Ankle Tattoos like you’ve NEVER seen them. These are the hottest ankle tattoos out there. See who’s currently the top ankle tat artist working today. ENJOYHow does that old song go that taught us the basics of the skeletal system? The leg bone is connected to the…foot bone. While it is a little (okay a lot) more complicated than that, the ankle connects the foot to the leg. It creates a nice little hinge so the foot can flex up and down. The ankle area, for the sake of this post of ankle tattoos we’ll call it a region as opposed to just the joint itself, is a popular place to “hide” tattoos. A lot of tattoo owners like to be able to have a discreet place to put their tattoos so they can be easily covered. The ankle provides the perfect setting for an easily hidden piece of artwork.
While a majority of ankle tattoos are simplistic, given the small surface area to work with, there are many examples of creative, more complicated pieces as well. We will see many traditional themes including anchors, hearts, crosses, etc make their way into this post. Some of the works we will look at will involve the ankle and also the lower leg. Let’s dive in to ankle tattoos and all they have to offer, shall we?
The detail on this tiny elephant is actually quite impressive, given his size. Tiny elephants are such an ironic tattoo.
Tiny tattoos and ankle tattoos seemingly go hand in hand, or foot and foot. This little cactus is just that: a little cactus.
48. Beautiful Anklet
Another popular design element of ankle tattoos is the play on an ankle bracelet. This one is a henna piece, rather than a permanent tattoo but is equally impressive.
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47. Window Dressing
This piece reminds me a lot of a window sconce. It combines a bit of tribal and a bit of the mehndi look.
A classic feather rests just behind the ankle in this piece. It looks like it might tickle!
45. Hummingbird in Color
Hummingbirds are a common tattoo element and this one is stunning for its watercolor look.
44. Lazy Days
Palm tree ankle tattoos go perfectly with those boat shoes. There is something about a palm that just makes me want to take a nap.
43. Moon in Two Phases
Ankle tattoos are also very popular for couples or friends tattoos. While these two aren’t exactly matching, the moon in different phases is clearly a form of partner tattoo.
42. Leopard Print
Talk about always having an accessory. No need for leopard print heels when you have leopard print ankle tattoos.
41. Run for It
These ankle tattoos fly. I wonder if the owner of these is a sprinter or some other kind of track athlete.
Many ankle tattoos speak to the interest or a favorite hobby of their owner. Maybe this one enjoys science?
Here we have another anklet, this one adorned with beautiful pearls.
Simple, yet beautiful. A strand of flowers adorns this ankle. There could not be a more feminine look.
Ankle tattoos are often quite simple. However, this arrow does a good job of adding some character to a very simple design.
Everyone knows the Ctrl Alt Del trick. One can only assume that this guy works in IT somewhere.
Simple put this is a lion. Many ankle tattoos seem totally random just based on placement alone.
The olive branch wreath goes back to Roman times and symbolizes many things throughout history. Most frequently an olive branch refers to some for of peace.
33. Beach Scene
Ankle tattoos can often be found just above the ankle, given the wider surface area. This piece manages to squeeze an entire beach scene into this area.
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32. Anchors Aweigh
The anchor is a classic tattoo and this simple version could not be more classic. Again, ankle tattoos lend themselves to very simple classic designs.
31. Hummingbird in Blue
This hummingbird is colored in a very natural green and blue.
30. Tribal Band
This ankle band is has a classic tribal look to it. Ankle bands are quite popular ankle tattoos.
29. Mermaid Tail
The mermaid seems to be diving into the shoe. Maybe it’s Ariel looking for that damned crab.
These are very thick traditional bands. This is probably tribal in nature.
27. He Loves Me
This simple flower rests along the lower leg. Some ankle tattoos start at the ankle and work their way up the leg.
26. Surfs Up
Headed for the waves! This tattoo lets us know what this guy is into. A popular use for ankle tattoos is a simplistic piece that speaks to the owners personality versus a larger artistic piece.
25. Fox Outline
This simple fox holds watch over the ankle. Foxes are a popular tattoo character.
24. Bionic Ankle
When you get tired of that nagging ankle pain after running, simply replace it with a robotic version.
This wolf is after something! Ankle tattoos often run up toward the calf.
22. Carry On
These ankle tattoos have a message for all who care to read. Sometimes, you just have to pick yourself up and carry on!
21. Hill Town
This piece leaves a lot up to interpretation. To me, it appears as a small town at the foothills of a mountain range. What do you see?
20. World Map
If you ever wonder where a certain continent is, just take a look at this ankle tattoo. Maps are another popular item found in tattoos.
19. Flower Power
A beautiful black and white floral piece adorns the back of the ankle. Gemstone accents can take ankle tattoos to the next level.
This ankle tattoo includes a globe shaped version of a world map. The earth is accurately on its axis in this piece.
Unfortunately this compass won’t help you in the wild. We see a lot of maps and directional references among ankle tattoos.
Here we have a matching ankle tattoos scenario. I’m not sure what this translates into but we can assume it’s something lovey dovey.
16. Baby Elephant
Elephants are another popular tattoo subject and, ironically, are found in smaller spaces like ankle tattoos. This little guy looks like a ton of fun. Get it? Ton? Elephant? Yeah, you get it.
15. Sleep Kitty
This kitten rests atop the ankle in this clever piece of work. The pink almost looks like watercolor work.
14. Put a Bow On It
This foot is wrapped up with a bow. Ankle tattoos often circumscribe the ankle with a string or bow.
13. Upside Down
Some ankle tattoos or a bit…odd. I am not sure what animal is hanging upside down here. Maybe a pig before a traditional feast of some kind?
12. Ankle Wing
This wing, which looks like it might belong to a crow, seems to be attached to the ankle itself.
11. Classic Anchor
The anchor tattoo is admittedly a classic and finds its way into many ankle tattoos.
10. Circular Arrow
This arrow tattoo winds its way around the entire leg. It has a bit of a tribal look to it but remains quite simple.
9. Geometric Fox
This cute little fox was designed using various geometric shapes. A unique design incorporating a popular tattoo character.
While this design may be random it is reminiscent of a sunflower. This tattoo includes the lower leg and the foot, as do many ankle tattoos.
7. Simple Leaves
While very simple, this piece is beautiful in its own right. The fact that it is green certainly provides the pop required.
6. Give Me Wings
This dramatic set of wings borders on an angel wings tattoo. It flows right into the ankle joint itself.
5. Sunflower and Stem
One can only be extremely curious what the 1021 stands for. Maybe its the pin number for her ATM card?
4. Rocky Mountain High
If these mountains turn blue, head inside to the fire. These mountains are very reminiscent of the ones found on a popular brand of beer.
3. Forest Line
Can you see the ankle tattoos for the trees? Is that how the saying goes?
Pineapple is a wonderful tropical fruit. It also, historically, is a symbol of welcoming. Often you will see small pineapple sculptures outside southern homes as a sign that all are welcome to visit.
1. The Crown
Another popular subject in tattoo art is the crown. This is another example of how simple ankle tattoos can incorporate classic elements of tattoo art.
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