eNews #164
March 8
, 2014


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Events & Exhibitions

March 21, 2014

The Los Angeles Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence,
Los Angeles Band of Brothers &
Pistons Bar


TOM's Angels
A Benefit for Tom of Finland Foundation

A Night of Fun & Surprises!


Long Beach, CA

March 9, 2014

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

March 28 -
May 25, 2014

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
Stroke: From Under the Mattress
To the Museum Wall

A historical retrospective of sexy and erotic illustrations by artists
who worked for Gay male magazines from the 1950s to the 1990s.


New York, NY

April 4 -
May 1, 2014


REX Uncensored
"Surviving Is The Best Revenge"

My bottom line is a firm belief that sex lies at the very core of our being,
no matter how we wish to definite it for ourselves.


Amsterdam, Netherlands

March 1 - 31, 2014

Visual AIDS and The Body

A Positive Outlook
Curated by Miguel Figueroa

Your sexual preference does not make
you immune to the disease.


See our full listing on the Foundation's Events Page.

World of Tom of Finland

TOM's Blog

Foundation Announcements

Sherri Wheatly
Photo: Miguel
Angel Reyes

TOM House was privileged. We were all dazzled with the diversity and the personalities of these remarkable (and sexy) professionals who brought their enormous talent to TOM House for the Leather & Lace belly dance benefit for ToFF.

Thank you to Leon Macilla, Princess Farhana, Daniel-Esteban Vega, Alli Ruth, Marque Bissell and Sherri Wheatly for your enormous generosity and sharing your beauty and expertise with us all.

More photos on TOM's Blog.


Upper image: TOM OF FINLAND © 1970 Tom of Finland Foundation, lower image: Miguel Angel Reyes.

Tableaux Vivant at TOM House made for an exceptional afternoon. Thank you to everyone who came and for the cast who did an amazing job. Everyone brought a remarkable presence and energy to the event - making it overwhelmingly exceptional.

Thank you to our sponsors: 665 Leather & Fetish Company and Wet. And special thanks to Windon Newton and Rene Salas for their special contributions. A big thank you to Miguel Angel Reyes for the photographs and your guidance with the artists. Hands together for hostess Daphne Von Rey.

Mr. Sister Leather presented us a perfect tribute to TOM with his Tableaux Vivant.

More photos on TOM's Blog


Thank goodness for Gay gardeners! OK, Angelenos may not know what to do in the rain . . . but we are grateful for the stalwarts who brought their gear and knew exactly how to make TOM House shine for a photo shoot.

Gay is so good . . . Thank you friends.

And an extra thanks to Rod Reynolds for the pix of Gay Gardens!


Durk Dehner
and Ritta Skytt

A visit to TOM House from Finland

"Thank you Durk, Sharp and the boys for our wonderful visit and your friendly hospitality. It was so nice to meet you and see the House.
All the best and hugs, Riitta and Jaakko."

Riitta Skytt is the author of an article in Tukilinia magazine which features
Touko Laaksonen’s (Tom of Finland’s) dear friend, Wiki Wikman.

More photos on TOM's Blog

Art News

Tom of Finland
Emerging Artist Competition

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991),
Untitled (Preperatory drawing, detail), c. 1979,
Graphite on paper, 8.31” x 11.69”,
ToFF #1004, © 1979 Tom of Finland Foundation

The above image, an original Tom of Finland drawing, will be awarded to this year’s grand prize winner!

This year we have expanded from four to five suggested entry categories, with prizes for the top three winners in each category. The contest is open to all artists, amateur and professional, who have not sold any erotic artwork.

The Categories This Year Are:

Three prizes are given in each category including the JAY R. LAWTON PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD and the TOM OF FINLAND GRAND PRIZE AWARD.

Learn More About The 2014 Competition

An Interview By Dike Blair With
Hudson Of Feature Inc. On Tom
(Hudson: 1950 - 2014)

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991),
Untitled (Preparatory drawing), 1988, Graphite on paper, 11.75” x 8.75”, ToFF #1062, © 1988 Tom of Finland Foundation

During one Tom of Finland exhibition at Feature Inc., a busload of people visited the gallery next door and a few wandered into Feature. A woman, say in her 60s, came in, carefully looked around, left, and soon returned with a male/female couple of a similar age. They were in the gallery for quite some time.

On their way out, as they passed by the office, they were quietly speaking among themselves, and the woman from the couple mentioned that she thought she had just seen pornography, and the other woman replied, “Yes, but did you see the way they were drawn?” Overhearing that left me floating.

More on TOM's Blog

ARTFORUM (March 2014) Reviews
Bob Mizer And Tom of Finland

Cover of Bob Mizer's Physique Pictorial
Vol. 16, no.4 (April 1968), featuring a 1962 draweing by Tom of Finland

"In Victorian times, the site of gay pleasure, sensuality, and communality was the ol’ swimming hole, celebrated by artists like Walt Whitman and Mark Twain, Thomas Eakins and Henry Scott Tuke. Photographer and publisher Bob Mizer and illustrator Touko Laaksonen (“Tom of Finland”) relocated the Victorian Eden to the filling stations, pools, bars, gyms, and barracks of a landscape remarkably like Los Angeles, a sunbaked utopia where every man’s a dreamboat and he’s bursting out of his jeans to get at you."

More on the Exhibition
November 2, 2013 - January 26, 2014

More on TOM's Blog

Parting Glances

Live And Let Love
Russian National Anthem

2,000 people of the city of Stockholm gathered at the Stockholm Olympic Stadium to show their support to the LGBT people of Russia and to sing the most beautiful national anthem in the world.

Watch it on TOM's Blog

Gay Male Relations Common In Pre-war Finland

A 1934 photo of the Kappeli (Chapel) restaurant and Esplanade park in Helsinki.
Image: Yle

A new thesis up for review contends that Finnish men were commonly having homosexual relations as far back as the Second World War. The reasons for the same-sex engagements include curiosity, money, passion, a lack of women and inebriation.

In her dissertation, Sandra Hagman contends that sexual relations between men were common before the Second World War and they did not restrict people. The thesis tells the story of modern same-sex romance through the experiences of seven men.

According to the paper, Finnish men were engaging in gay sex for a number of reasons, including curiosity, money, passion, lack of women and drunkenness.

More on TOM's Blog

We Can't Do It Alone
Remember All That Tom Has Given Us

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991)
Untitled, 1989, Graphite on paper, ToFF #89.01
© 1989 Tom of Finland Foundation

If you are not already a member of the Foundation, please join. Membership levels range from $25 Artist, up to $2,500 Lifetime Membership. Our Members, who live all over the world, are the heart of TOM’s Foundation.

By a cash gift or one of appreciated securities (such as stocks or mutual funds). Very tax savvy. In your name, or the name of a friend.

When you prepare your will, please also consider your art collection. If you leave your artworks to the Foundation, you can be sure it they live on after you and future generations will acknowledge your altruism.

All volunteers are welcome and will find whatever work they may be called on to do stimulating and a great way to socialize and network.


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