Ancient Tattoos & Tribal Identity

Many millions of people today such as myself are mysteriously drawn to the painful art form known of as tattooing, and some of us do not know why. I believe the reason to be a common thread that some of us share to the past. A past that deals with thousands of years...

Meaning of Tattoo (Tau-tu)

The meaning of the English word tattoo first originated from the Greek word Tau which signifies the symbol of life, and the word to (tu), meaning to identify the person or thing affected. In ancient times, to be tattooed was often considered as a sign of tribal...

The Tattooed Gnostic Messiah

The tattooed skin of Epimenides was preserved at the courts of the ephores in Sparta, allegedly as a good-luck charm. One of the founders of the ancient Gnostic mysteries of Orphism, was said to be a Cretan man named Epimenides (Greek: Ἐπιμενίδης), whose tattooed body...

Masonic Ink: Not Your Father’s Fraternity

(Source: Todd E. Creason) – Dad and grandpa displayed their Masonic affiliations with a nice ring, or a lapel pin–and of course the always popular automobile emblems.  But there is a new generation of Masons coming up through the ranks, and instead of...

Mason Marks: Tattoos of Saint John

During the course of my research into ancient tattoos, I had come across this fascinating book on Gnosticism written during the 18th century. The book is titled, The Gnostics and Their Remains, Ancient and Mediaeval by Charles William King and in it the author...

Tattoos of the Apocalypse

“What greater glory could there be Than to be clothed with God?  He drew His skin upon my skin, His blood upon my blood.” – 1754 English Hymn For thousands of years, tattoos have adorned the skin of many of our ancestors. It was said that in many...