The heart locket tattoo symbolizes love for another whether realistic, contemporary, decorative Victorian, black and gray or full color.
For centuries the heart icon has continued to represent love and devotion. Traditionally, the locket was meant to hang from a chain long enough for the locket to rest over one's heart. It typically held tiny pictures or keepsakes (like a lock of hair) of loved ones. Today's heart locket tattoos are commonly designed with a keyhole and companion skeleton key symbolizing the old adage, 'you own the key to my heart'.
Heart locket and key tattoos are often worn by couples or soul mates; one wearing the locket with the keyhole and the other wearing the key. If the female is wearing the locket, she may choose a more elaborate feminine design style. Today heart lockets can be worn anywhere since the symbolism is evident. Heart-shaped locket tattoo designs are wide range: realistic, traditional, neo-traditional, color, black and gray, simplistic or more elaborate Victorian designs.