex and centre of excellence opened by Volkswagen AG in a 25-hectare space of parkland and lakes.

The Art Museum in Wolfsburg opened in 1994 and has hosted an impressive number of innovative exhibitions. All in all, Wolfsburg has transcended its somewhat dystopian history and is now considered a trailblazer of innovation and international cooperation.

Whilst Wolfsburg is still a very “young” city, it is nevertheless home to a number of beautiful historic sites, such as its famed 13th century castle, the cozy 15th century district of Fallersleben and several other local attractions.

More than anything, Wolfsburg is a place full of surprises, such as its love and support of the arts and the friendly nature of its community. The first thing you will notice about Wolfsburg is that you are made welcome and people are always open to new ideas and ready to lend a hand.

Culture Shocks

It’s not just a name, but a mission statement. Culture comes in all shapes, sizes and colours as well as displaying various levels of sophistication. But if we are to be moved by it, it needs to shock us out of our complacency. And that’s exactly what the crew around Oliver Fiedler have been doing for more than two decades, making sure that culture shocks.

From concerts and parties to staged readings and art exhibitions as well as tattoo-related events such as the popular walk-In days and the Tattoo Palooza annual tattoo convention, giving the world of underground art a platform has made Culture Shocks so much more than just another Tattoo Studio.

Cultural highlights und special events have always been part of this venue's unique set-up, and hosting the Underdog Film Festival is Culture Shocks’ way of blasting back onto the (post-pandemic) live scene with a resounding bang.

Tattoos have long since become an independent culture and have been established as part of our everyday life. The Culture Shocks crew, however, continue to make sure that tattoo art has not become a nondescript by-product of the daily grind, but continues to be a form of individual self-expression by combining traditional wisdom of the trade with innovative visions of design.

Culture Shocks tattoos continue to shock … with colour, diversity and most importantly: artistic integrity.

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