e-news #138 june 23, 2012

Over A Quarter Century Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting Erotic Art  

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events & exhibitions

July 8, 2012

presents a:
Life Drawing Workshop

Ususally held on the second Sunday of each month.
Beginner? Professional? All are welcome. RSVP and bring your sketch pad!


Los Angeles, CA

June 25 -
July 1, 2012

Helsingin seudun SETA ry

Helsinki Pride
A Week of Events and More

Pride Parade Saturday, Saturday June 30. Join us there!
Art is So Gay Exhibition runs June 26 to July 22, 2012


Helsinki, Finland

June 24 -
July 15, 2012

Live Art Gallery
Of Birds & Boys
New Works by Figure Artist René Capone

René Capone's art conveys a sense of wonder,
exploration and discovery.


San Francisco, CA

June 28 -
July 1, 2012

Klub M25
Palatinus Project 2012
Exhibiting the Works of John Palatinus

John Palatinus is one of the pioneering
early physique photographers of the 1950s.


Warsaw, Poland

June 16 - 24, 2012

The Foundation for Sex Positive Culture
Seattle Erotic Art Festival 2012
Since 2002

Last Weekend!
Don't miss it!


Seattle, WA

July 5 - 14, 2012

Gallerie Die Kunstagentin
Palatinus Project 2012
Exhibiting the Works of John Palatinus

Palatinus was noted for his use of light and shadow
to highlight the topography of the male physique.


Cologne, Germany
See our full listing on the Foundation's Events Page!

World of Tom of Finland

TOM's Blog


foundation announcements


Tips of the Hat and Odds & Ends:

ToFF engayged with a lot of glorious people at LA PRIDE 2012 and were grateful for the opportunity to be part of Erotic City.

We are very grateful for all of our friends – the Artists -
who share their work with so many, Miguel Angel Reyes, Jay Lawton, Hector Silva, Ethan Maxx and Lalo Ugalde.

We are 100% indebted to our friends – our Volunteers – who make doing all this a joy, Devin, Eddie, Görkem, Jake, Josh, Marcus and Tom. And the Models, our inspiration, thank you, each of you including Chris, Dan, Diego, Jordon, Marcos and Mason.


TOM’s Bar 2012 recap.

Everybody made it a perfect day for Tom. Thanks to all the Volunteers that made it happen, our Sponsors for who made it fun, and to everyone who come to this great event at Faultline Bar to celebrate Daddy’s Day for Tom of Finland, June 17th, 2012. Special kudos to Shawn Farnsworth of the Faultline, SOLD OUT Clothing and Instigator Magazine.

I wanted to show Gays they can feel happy together. -TOM

Click to see a gallery of photos taken by Benno Sebastian.

Click to see a video of the events taken by Alexsander Freitas.


Tom of Finland
(Touko Laaksonen)

Homotopia has been awarded funding to create three major internation projects in Russia, Sweden and Finland.

  • Homotopia & Tom of Finland Foundation’s hugely successful Tom of Finland Retrospective to tour to Kulturhuset Stockholm Summer 2012.
  • Homotopia & Tom of Finland Foundation to create Tom of Finland archive & heritage project in Turku.
  • Homotopia to develop “Art As Social Change” in St. Petersburg, Russia in September 2012.

Homotopia has been instrumental in securing funding to begin work on the personal archive of Tom of Finland. The Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art & Åbo Akademi Library, City Of Turku want to gather permanent collections of works & private ephemera by Tom of Finland and material related to the artist in Turku. The project starts later this month and will develop into a large scale archive and heritage program documenting Tom’s early life in Finland including the Winter War.

Homotopia will also be developing a new human rights led project “Art As Social Change” which will open in St. Petersburg, Russia later in the year. The exhibition will chronicle the emergence of Gay rights movement in the UK and Europe through photographs, testimonies and film. St. Petersburg is twinned with Turku and will be led by the Finnish Consulate and Homotopia.

Homotopia is supported by Liverpool City Council and is also a National Portfolio Arts Council England and is the only LGBT arts and cultural organization in the North of England.


Scott O’Hara (October 16, 1961 – February 18, 1998) was an American pornographic performer, author, poet, editor and publisher. Rising to prominence during the mid 1980s for his work in such gay adult films as Winner Takes All, Ramcharger, The Other Side Of Aspen 2, Below The Belt and In Your Wildest Dreams,

O’Hara went on to write three books, Do It Yourself Piston Polishing (for Non-Mechanics), Autopornography: A Memoir of Life in the Lust Lane, and Rarely Pure and Never Simple: Selected Essays of Scott O’Hara, as well as editing and publishing the quarterly men’s journal, Steam.

A performer, publisher, poet and patron, Scott O’Hara donated over 500 works to the ToFF’s permanent collection and was the Foundation’s first Lifetime Member.

