Yes, this theme is kinda intense, wherein both the wearer and the tattoo artist would need to stir their creativity and brainstorm to get the right design, and of course, place it in the right manner. We understand how hard that can get. But, fret not. The following section would give you 10 awesome designs based on this theme to help you get started.
Another variation of this design could be where the bird is taking away the key. The meanings are: (i) the only key to the lock has been taken away from the caged person; (ii) the bird (being symbolized as the messenger) is taking the key to the rightful person who will come to set the person free.
There are endless ways to symbolize something meaningful with the lock and key tattoo designs. All you must do is to be able to focus on how these elements inspire or speak with you, and what is it that you need them to remind you. After all, reminiscent is the main purpose behind getting a tattoo, isn't it?