Frequently Asked Questions

Please read over this article before contacting us!


Do you offer temporary tattoos/ body paint?
No. We only do permanent tattoos, so be sure to decide carefully.

What are your opening hours?
Shop hours are: Monday to Saturday from 1pm to 9pm. Last call for walk ins is 8pm.

What payment methods do you accept?
We only accept cash payments in Hong Kong Dollars.
There are a variety of major banks & ATMs around the area to withdraw cash from.

How much is it for a _______ tattoo?
- The final price of your tattoo will depend on size and design.
- For tattoos over 2 hours of work, an hourly rate will be applied.
We do not post prices online!!

To get a quote from us, you must provide us the following information:
(failure to do so will result in a delay)

1. Size
- What size do you want your tattoo to be? Please provided measurements in inches or cm!

2. Placement
- Where on your body would you like to get tattooed? If you’re not sure yet, please include all possible locations you are considering.

3. Description
- Please tell us all of your ideas so we can get a better grasp of your concept. Attach pictures and references if possible.
- If you’re not sure what you want exactly, we can most definitely design something unique for you. However, you will still need to give us a general idea of what you like.
- Do you have any tattoos around that area? If so, be sure to let us know and send us a picture of the surrounding location.

4. Colour or Black and Grey?

How long does it take for a tattoo to heal?
Your tattoo will heal in about 2-3 weeks on average. It can take a little longer during humid climates.

How old do I have to be to get a tattoo?
To get tattooed at Star Crossed, you must be at least 18 years old. A proof of age may be requested from you if you look younger than 20, be sure to bring a valid ID with your date of birth.

What is the wait list like? How far in advance do I have to book?
Our wait list is around 1 month. Best to secure an appointment around 4 weeks in advance for medium to large sized tattoos. It can take longer if your design requires substantial amounts of drawing and consulations.
*If you are a foreign client, please consider booking 2 month in advance just to be sure.

Do I need to make an appointment to get tattooed?
As our schedule fills up very quickly, we definitely prefer appointments over walk-ins to ensure that you’ll get tattooed on the day you wish. A deposit of 500HKD is required in order to secure a booking
Walk-ins are available on a day to day basis, you may experience a wait. Please call on the day or the day before you'd like to come in as a walk and we will let you know if time is still available (+852-3427-3820).

I would like to cancel my appointment; can I get my deposit back?

All Cancellations/Appointment changes must please be notified at least 48 hours in advance (2 FULL DAYS), or your deposit will be forfeited.
If you do need to cancel/change the appointment please call the shop on +852 34273820 out of courtesy and for a speedy response.

Where is Julia? Is she still at Star Crossed?
Julia has moved back to London. You can contact her on

Can you modify / change / add / cover a tattoo for me?
We do changes, additions and cover ups on a case-to-case basis. Some tattoo designs simply cannot be covered or modified, please send us the following information if you would like to enquire about a cover up or modifications to your existing tattoo:

- How old is the tattoo?
- How big is the tattoo?
- Where on your body is the tattoo?
- What would you like changed? (What would you like to cover it with?)
- Please attach a picture of your current tattoo.

Are there any tattoos you won’t do?
We absolutely will not tattoo anything that our artists feel is inappropriate.
Obviously, we refuse to do tattoos that are discriminative, racist, hateful or replicating another artists tattoo. And NO under 18's!

Is there any place you won’t tattoo?
This is up to our artist’s decision, but generally we don’t make tattoos flippantly: on the face, hands, neck (front & side) or head, unless you are already heavily tattooed.

Can you tattoo this same tattoo on me?
Replicating other people’s tattoo is something we refuse to do. However, we’d be more than happy to design you a unique custom tattoo inspired by a design you like.

Can you design me a tattoo?
We have 4 tattoo artists here at Star Crossed, and they all have their own style. For example: Japanese Traditional, American Traditional, Japanese Neo Traditional and Neo Traditional.  Please take a look through their portfolios, and let us know which artist you'd like to have something done by or who you think will best portray your idea based on their style. If however you have another idea in mind, our artists will be happy to design a custom tattoo for you (depending on the idea) based on your reference. Please bring along or send through whatever reference material you may have and we can take it from there. We do not charge extra for the drawing, but a deposit and a confirmed appointment date with us is required before hand.

