The Art of The Masonic Tattoo.

Masonic Tattoo Lodge 545.

Masonic Tattoo Lodge 545.

I’m extremely grateful to the two Maonic Brethren who have drawn my attention to an unusual event, which is being launched tonight at 8.00PM in the Skullduggery Tatu tattoo studio located at 75 Dublin Road, Belfast. Here you will have the opportunity to view a selection of textile based exhibits on the theme of Freemasonry and other Esoteria. The salon owner Ms Helen McDonnell has confirmed that some 13 artists are participating in this exhibition that she hopes to retain in place over the next month ( approximately ). I’m sure some amongst you will have recognised the Lodge number above No 545, which belongs to a Lodge based within the Province of Antrim. I’m very grateful to the Brother concerned for sending me this photograph.

The Tassellated Pavement Tattoo.

The Tassellated Pavement Tattoo.

Tattoo Masonic 01.

Tattoo Masonic 01.

All Seeing Eye Tattoo.

All Seeing Eye Tattoo.

I often recall a story told by the late Rt Wor Bro George Powers, who published in one of his fascinating books the tale of the drowned mariner, whose body was washed ashore in San Fransisco Bay in the 1880’s. His entire body was tattooed from head to foot including a number of Masonic Tattooes. Before his body was finally interred, the skin was removed, and is, if I remember correctly preserved in the scientific of UCLA to the present day. In any event, the thoughts of the Tattooed Man has stuck with since that night some 40 years ago, and I was fascinated to see Dan Brown use the same symbolism in his book – The Lost Symbol.

The Three Great Lights.

The Three Great Lights.

Interesting Phoenix Tattoo.

Interesting Phoenix Tattoo.

The Tattoo Man

The Tattoo Man

The Great Triangle.

The Great Triangle.

So there are some Masonic Tattoo’s for you to consider, and I hope to see a few of you up in the Salon later tonight, between the hours of 8.00 and 10.00PM. Should you of course have a senior moment and decide on the possability of a tattoo for yourselves, then you are on your own. We of course will take no responsibility for such a decision, although we will wish you all good fortune with your new image. In the meantime, we would thank Helen McDonnell and her staff for organising this exhibition and wish her every success in this novel and innovative idea.

About irishfreemason

Rt Wor Bro Bashford lives in Ireland where he joined the Masonic Order in 1977. He became a Master Mason in 1978 and served as Master of his Mother Lodge, Moyarget No. 280 Irish Constitution in 1990. He was appointed Richard Robinson Memorial Lecturer in the Irish Masonic Province of Antrim in 1992 and 2004. In 1996 he was appointed Grand Master's personal Standard Bearer by Most Wor. Bro Darwin Templeton, G.M. In 2000 he became the Millennium Master of the `irish Lodge of Research No. 200, and in 2001 went on to become Excellent King of the irish Chapter of Research No. 222.He is the current Editor of the Irish Lodge of Research, and has been since 1992, and of the Irish Chapter of Research since 1996. He was appointed Representative of the Grand Lodge of Portugal at the Grand Lodge of Ireland in 2006 ( a ten year appointment), giving him the courtesy title of Right Worshipful Brother. He is currently Provincial Grand Librarian for the Province of Antrim, and Curator of the museum at their headquarters in Belfast.
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