e-news #127 oct 21, 2011
Over A Quarter Century Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting Erotic Art  

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tom of finland foundation news
and news from the world of erotic art.

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events & exhibitions

October 22, 2011

The Breeches & Leather Uniform Fanclub (BLUF)

A Benefit for Tom of Finland Foundation

A night for male uniform enthusiasts!
(With a strict dress code, because this night is for real enthusiasts!)


Los Angeles, CA

October 23, 2011

presents a:

This Ain't Your Grandfather's Yardsale!

Housewares, stud-wears, gear, leathers, lamps,
rare furniture, frames, posters, gifts and gobs more.
Volunteers are needed.
. Details

Los Angeles, CA

October 30, 2011

presents a:
Queering Wikipedia Editathon
Increase LGBT historical presence online

All folks welcomed;
BYO machine (laptop, tablet,smart phone, ipad, etc.) if you have one.

Los Angeles, CA

September 11 -
October 30, 2011

Galerie MooiMan
A Trio of Artists' Works

Paintings by Martin, Jan van Santen and Jaap van Ek
and bronze statues of Freek Weidema.


Groningen, Netherlands
See our full listing on the Foundation's Events Page!

World of Tom of Finland

TOM's Blog


foundation announcements


Tip's of the Hat and Odds & Ends:

GEAR Berlin donates to ToFF: New TOM T-shirts.

November marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of Tom of Finland. It is the reason for Berlin fetish store GEAR in the Kalckreuthstraße in Schöneberg to create Special Edition T-shirts with images by the Finnish artist of the omnipotent, gay macho man in leather and uniforms.

10 Euros of your purchase price goes to help support Tom of Finland Foundation whose mission is to protect, preserve and promote the work of Tom of Finland, and hundreds of other gay artists -- keeping our culture alive and thriving.

”A totally handsome shirt, rich in detail.
In black and white, striking;
in military olive, exceptional.
Thank you, GEAR, for Supporting Art”.

-- SHARP, ToFF VP | Curator

More info here.


West Hollywood Book Fair: It was great being part of this this annual bibliophile fest!

The new library is stunning, West Hollywood has every reason to be proud.

ToFF is very proud of our Volunteers who made our booth happen: Toni who put it all together; Marti; Thomas; Johnny; Rich; Gary; Carr; Anthony. Thank you, Michael Kirwan for sharing your new book, Just So Horny.

We're looking forward to seeing everyone next year.


A big thanks is also due Jan van Stralen and Sandro Kortekaas of Galerie MooiMan in Groningen for displaying Tom's work during the period their town was the Pink Capital town (Roze Zaterdag)
of the Netherlands.

The galerie also showcased works by artists inspired by Tom including Rinaldo Hopf, Musk Ming, Hannes Steinert, Keith King and Marcel Joosen.

art news


Who's exhibiting at BENT-CON?

Some of the top leaders in the field of GLBT comics, visual arts, writing, film and the web!

BENT-CON is an annual convention to provide, encourage and promote emerging and established comic book artists, writers, creators and publishers of LGBT (Lesbian / Gay / Bisexual / Transgender)-themed work to be shared, inform and expressed to the broader general public; which also includes creative literature, film and other forms of creative expression.

"A comic convention… only Gayer. "Add your name now!

Cartoonist Reads In Vancouver on Oct. 21
Steve MacIssac

Who's exhibiting at BENT-CON?

A Canadian artist who currently lives in Long Beach, California after several years in Japan, Steve MacIsaac’s comics explore the intersection of culture, identity, and sexuality: how gay men strive, succeed, and fail to make sense of the paradoxes and opportunities that present themselves in contemporary gay life, particularly the construction of presentation of masculinity.

SHIRTLIFTER #4 contains the second volume of “Unpacking”, MacIsaac’s graphic novel in progress, which he began in issue three.  The story is centered around a Vancouver graphic designer named Matt, who has begun regularly seeing a visiting businessman. The catch? The businessman is straight. And married. And their no strings relationship quickly begins to get tangled. This new issue also features work from Justin Hall (GLAMAZONIA, HARD TO SWALLOW) and selection of DICK strips from UK artist Ilya (END OF THE CENTURY CLUB).

SHIRTLIFTER #4 is an 80 page, full color comic distributed to bookstores through Last Gasp, Bookazine, and Prerogatives. The comic is available through Amazon and directly from the author via his website.

Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium
1238 Davie Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Open 10 AM – 11 PM daily (PST) 604.669.1753.

A Patron in Passing
Michael Stevenson

Beloved proprietor of LA Art Box Conservation Framing and supporter of the arts, Michael Stevenson (1947-2011), has died this month.

A Memorial Mass will be held: 10:00 am Saturday, October 22, 2011 at Saint Victors Catholic Church, 8634 Holloway Drive, West Hollywood, California.

Please consider rather than flowers sent, offering that extra support to a favorite institution or charity as Michael so often did.

The Landale Cottage Communiqué
Windon Newton, acting manager – 310.567.6310

12" of Sin

12” of Sin: ‘So Much Art You Can Barely Fit It All In’ is a juried show of sophisticated, intelligent, and clever erotic art sponsored by Sin City Gallery, Las Vegas. This competition is an extension of the commitment of Sin City Gallery to promote sophisticated, visceral and thought-provoking artists who challenge and inspire the viewer to confront established norms morally, artistically and spiritually.

The art is presented to encourage the patrons to celebrate the erotic as an expression of the whole person through the contemplation of artistic expression in form, color and structure. Sin City Gallery is known for creating art experiences that cause the viewers to think with their senses and feel with their minds.  No dimension on any medium can exceed 12 inches.

Participation in 12” of Sin is open to everyone and all mediums will be considered.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the art is to be donated to the non-profit organization, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and its SADAP (Sisters AIDS Drug and Assistance Program).

All entries must be submitted and received by no later than 10/31/11.

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