Tim Naish a.k.a The Underground Merry-go-round is an English artist based in France specialising in illustration for boardsport industries.

Tim’s is a self taught artist who, after escaping from the science industry, was clearly affected by his chemical overexposure, becoming compelled to obsessively fill spaces with his decoratively warped visions. Taking early inspiration from the likes of old school skateart, comics and death metal album covers, his digitally hand drawn artwork often depicts comically striking and peculiarly detailed otherworldly scenes that invite the viewer to look further into the image to discover the numerous hidden visual stories and characters.

Oddly dark, strangely amusing.

Nonsense that makes perfect sense.

Tim’s creative aim is to try and live up to The Underground Merry-go-round definition:


  • feasibly one of the most difficult words in the english language to define plainly and simply, particularly without using it in the definition


  • a group or movement organized secretly to work against an existing regime.
  • a media genre intended for an elite audience, that is often characterized by its high levels of originality and experimentation, and does not conform to typical standards, trends, or hypes as set by the popular mainstream media


  • Just a continuous fun, fun ride!


With this in mind Tim offers his illustration services to like minded folk who want to go against the status quo and attract attention to their products.

This Promo Video explains all.


“Completely blown away by the artwork, interpretation and all round skill and genius. Tim, you listened to the guidelines I gave and brought it to life…and quite a way beyond what I had hoped for. You’ve been the glue, nay SUPERGLUE, that has seen through a project…”
Pat – Jolter Press

“It was a pleasure working with Tim…I wanted something fun and unique for my product that would stand out from the other more traditional designs…I couldn’t be happier with the result. Perfect!”
Jean-Paul Couton – Bee Keeper

“Absolutely supreme job on our album artwork! Bizarre, crazy detail and really in your face! Completely sums up our music – can’t fault it!”
Matt Jones – Musician

“Tim was really great to work with. He’s fun and approachable yet professional and highly attentive to detail with an obvious desire to please…Tim managed to encompass everything we discussed and a lot more…we would highly recommend him to anyone requiring great quality illustration and added value.”
Veronique Ferreira – Head Teacher L’ecole Bilingue


06th/07th September 2014 (Record Store Day)
Secret 7″ 2014 – 10 Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DD

21st June 2015
Norwich Art Car Boot Fair – Redwell Brewery, Trowse Millgate, Norwich

20th October 2015 (exhibiting through to December 2015)
Back to the Future Day Event @ Exit Music For A Drink – 4 bis Rue Bodinier, Angers, France

03rd December 2015 to 31st January 2016
Exhibition @ Les Boissons Rouges, Segré, France

14th April to 13th May 2016
Exhibition @ Exit Music For A Drink – 4 bis Rue Bodinier, Angers, France

21st May 2016
Print/skateboard stand at Centrale 7 10th Anniversary exhibition/event – Nyoiseau, France.


Winner of Boardpusher.com Traditional Tattoo Art Competition – April 2014

Boardpusher.com featured decks – February 2016

Winner of Enuff skateboards 10th anniversary deck design competition – June 2016

Boardpusher.com featured deck – July 2016


For proposals and commission enquiries, please get in touch via email or the form below. General questions and comments also welcomed!

Email: tim@timnaish.co.uk


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