This year, we have seen the resurgence of ankle tattoos as a trend. Ankle tattoos have come back in all types of designs, from lean designs or scripts to full anklet bands (hello ‘90s!). To get one of these ankle tattoos, though, will take some commitment – getting ink done is generally painful, depending on the exact placement. But the result is totally worth it if you love the look.
If there’s a design you’ve always wanted to get tattooed on your body but have been too worried about future repercussions, the ankle is the perfect place since you can easily hide it with your socks or boots! If you feel ready to embrace this ‘90s ankle tattoo trend, here is a list of 51 great ankle tattoo ideas for women to get your brain working!
1. Slim Lettering Ankle Tattoo
This ankle tattoo design is perfect if you have a phrase that you want to carry with you wherever you go. In a lovely, cute font, it’s perfectly feminine and simple. Whatever words you choose, you can personalize the font details to suit your style!
2. Paw Prints Ankle Tattoo
If you’re a dog lover, this teeny ankle tattoo is a great design, especially if you had or have any unforgettable pets in your life. It’s a super cute tattoo idea and could be a great commemoration as well.
3. Puppy Face Ankle Tattoo
Speaking of pet commemorations, this adorable dog ankle tattoo will put a smile on your face every time you look at it. Using a cute picture or a picture of that special dog in your life, if you’re a dog lover you’ll love this ankle tattoo.
4. Diamond Heart Ankle Tattoo
Following the classic ankle tattoo femininity, this diamond-shaped heart ankle tattoo is cute and geometric, so it’s interesting to look at. It’s super subtle yet also vibrant in its own way. The heart on top makes it totally adorable as well!
5. Oh, Deer! Ankle Tattoo
This cute and simple deer sketch ankle tattoo is perfect for women who love the outdoors or just the idea of deer in nature in general. It’s a simple silhouette, so it won’t take long at all to ink up the area, leaving you with this adorable new ankle tattoo.
6. Compass Ankle Tattoo
This straight-lined ankle tattoo is sleek and easy, with adorably scaled icons to bring the design to life. If you’re always getting lost, maybe this design will help in a pinch! Regardless, the design is super cute and chic.
7. Sleeping Cat Ankle Tattoo
Who doesn’t melt at the sight of a napping kitten? This ankle tattoo idea is all about keeping that cute little image close at hand – or, rather, foot in this case! It’s a good bet you won’t live to regret a cat tattoo if you love them this much.
8. Puppy Body Ankle Tattoo
The only bad thing about this ankle tattoo idea is that you can’t actually rub the puppy’s belly. Regardless, this is a cute tattoo for dog lovers that will keep you smiling whenever you look at it, especially if you have a special breed that always puts you in a good mood.
9. Lavender Sprig Ankle Tattoo
This is a sweet ankle tattoo that frames your anklebone with feminine lavender. The colors are lovely and will add an extra little something to your footwear, especially if your kicks are white, as shown here.
10. Encircled Arrow Ankle Tattoo
Arrows are already one of the most used tattoo designs, and this is a sharp execution of it. The vertical arrow is interesting to look at and the blue wrapping around it is a beautiful deep shade that adds just a bit of color to your everyday look.
11. Cat Friends Ankle Tattoo
Who says “crazy cat ladies” can’t be trendy? With ankle tattoos trending and cats always being a huge hit, putting the two together is a natural combination. You can get your favorite types of cats in adorable poses.
12. Whale Map Ankle Tattoo
This ink is feminine and colorful in perfect balance. It features the world map with a cute whale cutting through and across, all with a lovely blue color in the background. It’s a fun design that’s also super simple and perfect for an ankle tattoo.
13. Fox and Flower Ankle Tattoo
Flowers are a go-to ankle tattoo idea. What really makes this design special is the adorable fox at the center. Putting the two together, you have a feminine ankle tattoo design that’s simple and cute enough that it won’t get old.
14. Freedom Flower Ankle Tattoo
At first look, this is just a beautiful flower design with a swirling stem. Looking deeper, though, shows that the stem is really made of a beautifully scripted “Freedom,” giving not only a great look, but also a great meaning to this lovely purple ankle tattoo.
15. Zodiac Compass Ankle Tattoo
This ankle tattoo is centered around a strikingly detailed golden compass surrounded by a scorpion and koi fish in the iconic yin-yang shape. This brings together Scorpio and Pisces in the image, along with some beautiful blue detailing.