LIFETIME MEMBERS, with a $2,500 one-time donation, receive:

  • A personalized clear resin obelisk, specially commissioned by the Foundation, inscribed with their name.
  • Their name engraved on a marble pedestal in TOM House that honors major contributors to ToFF.
  • A copy of Taschen’s TOM OF FINLAND XXL.
  • A ToFF patched designed by TOM, a TOM T-shirt, and TOM mug.

Please consider the benefits of LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP. Write us!

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(Finnish, 1920 – 1991)
Nordic God (From Men of the Forest series), 1969
Graphite on paper, 11.50” x 8.00”
ToFF Permanent Collection #69.11
© 1969 Tom of Finland Foundation

Tom of Finland – My Hero: The mention of “Tom of Finland” produces smiles, ears at attention. Tom of Finland is what we all wish we could be, the man all women wish they could meet.

Tom of Finland is the uberman, fantastic in all ways. He is the embodiment of all things favorable in life. Tom personifies nature and exemplifies reasonable thought.

Tom of Finland knew his own mission and the purpose of his drawings. As with most Finns, he spoke using few words and was to the point:

With purpose I wanted to influence Gays, to change their opinion of themselves. I also wanted to influence Straight people so they could understand and accept the beauty and rights that Gay people should have.

I wanted to show Gays they can feel happy together. I wanted to tell them they have a right to enjoy life in their way – Gays being together feeling happy, being proud of who they are.

It wasn’t until he was in his 60s that Tom realized how powerfully his messages had been received by the world.

More on World of Tom of Finland

art news

NEW! Tom of Finland In Print
Tom of Finland Volume II—Bikers

After seeing The Wild One, Tom never drew men in brown leather again; black leather now dominated his fantasies, and his art.

Kake became Tom’s fearless, outgoing alter ego, and bikers supplanted military men as his favorite subject.

In Tom of Finland Volume II—Bikers we explore Tom’s fascination with bikers through a mixture of multi-panel comics and single panel drawings and paintings, starting in the 1940s, before The Wild One fixed his taste on black leather, through the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. Historic film stills and posters, personal photos of Tom, sketches, and Tom’s own reference photos make this far more than another Tom’s Comics retread.

Tom’s art continues to play an important role in promoting self-confidence, positive self-image and openness in the gay community.

"My whole life long, I have done nothing but interpret my dreams of ultimate masculinity, and draw them" — Tom of Finland, from an interview with Patrick Sarfarti in Rebel.

"Is there any other artist that we ejaculate to and also have on the coffee table?" — Time Out Chicago

Tom of Finland: Bikers. Vol. 2 — Taschen, Hardcover, 5.9 x 8.5 in., 272 pages, $ 17.99, Multilingual Edition: English, French, German, Images © Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles.

Helsinki – June 26 to July 22, 2012

The opening party will be held on the 26th of June from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. The exhibition is opened by Finnish Cultural Minister Paavo Arhinmäki.

Open: Tuesday - Friday 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Saturday - Sunday 12 noon - 4:00 PM,
Monday closed

The Art is So Gay exhibition will present an uniquely wide selection of contemporary art as a part of Helsinki Pride Festival 2012. The exhibition opens on the 26th of June at the Forum Box gallery in Helsinki. The exhibition will present the widest selection of art on sexuality and gender in Finland to this date. Included are 40 artists whose works deal with the diversity of sexuality and identity.

The exhibition will include paintings, sculptures, installations, photography, drawings, media art, video and performances. The artists are not selected according to their sexual orientation, but how their works fit the Pride theme.


Sami Aho, Ville Andersson, Kenneth Bamberg , Erik Creutziger, Mauro Fariñas, Viva Granlund, Paavo Halonen, Kalle Hamm, Aulis Harmaala, Emma Helle, Reima Juhani Hirvonen, Petra Innanen, Jari Järnström, Dzamil Kamanger, Eemil Karila, Ville Kekäläinen, Tapani Kokko, Arto Korhonen, Jouko Korkeasaari, Jukka Korkeila, Anne Koskinen, Heta Kuchka, Jouni Kujansuu & Heikki Rapo, Laura Lilja, Harrie Liveart, Heidi Lunabba, Tero Puha, Mikko Rantanen, Anna Rokka, Janne Räisänen, Marko Suomi, Axel Sutinen & Petri Salo, Stiina Saaristo, Pekka Syrjälä, Timo Väntsi, Viggo Wallensköld

More on TOM's Blog

parting glances

Tom of Finland in Stockholm
June 28 – August 19, 2012

TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991),
Untitled, 1979, Graphite on paper,
ToFF #79.15, © 1979 Tom of Finland Foundation

The success from the Turku 2011 European Capital of Culture is coming to Stockholm! Tom of Finland exhbition will be seen in Kulturhuset in Stockholm.

For 40 years, the artist Tom of Finland has been a major Gay icon. His drawings have inspired the fantasies of generations of homosexual men. Today he is regarded as the most influential creator of Gay pornographic images, and is represented in institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2009, he was featured in the Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennial. He died in 1991.

This exhibition is produced by Kulturhuset in association with Homotopia, Liverpool, and Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles.

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