If your tattoo peels, it means that the area of skin where your tattoo is located is not properly healing after being inked. When tattoos are placed on the skin, small punctures are made, which can be painful and leave the surface of the skin open for a few days. As the tattoo heals, the body produces a scab-like layer of skin to protect the area. In some cases, however, this layer of skin may not heal properly, causing it to peel off, leaving the tattoo incomplete and eventually fading. If your tattoo peels, it is important to consult with your tattoo artist to determine the cause and to discuss receiving treatment to help heal the area and preserve the tattoo’s ink.