RIP Paul Braniff 31.07.56 – 15-1-16 The co-founder of Gold Coast Tattoos and one of the leading tattoo artists in Australia, Paul began tattooing over 36 years ago now. His studios – Skin FX Tattoos, Crossfire Tattoos & Gold Coast Tattoos – have been up and running on the Gold Coast for over 28 years. Borderline Tattoos in Coolangatta was where it all started, moving to Kirra after a couple of years.
Ben Braniff started tattooing in 1994. Ben currently works out of the gold coast tattoo studio. Bens favorite styles of tattooing are color realism, black and grey, graffiti, latino and organic biomech styles. he is considered a jack of all trades style artist being able to adapt to any style with ease. Influences include Paul braniff, Tony ranger, evan griffiths, brad bako and all others within the GCT family.
Tony has been tattooing since 1991 and has apprenticed under Paul and Robyn Braniff Currently working in the 22 studio where he can concentrate on his custom and free hand work.
Wayne Hartley began his career in tattooing in Caboolture in 1997. Given his start by bob miller, Wayne is a talented all round artist who can take on any job given to him. Wayne prefers to do black and grey tattoos, animal portraits or just about anything.
Corpse started tattooing in Cairns in 1998, completing his tattoo apprenticeship under Duane Cash from FNQ Tattoo. Corpse currently works the day shift at Skin Fx. He enjoys all styles of tattooing.
Cody started tattooing in Tweed Heads in 2005 and has been with us at GCT since 2011. He is an experienced and versatile artist who enjoys all styles of custom tattooing, particularly neo-traditional and large scale work. Cody works at Skin FX from 5pm – Midnight, Tuesday to Saturday.
Ryan started tattooing in 2009 in New Zealand and joined the GCT team in 2013. Ryan enjoys tattooing all styles but focuses on Neo Traditional, Realism and Contemporary Maori. To make a booking with Ryan please contact the studio on 0755 312 728
Bob started his apprenticeship with the Braniff family in 2010. Bob’s favourite style is traditional but he also prides himself on being a quick and confident walk-in tattooer. Between tattoos, Bob enjoys painting and drawing traditional flash sheets and has a large selection of original designs available to choose from. You can find Bob at Skin FX from 5pm till Midnight, Tuesday to Saturday. Contact him for tattoos or commission paintings. . To book in a tattoo with Bob please contact the studio on 07 55 921905
Blake started tattooing in 2009 in South Brisbane and joined the GCT team in 2013. He enjoys tattooing traditional, neo-traditional and hand-drawn script. He works from 5pm – Midnight, Monday, Wednesday – Saturday. Contact him at Skin FX or tattoos or commission paintings.
Tony Champ started his apprenticeship under Paul Braniff in 2012 at Gold Coast Tattoos in southport. However he did his first tattoo almost 7 years ago , when he was co-owner/head teacher at the Gold Coast Art School in southport where he was teaching alot of tattooers to draw and paint. Tony enjoys tattooing all styles but really enjoys black and grey and colour realism.
Alexis Hepburn Alexis started tattooing in 2013 in Ballarat, Melbourne and joined the GCT team in 2013. She enjoys tattooing custom traditional. She works from 10am – 5pm, Tuesday – Saturday. Contact her at Crossfire Tattoos for tattoos or commission paintings.
Paul started tattooing in 1977 in his home town of Griffith NSW. In those days the nearest tattooer was either Melbourne “350 mls from Griffith” or Sydney about 600 mls from Griffith.
Paul is a self taught Tattooer and once he started he pursued the art with a passion. Eventually starting a studio in Griffith which he called Borderline Tattoos named in preparation of moving the studio and his young family “wife Robyn, and three children, Rickelle, Ben and Luke” to the Gold Coast where he opened Borderline in Kirra on the border of QLD and NSW in 1985, the studio was straight across the road from Kirra Beach and in those days when the surf was pumping the spray from the famous breaks would drench the shop front.
Over the years that followed Borderline was moved to Coolangatta, then Burleigh Heads, where it is still located although the studio was sold to Tim Ebbles, who did his apprenticeship with Paul. In 1989 Paul and Robyn opened Gold Coast Tattoos.”GCT” In Southport where Paul worked until 1992 when Skin FX was opened in Surfers Paradise.
The next studio was Crossfire Tattoos which was built in 1999 and is also located in Surfers paradise, which was built to combat the influx of studios opening on top of the Skin FX Studio. Crossfire is run by Pauls elder son Ben and pauls wife Robyn.
In 2008 the family acquired Studio 22 which is the studio within a studio, as 22 is an extension on Skin FX where Paul and son Luke and Tony Ranger ply their trade, and run the studios with the help of the best crews of artists and Staff that any business would be proud of.
We the Braniff Family are here for the long haul, with the third generation of the family coming along nicely with five grandchildren to date, and all loving Tattoo we see great things ahead. Building on the foundations of hard work and good business this family has strived to make good, its mark in this industry.
Paul and Robyn Braniff started G.C.T back in 1985 in a one man studio located in Kirra/Coolangatta. They then moved to Southport and currently run four studios in the Southport and Surfers area. The Gold Coast Tattoos studios are the leading studios on the coast and employ well over twenty experienced staff including more than twelve tattoo artists.
Amongst the Gold Coast Tattoos artists are the award-winning Paul Braniff and Tony Ranger who both specialise in portrait and custom freehand work.
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