He has been tattooing for six years, but his Neo-Trad style has already set the bar high as he is one of the most sought-after artists at ‘Power Line Tattoo’.
Andrey, can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
Well, my name is Andrey Vasilyev and I’m based in Rhode Island, USA. I was born in Russia and moved here in 2007.
How long have you been tattooing, what have been your milestones so far and what ignited your flame towards tattoo art?
I’m 27 years old and have been tattooing for about 6 years. My milestones so far have been moving to a shop I’ve admired for years and becoming friends with artists I’ve admired too. What really ignited my flame towards tattoo art is my self belief, seeing all the artist I’ve admired really made me want to go home and try harder.
Yours truly seems to be a never-ending search in the meanderings of the female portrait: is that so or do you love to tattoo other subjects as well?
I’ve started tattooing female faces consistently about 2 years ago, The more I do the more I get asked! (laughs)
Most of my requests are faces but I do enjoy tattooing other stuff as well like animal heads, drinks, daggers, snakes etc.
How much is there of Neo-Traditional spirit, love of the surreal and attention to the use of color in the making of your works?
Yeah, my work is 100% Neo-Traditional! I like to create visual contrast in my pieces by placing detailed subjects in the center while simplifying the supporting surrounding elements.
Do you have an artistic figure that you still pay attention to today to always find new forms of inspiration?
I don’t have one specific thing I pay attention to. I’m constantly on my phone looking at 1000s of different photos and artists. Books & art galleries are also a great source of inspiration.
Can you describe the atmosphere and spirit at ‘Power Line Tattoo’ in Cranston (Rhode Island), aka your daily workplace?
Working at ‘Power Line Tattoo’ (IG: @powerlinetattoo) is energetic & motivating. Everyone here has a similar mindset. Everyone one is motivated to progress.
Are you a tattoo artist who travels a lot for work? Do you attend several international tattoo conventions and is it always time for a nice guest spot elsewhere or do you prefer the Rhode Island air?
I travel decently and I attend 5 or 6 conventions a year mostly in the fall and spring. I’ve been looking into planning more guest spots in 2024. It would be fun to go and hang out in some great shops for a couple of days… (smiles)
And your last famous words are… ?
Stick to your guns and take influence without changing your own path!