16. Baby’s Breath Ankle Tattoo
For the woman with a sweetly feminine fashion sense, this delicate baby’s breath design is a great ankle tattoo idea. It’s a simple black outline of the flowers, and will keep all of your outfits looking freshly feminine.
17. Four-Leaf Clover Ankle Tattoo
This adorable ankle tattoo will bring luck to you in your daily life. If you’re ever finding yourself having a rough day, you can look down at the deep green clover on your ankle and it’s sure to turn your day around, starting with a smile!
18. Floral Anklet Tattoo
This cute ankle tattoo idea wraps a string of flowers around the ankle, like an anklet. This pictures shows pink and blue in a soft and feminine design; you can take two of your favorite complementing colors to create your own perfect ankle tattoo.
19. Dreamcatcher Ankle Tattoo
This is another common tattoo design, and putting it on your ankle makes it that much more feminine. The design has its intricacies through detailed embellishments, which keep things delicate while still being an in-depth ankle tattoo.
20. Palm Tree Ankle Tattoo
This is an ankle tattoo idea for those of us who would just love to take a vacation and lay out on the beach – or for those who live there year round! This is a surprisingly in-depth beach scene, so you can enjoy the scenery wherever you are.
21. Unicorn Ankle Tattoo
If you love mystical unicorns, this might be your dream ankle tattoo idea. It’s cute and created in lovely signature unicorn colors. This ankle tattoo will also be a daily reminder that you’re just as unique and fabulous as that little unicorn!
22. Hydrangea Ankle Tattoo
Another floral ankle tattoo, this is a lovely, realistic hydrangea design. The purple and green shades are beautiful and spot on for the flowers; there’s no better way to show a little love for the beautiful flowers.
23. Gemstone Moon Ankle Tattoo
The texture of the moon in this ankle tattoo is absolutely stunning. The overall design makes for an interesting yet refined tattoo with enamoring colors. The gem adds in some mysticism to the ethereal moon.
24. Animated Fox Ankle Tattoo
This is a beautifully colored tattoo, to begin with; more importantly, the fox is absolutely adorable. If you’re trying to find a cute tattoo that will never fail to make you smile, this animated baby fox is sure to do the trick.
25. Hydrangea Script Ankle Tattoo
Here is another flower tattoo with a scripted stem, this time with hydrangeas. The word “simple” is featured in this ankle tattoo, and it is especially lovely as the word begins to fade away toward the heel.
26. Cute Font Ankle Tattoo
Sometimes bringing childish aspects into your permanent style is the best idea. This cute tattoo with font reminiscent of grade school is colorful, cheerful, and all-around adorable. It’s a cute ankle tattoo with great meaning and purpose behind it.
27. Flying Fish Ankle Tattoo
This ankle tattoo is really graceful and charming. The colors are nice and simple, and it’s subtle without being too unnoticeable. It’s a sweet design that will look great peeking from under a pair of rolled up boyfriend jeans.
28. Teeny Elephant Ankle Tattoo
This is one of the most basic and adorable ankle tattoos on this list. It’s a simple outline of a baby elephant, so it won’t take long at all to ink up. Plus, it will look cute with any style, from a dress and heels to cropped pants and canvas shoes.
29. Treble Clef Ankle Tattoo
If music is a big part of your life, you’ll love this super sweet ankle tattoo. With graceful sweeps and a curled off end, this design is super easy and will show your love of making music in a trendy and subtle place.
30. Mini Space Ankle Tattoo
This ankle tattoo is totally out of this world. The miniature space objects are adorable, especially the planet, and it’s super easy to add on to if you decide you want to expand your solar system, with more stars, moons, and planets.
31. Around the World Ankle Tattoo
If you’re a jetsetter or an aspiring world traveler, this is a great small ankle tattoo idea to keep up with the latest trend. The teeny plane circling the globe is an adorable representation of your love of travel.
32. Banner Text Ankle Tattoo
If you have a small phrase you keep close to your heart, you might want to consider putting it on a banner, as shown in this lovely ankle tattoo. It’s a cute text frame that knows no age, so put your favorite words inside.
33. Goldfish Ankle Tattoo
This chubby-cheeked goldfish is such a cute ankle tattoo idea. The partial coloring gives the design some easy depth to the look. It’s pretty, and the looseness of the tailfin gives the illusion of flowing motion as well.
34. Lotus Ankle Tattoo
This ankle tattoo uses raw color without framing, so the edges are totally soft. There’s no bold outline around the petals or the stem, so everything runs together like a beautiful watercolor painting, all as a lovely ankle tattoo.
