If you are looking for an elegant little tattoo with endless meaning and symbolism then the lock and key is a sure way to go.
Perhaps more apparent among women the lock and key is by no means a gender specific tattoo, and has actually become a common 'couples' tattoo, largely due to the old cliche of holding the key to your love's heart and all that. Still, it's arguably a better option than getting matching tattoos for if ever the worst happens your lock or key can still look cool even without its other half.
As a tattoo the lock and key primarily represents freedom, security, eternal love, change, keepsake, value and a new beginning with the locking away of old feelings and hurt from past experiences. Therefore aside from being a lovely romantic tattoo the lock and key is also a good way to get over a broken heart! So whether you're getting a stylish tattoo to celebrate your love or a piece of body art to heal your damaged soul the lock and key is a solid way to go, here's twenty lock and key tattoos for your viewing pleasure!