Hello, fellow mappers.
I apologize for being a few days late with this month’s challenge. For this month, we have something quite simple—a type of micro-mapping. The idea here is to come up with more localized services in your country to make the place more realistic. There are a few guidelines for this challenge, too.
The theme is “keep clean and stay pretty.” What does this mean? Find a small community or two in your country and put grooming and hygiene places. These could include barbershops, hairdressers, salons, stylists, boutiques, beauty-supply shops, etc. Think about the culture of your country a bit. Are there communal baths? Are manicures or pedicures a cultural expectation? Are there religious attire vendors or groomers that need to be near houses of worship? There are a lot of creative ways to go here, and I’d love to see something interesting.
Now a few guidelines:
What am I going to be doing? I don’t know yet. I have a couple ideas. What do you think you might do? Show your fellow mappers below.
Comment from Ernestpkirby on 11 November 2017 at 21:39
My big entry (mapped today) is the Nudepaint Boutique in Downtown Quentinsburgh.
Some backstory on what it is and how it fits into Freedemian culture:
Freedemia, being an equatorial country, has uniquely developed a culture where naturism and nudity for comfort is very common and normal, and where the body isn’t seen as inappropriate or obscene. While this culture is most prominent in the farther north beach cities of Laneston and Vandover, Quentinsburgh somewhat shares this culture, and naturism, social/public nudity, and bodypainting are pretty much normal and common. As such, there are often communal spaces for things like nude fashion and bodypainting.
Nudepaint Botique is essentially almost the equivalent of a joint grooming/salon/clothes and accessory shop, but centered around bodypainting and nude fashion instead.
So Nudepaint Botique is separated into a number of smaller spaces:
The main indoor space is the namesake Boutique. This area is largely where people can come to get the talented artists and stylists who work there to paint clothes or designs on their bodies. There’s spaces for painting on clothes, spaces for different types of abstract designs, a space for choosing other accessories such as hats, flowers, ribbons, socks, etc, as well as a hair salon/barber shop for those who want to get a complete style going. Most of these spaces are facing the street with large windows, though some spaces are facing inward for those less comfortable with the window booths.
There’s also a Bodypaint and Fashion Shop (the space with the art shop symbol). This shop is largely for those who aren’t trying to be professionally styled, and who just want to paint themselves (or have a friend or family member paint them). In addition to the accessories the Boutique offers, the shop sells all different types and colors of bodypaint for buyers to choose from.
Selfpaint Plaza is the outdoor space inside and around the building. It serves as the primary space for people who are choosing to paint themselves to just have a fun bodypainting day outside. It’s actually open to the public (though with limitations on loitering and such), and sometimes hosts little body painting festivals or events.
There’s a small overflow space indoors for more Selfpainting, especially for in the case of rain. This space also has the bathrooms and showers for Selfpaint Plaza.
Having the boutique booths have street facing windows and the plaza face outward are partially to help advertise the boutique- not for any inappropriate context, since said context doesn’t really exist as much in Freedemia, but just because people often walk by and are like “that looks like good clean fun! We should try it sometime.”
The building itself is 2 stories tall, with the exception of the Selfpaint overflow part.
Places like this are far more common and often larger in the cities of Laneston and Vandover, where nudism/naturism and things like body painting are more popular and engrained in the culture of the city. Nudepaint Botique is currently one of the only places of this sort in Quentinsburgh, though more are soon to come with more chain-like places such as Vandover’s BoPa Outlet planning on opening soon in Quentinsburgh area malls.
(I considered mapping a couple similar places in Laneston and Vandover, but I wasn’t far enough along with Laneston and Vandover to feel happy with putting something for a mapping challenge there yet.)
As a final note on the culture, there are no person expectations (except general cleanliness) surrounding the nudist culture of Freedemia, since all bodies are seen as naturally beautiful and choices like shaving are left up to the individual and seen as a form of expression.
Comment from Alessa on 11 November 2017 at 22:18
Wow, @Ernestpcosby! That is quite the creative thought. I know you’ve made nudism and naturism a big part of Freedemia, but that’s a clever idea I would have never thought up. Thanks for the detailed info here, too. Cool!
Comment from Ernestpkirby on 12 November 2017 at 01:51
Thanks, @Alessa! Slowly trying to do more into integrate nudism/naturism into Freedemia’s culture, especially since it’s one of the biggest things that makes it’s culture unique. Glad you like the idea!
