September 28, 2014
Presenting comics by Touko Laaksonen in the same
spirit for which
Tom of Finland is known — without shame or reserve.
6, 2014 -
March 29, 2015
Sealed with a Secret
Correspondence of Tom of Finland
portrait of the artist Touko Laaksonen
is conveyed through his extensive correspondence.
September 6 , 2014
Xerox & Figurines
Together At Last!
photography by Josef Jasso
Hooded figurines by Richard Ankrom
Los Angeles, CA
August 31, 2014
du fier monde
Fugues se Souvient:
30 Years of Homosexualtiy in Quebec
to the evolution of the GLBT community within Quebecois society,
the exhibition covers notable moments from the last thirty years.
September 28, 2014
Abandon the Parents
An overwhelming collection by several artists.
of paintings, drawings, photographs, videos,
books, words, and sounds fill the x-rummet venue.
Miguel Angel Reyes
A big thank
you for all who contributed to making the reception [for Slava
Mogutin and Brian Kenny] a success: To Rubén Esparza
for making the evening happen, to Durk & Sharp for hosting us,
to Stuart Sandford & Carlo Flores for helping out, to Miguel
Angel Reyes for documenting, and to Daddy TOM for bringing us all
Brian & I had a blast
and couldn't be happier with the reception we got. Here's to more
fun creative times together! SUPERM LOVE!
Slava Mogutin and Brian Kenny
of the event on TOM's
grateful for a generous donation from CLAW and
congratulate them on their 14 years of generosity! The Foundation
is very appreciative for CLAW’s continued support and assistance
in the furtherance of our goals.
We are able
to keep our doors open to the public and have a small administrative
staff through the generosity of our members and supporters. Your
gift demonstrates your support of TOM and his Foundation, and we
CLAW Corp. is
a certified 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to fundraising,
education, volunteerism and all other charitable needs of the adult
more about CLAW
and the Cleveland Leather Annual Weekend.
VTOVAR recently made an Internet date with Tom
Cho, author of Look
Who's Morphing, and discussed everything from RADAR's Wandering
Moon event to his love of Tom of Finland.
the room you're in right now.
Tom: I'm staying
at the Tom of Finland Foundation and my bedroom here (which is where
I am now) is actually Tom's bedroom. So I'm surrounded by Tom of
Finland artwork, and his clothing and ephemera. In short, I'm in
full interview on RADAR Production's website.
The Finnish Institute
Jansson: Tales from the Nordic Archipelago is running
from July 15 through August 24, 2014.
with the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tove Jansson (1914 -
2001), this display presents original unseen photographs and material
relating to her life and work, illustrated books and early first
an accomplished Finnish author and artist, had a life every bit
as fascinating as her famous creations, The Moomins. Tove Jansson:
Tales From the Archipelago draws an intimate portrait of the
artist's life on her private island in the archipelago of Finland,
where she regularly spent the summer months with her life partner
Tuulikki Pietilä and at her artist studio in Helsinki. Shot
over a period of 60 years by her dear friend, renowned Finnish photographer
C-G Hagström (b. 1940) and her brother, photographer, Per Olov
Jansson (b. 1920), rare family photographs reveal a story of an
to Steve Ganzell, Tom Pardoe and Christopher Street West
for giving TOM's Foundation the opportunity to be part of Erotic
at LA Pride.
Thank you to artists
Dusti Cunningham, E. Salvador Hernandez, Michael Kirwan, Stuart
Sandford, Hector Silva and Miguel Angel Reyes
who showed us what they do best. Thank you to artist Windon Newton
for the murals that filled the space.
for the ToFF Volunteers who pull it all together and GIVE.
Ritva Koukku-Ronde and Assistant Secretary
Gives 1.4 Million to U.S. Led Global Equality Fund.
The International Day
against Homophobia and Transphobia is celebrated on May 17th. On
the occasion of the worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities,
and in recognition of Finland´s commitment to advance the
human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons,
Finland increases its support to the Global Equity Fund by 1.4 million
for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Tom Malinowski and Ritva
Koukku-Ronde, Ambassador of Finland to the United States, issued
a joint statement on the co-operation between the two governments
to advance human rights of LGBT persons. The United States and Finland
recognize that supporting human rights is the responsibility of
all governments and people, and that the human rights of LGBT persons
are not different or separate from the human rights of any other
by STUART SANFORD.
hugs and kisses to all who came out to TOM House for
of Pleasure, it was lovely to see all your smiling
Special thanks for all
those who helped lend a hand (Pete, Benno, David, Ted, Rhys, Bret
and Pete) and of course to the adorable Stuart and Patrick who organized
We’ll have another
soon so keep your eyes peeled for the details.
Photro: SAGE ROSS
Wadewitz (January 6, 1977 - April 8, 2014), 37, Wikipedia
Adrianne was an expert
and engaging instructor at ToFF's Queering
Wikipedia Editathon. We can't believe she is gone.
