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Tattoos have always been an interesting, fun, and personal way to display art or memories. People keep getting new tattoos, which could be small, minimal, big, and bold. Some even have too many to count! If you shy away from getting large tattoos but don’t want to miss out on the experience, you can think of getting a small and cute foot tattoo. These are cool tattoos to get because they are subtle and elegant. 

If you are worried about your family or workplace finding out about your tattoo, you won’t need to worry about these small foot tattoos. They are easy to hide and can be displayed when you are ready. 

Do Small Foot Tattoos Hurt?

If you’re thinking of getting these small tattoo ideas on your foot, you must be prepared for the pain you might experience. Foot tattoos hurt, I mean, all tattoos hurt, of course. However, small side foot tattoos or ones on top of the feet are often more painful. This is because the skin in that area is thin and full of nerve endings. This increased sensitivity can lead to more pain. You can do a few things to prepare and make things easier:

How to Prepare Before Getting a Tattoo

  • Get enough sleep so your body is well-rested and can handle the pain better.
  • Don’t take pain relievers like aspirin or ibuprofen for 24 hours before your session because they can thin your body and affect the tattooing process.
  • Avoid getting tattoos when you feel sick because it can heighten your pain sensitivity. 
  • Drink enough water to hydrate your skin because tattooing on dry skin is painful.
  • Make sure to eat a complete meal before your session to prevent dizziness.
  • Don’t drink alcohol for at least 24 hours before and after your tattooing process because it can dehydrate and thin your blood.
  • Distract yourself by listening to music, reading a book, or checking out these funny tattoo memes.
  • Check whether your artist will use numbing cream, which can lessen the pain.

Lastly, don’t hesitate to tell your tattoo artist if you are in too much pain and need a break.

If you’re wondering what design to get, you’re lucky because Bored Panda has compiled a list of small foot tattoo ideas you’d want to get immediately. Take a look, and vote for your favorite tattoos. If you have a tiny foot tattoo, add a picture to this list!

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Colorful leaves ankle tattoo

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Single-line tattoos are a popular way to make a statement without going overboard. They are simple and elegant; many tattoo lovers opt for single-line tattoos if they prefer minimalist art.

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Flying paper plane ankle tattoo

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jacluckycat
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love the whimsy of this one. I love the bold black lines; hopefully this piece retains that vibrancy.

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Mountains ankle tattoo

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Do Foot Tattoos Fade Completely?

You might want a cute tattoo that lasts for a long time, but foot tattoos can fade quickly. The reason for this is the friction caused by wearing socks and shoes. This constant rubbing can cause the ink to fade over time. The best way to prevent this is by wearing loose socks or skipping the socks and wearing shoes. You should also keep the area moisturized and avoid direct sunlight if you aren’t wearing sunscreen. Here are some more care tips for ankle and foot tattoos to keep them looking fresh and new.

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Plane foot tattoo

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Colorful chinese fish foot tattoo

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This Peter Pan design is a cute foot tattoo idea for people who love cartoons and movies. So many unique books, movies, and cartoons have shaped our childhood. These memories can be immortalized through tattoos. Check out these awesome cartoon tattoo ideas that you can get to relieve beautiful memories.

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Colorful yellow flower ankle tattoo

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Flower quote foot tattoo

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Laurence Deschênes
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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

la vie en rose is a famous song and also a way to say that we can view life just with positive toughts "pink glasses" it could mean many things

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If you want classy small-foot tattoos for females, it is best to go with light, elegant, and personalized designs. Before you get any design, make sure you’ve spoken about it with your tattoo artist and seen how the stencil looks on your body. Trust me, you won’t want to end up with a permanent tattoo mistake.

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Sitting Fox ankle tattoo

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Colorful bird with flower ankle tattoo

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Crossing arrow ankle tattoo

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Colorful cactus ankle tattoo

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Colorful wave foot tattoo

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Geometrical dog ankle tattoo

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Geometric patterns can bring a design or picture to life. They are precise with clean, small, and simple lines. They look gorgeous, and the strong, bold tattoo lines stay clear longer. Geometric tattoo designs are for people who prefer minimalist patterns.

