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Masonry and exposed tattoos

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I have been looking into masonry now for a few years, my problem is, would I be looked down on for having "tatty" tattoos exposed on my hands? 

From the outside masonry looks upper class, where as myself would feel I wasn't up to the standard (if that's the right way to put it) I have tattoos on my fingers (not offensive) just "stay true" across my fingers as well as a shaded rose which take up the whole of my left hand. 

I was wondering what people would think as some people (older generation) believe tattoos are for thugs etc,

Basically only asking as dont want to be judged for some Ink.

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Hiya and welcome back, it's been a while.

Your tattoos alone would not cause a problem, unless they were extremist or generally socially unacceptable, because we are looking more at your character when we are considering whether you would make a good Freemason. As an aside, while some people don't like tattoos forget age it's nothing to do with that. It's just that some people just don't like tattoos, my Dad's 75 and he's got more than me.

While it is obvious that some Freemasons are posh just as many and probably more are not and just are normal blokes who you will down the Pub on a Friday or at the football on a Saturday. As I said to you before it is one of the most open and welcoming organisations you would ever get involved in.

As I'm nosey, can I ask what went wrong last time you were here? 

 

 

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Hi Mike, multiple things really, new child, new career aswell as abit of  covid here and there and also abit of doubt to be honest. I'd probably say to the point of abit of self doubt.

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I hope you continue your contemplation, I initiated a new brother just prior to our summer break, who sports a full sleeve on both arms, as stated earlier, it’s the man we’re interested in, not his body art. I would encourage you to at least make enquiries on here, and if you think we might be wary of anyone who has tattoos on his fingers, that are not offensive, in fact “staying true” is something Freemasons advocate, not look down upon. Once people get to know you, nothing else matters. We act formally during our meetings, we’re most masons wear gloves, but socialise like everyone else outside them. 
It might be an idea to speak to a membership officer of a lodge or a Masonic province within the area you reside……tell them about yourself, what you do, and why your curious, I think that’s the best way forward…..you might be pleasantly surprised, 

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