Piercings Care and FAQ

At Time Bomb Tattoos & Curiosities, we believe that the human body can and should serve as a canvas.

We also believe piercings are the perfect way to send a message about who you are. We carry a wide variety of body jewelry, from the basics, to the fancy, to the custom BVLA, Anatometal, & Neometal pieces.

And when you come to us, you’ll benefit from our experienced staff and our focus on your health and safety. Remember, when it comes to body piercings, it’s all about you. So let us help you get the look you want. Call us today for more information or to schedule an appointment!

Basic Piercing Aftercare

Guidelines for Piercings until Fully Healed ~6-12weeks

Only touch with clean hands, and only for cleaning purposes
Don’t submerge in any body of water -NO bath, pool, lake, ocean
Don’t remove, change, or stop cleaning
Don’t lay/sleep on or apply pressure

1x/day: Use a mild soap (Dove, Ivory, Dr. Bronner’s – Don’t use antibacterial or scented). Gently wash with lathered fingertips, rinse thoroughly with warm water. If showering, do this last. Pat dry with a clean paper towel.

2-3x/day: Use Sterile Wound Care/Wash Saline Spray (NeilMed here or can buy in any first aid aisle – Don’t mix your own or use more than 3x/day). Spray small amount on all piercing surfaces, let it sit/soak for 30sec-1min to soften any crusty matter. Use Clean Cotton Swabs to gently wipe away any foreign material from entry and exit points. Spray again and gently move jewelry back and forth until slippery to ensure the saline enters the piercing canal. Pat dry with clean paper towel/swab or air dry. DO NOT leave the piercing site wet.

Piercing FAQs

This is my first piercing. What should I do/not do before I come to have work done?

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.

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.

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.

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.

I want to get my infant's 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.

How much does it cost? Is it customary to tip my piercer?

The cost varies depending on 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 $5 extra. Tipping is not required but appreciated for exceptional service.

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 a lot of Implant Grade Titanium 6Al-4V-Eli ASTM F-136 and Nickel-Free 14K and 18K Gold from Neometal, Anatometal, and BVLA 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.

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Allie Frishkorn
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I was able to get an appointment on short notice and they were very friendly. My tattoo artist was Matt and he was extremely friendly, patient (because I never 100% know what I want, so I change my mind frequently), accommodating, and talented! I have gotten several tattoos from this place and I’ve never been disappointed. The place is clean and their equipment and practices appear to always be evolving and keeping up with the best. Highly recommend them!
Karen Bitzel
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Excellent customer service, both in person and via email. Clean and welcoming environment. I was glad I could get my tattoo in the back room as I would have been uncomfortable in the front of the shop with an audience of waiting customers and casual visitors to the shop. Colin was courteous, professional, efficient, and precise in his work. He gave clear directions about the process as well as after care instructions. If you are interested in a tattoo, you can feel confident that you will get exactly what you want if you come to Time Bomb!
Jessica Hopkins
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Had a wonderful experience here for my piercing with Capt Gordon. He was kind and had great conversations about travel. Definitely eased my nerves. The shop itself is impeccably clean and lots of neat trinkets to browse. Reasonably priced, great customer service, great experience

26 S Market St,
Frederick, MD 21701

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