When your tattoo is peeling, it means that the outer layer of your skin’s cells has formed a protective layer over the recently applied tattoo ink. This is a normal part of the healing process of a tattoo, as the body is trying to reject the foreign substance (the tattoo ink) placed in the skin. The peeling occurs over the next few weeks and is typically followed by a flaky scab-like layer. This scab will usually flake off and help to naturally exfoliate and reveal the full colors of your tattoo. However, it’s important to avoid picking or scratching at this layer, as it can cause fading or blurriness in the tattoo.