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20 Small Ankle Tattoo Ideas That Are Subtle Enough to Be Hidden

An ink that you can keep to yourself.
20 Small Ankle Tattoo Ideas That Are Subtle Enough to Be Hidden
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An ink that you can keep to yourself.

Planning to get inked? There are all sorts of tattoo placements you can choose from, may it be the hand, arm, or shoulder. But if you want your body art to be subtle, the ankle is an easy-to-hide spot that you'll surely love! Since it's a lowkey area, it's not easily noticeable and can be your little secret! Keep on reading to know more about this cool and subtle tattoo placement:

Does it hurt to get an ankle tattoo?

NGL, ankle tattoos can be painful since it's at a bony part of the body. Plus, there's less fat that can serve as a "cushion." That said, if you have a low pain threshold, you might want to go for small or simple designs.

How do you take care of an ankle tattoo?

  • Regularly wash your tattoo with water and mild soap.
  • Always apply sunscreen on your ankle to keep your new tattoo from fading, especially if it's colored.
  • Avoid scratching or picking at your new tattoo. If your tattoo is peeling, don't panic—it's a normal part of the healing process. 
  • Keep the area moisturized. If it were to become dry, it could develop cracks and gaps in the design. 
  • Choose your clothes carefully while your ankle tattoo is still healing. Make sure your bottoms aren't rubbing against your fresh ink. Go for shorts or skirts. As much as possible, wear loose clothing!
  • Wait for your tattoo to healwhich can take up to four weeksbefore going on beach trips.
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Ready for some ink inspo? Check out these small ankle tattoos that are subtle enough to be hidden:

1. Heart ankle tattoo

You can't go wrong with a timeless heart tattoo, TBH.

PHOTO BY Instagram/wittybutton_tattoo

2. Palm tree ankle tattoo

If spending time at the beach makes you happy, you're gonna love this ankle tattoo idea.

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3. Wing ankle tattoo

A wing tattoo isn't only aesthetically pleasingit's meaningful, too. Sometimes, a person gets it to honor a loved one who has passed away.

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4. Flower ankle tattoo

Here's a cute matching tattoo idea for you and your BFF!

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5. Butterfly ankle tattoo

Butterflies are beautiful representations of transformation and freedom.

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6. Eye ankle tattoo

ICYDK, eye tattoos are often associated with mystery and protection.

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7. Thunderbolt ankle tattoo

This tiny tattoo looks pretty cool when paired with high heels.

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8. Numbers ankle tattoo

Aside from symbols, you can also opt for numbers or dates that are important to you.

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9. Mountain ankle tattoo

This fine line tattoo is so, so subtle!

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10. Leaf ankle tattoo

Leaf tattoos can look just as delicate as floral ones.

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11. Sun ankle tattoo

If you love being under the sun, this minimalist tattoo is made for you!

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12. Infinity ankle tattoo

Thinking of getting a matching tattoo with your beau? An infinity ink can represent your lifetime commitment to each other.

PHOTO BY Instagram/tattoovasquez

13. Flower and leaf tattoo

We're in love with this dainty, realistic-looking floral tattoo.

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14. Sparkle ankle tattoo

Fun fact: Fine line tattoos like this one tend to be less painful because they can be created using just a single needle.

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15. Paw-print ankle tattoo

How about an adorable tribute to your furry friend?

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16. Rose ankle tattoo

This rose tattoo is so dainty, making it easy to conceal!

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17. Initial ankle tattoo

For something simple but impactful, you can have the initial of your loved one's name tattooed on your ankle.

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18. Wave ankle tattoo

Let this wave tattoo remind you to go with the flow of life. It's a perfect option for beach babes, too!

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19. Cross ankle tattoo

The combination of a cross and the word "faith" just makes sense.

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20. Galaxy ankle tattoo

We love how this vibrant galaxy tattoo is still subtle enough to be hidden.

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