Will it ruin my tattoo if I gain muscle or weight?
A tattoo becomes part of your flesh- therefore if your skin grows or stretches, the tattoo does as well. It should not effect your tattoo... However if you gain weight rather quickly instead of gradually and are prone to stretch marks this will then effect your skin where your tattoo may be. Otherwise it shouldn’t distort too much, especially if you grow steadily. 

Is there any thing I shouldn’t do after getting tattooed?
Avoid soaking your tattoo or getting it excessively wet during the healing process. Soaking includes: baths (showers are fine), saunas, hot tubs, pools, beach etc. Please don’t pick at or scratch your fresh tattoo, no matter how itchy. And remember to shield your tattoo from ultra violet rays (the Sun and tanning beds) for at least two weeks.

Is it OK to workout or play sports after getting tattooed?
Yes, a mild work out it’s fine. Be your own judge and listen to your body, it will tell you what it is capable of. Only do what is comfortable. Be careful not to impact your fresh tattoo or have your fresh tattoo soak in your sweat. 

What kind of tattoo ink do you use? 
We carry a variety of industry standard tattoo ink imported from UK & US to ensure the best possible quality.
Vegan and hypoallergenic options are also available!

Do you do white-ink tattoos?
We do not highly recommended white ink tattoos. Some designs are simply not recommended for just white ink use. Send through your idea and we can see what is possible based on that. 

We do have few concerns to share with you about only white ink in tattoos before you decide that this is what you want...

Firstly, we highly recommend black only ink over white only ink. Once the tattoo has healed up and settled in the skin white ink has a very high chance of fading, turning yellow, beige or purple (from the tensile used, depending on the design) in colour. It may also pull out completely, making the outcome rather unpredictable. 

Does your studio tattoo with UV light (black light) reactive inks?
No, and we don’t plan to in the future.

Can you give me (may I apply) anaesthesia or an anaesthetic before getting tattooed?
No, and reason being:

- Medical grade anesthetics (injections) require a doctor’s license to use and purchase in Hong Kong.
- Topical aesthetics (Emla cream or patch) only dulls the pain for half an hour or so, but when the sensation returns, it is a shock to the system and thus the discomfort felt from being tattooed can become even more painful. 

We must also consider how Emla works: The cream or patch is applied to the skin and you have to wait 30 minutes for it to take effect. Once it starts working, it only lasts for about 30 to 45 minutes. An average sized tattoo takes about two hours.

This would mean that you would have to: (1) Apply the cream to 1/4 of the area to be tattooed. (2) Wait 30 minutes. (3) Begin tattooing, and stop after 30 minutes when it starts to wear off. (4) Apply the cream to another 1/4 of the area. (5) Wait 30 minutes. (6) Tattoo this section for half an hour. (7) Apply the cream to another 1/4 section of the area. (8) Wait 30 minutes. (9) Tattoo for another 30 minutes. (10) Apply the cream to the last quarter of the tattoo. (11) Wait 30 minutes. (12) Finally finish the tattoo. …

Because of the cream a 2-hour tattoo has turned into a 4+ hour project. The time spent waiting for your anesthetic cream to activate will also be taken into account and added to the final price of your tattoo.

I got my tattoo a few days ago and the skin is very dry and it looks like the tattoo itself is peeling off. Is this normal? 
Yes this is normal. The epidermis (top layers of skin) will shed due to the trauma of the tattooing process. The actual tattoo is in the dermis (your permanent under-skin) and is not affected by this shedding and/or flaking as long as you don’t pick at it or prematurely remove the scabs that form. Follow the aftercare instructions provided to you and it will heal fine.

I got a tattoo done at Star Crossed, can you touch it up?
We provide free touch up services within 1 year of being tattooed by us. Since this is a free service, you may have to wait between appointments before we can squeeze you in. In rare cases where a customer takes poor care of their tattoo, or wait an unreasonable amount of time before booking a touch up with us, a fee will be charged for the service. We DO NOT offer free touch ups for finger or feet tattoos as these two areas have a high changes of fading/pulling out.  

How do I take care of my tattoo?
If you’ve received specific aftercare instructions from your artist, please follow their version. We sometimes give our clients special instructions on a case-to-case basis. For general tattoo aftercare information, please see  “Tattoo Aftercare”.

Do you ever have guest artists at the shop?
Yes. We will post all upcoming guests / events on our IG / shop blog / Facebook.

Can you teach me how to tattoo?
No, we don’t offer apprenticeships.


Still have an enquiry? Please feel free to contact us!

Tattoo Aftercare Guidelines