7 questions about ankle tattoo – what do you need to know when deciding?


I am often approached by clients interested in getting a tattoo on the ankle. This is a fairly safe place to choose for your first tattoo, in this article I will try to answer the most common questions about ankle tattoo.

What answers you will find in this article about ankle tattoo?

  • How much do tattoos on the ankle hurt?
  • What is the meaning of the ankle tattoo?
  • How much does an ankle tattoo cost?
  • Tattoo on the ankle and running
  • How long does a tattoo on an ankle heal?
  • How long does it take to make an ankle tattoo?
  • How to care for an ankle tattoo?

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How much do tattoos on the ankle hurt?

Ankle tattoos can be really painful as there’s really nothing but the skin on the bone on your ankle. You should know your pain sensitivity level the best and if you know that you cannot last pain for too long you might consider a small design on the ankle or maybe another, least painful location. Check which locations could be better on the pain chart below:

pain chart for woman tattoo on the ankle
Tattoo pain chart for woman from healthline.com
pain chart for man tattoo on the ankle
Tattoo pain chart for man from healthline.com

What is the meaning of the ankle tattoo?

As with most places on your body, the design, not the location, will be important for the ankle tattoo as well. When deciding on a particular design, think carefully as it will be a lifetime choice.

The design does not always have to matter, I often make tattoos that customers like – flower designs, animals, etc., but there are also people for whom symbolism matters. It can be the name of a loved one, an inscription that means something to you, or, for example, your zodiac sign.

bike ankle tattoo design for woman
Ankle tattoo of a bike made by me

How much does an ankle tattoo cost?

The price of an ankle tattoo may vary, so when asked about the price, any tattoo artist will answer you – it depends. First of all, on the size, and thus the time needed to complete it. But in general, in the case of smaller designs ankle tattoos often cost between $50 to $150 dollars.

Tattoo on the ankle and running

With a freshly done ankle tattoo, we should limit the intensity of training. The ankle tattoo should not be exposed to irritation, so we should avoid running for at least the first 3 weeks.

leafs ankle tattoo design for woman
Ankle tattoo of a leafs made by me

How long does a tattoo on an ankle heal?

The ankles are the part of the body that comes into contact with clothes and sometimes shoes, so you should take care of tattoos there. Typically, ankle tattoos take about 3-4 weeks to heal, but it takes up to three months for full healing under the skin to heal. If you plan on tattooing both ankles, consider having only one leg at a time.

How long does it take to make an ankle tattoo?

The time needed to make a tattoo on the ankle depends on the size and complexity of the design – a small symbol can be done in half an hour, a small text in an hour, and a larger design in 2-3 hours.

rose ankle tattoo design for woman
Ankle tattoo of a rose made by me

How to care for an ankle tattoo?

First of all, follow the instructions for caring for your ankle tattoo given to you by the tattoo artist.

Avoid water and sun, and keep your new tattoo clean and give it fresh air frequently. Hear when the tattoo artist gives care tips, they are really important and help reduce pain after getting a tattoo.

Here are some ideas I have tested for your first ankle tattoo aftercare:

  • Fresh tattoos on the ankle are covered with a thin film for the first 2-3 days, then it is good for them to have air access to speed up healing.
  • A new tattoo on the ankle should be washed daily – but gently, do not scrub, just spray lightly with water, preferably dry with a cotton pad.
  • During healing, which usually takes 3 to 4 weeks, you should avoid swimming, visiting a sauna, or bathing where the ankle tattoo is completely submerged in water.
  • Choose your clothes so that they rub and irritate the fresh ankle tattoo as little as possible, and be careful not to scratch it as scratching off the scabs may accidentally remove some ink.
  • The skin at the ankle tattoo site often dries out more, so you can use ointments such as Bepanthen or Alantan on it.
  • The new ankle tattoo should not be exposed to the sun. Even after it heals, make sure you protect it with adequate sunscreen at all times.

Some of my favourite designs, tattoo books and aftercare products, selected for you

working on tattoo at my studio
Working at the studio on one of my projects

Thank you for reading my article, I hope that you have found it helpful. If you would have trouble finding ideas for your tattoo, wonder what is meaning of design that you have found or what to buy for aftercare, to make sure that your tattoo will be healing quickly and easily, here are some of my favorite products in one place, hope that this will also help.

Deasign and tattoo ideas

For some ideas you can have a look at those 3 books with hundreds of designs that I use with my Clients, they are available on Amazon for Kindle or in classic, paper version (links below):

Tattoo meaning

If you would like to read more about the meaning of different tattoo styles and designs before you will decide what you would like to have, I can recommend a book that was really useful for me when I was starting my tattoo adventure – it’s “Conscious Ink: The Hidden Meaning of Tattoos” by Lisa Barretta (through the link you can find it on Amazon for around $10).

Tattoo aftercare

The skin at the tattoo site often dries out. To prevent it and speed up healing for my Clients, I usually recommend one of those tattoo aftercare balms (you can find them on Amazon):

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