eNews #166
April 11
, 2014


Over A Quarter Century Dedicated To Protecting, Preserving And Promoting Erotic Art

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Events & Exhibitions

April 13, 2014

Jordan Frink (Mr. Sister Leather) & Daphne Von Rey
present a:

Drag Brunch Benefit
The Event of the Season

Benefit for the Tom of Finland Foundation.
A fun-filled day of surprises you won't want to miss!


Los Angeles, CA

April 20, 2014

presents a:
Life Drawing Workshop

Usually held on the second Sunday of each month, this is the third Sunday.
Special Date For This Session!


Los Angeles, CA

March 21 -
June 21, 2014

Gerhardsen Gerner

Do Not Disturb

A group exhibition

The works focus on the nocturnal, sleep, dreams, passion,
sexual fantasies, and the last, long night that awaits us all.


Oslo, Norway

March 30 -
June 30, 2014

Emerging Artist Competition

Open to any artist with the exception of previous winners of this competition,
or artists who are already commercially selling work that portrays sexuality.
Top prize is an original Tom of Finland drawing!



May 18 -
April 14, 2014

Antebellum Gallery

Corset Fetish
"Cinch Me"

Antebellum, the only fetish art gallery in America, and perhaps the world,
continues it's tradition of bringing fetish to the mainstream. .


Los Angeles, CA

March 29 -
May 3, 2014

Western Project

Patrick Lee:
New Drawings

"Union Station is a hub, a place to start over in a sense
and an opportunity to escape the city, the past."


Los Angeles, California

June 13 - 14, 2014

Homotopia and National Museums Liverpool

The Un-straight Museum
Exploring roles of cultural institutions, curators, and archivists

Aimed at people working in the heritage and cultural sectors as well as
researchers, academics and interested members of the LGBT community.


Liverpool, England

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

World of Tom of Finland

TOM's Blog

Foundation Announcements

PHOTO: MotorBoot Photography 

Our congratulations to Eric Paul Leue, the new Mr. LA Leather.

The culmination of L.A. Leather Pride 2014, Building the Bonds of Brotherhood, Eric will be a contestant at International Mr. Leather.

Expanded image on the left: Marc Ransdell-Bellenger, Durk Dehner, Mr. L.A. Leather, S.R. Sharp.

More on TOM's Blog.


Richard (L) & Hanna (R) PHOTO: MotorBoot Photography 

OMG, they really ARE Angels! TOM’s Foundation, with the utmost sincerity, thanks The Los Angeles Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence with the assiduity of Sr. Hanna Barbearic for TOM’s Angels 2014.

Thanks also to Los Angeles Band of Brothers, Pistons and all the artists and sponsors who contributed to this event.We hope everyone who came had a good time. Thanks for coming and we’ll see ya next year!

More photos on TOM's Blog.


The opening for CNCPT13's new exhibition REX Uncensored
"Surviving Is The Best Revenge"
was a success.

REX has proved to be one of America’s most controversial and enduring artists. Over the past four decades his meticulously detailed pen-and-ink drawings have delighted and outraged a worldwide audience with their homoerotic subject matter, sometimes sweet and sometimes raw.

More photos on TOM's Blog.


Looking for something to do on a Friday night — the second Friday night of the month?

BLUF (Breeches and Leather Uniform Fanclub) holds a club for men who enjoy wearing breeches and leather uniforms in the TOM style.

Check it out at the Eagle in Los Angeles.


Robert Richards

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art's exhibition Stroke: From Under the Mattress To the Museum Wall is reviewed by The New York Times Style Magazine.

"Before Abercrombie & Fitch catalogs and Lady Gaga videos mainstreamed homoerotic imagery, some of fashion’s most talented illustrators had shadow careers from the 1950s through the 1990s drawing for underground gay magazines such as Physique Pictorial and, later, more overt porn glossies such as Mandate, Honcho and Torso."

More on TOM's Blog


J. E. Ponce Photography

BADDD-ass bikers @ TOM House. The GOOOD kind.

Chariots of Fire: Leather Pride Ride II, a part of L. A. Leather Pride 2014, found the TOM House inundated with bikers March 23, 2014.

L. to R: Esteban Iriarte, Fernando Buenrostro, Carlos Deviez, Bobby Allen, Motorboot Robert, Garry Bowie and Donald Anspauch.

