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Tom of Finland Foundation has been dedicated to protecting, preserving, and promoting the erotic arts for three and a half decades.

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Our mission is achievable because of the generous support of our members. Becoming a member not only supports the erotic art community, but grants you discounts at our events and store.

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2020 Tom of Finland Emerging Artist Competition

The purpose of this contest is twofold: to encourage artists to share their erotic work and to elevate the field of erotic art by rewarding some of the best current examples. The contest is open to any artist with the exception of previous winners of this contest, or artists who are already selling erotic work commercially. All others are eligible: advertising designers, art students, or just midnight doodlers – anyone who creates erotic works of art.

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Upcoming events

Date/Time Event
31st Jul 2020 - 29th Nov 2020
All Day
"TOM OF FINLAND The Darkroom"
Fotografiska, Stockholm
12th Sep 2020 - 19th Dec 2020
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
"TOM OF FINLAND Made in Germany"
Galerie Judin, Berlin
18th Sep 2020 - 5th Oct 2020
All Day
Tom of Finland lectures ONLINE
18th Sep 2020 - 5th Oct 2020
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
"Reality & Fantasy: The World of Tom of Finland"
21st Sep 2020 - 30th Nov 2020
All Day
"An Ode to Tom"
The Container, Tokyo
30th Sep 2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Your happiness is my happiness – a discussion about the LGBT rights in Japan
ComMunE, Tokyo
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Latest news

Traveling the World of Tom: Rachel Mason x Durk Dehner - “You can’t force cultural ways to continue - but you can document them.”  - Durk Dehner, President & Cofounder, Tom… ... View Article
Visual arts Tom of Finland exhibition opens in Japan after two years of attempt – erotic images met with opposition, as homosexuality is taboo in the country - Internationally well-known Finnish artist Tom of Finland (born Touko Laaksonen, 1920-1991) will finally be shown in Japan, says The Guardian.… ... View Article
Happy 100 Years: The Tom of Finland Biography -   Tom of Finland (born Tuoko Laaksonen, 1920–1991), was an iconic and groundbreaking artist who rose to cult status in… ... View Article
All things Tom - The Finnish Institute in Japan works extensively in different fields of culture. The Institute produces an innovative and inspirational cultural… ... View Article
‘I almost gave up’: Tom of Finland exhibition to finally open in Japan - Gallery rejections suggested residual squeamishness about depictions of gay sexuality in Japan An exhibition opens for Tom's centenary in Tokyo… ... View Article
Erotic art in Japan - Japan’s attitude towards homosexuality and artistic depictions of such are a bit complex and culturally layered, but it wasn’t always… ... View Article
Tom of Finland – Made in Germany -   Although we clearly associate Tom of Finland's lustful portraits of self-confident cops, cowboys, farmers and men in black leather… ... View Article
Idols – by Prime Minister Sanna Marin - ENGLISH TRANSLATION Over the course of years Helsinki Pride has become the biggest human rights event in Finland. This year… ... View Article
POWER, CORRUPTION & JIZZ: 100 YEARS OF TOM OF FINLAND - Excerpts And while few could deny his figures of policemen are anything but a glorification, his drawings were ultimately an… ... View Article
Open Tom of Finland’s Archives in Iconic Artist’s First Official Biography - Add some leather to your bookshelf Artist Tom of Finland (born Touko Laaksonen)rose to fame as one of the most… ... View Article
The WORLD of TOM on Patreon - We are so excited to be opening the gates of TOM House—now available on Patreon. You can sign up for… ... View Article
Tom of Finland Virtual Exhibition Tour -                   A recorded presentation by one of the co-curators of TOM OF… ... View Article
10th TOM OF FINLAND EMERGING ARTISTS COMPETITION | 2020 - 2020 Celebrating Tom of Finland’s 100th Birth Year, and the Foundations 36th Year in Operation The winners of the Competition… ... View Article
“TOM OF FINLAND: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero” releases September -   Avant-garde, provocative, subversive and rebellious - Tom of Finland stamped history with his recognizable artistic style. A virtuoso of… ... View Article
The first exhibition in Japan of the works of the iconic Finnish artist Tom of Finland -   The exhibition puts emphasis on Tom of Finland’s role in promoting sensual and erotic depictions of the male body… ... View Article
1976, 2020 – Tom back in Germany - Ris­ing to fame under the pseudonym Tom of Fin­land, Touko Laakso­nen (1920—1991) is per­haps the most famous and influ­en­tial Finnish… ... View Article
Hey Tom! An Homage to Tom of Finland - As Tom of Finland himself has once noted, during his whole life, he did nothing but interpret his dreams of… ... View Article
Tom of Finland’s drawings leave no-one unaffected - Swelling muscles and genitals, extremely masculine and erotically confident men who enjoy sex together The photographs Tom took of friends… ... View Article
Eight Artists on the Influence of Tom of Finland - Touko Valio Laaksonen, who would have been 100 this year, transformed depictions of queer eroticism in art through his hyper-real, hypermasculine… ... View Article
“DAVID LINDERT leather, but better” | ONLINE - "This selection captures last days of free living, free spending the leisure time in California and now we’re waiting for… ... View Article
Giving to TOM’s Foundation - Tom of Finland Foundation is based in loving support for one another. As a nonprofit entity we use our funds… ... View Article
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More about Tom

Tom of Finland is the artist name of Finnish Touko Laaksonen (1920, Kaarina – 1991, Helsinki). He signed his erotic work “Tom”, and when his drawings were first published in 1957, the now world-famous “Tom of Finland” was born. “Touko Laaksonen” was kept for family and colleagues; both friends and fans have always simply called him “Tom”.

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