Key tattoos. Most people love tattoos with a story or meaning behind it. Next time you see one, you might be wondering, why that person decided to get that specific design. Key tattoos are one of the most popular meaningful tattoos. Some people choose to have a key tattoo, because popularly, a key’s job is to unlock. We often use the key as a metaphor, a cliché and a symbol of a secret. A key is also a mystery which is very interesting because you don’t really know what it unlocks.
We have gathered 44 Ingenious Key Tattoos to inspire you:
1. Skeleton key with ribbon
A key with a ribbon is not what you often see in straight men.
2. Crossed key tattoos
I like the old fashioned design of the key and their big size.
3. No. 13
A skeleton key with number 13. The number could be meaningful to the person who got the tattoo.
4. Fairy-tale like key tattoo
The artist did a great job, making the key tattoo look like it’s floating on the skin.
5. Realistic key tattoo
This tattoo has 3D effect making it look like a real key on the arm.
6. 2 keys belly tattoo
I wonder which locks these keys open too. LOL
7. Almost arm size antique key tattoo
The white inks turned me off.
8. Lock and key chest tattoo.
The colors are so vibrant, the artist did a great job.
9. Couples key tattoo
They are the key to each others heart. That is so sweet.
10. Crow and keys tattoo
I’m loving the effect on this. The crow looks so alive.
11. Crowned key tattoo
The key to her majesty’s bedroom. Pun intended.
12. Beautiful key tattoo
Detailed yet it looks simply beautiful.
13. Eye balloon and key tattoos
I love the idea, it is very original.
14. This is a nice feet key tattoo with a holder
The key has initials CS too.
15. Key through hand
I have no idea what this means. Usually you see a key and a heart lock, but hand lock, I couldn’t think of any.
16. Harry Potter inspired key tattoo
For the Harry Potter fans, here’s a Harry Potter flying key tattoo.
17. Heart stabbed with key tattoo
This is a morbid badass emo tattoo.
18. “Honesty is the Key”
19. Lock and key tattoo
Nicely done heart lock and key tattoo. It’s so neat and simple.
20. Dove carrying keys tattoo
It’s funny that the keys are bigger than the dove, do you think it will be able to lift it in real life? LOL
21. Inner arm key tattoo
At first glance it looks like scissors.
22. Full back literally speaking skeleton key tattoo
This one has love spelled on it.
23. Lock and key tattoos on both opposite arms
24. 2 keys in 1
A music key and a skeleton key, very cute and clever.
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25. Owl with key and lock tattoo
Nothing is more adorable than an owl tattoo carrying a key and with a lock necklace.
26. Crafty key tattoo
This is a very creative key tattoo, combining craft materials and the key itself. Something I definitely consider of having.
27. Oriental design key tattoo
28. Literally speaking, skeleton key tattoo
29. Black skeleton key tattoo with a skull design
30. Small key tattoo
31. Simple realistic key tattoo
32. Multiple key tattoos
33. Traditional style skeleton key tattoo
34. Traditional key tattoo
35. Feathered watch key
36. Upper arm lock and key tattoo
If you noticed, the key is also shaped like scissors.
37. Lock and key tattoo
Some people who get a key tattoo, also get a lock tattoo
38. Quote and key tattoo
39. Sparrow with key tattoo
40. Wolf biting the key tattoo
41. Variety skeleton keys
42. Wrist key tattoo
43. Simple realistic key tattoo
Very simple yet very beautiful.
44. Ankle key tattoo with ribbon
Whether big or small, traditional or realistic, key tattoos are very cute and very meaningful to the wearer. Skeleton keys are very popular because of its beautiful and vintage look. The tattoo artist can make various key tattoos design despite it’s only the same object. Some people use it as a friendship bond, or a couple tattoo, sometimes key tattoos are matched with a heart shaped lock, one partner has the key, and the other has the lock tattoo.
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