10 Best Keyhole Tattoo Ideas That Will Blow Your Mind!

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Keyhole Tattoos

If you have a special spot for minimalistic tattoos, a keyhole can be a great idea for a new tattoo design. Check our list of handpicked ideas.

Keyhole Tattoo
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A keyhole tattoo with its simple form holds greater significance.

By changing the patterns, or adding a new element to the same tattoo design. Keyhole tattoos can be personalised to express the individuality of a person.

A keyhole is nothing but the entrance to a new world, a new possibility. While the door may be locked, it is the keyhole that invites us to find out what the other side holds. Of course, when we talk about keyhole tattoos, with the various optical illusion techniques, such a picture makes the person the bearer of secrets, waiting to be found out by the right person. A keyhole tattoo gives that touch of mystique secrecy and increases your sexy quotient.

Alice In Wonderland Keyhole Tattoo

Alice In Wonderland Keyhole Tattoo
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Whether as the children’s book, or one of the many movie adaptations, we are sure you know something about Alice in Wonderland. Keys and keyholes are a reappearing motif in the book. Many of us have done the sneaky deed of peering through the keyhole, and so does Alice. The tattoo is unique in its design, as it moulds the figure of Alice in the shape of the keyhole. The figure of Alice has been kept authentic. A beautiful, young girl with blonde hair, and blue eyes, and a pretty blue dress is seen. The keyhole in question is ornamented with pearls and various patterns. Does this tattoo not look ‘curiouser and curiouser’ the more you look at it?

Flowers Grow In Heart Tattoo

Flowers Grow In Heart Tattoo
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The heart with keyhole tattoo is done like a sketch, with the shading gradually lightening on the heart. This is a scar cover-up tattoo and works well on the skin. What a beautiful message the keyhole tattoo holds. The heart is what we associate our emotions with. It is in the heart, where little, red flowers are growing out. It is like saying, you have a very pretty heart. And it is what lies inside that matters right? This tattoo is inked on the abdomen, but you can play with it to conceal any other scar on your body.

Owl And Keyhole Tattoo

Owl And Keyhole Tattoo
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Girls, would you like to be the protagonist of this keyhole tattoo? While the green-eyed owl is what catches the attention, there is a very tiny figure of a girl, standing at the edge of the keyhole. The art on this tattoo is influenced by surrealism. Owls are used as a symbol to indicate that ray of light, in the darkest of times. With just a single word, ‘journey’, the keyhole tattoo meaning gives a whole new perspective. It signifies the end of a turbulent journey, which allows the person to look forward to the next challenge, right into the clouds.

Key And Keyhole Tattoo

Key And Keyhole Tattoo
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This is one of those lock and key tattoos which make us want to take pictures with our favourite person. This tattoo takes couple goals or best friend goals to the next level. While the pair of tattoos demands the key matches the keyhole, the simple design is best for when you are looking for a secret symbol for your bond, without being too obvious about it. Since the tattoo design is tiny, the little tattoo can fit any site on the body, from the fingers to the ears. Moreover, since the beauty of this tattoo is in simplicity, you can have this tattooed quickly even without a prior, day-long appointment.

Heart Lock And Key Tattoo

Heart Lock And Key Tattoo
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Since a keyhole tattoo can take any shape or meaning, we have another surrealistic piece on our hands. An anatomically correct shape of the heart can be seen, which is the lock. The key is held at the edge of an eye as though, it says to look closely to find the secrets inside the heart. A checkered room and even the entrance to another room are intricate details one can spot through the keyhole. The heart although, is itself in some sense, in the shape of a hand, withholding the key. A fascinating fact about the method used in this tattoo is that it is single-needle work.

Colourful Keyhole Tattoo

Colourful Keyhole Tattoo
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Girls or boys, anybody can rock this little keyhole tattoo under the ear. We swoon over the minimal ignorant-style tattoo design. The naivete of a child is expressed through the simple bold lines. The vibrant hues make the otherwise basic tattoo pop. Two little stars are present on either side of the heart, completing this piece. If you are terrified of needles but want a tattoo badly, this tattoo will end your pain in no time. The rainbow palette is used for the heart in the tattoo design.

Lilies And Keyhole Tattoo

Lilies And Keyhole Tattoo
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This is one of the extravagant keyhole tattoo designs. Both the lock and the key look luxurious in their appearance. To give them both a metal shine, highlighting is applied with the help of ink. Blue lilies are the second important part of the tattoo. The meaning behind blue lilies is tranquillity as well as hope, making one look forward to good things in the future. Make sure to search through the best tattoo artists, since this piece will require the honed skills of an artist. As far as inking on the skin goes, this is a half sleeve tattoo.

Antique Keyhole Tattoo

Antique Keyhole Tattoo
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This keyhole tattoo reminds us of the entrance to some hidden treasure chest. Unlike the picture of a simple door, the keyhole has minute details done in the vintage style. Shades used on the tattoo are very mellow, containing mainly aquamarine and pink. Little swans can be seen in the drawing. Since the tattoo does not take up much space, you have more freedom in choosing the site on your body. Even the aspect of nails on either side has not been missed.

Intimate Keyhole Tattoo

Intimate Keyhole Tattoo
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The only tattoo captures beautifully someone’s story like a still photo of the moment. The keyhole here is enlarged, to make the picture clear. The tattoo shows two girls, with blue eyes, and red lips, sharing a kiss and looking deep into each other’s eyes with love. The keyhole only covers a part of their faces, making us wonder what their lives look like. Shading and highlighting are used deftly on the drawing, to make the skin and hair look more realistic. With this tattoo, it is time to raise the Pride flag high.

Realistic Face Tattoo

Realistic Face Tattoo
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We do not need to emphasise it. Anybody can tell the skill of the artist with a single glance. Whether it is a girl or a boy, we will let your debate. What can be seen is the face of a person, with an ambiguous expression, their fingers holding on to the edge of the keyhole-shaped space. With nothing but the grayscale, the details on the piece are breathtaking. From the shadow falling on the eyes to the light falling on the fingers and nails, this tattoo wins our respect.

A little keyhole makes a big difference. Whether you like the simple and cryptic ones or want to go all out with illustrations on the drawing, the keyhole tattoo can meet any style.

Have you fallen in love with keyhole tattoos yet? We have some more designs in mind we must share:

  • Joe Jonas tattoo on the neck.
  • Tree of Life inside a keyhole tattoo.
  • Keyhole tattoo with mechanical parts inside.
  • Thorny vines coming out of a keyhole tattoo.

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