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Flower ankle tattoo

Ankle Tattoo Design Ideas

Ankles make great places for tattoos. You can show off your body art when you want, and you can cover it with socks, boots or pants when you don't. Use this gallery for ideas and inspiration, but don't hesitate to customize your design. You'll always be happier with a tat that reflects your own personality and taste.

Butterfly tattoo on ankle; © Danny Hooks at Dreamstime

Butterfly Tattoos

Butterflies are decidedly feminine, and they can represent a variety of concepts. You could use one to symbolize rebirth, metamorphosis, a new beginning, or even revealing the 'new' or 'true' you.

Asian script ankle tattoo

Asian-Inspired Tattoo

Asian characters/writing can make very meaningful tattoos. However, it's important to research the characters you want to use so you're sure you understand their correct meanings. It's also a good idea to consult a tattoo artist who specializes in this genre before you commit to ink.

Matching ankle tattoos

Matching Tattoos

Why stop at one ankle? Matching bracelet tattoos can look terrific. Your artist just needs to make sure that both tattoos look good as a pair and individually.

Tribal ankle tattoo; © Elena Yakusheva

Sexy Tribal-Style Tattoo

Tribal tattoos, like these entwined tribal dragons, can make incredibly fierce and sexy ankle art. This type of design isn't for everyone, but it might work for you if you have a bold personality.

Lotus ankle tattoo

Lotus Tattoo

Lotus blooms have religious significance to both Buddhists and Hindus. If you choose to add any script to your design, be sure you and your artist understand its meaning.

Foot and ankle tattoo

Foot and Ankle Tattoo

If you're feeling particularly adventurous, you might consider a combination foot and ankle tattoo. The designs don't have to be identical, but it's usually best if they complement each other in some way. For instance, both might use the same ink color or they might be from the same style genre. There are no rules, so it's all good as long as you love the look.

Double heart tattoo

Two Hearts

For a simple, flirty ankle look, it's all about the hearts. A double heart design like this one could symbolize you're part of a couple, and it's far less risky than a couple's tattoo that mentions partners by name. You'll never have to worry about needing to get your ink removed because you're no longer with someone.

Rose ankle tattoo

Romantic Rose Tattoo

Nothing says romance like a red rose. A tattoo like this could symbolize a partner or simply the belief in everlasting love. The length of the stem also gives the illusion of longer legs, so consider that a bonus.

Tribal star ankle tattoo

Tribal Star

A tribal star tattoo can look downright chic on an ankle. There's more than one way to draw this design, so ask your tattoo artist to show you different types of tribal stars before you make a final choice for your design.

Vine bracelet tattoo

Vine Bracelet Tattoo

Vines naturally wrap around whatever's handy, so why not your ankle? A little splash of color makes this design even more attractive. Even though this vine looks rather feminine, it's possible to create a more masculine-looking design for a man.

Tribal ankle tattoo; © Ramon Grosso

Ankle Tattoos for Everyone

Whether you choose a tribal tattoo like the one pictured here or some other genre, you have so many options available to you. Even though ankle tattoos are often considered more for women, men can wear them equally well if they choose the right design. If this is the tattoo placement you want, don't let anything hold you back!

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