She was an American
feminist scholar of 18th-century British literature, and a noted
Wikipedian and commenter upon Wikipedia, particularly focusing on
As a major promoter
of getting more women to edit Wikipedia to help end systematic bias,
she said, "We need more female editors, more feminists (who
can be editors of any gender), and more editors willing to work
on content related to women. The single most underrepresented group
on Wikipedia is married women of color with children."
would like to thank everyone who came out to the Closing of the
exhibition. I would also like to thank the Satyrs for giving Tom
Finland Foundation the closing weekend. It was an amazing event
and exhibition I am proud to have worked on, a great slice of our
rich leather history.” — Marc Bellenger, Mr. Long Beach
Everyone involved with
this project did an outstanding job. Marc is very dedicated, creative
and wise. Thanks to the sponsors who made this opportunity happen.
Finland — TOM's Club — celebrated Finlandization
2014 last July 25 - 27. The MSC is a fetish club for leather,
rubber and biker guys and is a member of ECMC (European Confederation
of Motorcycle Clubs).
Way to go,
guys! Learn more
about TOM's Club here.
were flying as the Los Angeles Band of Brothers
held RUSH at TOM House last July 12th. Thanks for holding
your event at ToFF and everything you do for Fouindation!
was the brothers against the rules. The rules lost."
about the LA Band of Brothers here.
was at Off Sunset (a local street fair
in Los Angeles) due to the dedicated help of our hard working volunteers.
Deep thanks! We were also graced by the presence of two local artists
— Rick Castro and Michael Kirwan. (Hey, Foundation always
tries to surround itself with artists.)
Hot thanks to Hunter Fox who produced this fun-filled event.
Tom of Finland
10th Tom of Finland Emerging Artist Competition
Photo of Tom of Finland
by Patric Sarfarti.
This Year's Grand Prize
TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991),
Untitled (Preparatory drawing), c. 1979,
Graphite on paper, 8.31" x 11.69", ToFF #1004 ©
1979 Tom of Finland Foundation
Tom of Finland Foundation, which preserves and promotes the legacy of
iconic gay artist, is returning with its Emerging Artist Competition,
an opportunity for queer artists to showcase and gain notoriety for
This year marks the 10th
competition, and the Foundation has gathered an impressive panel of
queer artists to judge the submissions. These individuals include assume
vivid astro focus (Eli Sudbrack and Christophe Hamaide-Pierson),
Elmgreen and Dragset (Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset),
Richard Hawkins, Ryan Heffington,
Bruce LaBruce, Helmut Lang, Linder,
and A.L. Steiner.
The Tom of Finland Emerging
Artist Competition is meant to be an open forum for queer artists
to showcase their work in a freeing and nonrestrictive fashion.
"In actively mentoring
emerging artists," Durk Dehner, President and Cofounder of Tom
of Finland Foundation, said in a statement, "being guardians of
culture, and providing safe environments for the arts, we pursue Tom
of Finland's ethos and practice that inspired generations."
James Nichols, The
for more information on the competition!
Artist In Passing
Pedro Santillana a.k.a. PALANCA
Pedro with a blow-up of his work in 2008.
Santillana passed away on Tuesday, 22nd July. He was having liver problems
related to his HIV condition for some years.
Summer 2001: Featured Artist: PALANCA. The Foundation recently connected
with a wonderful artist out of Peru, whose artist name is PALANCA —
He is presently visiting the states, and we have been working with him
to assist in pricing his works and looking for ways to expose these
wonderful creations to a broader public
Blog, April 2014: PALANCA — crudely sexual and delicious.
In 2001 Palanca went to Los Angeles where he met the founder and the
curator of Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF). He showed at the Tom
of Finland Art Fair, L.A. Pride's Erotic City and TOM's
Bar. In L.A. he also met filmmaker Chris Maher. In 2007 he was
honored with a Special Recognition from ToFF.
Santillana Cruzado goes away leaving the best memories his family and
friends can treasure, both as a person and as an artist.
More on TOM's
Artist In Passing
Artwork by Christine Kessler.
Photo at TOM House by Stuart Sandford, 2014.
passed away on May 29th, 2014. Family and friends came to TOM House
— where Christine once lived — to commemorate her life.
She is missed a million times over.
only took thousands and thousands of photographs as her art, she also
took hundreds and hundreds of photographs of other artists' work, documenting
ToFF's Permanent Collection.
Fall 2002: THE FETISH BALL Tom of Finland Foundation hosted seven
fetish photographers June 2002 with an exhibition of their works for
one night only. Dave Naz, Christine Kessler, Gary & Pierre Silva,
Steven Diet Goedde, Ben Hoffman, Miguel Angel Reyes, and Reno Larson
were each provided with a room dedicated to exhibiting their works,
plus several common rooms for group exhibitions. The affair was attended
by several hundred fetish enthusiasts who were given an opportunity
to experience the works of the guest artists, and to view the Foundation's
permanent collection of over 150 works on exhibit.
