eNews #156
September 2, 2013
Over A Quarter Century Dedicated To Protecting, Preserving And Promoting Erotic Art

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Events & Exhibitions

September 6, 2013

The Backstreet
presents a:
Meet & Greet with Durk Dehner
President and Cofounder of Tom of Finland Foundation

An informal night with
with an iconic leatherman.


London, United Kingdom

September 8, 2013

presents a:
Life Drawing Workshop

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


Los Angeles, CA

September 7, 2013

KGB Gallery
After Dark
Homoerotic Art by Hector Silva

Plus invited guest artists:
Miguel Angel Reyes and Manuel A. Acevedo.


Los Angeles, CA

September 11 -
October 31, 2013

Rooster Fish Bar
Michael Kirwan:
Not a Good Catholic School Boy

His sexually explicit homoerotic illustrations would send
the most progressive Mother Superior running for her rosary.


Los Angeles, CA

September 4 -
November 15, 2013

The Punk Aesthetic

The pivotal melange of musicians, personalities,
places and icons, that defined the time.


London, United Kingdom
See our full listing on the Foundation's Events Page.

World of Tom of Finland

TOM's Blog

New Artist Links

David Atilano is the founder of Dear Angel Greeting Cards — cards for all occasions and demographics, with a specific focus on representing the Gay and Lesbian community, and found in shops around the globe and on his website.

Here is a link to an interview with David.

Foundation Announcements


Tips Of The Hat And Odds & Ends:

Photo: Jay Lawton
© 2011 JayPG Photography

Filmmaker Waide Aaron Riddle has thoughtfully gifted several Jay Lawton photographs to Tom of Finland Foundation.

This is a beautiful remembrance of Jay’s talent. Jay regularly applied his skils in support of the Foundation — whether it was documenting our events or recording items in our Permanant Collection. Beyond his archival efforts, he also had a rare eye for composition.

We are very honored to now also hold images from Jay's deeply artistic side. To see additional photos we received, visit TOM's Blog.


Bruno Gmünder Verlag at TOM House

Gay media group owners Tino Henn and Nik Reis visited the ToFF offices with their book, Tom of Finland – Life and Work of a Gay Hero.

Give us a call (213.250.1685) if you would like a tour, and you are sure to be welcomed, too. Or join us for one of our Volunteers' Parties just to check the Tom House out!


Richard Hawkins spent an afternoon at TOM House in 2013.

See what captured his camera's eye during his visit.

Then see more of his blog GLITTER.SMUT.PALACE. on Tumblr.



Manchester Pride Parade, August 24, 2013.

The Breaches and Leather Uniform Fanclub (BLUF) and Manchester Leather Men were out in force at this year's Gay Pride Parade — doing it TOM style.

More photos on Flickr.

Art News

The 10th Tom of Finland
Emerging Artist Contest

TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991),
Untitled (Preliminary), 1970, Graphite on paper, ToFF #0250,
© 1970 Tom of Finland Foundation

The purpose of this contest is to encourage artists to share their work by rewarding the best examples. The competition is open to any artist with the exception of previous winners of this competition, or artists who are already commercially selling work that portrays sexuality.

The Competition will begin on January 1, 2014 and close on June 30, 2014. The winners will be announced on July 15, 2014. Winners will exhibit at the next Tom of Finland Foundation Erotic Art Fair Weekend in Los Angeles, September 2014. Three prizes are given in each category including the Jay R. Lawton Photography Award and the Tom of Finland Grand Prize Award.


Be sure watch ToFF's eNews to receive all of our announcements!

From Style to Substance:
Tom of Finland and Antonio Lopez

September 7, 12 NOON - 6:15 PM — London


TOM OF FINLAND, Untitled (Preliminary drawing)
© 1975 Tom of Finland Foundation
Courtesy of Tom of Finland Foundation

  ANTONIO LOPEZ, Gianni Versace Campaign 1984
© The Estate of Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos
Courtesy of The Suzanne Geiss Company

Part of Keep Your Timber Limber (Works on Paper), this afternoon of talks and screenings centers on Tom of Finland and Antonio Lopez. Although the two had divergent artistic trajectories, both had roots in advertising and maintained a keen focus on fashion – this event will explore these ideas, as well as discuss the particular poignancy of each practice, from the context in which they were working to their enduring legacy.


Parting Glances

Organized Labor:
Defense Against Organized Greed

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

US Deptartment of Labor

Solidarity With Balloons
At The Russian Consulate Turku, Finland

Source: Homotopia

A Shirt
But Not Just Any Shirt

Modeled by Pete Karjalainen

Inspired by Tom of Finland,
here is a shirt that we think fits
the images he drew.

It is tailored to fit tighter to the body.
The sleeve length and added TOM patches signal
you are your own man — unique and individual. —
like any true TOM's man.

Customize it the way YOU want!

We Can All Use A Little Support
Support TOM's Foundation!

TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991),
Untitled, 1976, Gouache on paper,
ToFF #76.75, © 1976 Tom of Finland Foundation

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