One of the most popular spots to get tattooed is on the ankle. Ankle tattoos are common because the placement is easy to conceal beneath a sock or other articles of clothing should they need to hidden away. Further, ankle tattoos can take advantage of the body’s natural shape in cool ways to accentuate it.
From micro tattoos to larger pieces, the sky’s the limit when it comes to ankle tattoos. You might want a dainty detail that sits right on the ankle or something more substantial that cascades from the ankle down to the top of the foot. Whatever the case may be, we have found some of the hottest tattoos on social media to inspire your own ink. Check out these crave-worthy designs!
Take a Look at the Ankle Tattoos Below to Find Out What Will Work Best for You.
Like an Anklet
One of the most popular designs for ankle tattoos imagines a sort of anklet that wraps around the ankle. Here, we find a botanical design that looks very fresh and charming.
This shape is a very popular one for ankle tattoos that extend from the ankle to the top of the foot. Notice how the shape accentuates the natural shape of the ankle? You would be wise to do the same.
Black ink tattoos are the most popular but you should explore color if it appeals to you. Notice how vibrant this floral tattoo looks with colors ranging from warm to cool tones.
Micro Ankle Tattoo
Micro tattoos are a huge trend and tiny ankle tattoos are aplenty these days. Here’s a sweet, little bouquet applied with the finest of lines. You’ll see a few more small tattoos like this as you continue.
If you’d like to go more graphic and abstract, bands around the ankle look spectacular. Simplicity is bliss and you will find proof of that in these ankle tattoos.
Matching Evil Eyes
What Goes Around
“What goes around comes around,” this tattoo informs us. It’s a clever design that makes the most of the placement.
Be a Unicorn
If you’d like a touch of magic, consider whimsical characters like this unicorn for your ankle tattoos. Blue and purple inks make this tattoo design an evocative winner.
Mandala tattoos are one of the biggest tattoo trends today. Front of the ankle tattoos are less common than their side counterparts but they are extremely appealing as you can see in this example. If you want to go big and ornamental, consider something similar.
Fruit tattoos are just so sweet. This tropical pineapple is made even more appealing by the inclusion of flowers that flank each side.
Plum blossoms look altogether explosive in this romantic tattoo that takes floral elements to a whole new level. Notice this familiar shape again. It’s a great placement that’s perfect for side ankle tattoos.
A Gentle Reminder
“Stay strong,” this letter tattoo advises. Positive sentiments are a hallmark of mental health tattoos and putting one on a letter like this is a really creative and sweet idea.
Moon tattoos have always been and will always be popular choices. This fine design fins a crescent formed by thousands of little dots that provide texture and intrigue.
“‘ello my lovely,” this very tidy tattoo reads. A sweet message that brings you joy is an ideal candidate for your ankle tattoo.
How fun is this sketch tattoo of Mickey Mouse? It celebrates drafting and drawing in a very direct way while also appealing to any Disney fan.
Flower of Life
This amazing geometric design is referred to as the “flower of life” in sacred geometry. The gradient effect helps make this design all the more interesting. A band in this fashion looks excellent wrapped around the ankle.
“Her favorite colors,” the tattoo artist who shared this image captioned it. Here’s another look at a gradient, this one in spectacular color. A simple bar down the ankle makes for an understated design that makes a big impact.
We’re not sure why a church is burning but we were attracted to the bold black ink that makes this design so moody and mysterious. If you’re going to go with black ink, lean into it.
Insects are actually very popular ankle tattoos. Here, we find a gorgeous dragonfly done in the watercolor style that looks like wet paint.
We find some micro realistic jewels in this fine tattoo that defies belief. We imagine this tattoo was applied with the stick and poke method which is done without a machine, and instead, is completed with a single needle by hand.
A Lovely Lotus
As you’ve seen, floral designs are wildly popular among ankle tattoos. This warm lotus flower is so delicate and alluring. The lotus is considered a symbol of rebirth and enlightenment. That’s why they are such popular designs for tattoos today.
Here’s another botanical design but this one verges on the abstract. Lines in varying thickness give this tattoo an almost 3D look.
Here’s another bug ankle tattoo that is the cutest little ladybug you ever will see. Ladybugs are considered good luck if they land on you. Perhaps this ankle tattoo was requested for good fortune.
This very, very fine line tattoo of a horse is mesmerizing. It’s a single-line tattoo that’s completed by one, continuous line. Line tattoos are very popular today. A note about lines this fine: they will fade more over time than thicker applications. So, if you want something similar expect the need for a touch-up in your future.
For the Pup
Bring on the dog ankle tattoos! This cute little pup’s face is framed in a paw. It’s a great size and placement for this area.
You might not have believed us when we told you that bugs were really popular ankle tattoos but we’ve got receipts. Here’s a marvelous June bug that looks very dramatic thanks to the highlighting which makes it look metallic and the watercolor effect that splashes around it.
Band ankle tattoos are as popular as similar ones found on wrists today. This simple flame design is understated yet evocative. If you want to heat things up, go with something similar.
Here’s a nostalgic little piece that will, hopefully, not conjure the experience of stepping on a Lego block. Tidy lines and precision make this design a real standout.
Black & Red All Over
Here’s a more abstract take on a flower that makes the most of a black and red ink pairing. Red is always an excellent choice for ankle tattoos and tattoos more broadly. If you’d like a bold design, consider something similar.
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Ankle tattoos inspired by nature are always going to be winners. This amazing fox has been shaded with the warmest of golden tones. The artist has shown great restraint and delivers a design that’s simply perfect.
Did these ankle tattoos give you ink envy? If so, you need to make your way to the nearest tattoo parlor to get your very own tattoo. The ankle proves such a special spot for a tattoo as it can be hidden or shown off depending on what you decide to wear. It’s the best placement for small designs with dainty details.
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
- 1 Take a Look at the Ankle Tattoos Below to Find Out What Will Work Best for You.
- 1.1 Like an Anklet
- 1.2 Cascading Blossoms
- 1.3 In Color
- 1.4 Micro Ankle Tattoo
- 1.5 The Bands
- 1.6 Matching Evil Eyes
- 1.7 What Goes Around
- 1.8 Be a Unicorn
- 1.9 Mandala Moment
- 1.10 Tropical
- 1.11 Plum Blossoms
- 1.12 A Gentle Reminder
- 1.13 Celestial
- 1.14 Greetings
- 1.15 Sketch Mickey
- 1.16 Flower of Life
- 1.17 Favorite Colors
- 1.18 Church Fire
- 1.19 Dramatic Dragonfly
- 1.20 The Jewels
- 1.21 A Lovely Lotus
- 1.22 Fun Floral
- 1.23 Lucky Ladybug
- 1.24 Very Fine
- 1.25 For the Pup
- 1.26 June Bug
- 1.27 Straight Fire
- 1.28 Lego Block
- 1.29 Black & Red All Over
- 1.30 Foxy
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