Tim Smith lives in Peekskill, New York. That’s where Pee Wee Herman and Mel Gibson were both born, but don’t let that influence your opinion of him. He’s far more controversial than either of them.

He discovered very early on in his life of his ability to use not only both of his eyes but also both of his hands. This allowed him to nurture his ability to co-ordinate them together to allow him to do stuff, like drawing and stuff. Some of it’s quite good.

At least that’s what some good people at Burton Snowboards, Gravis, National Geographic Kids, Dave's Quality Meats, giggle and Child magazine thought. They even paid him in hard cash for his efforts!

He’s designed almost everything…except stuff that had already been designed before he thought of designing it. For example, he hasn’t designed a car, but then there are loads of cars about anyway. But if he gave it a try, he could design a car. Probably.

What Tim has designed though are things like spot illustrations, CD covers and t-shirt graphics. And people who drive cars probably use some of those things – the circle is complete.

And, possibly through the use of black magic, he was able to successfully submit four – yes, count them: four - designs into the Toy2r-sponsored online competition, the United States Of Qee, and saw the designs subsequently produced into vinyl figures. Amazingly (not least for the people who follow the urban vinyl scene), this makes Tim one of the most seasoned Qee designers, ranking alongside luminaries such as Dalek, MCA and Shephard Fairey. In fact, he’s one of only two artists worldwide who has had the permission of the usually-very-protective Japanese artist Touma to use one of his figure designs as the basis for another artists work. High praise indeed. To this day, nobody’s really sure as to how this oversight happened.

Tim’s a renowned stickler for perfection too; he even forced his wife into taking their marriage vows seven times until he was satisfied that it all added up. Not exactly the fairytale day she imagined, but his obsession towards faultless craftwork certainly came in handy when he was the senior artist for the John Derian Company. There, he was training artist assistants and crafting high-end decoupage glassware that was sold to Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue, amongst others. Now, I don’t know what a lot of that means but…it sounds pretty impressive.

Oh, and his online creative pseudonym - Tmboo - means nothing. It was the only domain name left that he could afford. Any suggestion to the contrary is a downright lie.

-James Pollard