Japanese Tattoo Sunshine Coast

Japanese Tattoo Sunshine Coast

Japanese backpiece tattooing

Wabori House is a Private Tattoo Studio in the Sunshine Coast hinterland dedicated to classic Japanese style tattooing. Traditional Japanese backpiece tattoos are strong, bold and have been worn for centuries. This style of tattooing requires dedication and personal discipline.

What is Wabori?

Wabori is the term used to describe tattoos of Japanese designs. For example, tattoos of Japanese warriors, dragons, hannya and koi fish are all considered wabori. Western tattoos that have western designs are known in Japanese as youbori. ‘Irezumi’ is another word that is commonly used in Japanese tattooing - irezumi simply means to ‘insert ink’.

Our artists

Eli Ferguson

Raised on the Sunshine Coast, tattooing has taken Eli around Australia and Japan to learn from the best and hone his craft.

12 years ago Eli commenced his tattoo apprenticeship in Brisbane under Australian Japanese tattoo heavyweight Brendan O’Connor. Working beneath Brendan, one of Australia’s greats, laid the foundations for Eli’s culturally respectful approach to making Japanese tattoos.

It was through Brendan that Eli was introduced to Japanese tattooist Satoru Koizumi (One Shot Tattoo) and embarked on his first trip to work in a Japanese Tattoo Shop in Okinawa in 2015.

Edward Neo

Edward is a Singaporean tattooer who has been tattooing on the Sunshine Coast for over 6 years. He sets his focus on creating large scale, impactful, and long lasting pieces that speak beyond aesthetics for his clients.

Being of Chinese descent, the oriental culture is deeply rooted in his upbringing. While he takes on a variety of styles, his passion gravitates towards the traditional form of Japanese tattooing, thus building his foundation around this style.

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Japanese Backpiece tattoo styles

Kameno-Kou

A kameno-kou Japanese back tattoo is often referred to as a tortoise shell as it covers the thighs, buttocks and back.

Munewari

Munewari is a split chest bodysuit. Somewhat shaped like a coat, the arms, chest, back and legs are tattooed, with an untattooed space down the middle of the chest.

Soushinbori

Soushinbori is a full bodysuit. A Japanese style bodysuit tattoo includes sleeves, the back and all the way down to the ankles. Typically it is just the hands, neck, feet and genitals that remain untattooed.

Get in Contact

Our books are now open to new clients. Please book an obligation-free consult to discuss your ideas.

Frequently asked questions

Where is Wabori House Tattoo Studio?
Wabori House Tattoo is located in Ilkley / Eudlo in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Just 15 minutes from Buderim, or 20 minutes from Mooloolaba, the studio offers a tranquil, Japanese inspired experience.
How long does a Japanese style backpiece take to complete?
A Japanese back tattoo is a commitment. It can take 60+ hours to complete a full turtle back horimono (kame-no-koh) backpiece tattoo. The time it takes to complete the backpiece depends on many factors including the design, your skin type and the size of your back. At Wabori House, we book 3 hour (half day) or 5 hour (full day) sessions.
How much does a Japanese backpiece tattoo cost?
We always book a consult to discuss your ideas and make sure we’re the right fit for each other. During your consult, we can give you an estimate based on the design and what sort of cut you’d like (kameno-kou, donbori or munewari).
I'd like to book in, how do I do this?
Large-scale Japanese tattoos (such as sleeves, back pieces and bodysuits) require dedication, patience and budgeting. We like to make sure if we are making this commitment to complete this work together, that we’re the right fit for each other. So please BOOK A FREE CONSULTATION to discuss your tattoo design requirements, location and any questions you have.
How old do you have to be to get tattooed?
You must be at least 18 years of age. You must present a valid form of identification, such as a driver’s license or passport to proceed with your appointment.
How much does a Japanese backpiece tattoo cost?
We always book a consult to discuss your ideas and make sure we’re the right fit for each other. During your consult, we can give you an estimate based on the design and what sort of cut you’d like (kameno-kou, donbori or munewari).
Will you custom design the tattoo to suit my body?
Design and composition to suit the natural flow of the body is one of the main priorities when making wabori. A back tattoo for a woman is usually approached much different to that for a man. Wabori will most likely be strong and power but a more feminine or masculine approach can be taken to suit the individual.
I want to get a Japanese bodysuit, where do I start?
Traditionally in Japan the backpiece would be done first. Being the biggest viewable surface at one time the backpiece is the centre piece of your bodysuit and the main theme. thus when continuing the rest of your bodysuit some considerations must be taken so that new work on the arms and legs remain complimentary to your main theme. Although the process mentioned above is the most straightforward way to design a bodysuit and commonplace in Japan, we at Wabori House are accustom to accommodating more western approaches, starting on the sleeves can be done as an entry point into wabori. It does require more careful planning but with our expertise it can be done.
I have other tattoos, can you work around them / incorporate them?
Yes. This is a common scenario and one where our expertise in Horimono style full body tattooing is very important to incorporate existing work in a complementary way to still achieve a harmonious outcome when looking at the body as a whole.
I'm booked for multiple sessions, how do I pay for it?
Payment for each session is required on the day of the appointment and can be made by cash or bank transfer. Your final session cost will be reduced by the amount of the booking fee you paid (usually $200)
How long is a full day session?
A day session is ussualy 5 hours, 10am - 3pm.
How can I prepare for my tattoo appointment?
A good nights sleep and big breakfast is recommended. Your body’s overall condition is usually reflected in ones composure when getting tattooed. For particularly painful areas some meditative breathing exercises can be profoundly beneficial to complete long sessions. In the moment when getting tattooed it is ultimately a mental game.
What should I bring to my tattoo appointment?
For full day sessions there will usually be a quick lunch break to refuel and maintain composure and concentration for the session. Please bring something to eat or snack on throughout the day. Please arrive on time for your session. As the studio is located on private property no earlier than 10 minutes is appreciated.

Our process

Thinking of getting a Japanese style backpiece tattoo?
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Book a consultation

Large-scale Japanese tattoos (such as sleeves, backpieces and bodysuits) require dedication, patience and budgeting. We like to make sure if we are making this commitment to complete this work together, that we’re the right fit for each other. At your consult, we will discuss your tattoo design requirements, location and any questions you have. Use the ‘Tattoo Enquiry’ form below to book your consultation.
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Pay deposit and book dates

When you are ready to proceed — we will offer you dates for 4 tattoo sessions (full day is 5 hours). We usually leave 2 to 4 weeks between appointments to allow the skin to heal.

A $200 deposit is required to secure these dates, and that amount is subtracted from your final tattoo session.
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Get tattooed

Our studio is located at 37 Sara Place, Ilkley (Sunshine Coast).

Please arrive on time for your session. As the studio is located on private property, no earlier than 10 minutes is appreciated.

Payment for each session is required on the day of the appointment and can be made by cash or bank transfer.

Book A Consultation

Please fill in the form for all consult requests and bookings. All consults are free of charge. Tattoo appointments require a $200 deposit to secure the booking.
  • 37 Sara Place
    Ilkley, Sunshine Coast
Preferred Days*
    Please agree to the cancellation policy. I understand that I must pay a $200 non-refundable deposit to secure an appointment, once dates have been discussed. If you cancel or reschedule within 48 hours of your appointment, this deposit is forfeited.*

    Tattoo Enquiry

    Preferred Days
    Please agree to the cancellation policy. I understand that I must pay a $200 non-refundable deposit to secure an appointment, once dates have been discussed. If you cancel or reschedule within 48 hours of your appointment, this deposit is forfeited.*