50 Inspiring Lock and Key Tattoos

3 Tiny rose lock and key by Half Pint Bicycle Tattoo

Tiny rose, lock, and key by Half Bicycle Tattoo

Tattooing has moved beyond the sheer tribal mark, or a gang stamp. Today, it’s a recognized form of art, while tattoo artists are talented as fine art creatives, often coming from the world of painting themselves. Leaving their signature on living bodies of people, these artists strive to build their own style, while reflecting the innermost feelings and ideas of their clients, who generally choose tattoos that mirror their personalities. Symbolism is the core of tattoo art, and while some symbols are unique and personal, some tattoos are created on the common grounds, bearing a universal meaning. Lock and key tattoos are one of these ink images, one of the most popular selections of the tattooed, universal enough, but always rendered in a profoundly personal manner. They are signs of secrets, mystery, unknown relationships or reservations towards the world, in general.


23 Lock and key tattoo on back for women

Tracking the lock and key tattoo imagery a century back, one finds they first emerged, just like a majority of modern ink, with sailors and social outcasts. As the skin art was getting accepted, more and more people from all spheres of society are inked up, while lock or keys have a prominent place on their bodies. The style chosen to executed lock and key tattoos is usually classical, colored in traditional, bright hues, reminiscent of the mid-20th century. Often detailed and intricately decorated, these tattoos can be enriched by flowers, jewels, clocks to insinuate passage of time, significant animals, or, on the opposite side, done in a very simple, minimalist way, signifying only outlines of the keyhole or a key.

12 lock and key Matching Couple Tattoo

Most frequently, lock and key tattoos are related to the subject of love, implying the key to somebody’s heart emotion. Hence, locks are very often heart-shaped, while keys can be adorned with names or objects related to the beloved one. Being decorative by themselves, both key and lock allow for a lot of freedom, where the imagination of the tattooed person and the artist can both be wonderfully expressed.

15 lock and key tattoo for companion

If a couple decides to get tattooed in celebration of their love, lock and key can be chosen, where each of them wears one piece of the pair, or one lock and a key corresponding to the lock of their partner, and vice versa, frequently worn on the same part of the body. Lock and key are therefore symbols of strong and unique relationship, where two people perfectly fit together.

17 key and watch tattoo1

Some of the popular designs for the lock and key tattoos are skeleton images. They evoke the old times, the mysterious things kept away in cellars and attics, in secret chests, pirates and hidden treasures, while simultaneously delivering the bearer’s personal idea. Skeleton imagery is rarely done alone, usually accompanied with other decorative ink elements.

29 3D Lock and Key tattoo

Greater symbolism of lock and key tattoos might imply end of an old life, locked away, and separation from one’s past, besides the intimacy allusions they can contain. Possibilities of executing and interpreting lock and key tattoos are many, while as any of the ink embellishments people carry, they are definitely a fantastic conversation starter.

2 Lock And Key Tattoo for Women1

Lock And Key Tattoo for Women

4 Lock and key and filigree

Lock and key and filigree

5 under lock and key

under lock and key

6 Lock And Key Tattoo

Lock And Key Tattoo

1 Lock And Key Tattoo on Sleeve

Lock And Key Tattoo on Sleeve

7 Anklet with heart lock and key freehand tattoo

Anklet with heart lock and key freehand tattoo

8 new school roses skulls lock key and vines tattoo

New school roses, skulls, lock, key and vines tattoo

9 lock and key tattoo on shest

Lock and key tattoo on shest

10 Key foot tattoo

Key foot tattoo

The key laid down on the foot of the wearer with the ability to open her heart. Who’s going to pick it up?

11 lock and key tattoo on back

Lock and key tattoo on back

13 watercolor love key tattoo

Watercolor love key tattoo

14 lock and key tattoo

Lock and key tattoo

16 lock and key half sleeve tattoo

Lock and key half sleeve tattoo

18 key tattoo

Key tattoo

19 lock and key wrist tattoo

Lock and key wrist tattoo

Tiny lock tattoo

Tiny lock

21 Lock and Key

Lock and Key

22 Lock and Key Tattoo

Lock and Key Tattoo

Heart locker tattoo

Heart locker

lock and key match tattoo

I hear they fit together

lock and key match tattoo

lock and key match tattoo

27 Heart padlock chain and key w name tattoo

Heart padlock, chain, and key w name tattoo

28 Gorgeous lock and key pendant tattoo

Gorgeous lock and key pendant tattoo

30 3D Lock and key tattoo

3D Lock and Key tattoo

31 Lock and key tattoo for men

Lock and key tattoo for men

32 Lock and key tattoo on neck

Lock and key tattoo on neck

33 Skeleton Key tattoo1

Skeleton Key tattoo

34 Lock and key forearm tattoo

Lock and key forearm tattoo

35 red rose key n heart lock tattoo on back

red rose key n heart lock tattoo on back

36 Best Friends Lock Key Tattoo Designs

Best Friends Lock Key Tattoo Designs

37 Lock and key tattoo on finger

Lock and key tattoo on finger

38 Skeleton Key And Heart Lock Tattoo

Skeleton Key And Heart Lock Tattoo

39 Lock and key tattoo

Lock and key tattoo

40 lock n key tattoo

lock n key tattoo

41 Lock and key tattoo on chest

Lock and key tattoo on chest

42 Lock and key tattoo on side

Lock and key tattoo on side

43 Roses...jeweled lock and key ...feather tattoo

Roses…jeweled lock and key …feather tattoo

44 Lock and key tattoo on foot

Lock and key tattoo on foot

45 lock and key tattoos

Lock and key tattoos

46 lock and key tattoos

Lock and key tattoos

47 lock and key tattoos on leg

Lock and key tattoos on leg

48 lock and key tattoos behind the ear

Lock and key tattoos behind the ear

49 Lock and key tattoo on back for girl

Lock and key tattoo on back for girl

50 Heart Lock and Key leg tattoo

Heart Lock and Key leg tattoo


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  1. s tribal tattoo would tell stories of honor and courage to appease their gods and
    let them know that they were held in the highest respect.
    There are also sites that provide a custom tattoo maker in which you choose your own design and combine it with other designs.
    During this time, tattoos were very expensive and people
    paid large sums for their designs.

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