Frequently Asked Questions

Please read over this article before contacting us!

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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 Sunday 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? Measurements must be provided!

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 does it take to heal a tattoo?
Your tattoo will heal in about 2 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 varies from month to month, but we try to book 2 weeks in advance for medium sized tattoos. It can take longer if your design requires substantial amounts of drawing and drafting.
*If you are a foreign client, please consider booking 1 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.
Walk-ins are available on a day to day basis, you may experience a wait. Please call ahead to check our availability (+852-3427-3820).

I would like to cancel my appointment; can I get my deposit back?
Please note that the deposit is non-refundable should you decide to change your mind about getting tattooed.

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, and replicating other people’s tattoo.

Is there any place you won’t tattoo?
This is up to our artist’s decision, but generally, we don’t do: face, hands, neck (front & side), and 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?
Yes! Both of our artists are fully capable with designing you a custom tattoo. Please bring us whatever reference material you may have, even if it’s just a verbal description. We do not charge extra for the drawing, but a deposit and a confirmed appointment date with us is required.

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. However if you are prone to stretch marks, you may see some in your tattoo. Otherwise it shouldn’t distort too much, especially if you grow or work out proportionally. If you know you will be getting A LOT bigger (building huge muscle mass or even getting pregnant) it is best to not get a very rigid shaped tattoo such as a perfect circle or square design, as it can show more distortion.

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, it’s fine. But please be your own judge and listen to your body, it will tell you what it is capable of. Only do what is comfortable. Also be careful not to impact your fresh tattoo.

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?
Yes, depending on design. Some designs are simply not recommended for just white ink use.

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 (can I apply) anesthesia before getting tattooed?
No, and reason being:

- Medical grade anesthetics (injections) require a doctor’s license to use and purchase in Hong Kong.
- Topical anesthetics (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 small fee will be charged for the service.

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 request a “Tattoo Aftercare” guide from us.

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

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


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