14. To set this up for a black T-shirt, create a new layer behind all the other layers and draw in a black rectangle to fill the artboard. Then use the Selection tool to select the snake’s outline, then go Edit > Copy and Edit > Paste in Back, fill it with white, give it a 12-point outline and hit the Align Stroke to Outside icon.

15. Next add in some of the other tattoo-inspired vectors provided on the cover CD. I created these for thegoldenblack.com using this same method. You can also group and duplicate the new snake coils to add more detail to the piece.

16. Choose a set of four or five swatches and colour it up. If you use the Pathfinder window to merge your black line work and have CS4, experiment with the new Live Paint Bucket, which makes this quick.


Zoom all the way in and use a 0.25- point stroke when drawing details. To avoid constantly updating the stoke options, I draw a 0.25-point line around the piece and select it between clicks to keep the stroke size set correctly.

Who: Pale Horse is the design studio and gallery of Chris Parks, part-time thrasher, part-time designer and fulltime maniac. Parks’ work is inspired by his love for tattoo art, Japanese culture, mythology and horror movies. Since opening the studio, Parks has created artwork for Nike, Vans, Etnies, Red Bull, Hurley, The Cartoon Network, Iron Fist Clothing, Globe, Mattel and many more.
Contact: palehorsedesign.com
Software: Adobe Illustrator CS3/CS4, Adobe Photoshop CS3/CS4
Time to complete: 6-7 hours
On the CD: Files for this tutorial can be found on the cover CD.