Art News

Crudely Sexual And Delicious

PHOTO: Andrew Epstein

Palanca is a Peruvian artist known for his homo-fetish art which centers on the bare male foot. At early age, he started creating cartoon characters and some depict homoeroticism. Palanca began making underground erotic drawings in 1982. It wasn’t until 1994, after a short summer holiday in Spain, when he decided to do something to introduce his work to the Gay public. Then his pseudonym was born (Palanca in Spanish means lever, or a closer definition, gear shift.

Palanca applies the same skill needed to finely delineate the male foot to the rest of the anatomy with crudely sexual and delicious results. Please add some Palanca’s to your collection or drop him a line to say hello and wish him well.

More on TOM's Blog

T-Shirts Designed By
A. J. Epstein

An exhibition of 30 years of A.J.’s t-shirts has moved back to the Stonewall National Museum & Archives in Fort Lauderdale, FL. They expanded the show to include his journals and a line of great cards he did for Silverdog (Smart Alex cards).

"Buzz is they are going to reprint several of my shirts for sale!" — A.J.

Stonewall National Museum & ArchivesWebsite

MX Gallery Presents
Mathieu Laca

Mathieu Laca is pleased to announce that his recent work will be continuously exhibited at the MX Gallery in Montreal.

"Portraits make the best of mirrors; they are the most immediate reflections of our selves. Newborns instinctively interact with the external environment through facial expressions. In fact, infants learn how to be through a process called mirroring. For some children, the process of mirroring is so pure that they learn to intuitively read their parents’ psyche, become sensitive to the workings of their mind, perhaps even glimpse at their very essence. Social institutions such as family, state and religion condition the ego and the process of unlearning the conditioned patterns requires awareness. Identity then emerges as a complex and interconnected set of phenomena with the paradoxical characteristic of being simultaneously impersonal and intimate. At once universal and unique."

MX Gallery, 333 Viger Street West, Montreal, Qc, Canada, H2Z 0A1
www.galeriemx.com · 1.514.315.8900

Artist In Passing
Garilyn Brune

PHOTO: Diana Lundin

Garilyn had a heart attack 8th April while on dialysis. Garilyn Brune’s art dealer, Michael Feder, reports his art is safe, protected — and will continue to blossom in the world.

Garilyn was the grand prize winner of the Foundation's 1995 Emerging Erotic Artist Contest with his very controversial entry Cock Suckers for Christ. The work spurred responses from Wales to New South Wales, letters as much as five pages long, covering the whole range of possible opinions. It is routinely on display at TOM House and was exhibited at ONE Gallery in 2011.

More on TOM's Blog.

Parting Glances

Looking For Something

Check out Sold Out for some of the top TOM fashions!

Does TOM

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991)
Untitled, 1990, Pastel on paper, ToFF #90.03
© 1990 Tom of Finland Foundation

It appears all of Tom of Finland’s men – Black and White and in-between – have huge cocks and big butts. Is he stereotyping Gays? Does that mean we really all have bigger dicks than Straights?? (Let ‘em think we do. . .)

What Tom didn’t draw were stereotypes they put on us. Society chose to type Homosexuals as weak, girly, lesser than – thereby controllable. Tom made us strong and self-assured; we could be anything we wanted to be – cops, soldiers, sportsmen, bikers – rock stars, performers - anything.

TOM’s Men, as we call them, would “top” at the beginning of a story and “bottom” a few pages later. Tom drew Black masters with White slaves. And White masters with Black slaves. He went out of his way to break down the “I-don’t-suck-dick-I’m-a-top” mold we even imposed on ourselves.

More on TOM's Blog

Before There Was

L.A. heroes stood up to abuse and fought back against discrimination before 1969.

Cops here routinely raided bars arresting anyone whose perceived gender didn’t match what was on their ID, sometimes they’d even single out a few victims for special attention in the form of insults and beatings. Entrapment was common – attractive vice cops would go to Gay bars, bathrooms and cruising spots, pick up folks and arrest them, or wait outside of Gay hangouts, trail two men as they walked home and break in to catch them in flagrante delicto.

The May 1959 clash with police at Cooper’s Donuts is recorded as the world’s first Gay uprising.

See a history of Los Angeles activism predating Stonewall on
TOM's Blog

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