What is an acceptable tattoo design for a non-Freemason member?

by Danielle
(Mass)

My grandfather recently passed away & he was a former District Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Mass. He was a proud member & I wanted to get a tattoo in recognition of his service & in memory of him, but I don't want to disgrace him by getting something non-Masons are not supposed to get. Could you lead me in the right direction?

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Feb 28, 2015
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No law against it
by: Lant

Dear Danielle,

I can be gentle or I can be honest - let's go with honest.

Freemasons have no copyright or patent on Masonic symbols and we could not stop you from doing this. On the other hand, I don't think many Masons would think it appropriate for anyone not a Mason to display Masonic symbols, no matter how honest and respectful the motive.

I sincerely applaud your clear affection for your grandfather, but perhaps there is another way for you to honour his memory?

Sorry if that isn't the answer you wanted. Best wishes.

Mar 01, 2015
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tattoo
by: Fred

Lant is correct. The symbols of Freemasonry are earned, and are a symbol of membership in the fraternity. As women can. It become Freemasons, in the United States, a masonic tattoo would be considered unacceptable for a woman to have, some Freemasons might consider such an insult to the fraternity. I am sorry to be do blunt, but honesty is best. There is no easy answer, and you must do what you think is best. You might consider a piece of jewelry, a ring on a chain worn as a necklace, there IS a masons lady ring available on eBay, it's a Square and Compass with a rose. Generally used for a wife, but could be used as your tribute. I hope this helps

Mar 01, 2015
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Ask...
by: Anonymous

Express your admiration for your Grandfather by speaking to his Lodge Brothers. You may find yourself encouraged to follow in his footsteps.

That would be a great way to honour him. Part of Freemasonry is earning the rights and privileges of each degree.

Mar 01, 2015
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Can't hurt to ask...
by: Larry

In some Masonic jurisdictions it is considered appropriate for the wife of a Mason to display the Square & Compasses symbol. It's not inconceivable that this courtesy might be extended to a loving and respectful granddaughter.

I'd suggest talking with Brethren from your Grandpa's lodge. Maybe they can help. Can't hurt to ask.

Oh, and thank you for doing us the courtesy of asking the question. We do appreciate it.

Mar 02, 2015
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Thank you
by: Danielle

Thank you all got your answers. I will take your suggestions & try & talk to his fellow brothers. I appreciate you taking the time to answer me. Good luck in all you guys do.

Mar 02, 2015
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Good luck
by: Tim

You are most welcome Danielle. Whether you get the tattoo or not, I believe your Grandfather would be pleased by your desire to honor him. If you do get the tattoo we'd love to see it on our Masonic Tattoo page.

Thanks again, and please come back to see us sometime.

Best regards,

Tim

Mar 03, 2015
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Absolutely
by: Danielle

Tim, I will absolutely post it if I do get it. I did recently get "grampy" tattooed on me with 3 playing cards (his other love was playing card game). Again thank you for responding.

Aug 17, 2016
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Tattoo
by: Anonymous

I have the twin pillars tattooed on my forearms. Will this disqualify me to petition a lodge?I love tattoos and was curious to ask.

Aug 22, 2016
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Masonic qualifications...
by: Tim

No, your tattoo will not disqualify you for membership. We accept good men who sincerely wish to better themselves and be of service to their community and mankind. It is the internal, and not the external, that recommends a man for Freemasonry. If you are such a man you will be welcomed.

Aug 22, 2016
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Appreciation
by: Anonymous

Thanks for your reply.I hope I'm accepted.

Oct 12, 2016
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Tattoos
by: Anonymous

I'm am very nervous.I have an inquisitory meeting coming up and no one has seen my tattoos.I usually wear a suit when visiting the lodge I have petitioned.I have two pillars (jachin and boaz) on my arms along with some zodiac signs that are mine and my fiances signs.Will this be offensive if I expose them.Sooner or later I will have to.

Oct 14, 2016
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Symbolism of Jachin and Boaz NEW
by: Tim

Hello Anonymous,

You mean the two pillars described in the Holy Bible as being situated in the porch of the temple of King Solomon? Why would anyone find tattoos of such offensive? One interpretation of the pillars, and one that I particularly like, is that they denote the twin qualities of endurance and continuity. These are qualities that we should all strive toward and are certainly not limited to Freemasonry. In my opinion your tattoos will not be an issue.

Congratulations on your decision to seek membership in the Masonic fraternity. I wish you the very best.

Thanks for your question and for visiting Masonsmart.

Fraternally,

Tim

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