My Past and the Masons accepting me?

by Robert
(Dayton, Texas)

Well, like a lot of people in this world I once was walking down the wrong side of the road in my life. I have tattoos on my body that most people would find unacceptable.

Now to give you a little background on me, I was and always will be a Marine. This is one thing that I am most proud of in my life. Also, at the age of 38 I took myself to college and studied to be an operations tech, which was another great thing that I did.

The thing is, back to the tattoos, I was crazy about skulls, and therefore I have three skull tattoos on my body and a sinister clown along with a couple more tattoos. Now, I don't go out in public and show my tattoos off because as you can tell I'm not proud of them. People have a way of judging a book by its cover.

I was hired for this job by a Mason who is no longer on this earth, and he seemed to be one of the finest men I have ever met. And the man that took his job went and became a Mason also. . Anyway sorry for rambling on. Have a great day and god bless.

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Jan 07, 2015
It happens
by: Lant

First off, friend, thank you for your service.

Masonry is comprised of human beings, with all that brings to the table. Some may find extreme tattoos objectionable, but while it of course hinges on who you are talking to, I doubt it's that much of an issue unless you flaunt them.

My own lodge has a fellow who looks like a bouncer in a biker bar. We are happy to have him as a brother. He's a nice guy and a fine man.


Jan 08, 2015
by: Fred

Thank you for your question, and from one veteran to another, thank you for your service.
Tattoos? To teel you the truth no one really cares. Many of the master masons in my lodge are "inked", one even owns a tattoo shop. I, have a masonic Compass and Square tattoo on my right arm, displayed within this website as C&S rip.
The only requirements for becoming a freemason are these: a candidate MUST be a man, free born, of legal age, of good moral character, believe in a Supreme being, and come to masonry of his own free will and accord. You will not be recruited, we can't do that. If you are interested in becoming a mason, which you seem to be, go to your local lodge, and knock on their door on a meeting night. Ask questions. On a side note, there are several masonic motorcycle riding associations that exist, the Widows Sons, Freerunners, just to name 2. Masons are made up of businessmen, and laborers, lawyers, and sanitation workers, doctors and mailmen, all meeting in their respctive lodges as equals.
Again, GO!!! ASK!!!!!

Jan 17, 2018
by: Anonymous

I have a felony conviction from over 25 years ago. Can I still become a mason?

Jan 27, 2018
Re: Conviction
by: Tim

Dear Anonymous,
the short answer is: Contact your local lodge or the Grand Lodge of the Masonic jurisdiction in which you reside. They will be your best source for information regarding membership.

The not-so-short answer is that not many years ago a criminal conviction of any sort was an automatic disqualification to membership. In some Masonic jurisdictions, that may still be the case. In most, so far as I know, that Masonic rule has been relaxed, and the decision is left to the members of the particular lodge receiving the petition. The only way to know for certain is to... see the short answer above.

Thanks for the question, and for visiting Masonsmart. We wish you the very best.


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