33 Awesome Ankle Tattoo Ideas for Everyone in 2023
There’s something about ankle tattoos that evokes the idea of playfulness and sensuality, after all, the ankle was sexualized in the late 1800s (scandalous, I know), but this isn’t a history lesson, this is an article focused on the ankle as the perfect placement for your next tattoo.
But before you go and get your own ankle tattoo, let us help guide you in choosing the perfect piece of ink. Below we’ll show you the daintiest, most-unique, and most attractive ankle tattoo ideas of 2023. You’ll surely be inspired with the perfect idea of which tattoo style to get, as well as where to get tattooed on your body.
With that said, let’s begin.
Stunning Korean-Inspired Crane Tattoo On the Ankle
Welcome to another list of tattoos to inspire you, on the agenda today are ankle tattoos. First up, we have this gorgeous Traditional Korean style crane tattoo on the back of the ankle. The thing that stands out the most about this piece is the bold colors, the gradient of the turquoise is absolutely breathtaking. Did I mention how cool the placement is? I can’t imagine how painful it must have been!
Lovely Botanical Ankle Tattoo
Here we have a lovely botanical tattoo done in a very unique style, there’s a hint of Neo Traditional and Illustrative, together they work well. I like how the tattoo has been placed on the ankle, it flows nicely, just keep in mind how soft the skin is on this spot, it’s definitely going to be spicy.
Dainty Script Tattoo On the Ankle
I wish I knew what this tattoo said, unfortunately, I don’t but how neat is it? A little-known fact about script is as simple as people might think it is to tattoo, it can actually be one of the most difficult styles because if you get it wrong it’s not easy to fix, so credit to the artist for doing such a great job!
Awesome Traditional Korean Ocean and Sun Ankle Tattoo
Alright, this tattoo is possibly the coolest one so far, I adore the simplicity, which is what makes it so impressive. Not only is it simple, but the way the artist used the colors creates depth, and even better, there was no need for white ink because the artist used the client’s skin to create the white foam. Another cool thing about these pieces is the fact that they wrap around the ankle and create a band, nice work!
Gorgeous Custom Seashell and Ferns Ankle Tattoo
Ferns and shells, what an unusual combination but wow do they look pretty together. I like the contrast between the ferns, the way they’ve been done truly makes them stand out. Aun, the artist behind this glorious piece did a fantastic job, if you ever find yourself in Thailand, give Panumart a visit!
Adorable Purple Daisy Tattoo On the Ankle
This micro ankle tattoo is the sweetest little thing, the purple is so striking and complements the yellow and green beautifully. The placement is perfect, especially because the stem bends slightly, if you like dainty tattoos this is the ideal ankle tattoo for you.
Awesome Black and Gray Sword and Moon Tattoo
This sword and moon tattoo is incredibly elegant, the way the artist managed to get so much detail into such a small spot is spectacular. The addition of the white highlights gives this piece that little sparkle it needed. Truly a phenomenal ankle tattoo.
Feminine Botanical Black and Gray Ankle Tattoo
There seems to be a pattern when it comes to ankle tattoos, they’re mostly elegant, and this one is no exception. I love the soft shading in the leaves and how dainty the stem is these two elements complement each other really well. Placing botanical tattoos on the ankle is a great idea, especially when the design is curved.
Delicate Ornamental Ankle Tattoo
Okay, as much as I really like this style and how fine it is, the only issue with this style is how light it is. Over time, especially on the ankle, this tattoo will fade significantly and the first to fade, unfortunately, will be the tiny dots. Regardless, this is still a stunning piece and looks lovely on the ankle.
Pretty Micro Fineline Rose Tattoo On the Ankle
We have another floral design and it’s a classic, the rose. I really like that the artist went with a realistic style, the details the shading creates are exceptional, keep in mind how difficult it can be to shade such a compact space. The placement was smart, it’s not directly above the foot so it will have a better chance of not needing touch-ups in the future.
Lovely Micro Unalome and Lotus Ankle Tattoo
We have another classic, the Unalome and lotus, okay it’s not quite a classic yet but it’s definitely a popular choice nowadays. The artist has an impressively steady hand because there is not a single line that’s out of place. I’m liking the hint of color in the lotus, it gives this design a personal touch.
Precious Micro Butterflies and Flower Ankle Tattoo
There’s something about this piece that makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. It gives the feel of Spring, at least in my opinion. The hint of blue in the butterflies is brought out by the bright yellow in the flower, coming together to create this stunning dance of nature’s beauties.
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Cool Drop Shadow Script Tattoo On the Ankle
The cool drop shadow effect was well thought out, it fits in perfectly with the main number and is a great way to incorporate special dates without having to get them individually. Placing it vertically was also a good choice as numbers are usually placed horizontally.
Lovely Micro Feminine Floral Heart Ankle Tattoo
Here we have a sweet little heart wreath, now I know wreaths are round but this made me think of one immediately. I love the color palette and the fact that the artist didn’t use any black ink in this design but kept a realistic “border” to make the flowers look real. Tiny tattoos that have a lot of detail in them are always so impressive to me, this one takes the cake so far.
Gorgeous Fineline Ornamental Tattoo On Woman’s Ankle
Fineline tattoos are ideal for people that want to keep things simple but also like things to be a little more feminine. The biggest issue with this style on the ankle area is fading, as I’ve mentioned before. A tattoo as dainty as this will not last so, if you’re going for a similar style, make sure to darken up the linework.
