This custom is based on the fairy tale “The Valiant Little Tailor” by the brothers Grimm. It depicts one scene from the story.
showed the giant the girdle. “There mayst thou read what kind of a man I am!”
The giant read, “Seven at one stroke,” and thought that they had been men whom
the tailor had killed, and began to feel a little respect for the tiny fellow.
Nevertheless, he wished to try him first, and took a stone in his hand and
squeezed it together so that water dropped out of it. “Do that likewise,” said
the giant, “if thou hast strength?” “Is that all?” said the tailor, “that is
child’s play with us!” and put his hand into his pocket, brought out the soft
cheese, and pressed it until the liquid ran out of it. “Faith,” said he, “that
was a little better, wasn’t it?” The giant did not know what to say, and could
not believe it of the little man.
I’ve tried to modernize the look of the little tailor using bright colors, tattoos and a shirt that on one hand quotes “Seven at one stroke” but also gives a reference from where a modern little tailor would take such a phrase. Nevertheless, to still keep him within the context of the story he’s carrying messenger bag pierced with a preposterous needle. He still squeezes the liquid out of the cheese and the story is quoted on the banderole.
I have been documenting the process of this custom thoroughly and will present a detailed tutorial as soon as I get the time to write it all together.
Update: It seems I totally forgot to add that this figure will be on display in the upcoming “Zeichen und Wunder – Arbeiten der Illustrationsklasse Kassel” exhibition here in the Caricatura in Kassel, Germany. The opening is this friday (12th) at 19:30.