Foot tattoos are mega-popular these days as they are handsome but can be covered up easily should an occasion call for it. These designs range from small and dainty to large with tons of coverage. If you’re interested in getting a foot tattoo, there are a few things to consider: placement, shape, size, and whether you want black or colorful ink. We’ll discuss all of that and more as well as show you some awesome examples of each.
As with any tattoo, foot tattoos offer you the opportunity to get creative to come up with designs that take advantage of the body’s natural shape. From small foot tattoos to big ones, let’s take a look at some amazing designs that will help inspire your own. Let’s kick things off!
Get a Kick Out of These Amazing Foot Tattoos!
Sun & Moon
If you are getting foot tattoos on each of your feet, you might consider the classic pairing of sun and moon. As you can see in the above design, the sublime is possible.
The person who shared this image described the concept as “mom brain.” Can you relate? If you’ve ever had brain fog following pregnancy, you know that it’s very real.
You don’t have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to foot tattoos. Classic designs like butterflies are beautiful on the top of the foot.
Here’s a gorgeously applied tattoo with clean lines and fantastic shading. The placement on the center of the foot is going to be best for larger foot tattoos.
Lean into whimsy for foot tattoos that read cute and playful. These tiny cosmic shapes are such a blast and something similar will have you seeing stars.
One of our favorite foot tattoos on this list depicts a tent pitched in the wilderness with mountains and a night sky in the background. Work with a tattoo artist who has a point of view and you could walk away with a masterpiece on your foot.
A Sailor’s Tale
A little bit of history is needed to explain the chicken and pig foot tattoos. At one point the people with the most tattoos sailed the seas as a trade. Sailors would get a chicken and a pig tattooed on their feet as a good luck charm that would protect them from drowning. The “logic” behind these foot tattoos was that both farm animals hate being in the water and they would deliver a sailor in the water to shore faster.
Watercolor tattoos are a huge trend today. The technique mimics watercolor paint with elements that look like pooling and splatter. This gorgeous nature scene is the perfect example of how it is done right.
For a delicate tattoo, request fine lines and light details. The result will be a feminine look that looks like it’s floating on air.
Take a close look at this tattoo and you will see that the textural look of it comes from hundreds of tiny dots. Dotwork is an important shading technique that tattoo artists employ to add more visual interest.
Ornamental foot tattoos are very common today. The bold, black shapes of this tattoo look fancy and sophisticated, almost like a piece of jewelry.
“As above, so below,” this foot tattoo says. It’s a fun design that plays with symmetry to complete the concept described in the phrase.
Two mega-trends today are micro tattoos and single-line tattoos. We find a tattoo that checks both boxes in this tiny tattoo of elephants that’s been completed with just one line. Stunning!
Hallmarks of traditional tattooing are simple shapes, bold colors, and thick lines. All three are on display in this neo-traditional design of a swallow, heart, and flower.
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Wow! Take a look at these huge, matching foot tattoos. We find the most beautiful fox and flower in each. If you want to go big, it totally works on the feet.
How cute is this little avocado with a face and rosy cheeks? Favorite foods make for super sweet tattoos when you have the right concept.
Wow! Isn’t this poopy scene with birds so special? The placement and shape of the design are perfect for the top of the foot as the top is wide at the bloom and tapers in toward the toes.
Ready for This Jelly
Foot tattooed that fall from the ankle to the foot are wildly popular today. This handsome jellyfish is a great example of how you can get a dramatic and breathtaking design that covers both areas.
As a Dream
One of our favorite foot tattoos on this list finds a bird with some exciting plumage. The color scheme of only cool colors with blues and purples looks fantastic and feels intentional. This design is all about shape as well which turned out fantastically.
More Feathery Fun
Fancy a tickle? This peacock feather is a gorgeous addition to the top of the foot. Feather tattoos are wildly popular today so know if you get one, you’ll be in very good company.
Turning to architecture to inspire your tattoos is always a good idea. In fact, a lot of people choose to get cathedral tattoos. This one’s shape is perfect and accentuates the natural shape of the foot.
She’s a Lady
Ladybugs are considered a symbol of good luck and due to this, many people choose to have them tattooed on their bodies. This stunning design is unlike any we’ve seen before with bold shapes and an attractive color gradient on the wings.
Is this the best cat tattoo you’ve ever seen? We imagine it’s up there! Take a look at how the artist has used white ink to highlight the design and make it really pop. What a dream!
Animals and elements from nature are always great ideas for tattoos as they celebrate the natural world and keep us grounded. This turtle looks like it’s swimming in air.
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We don’t expect most who are considering foot tattoos are wanting one that goes all the way up the leg but these goldfish were just so handsome we had to share this design with you.
We find a snail with crystals and some botanical elements in this charming design. With tattoos, the weirder the better. Express yourself through this art the best way you know how.
Clean work is dream work when it comes to tattoos. These very clean, bold lines stand out and will also stand the test of time. We also recommend blasting a big flower over your foot as it’s a very cool look.
If you appreciate modern art, consider requesting an abstract design that puts emotion above form. We’re getting liquid vibes from this beautiful tattoo that manages to perfectly balance warm and cool colors.
Old-school portrait tattoos also called “lady faces” are still a popular option today and they have been for decades. Simple lines applied with care result in an evocative and timeless look.
We leave you with an ornamental design that utilizes just black lines for a fantastic result. This diamond shape is unique but works very well on the top of the foot in this placement. Consider something similar for a showstopping design.
Wow! Did these foot tattoos leave you wanting some ink? We certainly hope you found some of these designs attractive and will consider something similar for your very own tattoo. There’s no right or wrong way to go about foot tattoo designs as long as you’re being true to yourself and expressing your unique point of view.
Andrew is an Assistant Editor for Mamas Uncut with over ten years of experience as a writer in the creative, marketing, and blogging spaces. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a passion for telling stories in a variety of mediums. Obsessively making lists, reporting celebrity news, and diving into emerging pop cultural topics are a few of his interests.
- 1 Get a Kick Out of These Amazing Foot Tattoos!
- 1.1 Sun & Moon
- 1.2 “Mom Brain”
- 1.3 Butterfly
- 1.4 Gripping
- 1.5 Cosmic
- 1.6 The Campsite
- 1.7 A Sailor’s Tale
- 1.8 Watercolor Wonder
- 1.9 Fine Lines
- 1.10 Dots
- 1.11 Ornamental
- 1.12 As Above…
- 1.13 A Micro-Moment
- 1.14 Love
- 1.15 Foxy
- 1.16 Kawaii Avocado
- 1.17 Popping Poppy
- 1.18 Ready for This Jelly
- 1.19 As a Dream
- 1.20 More Feathery Fun
- 1.21 Castle
- 1.22 She’s a Lady
- 1.23 Meow
- 1.24 Turtle Time
- 1.25 Stay Golden
- 1.26 Snail’d It
- 1.27 Only Peony
- 1.28 Abstract
- 1.29 Berry Queen
- 1.30 Clean
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