80 Adorable Ankle Tattoos That All Deserve Oscars

There was a time when ankle tattoos were seemingly the only show in town. In fact, when I was growing up, if a girl walked into a tattoo shop there was a fifty percent chance she was leaving with a tattoo on her ankle. As times have changed, ankle tattoos aren’t quite as popular as they once used to be, but they are still one of the most commonly inked locations among women. And every woman interested in getting a tattoo has, at one point in time or another, considered getting a tattoo in this lowly location. As you’ll soon discover, the ankle is still a very attractive place to put a tattoo. And the design choices that most of these women have made will definitely convince you of just that. Ahead, 80 of the most adorable ankle tattoos that are all worthy of Oscars.


Not gonna lie, I plucked this piece from another list, which is something I absolutely never do. But, hey, things happen sometimes. Obviously the color has been stripped from the rest of the photo to highlight the colors of the koi, but I’m sure this design is just as beautiful in person.

A poppy

Poppies are one of those flowers that are often seen in photos but rarely seen in real life. That is, unless you happen to be a poppy farmer but I doubt that includes any of our readers. This piece was designed by Con Ele, an amazing and highly underrated artist.

A monster under the bed

I know, you’re probably thinking “What in the world is this design doing on the list?” And while I will admit that it does seem out of place amongst the flowers and other tiny feminine designs, people do have different tastes and seriously this piece was just too cool to pass up. If you’ve ever been afraid of the monsters under your bed, owning this design is a great way to face those fears head on.

A stag

For all nature lovers—big or small—this stag with decorative floral antlers is something to admire. This concept is one that I come across from time to time in a variety of different styles. The stag is a majestic and spiritual animal which many people find appealing as a design choice.

A mirror

This mirror captures a beautiful night sky full of purples and pinks that illustrate Sol’s knack for combining complimentary colors. Ornate frames make for elegant designs when tattooed in stunning detail with a slim needle. As far as ankle tattoos go, it doesn’t get much more impressive than this.

Autumn leaves

Autumn has come and gone, but there’s always next year, right? Of course the beauty of a leaf changing color is something that transcends seasons, but people tend to get inspired by their surroundings and I’m sure these types of tattoos are mainly done during the fall and winter months. Autumn leaves always evoke an extra large dose of nostalgia for those who grew up in colder climates.


They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. That may be true. But it’s also true that words can be worth thousands of likes. Which is constantly being demonstrated by the popularity of designs like the one above on Instagram and Pinterest. Words aren’t photos, but they can be just as powerful.

A lotus flower

Whoa. So that’s what it feels like to fall in love. Mini Lau is comfortable in her style and rarely strays. When I visit her portfolio, I know exactly what I’m getting. And what’s so amazing to me is that while her style is somewhat predictable, she always manages to surprise me in the most wonderful of ways.

A tiny lightning bolt

Proof that lightning does come in small packages. Tiny ankle tattoos are something every girl can get behind. Maximum cool with minimum commitment. Hide it, laser it, love it, whatever you choose to do with it you almost certainly won’t regret it.


I’ve always had a fascination with the waves that Hongdam creates. His black and grey ink works of water have an artistic quality to them that make you want to frame and mount them on your wall. This design would be right at home on any woman’s ankle that appreciates fine art.