TATTOO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

CAN I GET A TATTOO IF I AM UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE?

Tattoos done before the age of 18, tend to become blurry, hazy, and stretched over time as the body continues to grow. We here at Time Bomb Tattoos & Curiosities do NOT tattoo individuals under 18 years of age. There is no federal law or regulation concerning the age limit for tattooing in the United States, so individual states set their own standards. In the state of Maryland there are no laws concerning the age limit for tattooing, it is left to the discretion of individual professionals/business owners.

WHAT IF I AM UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE AND HAVE PARENTAL CONSENT?

We here at Time Bomb Tattoo do NOT tattoo individuals under 18 years of age, even with parental consent. We will however allow some body piercings for minors with parental consent.

I’VE NEVER GOTTEN A TATTOO BEFORE, WHAT SHOULD I DO/NOT DO BEFORE I COME IN TO HAVE WORK DONE?

PLEASE DO:

  • Be sure to have your state or federally issued photo ID.
  • Wear comfy clothes that offer easy access to the area you would like tattooed.
  • Bathe/shower/brush your teeth. You are potentially going to be in close proximity with your tattoo artist for a prolonged length of time, good personal hygiene is greatly appreciated.
  • Have a good meal.
  • Be well hydrated.
  • If possible, conserve endorphins the day(s) before by chilling out instead of going to the gym or other heavy activity.

PLEASE DON’T:

  • Consume drugs or alcohol, or have consumed alcohol any time in the past 12 hours.
  • Take any pain killers, no aspirin or aspirin derivatives, they will thin your blood.
  • Bring children without another adult to care for them.

DOES IT HURT?

Everyone has a different threshold for pain and certain areas of the body are more sensitive than others. You shouldn’t let that stop you from getting what you want, where you want it. Yes, tattoos can be painful but generally the sensation isn’t as bad as you are expecting. People frequently say it is more annoying than painful or compare the feeling to a cat scratch on a sunburn.

CAN I WALK IN OR DO I NEED AN APPOINTMENT?

Walk ins are always welcome, are on a first come first served basis and people who have made appointments ahead of time take priority. You can always call us at 301-682-6886 to check availability. There is a $50 deposit, that gets applied toward the cost of your tattoo, for an appointment and can be set up in person with cash or over the telephone with a debit or credit card.

WHAT WILL MY TATTOO COST? IS IT CUSTOMARY TO TIP MY TATTOO ARTIST?

The elements of your design that affect the cost of your tattoo are amount of detail, coloration, size, and placement on the body. Once we have those details and therefore have an understanding of what you want your tattoo to look like, our artists will be able to estimate the amount of time required and we multiply that by their respective hourly rate for your price quote. The consultation process to figure out what you want is free. The shop minimum is $50, basically anything that takes Sarah, Miranda, or Colin 20 min or less. Tipping is not required but always appreciated for exceptional service.

I WOULD LIKE TO WORK ON A LARGE PIECE (SLEEVE, FULL BACK, CHEST PANEL ETC.), WHAT IS THE PLANNING PROCESS LIKE?

Once you have an idea of the design you would like, the first step is deciding which artist you would like to work with. Everyone’s portfolio is right here on our website, and you can also check out our Facebook page for some more recent work that hasn’t been posted here yet. Next thing you need to do is set up a free in person consultation with that artist. Give the shop a call and we will go over the schedule with you to try and find the most convenient time. When you come in for your consultation be sure to have all your reference images. Throw them in an email, put them on a thumb drive, or print them out and bring them with you. The more information you come prepared with the quicker the process will be. After you’ve had your consultation the artist may need some time to draw. They may set up an appointment with you the same day as your consultation or they may correspond with you via e-mail during the design process and set up an appointment with you via e-mail.

CAN I GET TATTOOED IF I AM PREGNANT?

No. We feel causing undue stress and physical trauma to your body isn’t worth the risk of miscarriage during pregnancy. Come back and see us once you have delivered and recovered.

CAN I BRING MY KID(S) WITH ME WHEN I COME TO GET A TATTOO?

While we have nothing against children (some of us are parents ourselves) we would appreciate it if you didn’t bring yours. We cater to a clientèle that is (for the most part) 18 and older, we are not equipped to deal with children in a potentially hazardous environment. If it is unavoidable and you absolutely have to bring your child/children, they must be accompanied and supervised by another adult. They may or may not be allowed in the tattooing/piercing areas according to your artist’s discretion.

DO YOU DO TOUCH UPS?

Yes. Your artist will touch up your piece for no charge within the first year of having the tattoo if necessary. After that time period you will be charged in accordance with your artist’s rates.

DO YOU DO COVER UPS?

Yes, the owner has some awards for them and all of our artists do them regularly. Some cover ups can be more involved than others but our artists enjoy a challenge! As a starting point, we recommend that you think of a tattoo you’ve always wanted to get and bring it to us to discuss it’s “tattooability”. When planning a cover up you may need to be flexible with the design depending on what you would like to cover up and what you would like to cover it up with. As soon as we see your existing tattoo, or other scar, we can assess all of your options(For the rest of the planning process please read the above FAQ about planning for large pieces).

ARE THERE ANY TATTOOS YOU WILL NOT DO OR WOULD RECOMMEND AGAINST?

We will NOT tattoo anything hate group or gang related. Period.

