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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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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
21st Sep 2020 - 30th Nov 2020
All Day
"An Ode to Tom"
The Container, Tokyo
20th Nov 2020 - 7th Dec 2020
All Day
"Reality & Fantasy: The World of Tom of Finland"
Shinsaibashi PARCO, Osaka
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Latest news

Enter the contest before it’s too late! -   You have a little less than one month to submit your artwork to the 10th Tom of Finland Emerging… ... View Article
Behind the Scenes: The Body Is The Instrument - We miss having Friends of TOM to TOM House to create together, share gay history and experiences with one another,… ... View Article
Exhibition in Japan of the works of the iconic Finnish artist Tom of Finland travels to Osaka -   The exhibition, at Shinsaibashi PARCO, is the fruits of a collaboration between the Finnish Institute Japan, the Embassy of… ... View Article
“Flipping pages – Tom of Finland: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero” -           Durk Dehner / President & Cofounder, Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles, USA F. Valentine… ... View Article
Register and vote in our interests - "With purpose I wanted to influence Gays, to change their opinion of themselves. I also wanted to influence Straight people… ... View Article
Tom is in Slovenia; new article in GEJM Magazine - GEJM magazine recently published an article capturing historical details of the life of Tom. This article brings Tom's background to… ... View Article
Internationally renowned creators who will be judging - In celebration of the artist Tom of Finland’s 100 birth year and the Foundation’s 36th year in operation, Tom of… ... 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
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
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
“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
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
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
Salar Bil is an artist from Iran -   https://www.instagram.com/p/CAbzeuDH6IL/?hl=en   "One of trump's of six banned countries under restrictions, he is working underground under strict regulations, he… ... 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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