More on TOM's
Grants Itella Posti Honorable Mention Award For
Apple of Good Information
Credit: Itella Posti. Artwork: TOM OF FINLAND © 1979
Tom of Finland Foundation
Itella Posti the Apple of Good Information honorable mention. Itella
Posti's stamp collection featuring Tom of Finland is a "significant
cultural achievement and an example of how a company can positively
use the ideas of sexual orientation and gender diversity in its business
Timo Berry designed the stamps and Tom of Finland Foundation applied
for the topic with the stamp committee.
it is important to us that Finnish stamps live with the times and depict
diverse topics. These Tom of Finland stamps raise awareness of a Finnish
artist whose art has contributed to the promotion of sexual equality",
says Itella Posti's Development Director.
More on TOM's
Talks About Neo-Nazis And An Iconic Gay Artist
Dome Karukoski in 2009. Photo: Helsinki-filmi, Jan Granström
early 1980s, the young Dome
Karukoski, born with the first names Thomas August George as the
son of an American poet and a Finnish journalist, arrived from Cyprus
in rural Finland without speaking the language. Because of his name
and his perceived status as a foreigner, he was bullied by his schoolmates
into his teenage years and is very open about this experience when discussing
the comparable character of Ramadhani in Heart
of a Lion.
"In Heart of a Lion,
the protagonist is a member of a neo-Nazi gang, or 'club,' and seems
to reconsider his fixation on ethnic purity when he comes to accept
Ramadhani, whose father is black. But a combination of two scenes in
the middle of the film demonstrates how Karukoski organizes his material
to create a sense of complexity that, he admits, also aims to produce
a bigger emotional experience because it '[puts] the audience in a head
"The loner will take
center stage again in his next film, The Grump (Mielensäpahoittaja),
which premieres in the autumn. It is based on the eponymous book by
Tuomas Kyrön, whose title character is an 80-year-old man who constantly
complains that the world around him keeps changing. This comedy is tied
to Heart of a Lion, however, in its presentation of a character
angry with a world that doesn't stay the same, and it also anticipates
the criticism his subsequent big-budget film, Tom
of Finland, a biopic about the late gay artist Touko Laaksonen
who is one of the country's most famous names abroad, is sure to provoke
at home among some of Finland's more conservative inhabitants."
Read the complete
article by André Crous on Prague
More on TOM's
Prepping For The
TOM Exhibition At The
Finnish Postal Museum
Durk Dehner, president ToFF; Kimmo Antila, director, Postal
Susanna Luoto, representative, ToFF; going over Tom of Finland artwork
Not only a new
exhibition, but Sealed
with a Secret - Correspondence of Tom of Finland will be Museum
Centre Vapriikki's first exhibition, opening September 6, 2014.
Museum Centre Vapriikki is the new Finnish Postal Museum, opening just
in time for the issuance of the Tom of Finland stamps.
Tom of Finland
produced more than 3,500 images during his career. The two appearing
on the stamp sheet are both untitled and date from the late '70s. They
encapsulate the self-aware, unapologetic and proud archetypes of Tom
of Finland as well as the photorealistic and black & white toned
aesthetics of his eloquent signature.
More on TOM's
From the Tom of Finland stamp set
released by Finland's postal service, Itella Posti
© 1979 Tom of Finland Foundation
Our love letter to
One of the earliest ways
that Tom of Finland's work found its way into the hands of viewers was
through the postal service.
Today, we're sending you
this special message, and we hope that you'll consider it our love letter
to you for the support you've given us.
We love your support.
So far this year, here's
what your support has helped us to achieve.
We facilitated showings of
Tom's work at esteemed exhibitions in Oslo,
Los Angeles. Tom's work also found wider exposure in other
forms, including a new edition of Taschen's Tom
of Finland — The Complete Kake Comics and even the production
of DIY cross-stitching
kits from Australian designer Pearler.
We've also continued to cultivate
the next generation of erotic artists, via running our 10th
of Finland Emerging Artist Competition (currently accepting
submissions), regular erotic Drawing
Workshops, and more. And, with your help, we've in turn assisted
our community, hosting and supporting local queer organizations
No wonder why we love your
From Tom of Finland
Foundation, with love.
This September, an exhibition
in Finland will feature a selection of Tom's letters, showcasing
Tom's own skills as a letter writer. The exhibition will coincide with
the release of the highly-anticipated set of Tom
of Finland stamps. Initiated by ToFF and produced by Finland's postal
service Itella Posti, we think they're the perfect stamps for sending
your own love letters.
We have other future projects
of interest to you, a valued lover of Tom's work. These include a new
website, an exhibition of Tom's comics in Finland, a major international
travelling exhibition of Tom's work, and more. But your help
is vital not only to these projects, but to our ongoing programs
and operation. With this love letter, can we tempt you to join,
renew your membership or upgrade to another membership level?
Remember, your contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed
With your support, let's
ensure that Tom's work is honored and loved for years to come.
Durk Dehner — President
S. R. Sharp — VP | Curator