eNews #175
January 8
, 2014


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

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Events & Exhibitions

January 11, 2015

Life Drawing Workshops

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

January 17 -
March 7, 2015

Events: Early Work 1944 – 1972 Exhibition at David Kordansky Gallery

David Kordansky Gallery
Early Work 1944 – 1972

This exhibition surveys the artist’s formative years across fifteen works,
each selected in close collaboration with Tom of Finland Foundation.


Los Angeles, CA

January 30 -
February 1, 2015
Galerie Buchholz

Visual AIDS
Postcards From The Edge
An Annual Benefit for Visual AIDS

Over 1,400 original, postcard-sized works of art
by internationally renowned and emerging artists.


New York, NY
See our full listing on the Foundation's Events Page.

World of Tom of Finland

TOM's Blog

Foundation Announcements

"Come inside, the
party is just getting
started," sez Pearl
the housecat.

Holiday Potluck thanks! We certainly appreciate the evenings hosts: Pete Karjalainen, the Yule Goat — SirJet, the saucy elf — Michael Kirwan, culinary genius — Toni Rodriguez, special beyond words. Thank you to Miguel Angel Reyes and Marc Ransdell Bellenger.

Special thanks to Harry Schlager, Yuletide Carolers, The Boobé Sisters, DJ RocketManLA and Matthew Mullins. And thank you, thank you to all our Volunteers!

Check out the photos on TOM's Blog!


TOM’s Foundation thanks California Boots & Breeches Corps.

The longest established uniform club in the US, the B & B Corps began in 1968 in Los Angeles. In 2008, it celebrated its 40th anniversary. The Corps is a uniform club of men with mutual interest and respect for Boots and Breeches as worn by police motor officers and presently has Divisions in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Palm Springs. Special thanks to members James W. Neuman and Jonathan Rosenblatt

We are able to keep our doors open to the public and have a small administrative staff through the generosity of supporters like the Corps.

Learn more about the Corps!


The upcoming exhibition of Tom's artwork at the David Kordansky Gallery received a nice mention in CULTURED Magazine by Tali Jaffe.

Image: TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (From the “Circus Life” series), 1961, Graphite on paper, 12.25” x 9.75”, © 1961 Tom of Finland Foundation

More on TOM's Blog.

Art News

Take A Tour Of Tom Of Finland Foundation
With Oliver Maxwell Kupper in AUTRE

Bust of Touko Laaksonen (Tom of Finland) and his boots in his studio at TOM House

Located in the quaint and cozy back streets of Echo Park in Los Angeles, Tom of Finland Foundation is not so much a gay mecca as it is a mecca of sexuality and a celebration of desire. The house — an early craftsman built in 1910 — was purchased by Durk Dehner in the late '70s.

Even though Tom of Finland died a little more than twenty years ago, his room is virtually the same — with his boots propped up and a smudge of ash still in the ashtray.

— Photos and text by Oliver Mexwelol Kupper

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Andy Cappoer Interviews Cerith Wyn Evans In VICE
Agreement Is Not What We Look For

Strangers to the art world may have come across the work of Cerith Wyn Evans in his collaborations with the director Derek Jarman. Together the two made videos for the Smiths, the Fall and the Pet Shop Boys in the 1980s. He has also worked with artists such as Throbbing Gristle, Russell Haswell and Florian Hecker.

To art world people, Cerith was kind of a cool, older brother type to all the lunatic millionaires that came out of the Young British Artist movement of the mid-90s. His work is made from light, sound, fireworks, explosions and photographs, with an emphasis on the words “spectacular” and “beautiful”.

More on TOM's Blog

Jukka Kurttila's Opinion Expressed in Advocate Magazine
How Tom Saved Finland

Credit: Itella Posti. Artwork: TOM OF FINLAND © 1979 Tom of Finland Foundation

The art of Touko Laaksonen, or Tom of Finland, may have played a role in the recent passage of marriage equality in his Nordic motherland.

I have a friend who has very strong opinions of how the matters of the world should be. For instance, he firmly believes that no one should try to be an entrepreneur in Finland right now, due to our current economic recession. In his mind, there is no chance that any business venture could succeed. He had also been convinced that hell would freeze over before gays would be allowed to get legally married in Finland.

I debated these points with him over and over again. None of my arguments seemed to turn his head. But then came November 20, 2014, the day his words of protest fell silent.

On that day, my company, Finlayson, launched a home textile collection based on the art of Touko Laaksonen, a.k.a Tom of Finland, to a global market. It was also the day that the Finnish Parliament decided in favor of a marriage equality law, contrary to my friend’s and Finnish media’s expectations. In the same stroke, our Tom of Finland collection, which includes bed linens, towels, and bags, became an instant international phenomenon and a commercial success, breaking all the previous sales records on our web shop.

More on TOM's Blog

The History Of
Finnish Postal Services

The Postal Museum presents items items related to communications and goods traffic
created by Finland’s postal services. Image: Postal Museum

The recently opened Postal Museum is dedicated to researching, recording and exhibiting items related to communications and goods traffic created by Finland’s postal services and mail communications. The Museum’s collections comprise a large number of objects and photos, as well as stamps issued in Finland and various special displays of philatelic products. In addition, the Postal Museum also houses Finland’s only public library specialising in philately and postal history.

As part of its opening, and coinciding with release of the Tom of Finland stamp series, the exhibition Sealed With a Secret – Correspondence of Tom of Finland, is open to the public until 29th March 2015 and focuses on the man behind Tom of Finland, Touko Laaksonen (1920-1991).

More on TOM's Blog

Parting Glances

Where Could Tom of Finland Characters
Be Seen Next?

Ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the flight to San Francisco.

More on TOM's Blog

Our Wishes For You
A Great New Year!

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (From Camping), 1976, Gouache on paper,
15.69” x 20.88”, ToFF Permanent Collection #76.36, © 1976 Tom of Finland Foundation

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