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 Crossfire studio. Bens preferred styles of tattooing are graffiti with a boog or Mr. cartoon edge to it. But is willing to take on any style given to him. Influences include Paul braniff, Tony ranger, Boog, Mr. cartoon and all 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.
Alain “Frenchy” Garcia started tattooing in France in 1997.After having traveled in different countries, he has the great opportunity to join the G.C.T.’s team, so he finally decided to set up home in Australia in 2009. By turns at Skin FX Tattoos, Crossfire Tattoos and currently works out of the Gold Coast Tattoos. Despite being addicted to black and grey, he also enjoys tattooing color tattoos. His favorite styles are Realistic, Horror, Chicano and New school. To book in a tattoo with Alain please contact the studio on 0755 312 728 or see our contact page.
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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