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Moon and planets with stars foot tattoo

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Cat paws foot tattoo

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ant ankle tattoo

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Sambarbie
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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The problem is that if i got that i would constantlly be swatting at my ankle and getting scared thinking it was real

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whale and boat foot tattoos

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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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Tree ankle tattoo

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Colorful flower ankle tattoo

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#39

Smiling cat face foot tattoo

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Moon phases foot tattoo

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Bicycle foot tattoo

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Flying bee foot tattoo

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Mountains ankle tattoo

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scales foot tattoo

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Are Small Foot Tattoos Safe?

It is safe to get a tattoo on your foot. You have to keep the area clean and let the tattoo heal properly. Due to sweat from wearing socks, the site might be prone to infection. So many sure that you air it out or wear loose socks. These tattoos can also fade very fast unless proper precaution is taken.

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plane ankle tattoo

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#52

Flower necklace foot tattoo

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giraffe foot tattoo

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Feather foot tattoo

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Stars foot tattoo

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Flower symbol foot tattoo

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Line owl ankle tattoo

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Moon ankle tattoo

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Scissors ankle tattoo

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pineapple ankle tattoo

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eyes foot tattoo

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Deer foot tattoo

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Quote ankle tattoo

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Colorful smiling triangle ankle tattoo

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Colorful white flower ankle tattoo

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Colorful friend foot tattoo

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I saw another one like this once, but I like this one better because it's more colorful.

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Sun and moon ankle tattoos

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Necklace butterfly ankle tattoo

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Are Foot Tattoos Cool?

Although tattoos are painful to get, they look great and can help you get creative. It is an excellent and unique way to showcase your hobbies, interests, passions, and things you love. You don’t have to stick to one design or pattern. You can invent a tattoo that speaks to you. Some people have even designed genius moving tattoos that change and come together when the person moves their body.

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Stars and moon foot tattoo

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Heart and arrow foot tattoos

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Colorful ruby ankle tattoo

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tree ankle tattoo

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quote foot tattoo

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geometrical ankle tattoo

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tiny symbol ankle tattoo

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Dog sketch ankle tattoo

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Line cat ankle tattoo

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triangle foot tattoo

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Spce with colorful stars foot tattoo

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Infinity ankle tattoo

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Photography ankle tattoo

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Lollipop foot tattoo

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Plane and world ankle tattoos

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Paris ankle tattoo

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Own and moon ankle tattoo

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Sun and moon ankle tattoo

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Stars ankle tattoo

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Quote ankle tattoo

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Bow with arrow ankle tattoo

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Flying paper plane ankle tattoo

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Boat ankle tattoo

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Feather foot tattoo

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Odd placement. I'd want it to follow along the natural line of the foot.

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Hammer and nail ankle tattoo

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Ocean waves ankle tattoo

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colorful heart foot tattoo

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How Much for a Small Tattoo on the Foot?

The foot is an excellent location to get inked. But, if you have never got a foot tattoo, you might wonder what kind of budget to keep for it. This depends on a couple of factors, such as the expertise of your tattoo artist, the size of the tattoo, and the placement. A tiny tattoo can range anywhere from $50–100. Medium foot tattoos sometimes reach prices like $450.

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Fish foot tattoo

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Tiny umbrella ankle tattoo

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Friendship symbol ankle tattoo

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Horse name foot tattoo

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Hearts foot tattoos

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Cat paws foot tattoo

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single word ankle tattoo

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Frog prince ankle tattoo

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Anchore ankle tattoo

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Turtle bamboo foot tattoo

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Koko character ankle tattoo

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Flying bee ankle tattoo

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E letter ankle tattoo

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Which Is the Perfect Foot Tattoo for You?

There are so many gorgeous tiny foot tattoo ideas that you just might have to get a whole bunch. This is the best location for body art because of its subtle placement and elegance. Now that we have shown you which pieces are the best steer clear from making questionable tattoo choices. Your tattoo will stay with you for life, so make it count!

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