It’s warming up across most of the country and that means it’s time for some sun. If you live in a colder climate, you likely have had your feet bundled up for months and you are ready to kick off your boots and slide on some sandal or flip flops. A tattoo on your foot could be the perfect little accessory to complete your summer-chic vibe. However, you might be conflicted about where and what to get. We are here to help!
In general, people tend to go for smaller designs on their feet or only get tattoos on their feet because an inked foot is easy to hide. We will show you plenty of small foot tattoos, but will also share some larger scale designs for those looking for some substantial coverage. From dainty and cute to huge and bold, here are 25 foot tattoo ideas that you might want to try this spring or summer!
Delicate & Dainty
Most of us prefer a tattoo to be understated and this design of roses is just that. Pale pastels will ensure your design looks soft and not in-your-face. This design features a micro realism tattoo that looks so, so real except it’s been shrunken down in size. Placement underneath the ankle makes this design incredibly easy to hide.
Tattoos for the bottom of your feet are fun because they fade over time, which is something you should know before getting one. The skin on our hands and feet are callused and they do a lot. So, tattoos will fade, leaving a scant reminder of what was once there.
If you are going to tattoo both of your feet, it’s smart to make sure the designs are complimentary and that each will help the other tell the narrative you desire. These bold and black moon and sun tattoos are so handsome and look like two sides of the same coin.
Abstract, Yet Complimentary
Even when going abstract with your design choices, you should also do your best to make sure those designs look very smart next to one another. Here, the designs are not identical, but they do share a similar shape that offers symmetry and balance which is ideal for foot tattoos.
Accentuate the Shape of the Foot
Our feet are arched and thus have a fun shape for artists to play with. By taking a design from the lower ankle down the foot, the swooshing dip looks even more dramatic in this case. Whenever you consider placement, always take into account the shape of the part of your body versus the shape of the final tattoo’s design.
If you are really, really into symmetry, you can get a mirror image of a design for each foot as this individual has done. We find two blocky castles here with little ripples below that extend down to the toes. That creates a whimsical look, does it not?
Tiny Toe Rings
As with ring tattoos for the fingers, you can get little ring tattoos for your toes. With just a few lines, a tattoo artist can create a unique design that makes it look as if your toes are decorated to the nines in jewelry.
Any Kind of Toe Decoration, Really
People sure love these mandala designs and we will show you another shortly. Here, the two parts of the design meet at the center when the fit are placed together which looks harmonious. We are actually equally impressed with the ink on the toes which feature such tidy little shapes that are perfectly sized.
Create a Mandala Moment
We told you people love these! Here is another beautiful Mandala-inspired foot tattoo that doesn’t go so hard on the toes. Other objects that are circular in shape like sunflowers or even halves of a heart could work here. This artist has taken the design a little further down the inside of the foot which makes the illusion even more convincing.
Go Wild With It
We will show you to designs in contrast now. The first being this pixelated design with Mario and Yoshi. This sort of thing will not be for everyone but you are the only person you need to please! We totally love the look of this one!
Nothing Too Crazy, Micro Foot Tattoos
To contrast all of that color and business, check out this simple sun shape in micro size. If you want “just a little something,” small tattoos like this one will excellent no matter where you place them. It’s proof that simplicity is bliss.
Tattoos similar to this one that look like they are an anklet are extremely popular designs today. While it’s no longer novel, we still think the anklet tattoo look is a great choice. You can go bigger as this person has done with the feathers or scale it back for a more modest tattoo.
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Paint It Red
One of the boldest ink choices you can go with is red ink for a tattoo. We do not know the psychology behind why this is, but designs done in red tend to look better than identical ones done in black. It is a personal preference but if you are fond of red, you better go for it.
Set the Scene
You can get a tattoo with just one central object are you can build a scene with multiple tattoos. Here, we find this done well with blue butterflies fluttering around. Isn’t this sweet?
In contrast to the butterfly, yo can also get moody and expressive with your design as this person has done with a moth. If you have a vision of an unconventional design. Meet with a tattoo artist or two to see if they can help you bring it to life.
Take It to the Ankle
Ankle tattoos are wildly popular as you can still show those babies off in a pair of flats, sneakers, or heels. This very simple snake design that wraps around the spherical ankle looks incredible. Nothing overdone, just a classy design right here.
Cover Them in Blossoms
Flower tattoos will not fix a pair of smelly feet but they certainly will look absolutely lovely. We saw more flower foot tattoos than any other. We think they are beautiful in this top of the foot placement that cascades down from the ankle.
Express Your Ideals
Although it might be a little trite at this point, you can essentially put an inspirational plaque on your foot. “Faith, hope, and love” are things we all strive for, right? Remind yourself why you’re here with a gentle foot tattoo design like this one.
Another reason for getting a word or phrase tattooed on your foot is to remind you to take of yourself. This person has tattooed a reminder to breathe along with a representation of Ganesha, one of the most worshipped Hindu deities.
You know how we mentioned to consider the shape of the design versus the shape of the part of the body the tattoo will be going on? Notice how the geometric designs come furthest down near the big toes and then retreat as they get to the pinky? This helps make the design even more dramatic as it mimics the overall shape of the foot.
Tell a Joke
Do these feet look “bear” to you? Would you call these “bearfeet?” As we mentioned, the soles are a great place for joke tattoos or just to mess around. This person is not taking anything too seriously and has gotten a pun tattooed on their soles.
Think of Your Mental Health
We find serotonin and dopamine chemicals here that transform into flowers. Mental health tattoos like these are important for people who struggle with issues like depression or anxiety. They are gentle reminders of the chemicals imbalanced at any given time.
Wish for Luck
A lucky charm or object that means something special to you are also great things to plop on a foot. Look how fie this micro tattoo of a four-leaf clover turned out. What a dream!
You can get playful with tricky placements like this one, but you need to know that the ink will fade on the parts of this tattoo wrapping underneath the foot. Simple designs like this one always look fantastic.
The artist who imagined this feather tattoo definitely had a point of view and vision for it. All of the decorative details here make you question if this is indeed a feather. Could it not also be a plant? The warm ink colors give this design a mood unlike many others on this list.
Really, Live Your Life
We discussed a lot of ideas for foot tattoos with you and offered our advice, but you really should go with your gut. If you love Calvin and Hobbes, get a tattoo of those comic characters. Check out how cartoonish the artist has made this look with the addition of a good deal of white ink to highlight each character.
There you go! We hope you enjoyed these foot tattoo ideas and will consider some of our pointers and even some of the designs we showed you for your next tattoo. With the weather warming up, if you get a foot tattoo now it will be healed in time to enjoy the hottest months of summer. Now, be bold and decorate those tootsies!
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 Delicate & Dainty
- 2 Hidden Surprises
- 3 Complimentary Designs
- 4 Abstract, Yet Complimentary
- 5 Accentuate the Shape of the Foot
- 6 Matching Designs
- 7 Tiny Toe Rings
- 8 Any Kind of Toe Decoration, Really
- 9 Create a Mandala Moment
- 10 Go Wild With It
- 11 Nothing Too Crazy, Micro Foot Tattoos
- 12 Forever Anklet
- 13 Paint It Red
- 14 Set the Scene
- 15 Get Moody
- 16 Take It to the Ankle
- 17 Cover Them in Blossoms
- 18 Express Your Ideals
- 19 Inspire Yourself
- 20 Go Geometric
- 21 Tell a Joke
- 22 Think of Your Mental Health
- 23 Wish for Luck
- 24 Wrap It
- 25 Express Yourself!
- 26 Really, Live Your Life
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