What's better than a bangle? You guessed it: an anklet. These ankle tattoos give that part of your bod some extra flair, and they're for everyone!! We brought together some examples of what you can do just for a lil inspiration kick and eye candy to brighten up you day. Whether you're running out of room everywhere else, or you just want a touch of something sweet, ankle tattoos are a great go to...even if you have a fun idea and don't know where the heck to put it!! maybe instead of working down, you can work up the leg...just a thought.
So, obviously, ankle tattoos were basically discovered right when tattooing was discovered. We recently talked about how the tech industry is revolutionizing tattoos, but we opened up with a story about Otzi because many of those tech tats, or smart tattoos, are really health based. And Otzi, the ancient mummy, had tons of tattoos that were placed on classic acupuncture points. And, yes, he even had an ankle tattoo. It's just a few lines, but it proves that this body part has been tatted up way before you ever would have thought!!
But, like many pieces, tattoos are ornamental for some people, and ankle tattoos sometimes take on the look of anklets: jewelry just for your ankles. Anklets have actually been around for a long long time. "Barefoot anklets and toe rings historically have been worn for at least over 8000 years by girls and women in South Asia, where it is commonly known as pattilu, payal and sometimes as nupur. They have also been worn by Egyptian women since predynastic times. In the United States both casual and more formal anklets became fashionable from the 1930s to the late–20th century...Anklets are an important piece of jewellery in Indian marriages, worn along with saris." Dig that. Humans are totally obsessed with decoration everything, even their ankles.
What's also interesting to note, is that the ankle has long been thought of as a super sexy body part. In Victorian times, it was actually really scandalous to show them off! "London omnibuses had what were referred to as "modesty boards" running the length of the top to hide a woman's ankles when she sat down and her skirt lifted that extra inch. Glimpsing a bit of ankle was considered far too racy." Crazy, huh? "The Victorians may have raised necklines, but they were also adamantly against flaunting a bit of leg. Women wore stockings and very long skirts year-round to prevent even a sliver of ankle from peeking out. The legs of wooden tables were even covered because they too closely resembled a female's appendages."
Now, we're a fan of the ankle...we think it's an oft ignored part of the body...everyones running out to get back tattoos and neck tattoos and hand tattoos, but what about the ankles!! Those things are important too! For what would the leg be without the ankle? We kinda needs those to, ya know, walk around....so, what's the best way to dress up an ankle? An ankle tattoo. Obviously. And we think this collection should be the perfect way to get some inspo. Need more? Make sure to check out our app, and a book a tattoo with an artist near you for your dream permanent anklet!!