How to Cover Up an Ankle Tattoo for Work

Updated April 17, 2017

While you may be proud of your tattoos, you may find that your employer is less fond of them being displayed at work. This is especially true in positions where you are meeting with customers face to face and are representing the company with both your demeanour and appearance. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) website notes that a company cannot "make any employment decision because of a person's race, colour, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information." As of April, 2010, this law does not restrict companies from banning tattoos.

Consult your company dress code manual for specific instructions on your company's restrictions against tattoos. While an ankle tattoo may not be noticeable enough for your boss to mention it, you have the responsibility to adhere to the company dress code.

Wear longer slacks or skirts that cover your tattoo. Be sure that these items meet your company dress code and look professional. While you want your trousers or skirt to cover your tattoo, you don't want your clothing dragging on the floor.

Invest in dark stockings, boots or high-cut shoes that can adequately cover your tattoo in the warmer months. Dress socks that go past your ankle are another simple way to cover your tattoos.


There are several tattoo-specific concealers on the market that promise to give long lasting coverage for your tattoo. The effectiveness of this method will largely depend upon the size and shades of colour used in your tattoo. Lighter tones may be covered successfully, but darker colours may be more difficult to mask. Skincare News suggests choosing a concealer that is as close to your skin tone as possible to hide tattoos.

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Mia Faller started writing in 2006. Her career includes news and features articles for her university newspaper, "The Clock," book reviews for "The Weirs Times" and print and electronic newsletters for Annie's Book Stop and the New Hampshire Humane Society. Faller's writing interests include animals, religious/metaphysical studies, yoga, body modification and travel. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Plymouth State University.