25 Small Ankle Tattoo Ideas for the Perfect Dainty Detail

25 Small Ankle Tattoo Ideas for the Perfect Dainty Detail

If you want to add a little pep to your step, consider getting a trendy ankle tattoo. The ankle has long been a popular location for tattoos because the area is easy to conceal if you need to do so for work or other settings. Getting a dainty ankle tattoo is red hot at the moment and it seems like just about everyone is loving their little piece of skin art.

From micro tattoos to more sizeable options, the possibilities for your tattoo are endless. We decided to take a look at some of the smaller tattoos that people are getting on their ankle to help inspire you. As you might imagine, tattoos inspired by nature and wildlife are the most popular but feel free to go against the grain and get something a bit wilder if that’s your style. Here are 25 small ankle tattoo ideas to help inspire your next tat.

Lil Geranium

25 Small Ankle Tattoo Ideas for the Perfect Dainty Detail
@xiso_ink (Source)

The natural world truly offers the most impressive inspiration for tattoos. This very small tattoo of geranium flowers is super delicate and would be a welcome option for someone looking for just a touch of color.

Lil Chick

25 Small Ankle Tattoo Ideas for the Perfect Dainty Detail
@_jose_g_p_ (Source)

This very silly micro chick tattoo is not going to be for everyone. Designs like this are great options for playful individuals who aren’t taking themselves too seriously.

Micro Leaf

25 Small Ankle Tattoo Ideas for the Perfect Dainty Detail
@lilyhawkestattoo (Source)

Wow! This micro leaf tattoo is about the same size as a fingernail. If you’re not looking to go over the top, consider something similar.

Kiss of Summer

25 Small Ankle Tattoo Ideas for the Perfect Dainty Detail
@lotus_tattoo_studio (Source)

You can express an entire concept with just a few simple lines. Here, we find the sun and sea that connote all the pleasures of summer and trips to the beach.

Subtle Snake

25 Small Ankle Tattoo Ideas for the Perfect Dainty Detail
@prime_tattooer_ (Source)

This is one of the largest tattoos on this list and it’s going to be too big for some, but we loved the detail here so much we felt compelled to share it. Simple black and grey inks are often best!

Butterfly

25 Small Ankle Tattoo Ideas for the Perfect Dainty Detail
@pocatattoos (Source)

This very sharp and tidy tattoo of a butterfly would make for an excellent ankle tattoo. If you prefer to live life with a little more variety, consider getting something similar brightened up with your favorite colors.

White Hot Flame

25 Small Ankle Tattoo Ideas for the Perfect Dainty Detail
@c.b.tattoos (Source)

White ink tattoos are a megatrend in the word of tattooing now. These tattoos fade over time and there are some setbacks, but this white flame proves it’s worth the trouble to try some white ink.

Unalome Goodness

25 Small Ankle Tattoo Ideas for the Perfect Dainty Detail
@tinyt_tattoos (Source)

The unalome symbol represents the path to enlightenment in the Buddhist culture. The spirals are meant to symbolize the twists and turns in life, and the straight lines the moment one reaches enlightenment or peace and harmony. The perfect choice for an ankle tat!

Pride

25 Small Ankle Tattoo Ideas for the Perfect Dainty Detail
@bekahspicelatte (Source)

Wear your pride! This rainbow column is gorgeous and it doesn’t take up too much space. We love the way the colors blend slightly, giving an ombre effect.

Bespoke

25 Small Ankle Tattoo Ideas for the Perfect Dainty Detail
@nikastattooartistry (Source)

If there’s one thing we know about bike people, it’s that they are dedicated to telling that they’re bike people. This wheel tattoo is a perfect choice for someone looking to sport a little bicycle love.

Boo!

25 Small Ankle Tattoo Ideas for the Perfect Dainty Detail
@lucky.dees.tattoos (Source)

Ghosts aren’t just for Halloween! This adorable little spirit is the perfect size tattoo for the ankle.

