Saturday, February 25, 2006

Behold your brothers!

Tattoos have been around at least 5,000 years, maybe longer, as evidenced by Otzi the Ice Man, whose frozen corpse was found on a mountain between Austria and Italy in 1991. His body was the canvas for 57 different tattoos. Tattooed mummies and other tattooed bodies have been found in Russia and Egypt dating back nearly as far in time.

The electric tattooing machine was invented in 1891 by Samuel O'Reilly, who improved upon a machine originally invented by Thomas Edison, that failed commercially.

Today, many Freemasons sport tattoos of the Square and Compasses or other Masonic symbols. The The Master's Jewel website features several dozen photos of brothers proudly showing their Masonic tattoos. Behold your brothers!

The tattoo feature here belongs to Bro. Jason Runion, Past Master of Zoneton Lodge No. 964, located just outside of Louisville, Kentucky.

As usual, it seems Christians have an opinion on everything. Recently I read a blog called From the Morning on the subject "Can a Christian get a tattoo?" The article in part asks and then answers itself: "Isn't your body a temple? Absolutely. I want my body to 'be a temple,' for certain. I'm not about to get a pagan or idolatrous tattoo. I got a Jesus glorifying tattoo."

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