What Is the Symbolism of a Key Tattoo?

A key tattoo can carry connotations of both freedom and imprisonment. It can be the key to the heart or the key unlocking the door to new eras.

The placement of the key, type of key and other details can change the meaning of the tattoo.

  • A key with a lock can mean the key to the heart. It can also mean the key to unlocking a secret or something that is being kept secret.
  • A key on one area with a lock in another may indicate that someone is still searching for love.
  • A skeleton key by itself can have a very personal meaning known only to the wearer.