Comment from ParAvion on 12 November 2017 at 01:57
I’d been wondering why Freedemians liked to run around without a stitch on, but now it makes sense - it’s hot around the equator. All the same, Vodeans tend to keep their clothes on, although Freedemia and its naturism is something of a curiosity.
Comment from zhenkang on 12 November 2017 at 02:19
Oh well, that really gives me an idea for more details in my country. Katayans (the majority group in Singkangia) are quite vain, there are many bontiques, barber and hairstylist shops, How to make up schools etc. In fact, Katayans place emphasis that looking good reflects your personality.
If my country is to be in the North, I’d creat hot springs and volcanoes. Sadly mine is around the equator. So…
Comment from Aces California on 12 November 2017 at 09:37
I’ll tell truth, I am struggling with this one right now, I don’t have any clue what to do xD
Comment from LemonKing on 13 November 2017 at 15:47
My entry: “Shordatt Old Sauna”
Between 1930 and 1960, dozens of public saunas where erected in Blöndel, the capital of Bloregia. These facilities served the growing number of people moving from the countryside into the city, who wanted to stick to their traditional washing rituals. The oldest one, Shordatt Old Sauna, is still functioning today. Shordatt is an area full of traditional wooden two-floor houses, of which the sauna building is one.
Shordatt Old Sauna was completely renovated in 1990. The two separate sauna buildings for men and women were connected by a new entrance corridor. The traditional pre-heatable woodburning owens where carefully restored. New, heatable wooden outdoor bathtubs were added.
A plumming system now brings the mineral rich water from the nearby well into the sauna and the tubs; earlier the water was carried into the sauna in buckets. Science has recently verified that this particular water has skin-caring ingredients that effect optimally in the traditional sauna temperature of 80 degrees celsius.
Due to well-planned branding, Shordatt Old Sauna has become a major health tourism attraction. Ninety minute’s stay costs more than a night at a decent hotel, and you need to book it months in advance. Customers include well-off foreign tourists as well as average locals who come for a once-in-a lifetime experience. Adjacent facilities include a shop selling organic cosmetics based on domestic ingredients and a cafeteria serving traditional bloregian after-sauna non-alcoholic drinks.
Traditional bloregian sauna etiquette is applied strictly: no swimming suits, no fysical contact with fellow bathers, no sex talk, no alcohol, no singing. Every week, several customers breaking these rules pay a high penalty fee, but this only seems to attract more people who come to test their limits.
Comment from oneofbeatlefan on 13 November 2017 at 18:45
My mapping entry is the district of Bath, Old Town, Puerto Esperanza
A little backstory of the district of Bath is when the Communal Bath built by the Castellan in the late 1740s. The growing numbers of elites from merchant and officer living in the northern part of Puerto Esperanza made big money on leisure.
Like the Castellan, Bath was made because the Rio Beach is full of lower class leisure and the riches want to separate the leisure are from the lower classes. Puerto Esperanza lay near the equator and the heat was pretty intense in the midday, so a recreational bath is pretty much needed by the elites who are at the time are mostly Castellanese. For 20 years, Castellan Bath that crowded by rich is a safe haven for prostitution. Almost everyone that visits here is old rich man where their wife cannot get in. The young woman who serves the people isn’t even clothed. But on the Siege of Puerto Esperanza in 1764, lower class rebel killed a lot of Castellan elites and officer here, even the servant was brutally killed and left Castellan Bath full of blood.
After the Ingerish conquers, the Castellan Bath were open and operating again after 10 years closed. This time, the Ingerish banned prostitution and bathing suit were mandatory. Being the center of elites and rich, the area around the Bath were becoming more friendly to open beauty related shop for both men and women at that time. On 1887, at the peak of women fashion industry, shops and boutique were opened everywhere between Levin Avenue and 22nd Street. Fashion designers and hairdresser from the West settles around here in Bath District makes the area were once famous as Castellan’s red light district to populated of high-end fashion and beauty industry.
Once Wallea earns the independence, the Castellan Bath is closed because the elites were once lived here starting to move to San Martin or Costa de Palma. Fashion industry survived for several decades and it closes in the 1970s. In the early 2010s, new mayor Michael Luis Sanchez initiated to bring back the tourism to Puerto Esperanza with an effort such as making Designer Village and the district into its glorious time on the late 1800 and also open up Castellan Bath to public as a museum and the pool were now decorated with classic statue and fountain.