May 31, 2024 by Rikki Thompson
A Day In The Life
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Alexey Pavlyuk, the visionary artist behind AlexiTattoo & AMAVI, embodies a rich tapestry of cultural influences that shape his exceptional tattoo artistry. Hailing from Saratov, Russia, and transplanted to Dromore Co Down at the tender age of 8, Alexey’s formative years in Dromore High School ignited a spark of individuality and creativity within him. From those early days, it was evident that Alexey was destined to forge his own path, fueled by an unyielding passion for the arts that would eventually lead him to the realm of tattooing in Banbridge town centre.

His journey from a young dreamer in Dromore to a skilled tattoo artist is a testament to his relentless pursuit of artistic expression. Alexey’s roots in both Russian and Northern Irish cultures infuse his work with a distinctive flair, blending traditions and influences to create captivating and meaningful tattoos.

With a keen eye for detail and a heart brimming with creativity, Alexey channels his lifelong love for art into every design he creates. His commitment to craftsmanship and his dedication to bringing his clients’ visions to life set him apart in the world of tattooing.

Alexey’s journey is a testament to the power of following one’s true passion despite societal pressures. The allure of famous tattoo shows and the remarkable work of tattoo artists served as the catalyst for Alexey’s pursuit of a different path, one that resonated with his inner creativity and desire for individuality.


Despite the pressure to follow a conventional career path, Alexey remained steadfast in his desire to carve out a unique identity in the world of tattoo artistry. Speaking to UrbanABC the artist recounts; “Although I came very close to applying for university and pressured by everyone around me into another career choice, I never wanted to be like anyone else and I never wanted to be them. I wanted to show everyone that you can do something completely different and still be successful”.

By drawing inspiration from the unconventional and daring to be different, Alexey has carved out a niche for himself in the tattoo world, where his creations speak volumes about the beauty of individuality and the power of self-expression. In a world that often values conformity over creativity, Alexey’s art serves as a beacon of inspiration for those who dare to follow their own path and redefine success on their terms.

Amavi Alexey Banbridge

The past three years have been a ‘real rollercoaster ride for Alexey’. His decision to create something extraordinary, a tattoo studio like no other, has brought forth completely different challenges. Acknowledging the upward trajectory and the struggles along the ways, Alexey says; “building my own studio has been by far the most challenging venture of my life. I set out to do something extraordinary, nothing like your normal tattoo studio, and with that comes completely different challenges. I’ve had to explore new areas of artistry and techniques and use my own initiative to make it work.

“Some days are easier than others but having the determination to carry on everyday to make sure it’s successful has been the most challenging thing for me but we’re almost there and I can’t wait to see where the studio is in another year”.


In the spirit of reflection, Alexey admits that there are lessons to learn from past experiences but that keeping focused on where you’re going rather than where you’ve come from is key to personal growth and development.

“The lessons keep coming. Everyday is a new challenge and a new day to grow further – it never stops. I still see some of my early work compared to my new work, I feel proud of how far I’ve come but I’m going to push new heights with every tattoo that I do”.

Speaking to Alexey it was clear he is a man who truly believes in self worth and self appreciation, Alexey openly acknowledges;  “one of the biggest lessons that I have learnt is not to compare yourself to other artists or others in your industry and not to be too hard on yourself. Everyone is on their own path and as long as you’re trying to be better than who you were yesterday then that’s all that matters”.

Work-life balance

Finding a balance between work and personal interests is crucial for a well-rounded lifestyle. Exploring hobbies and activities outside of work can provide a much-needed break and rejuvenate the mind and body. For Alexey, weight lifting and fitness have played a significant role in his life since a young age. This early introduction to physical activity has been instrumental in preparing him for the demanding work life he leads today. Although gym visits have been on hold, Alexey is committed to reintegrating them into his routine once life becomes more manageable.

A budding gamer, Alexey has found that video games have been a delightful escape from the daily grind. Between balancing physical fitness with virtual escapades, Alexey retains a well-rounded lifestyle amidst the demands of a busy work schedule. “I especially like open-world fantasy games. The immersive virtual world offer a temporary retreat from reality, allowing me to unwind and immerse myself in captivating adventures. Despite not having had the chance to delve into gaming lately, the allure of these fantastical realms remains a cherished pastime for me”.

Amavi Alexey

Moving forward

Through AlexiTattoo & AMAVI, Alexey offers more than just tattoos; he provides a canvas for personal stories, passions, and dreams to be immortalized in ink. Each stroke of his needle is a testament to his artistic vision and his unwavering dedication to his craft.

In a world where conformity often reigns, Alexey’s decision to chart his own course and showcase his unique artistic vision stands as a bold declaration of self-expression. The allure of the tattoo industry, with its mesmerising displays of talent and the unconventional lifestyles of artists, fueled Alexey’s determination to forge a distinct identity in the realm of tattoo artistry.

Through his art, Alexey not only creates stunning tattoos but also challenges the notion that success is synonymous with conformity. His work is a testament to the belief that true fulfillment comes from embracing one’s authenticity and pursuing one’s passions with unwavering dedication.

As Alexey continues to push the boundaries of tattoo artistry, his unique background and boundless creativity shine through in every piece he creates. AlexiTattoo & AMAVI stands as a beacon of artistry and individuality, inviting clients to embark on a transformative journey of self-expression through the art of tattooing.


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