Small Tattoos for Ankles

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Small Tattoos for Ankles
There are several tattoo designs ideal for ankles. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Not all tattoos have to be large, overbearing pieces of artwork. Sometimes the most significant tattoos are the small ones that aren't in the most obvious places. Though the space around the ankle isn't really large enough to house a highly detailed tattoo, it is the meaning behind the art that gives it power. Take time to consider every aspect, such as colour and exact placement, as well as the significance of a tattoo before having it applied.


Script tattoos are any letters or numbers done in a font of your choosing or design. Since the space is somewhat limited around the ankle, a full word may be difficult. Consider, instead, something small, such as your initials or the initials of a loved one, or the string of numbers that make up your birth date or that of a loved one. The ideal placement for this ankle tattoo could be vertically behind the ankle, just before the Achilles tendon.


For a nationality tattoo, you can choose between a symbol of your current nationality or that of your ancestors, if they differ. Flags and other symbols, such as a clover for Irish or a red, white and blue star for American, rest nicely under or over an ankle, you just have to decide how easily you want to be able to hide the tattoo, for professional or other purposes. Traditional tattoos are done in black and grey, however, colour is a crucial factor for this tattoo.

Small Charms

A small charm can be anything from a sun to a crescent moon, or a star to a horseshoe. They are objects thought to bring luck in some cultures and are shapes that are easily scaled down enough to fit as an ankle tattoo. Colour may be ideal for these charms, though really only the shape is important, so can also consider solid black or shaded black and grey. Fans of the Lucky Charms cereal may want to colour and shade a charm tattoo to look like one of the marshmallows.

Religious Symbol

For many people, religion is the most important aspect of their lives. Some of these peaceful symbols include a crucifix for Christians, an om for Hindu or a lotus flower for Buddhism. You don't have to be a devote follower of a faith to find beauty in it. These symbols are just as appropriate for the tattoos of nonpracticing followers as they for devout ones.

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