Maple Leaves

25 Small Ankle Tattoo Ideas for the Perfect Dainty Detail
@m_eeks (Source)

Wow! These richly colored maple leaves make us crave pancakes! Take a look at those very fine lines used to create the shapes inside the leaves. Impressive!

Bee Mine

25 Small Ankle Tattoo Ideas for the Perfect Dainty Detail
@tattoos_lorene (Source)

Um. How is this tattoo even real? The detail here in such a tiny tat is a wonder to behold.

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We See You

25 Small Ankle Tattoo Ideas for the Perfect Dainty Detail
@lacuart (Source)

This cutesie illustrative eye is done in simple black ink with no shading. We love designs that look like symbols. This is so simple and fun!

Lotus Love

25 Small Ankle Tattoo Ideas for the Perfect Dainty Detail
@terinadee_tattoos (Source)

Do you like all of the tiny dots used to shade and shape this lotus design. Lotus tattoos are extremely popular and this small one on the ankle is a beauty.

Sing Your Song

25 Small Ankle Tattoo Ideas for the Perfect Dainty Detail
@studiobysol (Source)

Calling all music lovers! This extremely romantic tattoo of a treble clef composed of roses is pure magic. If you’re a musician or someone who just thoroughly loves music, consider a tattoo like this.

For Her Son

25 Small Ankle Tattoo Ideas for the Perfect Dainty Detail
@jackquackart (Source)

Moms are the best! This “Navy Mom” has gotten a sailor-style tattoo for her son who had recently joined the Navy. Well done.

Do the Dinosaur

25 Small Ankle Tattoo Ideas for the Perfect Dainty Detail
@alicehopetattoo (Source)

Ah! These two dinosaurs are so precious! Minimal tattoos work very well if you’re looking to get a small tattoo. These dinos are so cute!

Sparkle

25 Small Ankle Tattoo Ideas for the Perfect Dainty Detail
@tivas (Source)

If you want your tattoo to razzle-dazzle, go ahead and get some sparkle. Simple lines and a touch of white ink are all this look takes.

Bright-Eyed & Bushy-Tailed

25 Small Ankle Tattoo Ideas for the Perfect Dainty Detail
@lostworldtattoos (Source)

This very precise micro squirrel is such a doll. If you’re an animal lover, consider getting your favorite furry friend as a tattoo.

Another Mini Leaf

25 Small Ankle Tattoo Ideas for the Perfect Dainty Detail
@studiobysol (Source)

The color selection for this tattoo of a branch is magnificent. We love the way the shape of the design mirrors the curve of the ankle.

Meow

25 Small Ankle Tattoo Ideas for the Perfect Dainty Detail
@longlivethemuse__ (Source)

We tried to coin the term “cattoo” and make it a thing, but it hasn’t taken off yet… We love a cat tattoo and this black and white design is so special.

RELATED: 25 Cute Cat Tattoos, Introducing the ‘Cattoo’

A Bean!

25 Small Ankle Tattoo Ideas for the Perfect Dainty Detail
@megansancheztattoos (Source)

If we had heard about this bean tattoo before we saw it, we would never believe it could work. This very cute tattoo of a bean totally works. The person who shared it explained that it was completed manually as a stick and poke.

Smile

25 Small Ankle Tattoo Ideas for the Perfect Dainty Detail
@kat.surber.tattoos (Source)

We keep seeing teeth tattoos everywhere! We’re not mad about it, it’s just an observation. This very clean and neat molar is a fine example.

Go Wild!

25 Small Ankle Tattoo Ideas for the Perfect Dainty Detail
@nekotattooartstudio (Source)

We have no idea what this is, but we love it! We think it’s a stormcloud with faces? We love the very interesting choice in colors. Again, this one is not going to be the right size for many, but if you can go bigger, the possibilities broaden as well.

There you go! 25 small ankle tattoos that are super fun and the perfect, dainty surprise. We hope you feel inspired to get your own ink!

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