Beautiful Micro Floral Ankle Tattoo
Here we have some more pretty flowers that look absolutely stunning on the ankle, I adore the way they flow with the shape of the client’s ankle and they’re placed in an area that won’t be affected by wearing socks and shoes. With it being a color tattoo, the chances of fading are high because there’s no bold outline so keep this placement in mind for your next piece, especially if it’s color realism or micro.
Cool Blackork Abstract Ankle Tattoo
Impressive Night Sky Scenery Tattoo On the Ankle
When I say this tattoo is impressive, I truly mean it. The details in the sky and the way the artist blended the colors are so smooth and flows gracefully into each other. Because of the size, there might be a chance of fading and smudging so I suggest going slightly bigger if you’re taking inspiration from this one.
Handpoked Symbol Ankle Bracelet Tattoo
I love bracelet and band tattoos, they have such an awesome aesthetic about them. This handpoked design has a touch of tribal to it, which I am absolutely loving. Keep in mind that if you’re going to a handpoke artist, make sure they know what they’re doing and that they are sanitary, it’s still a tattoo after all.
Dainty Sagittarius Constellation and Arrow Ankle Tattoo
How pretty is this zodiac tattoo? The way the artist incorporated the constellation is flawless, it works perfectly with the arrow, and the colors are just to die for. This is the epitome of fem, take inspiration from it if you’re wanting to keep things dainty and pretty.
Elegant Belle Ankle Tattoo
Beauty and the Beast is one of those Disney movies that everyone loves, so why not get something pretty and simple to commemorate your love for it? What I really like is the fact that you can see who the character is at first glance. Great work by the Korean artist Gigi.
Feminine Ornamental Foot and Ankle Tattoo
This ornamental ankle tattoo draws inspiration from various styles, including cultural motifs, and geometric patterns. I like that it incorporates a combination of soft linework, intricate dotwork, and solid black ink packing to bring the design to life. 10/10!
Lovely Little Pink Flower Tattoo On the Ankle
Okay, it’s clear that flowers are the most popular ankle tattoos, and for good reason, they look good on the ankle. This isn’t your conventional watercolor tattoo and I adore that. The artist created a pastel palette by diluting ink and I think they did a fantastic job!
Dainty Fineline Floral Tattoo On Woman’s Ankle
I love how delicate this rose tattoo is. It exudes elegance and beauty, symbolizing love, and femininity. The rose blossoms gracefully on the ankle onto the foot and the way it trickles onto the foot is simply gorgeous. Everything about this ankle tattoo is perfect.
Fine Script Ankle Tattoo
I’m not entirely sure what the script says but what I do know is I like how finely done it is. Each stroke is carefully articulated, transforming this ankle tattoo into a personal mantra, perhaps a reminder of strength, love, or a cherished memory. Credit to the artist for pulling this off, it looks incredible.
Micro Cat Porrait Tattoo On the Ankle
This stunning micro cat portrait tattoo on the ankle is exceptionally well done. The whiskers, eyes, and ears are meticulously etched, memorializing the unique personality of this beloved furry friend, making it a cherished piece of wearable art. Did I mention that the ankle was absolutely ideal for this piece? It’s all in the shape.
Awesome Polynesian Ankle Wrap Tattoo
Here we have a mesmerizing display of tribal patterns, inspired by the rich cultural heritage of the Pacific Islands. Symbolic meaning intertwines, telling stories of courage, heritage, and spirituality, creating a captivating and timeless adornment on the ankle. I truly adore the way the tattoo flows around the ankle bone.
Gorgeous Matching Friendship Ankle Tattoos
Matching friendship tattoos are always a great way to show your best friend what they mean to you. These matching tats are nicely done, the linework is fine and the details are intricate, kudos to the artist for getting them to look almost identical, that takes some serious skill.
Pretty Neo Traditional Rose Tattoo On the Ankle
Here’s another pretty rose tattoo on the ankle and boy, I can’t get enough of it. The muted colors are a typical characteristic of the Neo-Traditional style that enhances the elaborate detailing, while simultaneously creating a fusion of old-school charm and contemporary flair. The extra blood splashes are pretty bad ass if I say so myself.
Badass Blackwork Illustrative Raven Ankle Tattoo
This badass black raven tattoo illustrates mystique and allure as it swoops swiftly on the skin. The monochrome palette adds a touch of darkness and intrigue. The raven often symbolizes intelligence, intuition, and the enigmatic nature of the raven’s presence.
Nana Manga-Inspired Lotus Ankle Tattoo
Hey Manga fans, here’s a little bit of nostalgia for you, this lotus is inspired by the Japanese Manga series Nana. Now, I’m not too familiar with the series myself, but having a look at some examples from the manga, the artist did a stellar job. The softness of the color packing is so smooth, I love how the petals are broken up by the hints of shading rather than a solid outline.
Unique Floral Ornmanetal Ankle Tattoo
Look at how colorful this ankle tattoo is! The best part is they’re not bright colors, but muted, and yet, they stand out beautifully. It kind of reminds me of the patterns you’d find on Turkish rugs, there’s definitely some cultural influence here. Great choice of colors, each of them complements the next.
Feminine Floral Fineline Ankle Tattoo
We’ve reached the end of our list and the final tattoo is a beauty. The rose has such an innocent meaning, making it a positive imagine to adorn your body with. I like that the artist went with a fineline style, it’s the perfect style for a floral design. Also. how gorgeous is the placement? It truly frames the ankle well.
We hope you found what you were looking for, if not, remember, there are plenty more inspiration lists for you to enjoy. Until next time, happy inking!