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.
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.
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.