How to Get an Ankle Bracelet Tattoo

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How to Get an Ankle Bracelet Tattoo
Get an Ankle Bracelet Tattoo

Ankle bracelet tattoos are a popular choice for women because they can utilize feminine designs while enhancing the sexual appeal of their ankle, especially when wearing sandals and high heels. Numerous designs can be flatteringly wrapped around the ankle and even possibly extended somewhat onto the foot.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Tattoo anklet design
  • Tattoo artist
  • Appointment
  • Aftercare instructions

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    Contemplate a design. Many tattoos designs lend themselves to being wrapped around this particular body part, especially vines which can be drawn to follow the natural curves of a particular ankle. To add color, and your own flair, add some of your favorite flowers or some insects such as butterflies or ladybugs. Tribal pieces, Celtic knots, barbed wire and anything that normally loops also work well.

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    Think about size. Do you want a dainty chain that from a distance may look like a real anklet or do you want a larger piece? This will be an important part of your decision making when looking at tattoo designs.

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    Place your tattoo. Ankle bracelet tattoos can be placed on either ankle, so which one you choose may or may not hold special meaning for you. Decide how low you want the tattoo to go and whether or not you want any part of it to flow down onto your foot.

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    Decide on color. If you're going for a tribal piece, they're typically done in black, although they have been done in other colors. For other designs, some ankle bracelet tattoos are done in black and grey and others in vibrant color.

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    Factor in pain tolerance. The closer to the ankle bone you place your anklet; the more it's going to hurt. If you decide to extend part of it on to your foot, then you may find that area even more sensitive.

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    Talk to your tattoo artist. Get his opinion and suggestions on the different designs that will wrap well for an ankle bracelet. If you don't already have a regular tattoo artist, then speak to several to decide which would do the best job.

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    Use an aftercare regime. If you've got other tattoos, you probably already know what aftercare methods work best for you; otherwise, heed the advice of your tattoo artist. By taking proper care of your ankle bracelet tattoo, you'll help ensure less scabbing, faster healing and a more vibrant end product.

Tips and warnings

  • Socks, shoes and sometimes even pants will rub against a fresh ankle bracelet tattoo and potentially cause irritation that can lead to scabbing and color loss. You might want to consider getting one of the tattoos in a warmer month when you can wear shorts and sandals during the healing process.
  • At a distance an ankle bracelet tattoo can look just like an anklet. The good part about a tattooed anklet is the fact that you won't lose it or get it snagged on anything like a real one.
  • Anklets utilizing charms can provide unique ideas with each charm representing something important in your life, such as your children, or specific events, activities or just different items you like or that hold special meaning.
  • Although women are more prone to getting ankle bracelet tattoos, there are plenty of men who like this form of adornment, as well.
  • Besides the pain you'll endure during your tattoo, many people find that tattoos around the ankle tend to be tender for the next couple of days. You may even experience some swelling and pain while walking. Keep this in mind if you have a job that requires a lot of walking or long periods of standing and consider getting tattooed when you have a few days off.

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