Lock and Key Tattoos

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Locks and keys have been used symbolically throughout all styles of tattooing. While they are able to take on multiple meanings for the wearer, they often represent freedom, secrecy, and knowledge. Locks and keys can be designed in a variety of different artistic styles, from simplified American traditional interpretations to more elaborate, Victorian-esque realism. The possibilities for the classic lock and key tattoo are endless and here are some artists who put their own spin on the concept.