I have also run into an issue with my tattoos being raised and the skin being aggravated where my artist used sharpie markers. I have been working on a full sleeve and consistently within the outline anywhere he used sharpie to draw on me, the tattoo healed under a raised, shiny layer of skin. these parts itch (some spots worse than others, depending on the location) and flake constantly, even two months after the fact.
I talked with my artist and we decided to let my arm heal for a couple more weeks since I had been getting tattooed weekly. now with my next appointment coming up I can see that the raised outlines aren't getting any better or worse. I mentioned last session that I would give the benadryl a try and tonight is my first shot at that.
I don't think I have a major problem and it seems to be a common one, I was just wondering if anyone had any experience with something that cleared this up. Tattooing over the same areas with water, benadryl, special creams, anything?
here is a shot of the outline area, not all areas are this red but you can see that shiny skin: http://oi45.tinypic.com/2uzywxs.jpg