Dad and grandpa displayed their Masonic affiliations with a nice ring, or a lapel pin--and of course the always popular automobile emblems. But there is a new generation of Masons coming up through the ranks, and instead of showing their fraternal pride in the more traditional way, they are showing their Masonic affiliations in a more permanent way.
With Masonic Ink . . .
It's a popular subject. Nearly two years ago I wrote a short piece on the subject, and it continues to get a large number of hits. Over my travels these last several years, I've seen a lot of Masonic ink. And many Masons have sent me photographs of artwork they've had done, or artwork they've run across.
And I can certainly see why Masonic tattoos are so popular. First of all, the symbols are intriguing, and every Mason seems to identify with one in particular that is meaningful to them. Secondly, tattoo artists seem to really enjoy working with those traditional designs.
Some of the artwork I've seen is absolutely stunning. There are York Rite designs that feature the symbolism of the Chapter, Council and Commandery. There are Blue Lodge designs that feature the All Seeing Eye, and the Square and Compasses. There are Shriner designs that feature scimitars and pyramids.
I'm not quite ready to go under the needle quite yet, but I enjoy looking at the artwork others have had done, and judging for the success of my last blog on the subject, I'm not the only one.
So what I thought I'd do is open this up. Have you got a Masonic tattoo you'd like a share? Take a picture of it, and send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I thought I'd create a permanent album of these photos. Be sure and include your name, lodge, and location.
Todd E. Creason is an author and novelist whose work includes the award-winning non-fiction historical series Famous American Freemasons and the novels One Last Shot (2011) and A Shot After Midnight (2012). He's currently working on the third novel expected to be released in 2014. All of Todd E. Creason's books are sold at major online booksellers like Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble and are available for both Nook and Kindle.