Anything below the wrist, on the side of the neck, throat and face are things we recommend against (for various reasons) unless you are already heavily visibly modified and have solid job security. Underside of the foot and inner lips are also discouraged. We also recommend against spouses/lovers/significant others names, they are the #1 cause for cover ups. Our artists reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason.

If you are considering anything below the wrist, on the side of the neck, throat and face, please read the following:

  • Do you already have hand, finger, face, or neck tattoos? Or have you ever seen healed finger tattoos? If not, please google ‘healed finger tattoos’. The reason we ask is that we discourage them for multiple reasons, especially for people that haven’t already taken that step. For finger tattoos specifically, that skin does not hold ink well at all. When we do agree to do finger tattoos, we will not touch them up for free because we know that they are going to fade/fall out fast. Basically, that skin is very different from the majority of the rest of the body and lacks the layering that helps maintain tattoos. You also wash/abrade your hands way more than almost any other body part which means that that skin is constantly shedding and renewing.
  • We like for our customers to be happy with their tattoos forever, not just the day that they get them. And in the case of finger tattoos, we don’t believe that faded/patchy designs will make people happy. They ultimately end up making your fingers just look dirty. You can pay to have them touched up a couple of times, but there is a point of diminishing returns where you are just beating up that skin. Not to mention the fact that they are particularly uncomfortable to receive.
  • And, even though tattoos have become more accepted and popularized, there is still a lot of stigma that comes with having hand, finger, face, or neck tattoos. So unless you are very set in your career situation, it could affect your future job opportunities.

So, we would be happy to tattoo you, but would encourage you to think about another placement…we suggest small places for small tattoos, such as behind the ear, the wrist, the ankle…

 

PIERCING FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

CAN I GET A PIERCING IF I AM UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE? IF SO WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS, AND WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME?

Yes you can! You will need to bring the following things with you:

  • A state or federally issued photo ID (your school ID is fine if you don’t have a learners permit, drivers license, military ID etc)
  • A parent or legal guardian to accompany you.
  • The state or federal issued ID for that parent or legal guardian.
  • Your birth certificate or copies of guardianship papers that link the two of you together.

Once you have the above items, your options are as follows:

DO YOU DO PIERCINGS WITH THE GUN?

No. The gun forces blunt jewelry through your body causing unnecessary damage to the tissue. We use a sharp, single use, hollow needle that quickly removes enough tissue to make room for your new jewelry. The jewelry we use is frequently one size smaller than the needle we use to allow for airflow around the jewelry and faster, more comfortable healing. It is less traumatic and painful.

DOES IT HURT?

Everyone has a different threshold for pain and certain areas of the body are more sensitive than others. You shouldn’t let that stop you from getting what you want, where you want. Most piercings are a slight pinch for a second or two, then it is over.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? IS IT CUSTOMARY TO TIP MY PIERCER?

The cost varies depending upon the piercing/amount of piercings you’d like to get. Most single standard piercing (nose, navel, oral, eyebrow, ear etc.) are $51.50, including basic Surgical Stainless Steel jewelry and taxes, and the price goes up from there. Titanium jewelry, in case you are sensitive to Nickel, is usually available and normally costs $5extra. Tipping is not required but appreciated for exceptional service.

Below are our weekly piercing specials:

I WANT TO GET MY INFANTS EARS PIERCED, WILL YOU DO THAT?

No. Once your child is old enough to ask for the piercing him/herself then we will be happy to help you. We believe in getting the child’s consent as well as the guardian’s.

THIS IS MY FIRST PIERCING, WHAT SHOULD I DO/NOT DO BEFORE I COME TO HAVE WORK DONE?

PLEASE DO:

  • Know what you are looking for gauge wise for your piercing. Most piercings have standard sizes, but some things can be pierced at a larger or smaller size depending on your anatomy. We can help you determine this if you don’t know.
  • Be sure to have your state or federally issued photo ID.
  • Wear comfy clothes that offer easy access to the area you would like pierced.
  • Bathe/shower/brush your teeth. You are potentially going to be in close proximity with your piercer for a little while, good personal hygiene is greatly appreciated.
  • Have a good meal.
  • Be well hydrated.

PLEASE DON’T:

  • Consume drugs or alcohol, or have consumed alcohol any time in the past 12 hours.
  • Take any painkillers, no aspirin or aspirin derivatives, they will thin your blood.

I HAVE SENSITIVITIES/METAL ALLERGIES, WHAT KIND OF JEWELRY DO YOU USE?

The standard jewelry that we use 316LVM Implant Grade Surgical Stainless Steel. This grade of metal is perfectly safe to use if you do not have a Nickel sensitivity. However, if you do have a Nickel sensitivity, we do stock some basic titanium jewelry and can place a custom order if we don’t have the appropriate piece on hand.

CAN I BRING MY OWN JEWELRY?

You can bring in jewelry if you’d like, but it is up to the piercer’s discretion whether or not it is safe for initial piercing. The cost of jewelry is included in the price you are quoted for the piercing so you do not need to buy jewelry separately. We will remove the jewelry cost if we accept what you bring in.

DO YOU DO GENITAL PIERCINGS?

Yes we do. You must be over 18 years of age for genital or nipple piercings. Nipples can almost always be taken care of without an appointment, but genital usually requires an appointment. We recommend at least giving us a call ahead of time.

DO YOU DO MICRODERMAL IMPLANTATION?

Yes we do. You must be 18 years of age or older, and they are done by appointment.

 

If you have any additional questions regarding any of the procedures, aftercare or something we haven’t addressed here, feel free to give us a call or stop on by!