35. Camel Ankle Tattoo
This fabulous camel is a great ankle tattoo idea. Between the smiling camel’s posture and the colorful adornments on its body, this ankle tattoo has a bit of good humor in it while being just an overall great image for someone to tattoo.
36. Pug Ankle Tattoo
This cute pug is adorable, but it’s his red, polka-dot bandana around his neck that makes it such a nice ankle tattoo idea. The detailing of his face is in depth, while the contrasting colors make for an interesting interplay, especially since his body isn’t shaded in.
37. Watercolor Birds Ankle Tattoo
These birds were beautifully created in watercolor shades suited for a dreamy sunset. This ankle tattoo will add a splash of color to your ankle, so when it pops up above your socks or shoes, it’ll be a lovely surprise.
38. Swallow Ankle Tattoo
Birds are a common go-to tattoo design choice; this detailed swallow, though, makes for an ankle tattoo idea that is extraordinary. It’s a classic drawing of the bird flying translated onto the ankle, so you can carry that iconic image with you always.
39. Lighthouse Diamond Ankle Tattoo
All in a compact diamond, this ankle tattoo gives you an entire lighthouse scene. There’s the lighthouse itself, complete with window detailing and barbershop pole stripes, rolling waves surrounding it, and even the light cutting through the sky.
40. Watermelon Ankle Tattoo
This adorable ankle tattoo idea is summer-ready and totally yummy. With this small design inked on your ankle, you’ll be able to remember summer even on the coldest winter days. The design is perfectly finished off with seeds and a bite taken out of it.
41. Jellyfish Ankle Tattoo
These twin jellyfish look cute on their own, but they will look even better with socks and/or shoes on due to the design. The position on the foot will make the jellyfish look like they’re coming right out of the top of your footwear, adding in just a bit of good humor to the designs.
42. Anchor Ankle Tattoo
This has been such a common trend in recent years, in both everyday fashion and tattoos, so of course it had to make this list. Bring together this trend with the ankle tattoo trend, and you have a cute little design to show off year round.
43. Orca Universe Tattoo
Bring the ocean and space together with this cute and interesting ankle tattoo idea. The two killer whales here are circling around a planet, complete with stars in the background. This is another expandable tattoo that can grow if you decide you want more than just a simple ankle tattoo.
44. Ice Cream Anklet Tattoo
This is a more elaborate design, with both the anklet and the charm being tattooed here. The design revolves around making the anklet as realistic as possible to go well with the cute ice cream charm. You can swap out the cone with whatever cute charm idea you have for the perfect ankle tattoo for you!
45. Thin Flower Ankle Tattoo
Another simple, thin stem of flowers, these ankle tattoo ideas are just adorable. If you know you want a little something inked up on your ankle and you have a feminine everyday style, a simple floral design like this would be a nice choice for you.
46. Feather Anklet Tattoo
Another detailed anklet tattoo, the one pictured here shows how realistic such tattoos can be at a distance. At a glance, you’d think it was just a trendy anklet – that just means major props for the tattoo artist! Done well, these are the most stunning tattoos.
47. Needle & Thread Ankle Tattoo
The irony of this ankle tattoo is that you’re using a tattoo needle to ink a picture of a needle onto your ankle. This is a super cute design, especially for those who love to sew. The detailing shown here makes it a stunning ankle tattoo in the end.
48. Chubby Bunny Ankle Tattoo
This is another totally adorable animal ankle tattoo idea that will have you smiling every time you look at it. The lack of detailing just makes the rabbit that much cuter, with minimal shading used to add a bit of definition to the cute chubby bunny.
49. Peter Pan Forever Ankle Tattoo
Disney lovers will fall in love with this Peter Pan infinity ankle tattoo idea. Peter and the three Darling children are shown making up half of the infinity sign, flying to Neverland. It’s a deceptively simple ankle tattoo that can really hold a lot of meaning.
50. World Map Ankle Tattoo
There’s nothing especially striking about this ankle tattoo, which is what makes it so charming. It’s a simple depiction of the world’s continents (minus Antarctica), with no frame or globe shape. It’s just a simple, cute ankle tattoo design at the end of the day.
51. Mickey Mouse Ankle Tattoo
You can’t get more classic than Mickey Mouse. This is a cute idea for ankle tattoos, especially with the detailing as good as it is here, because who doesn’t have some great childhood memories involving this original Disney character? And there’s no better way to end our ankle tattoo idea list than with this iconic figure!
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