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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
9th Aug 2020
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tom of Finland Foundation Drawing Session ONLINE
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Tom of Finland’s photos are out of the darkroom - Finnish artist Tom of Finland is a Gay icon Jessica Jarl, exhibition producer at Fotografiska, is preparing the exhibition Tom… ... View Article
We love and are honored - Thank you for the generosity that you have shown us following the Los Angeles Magazine piece. Thank you so much… ... View Article
At least we can draw together, online -         We will be drawing from live models in a variety classical poses and graphic depictions of… ... View Article
Soldier, Sailor, Stable Boy, Spy: 100 Years of Tom of Finland’s Legacy - During the illustrator’s centenary, InsideHook looks back at a man who created a visual movement. A lightbulb went off when… ... 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
Some of L.A.’s Most Beloved Institutions Are Threatened with Extinction -   Small businesses are the soul of the city, but many are struggling to survive the pandemic   Tom of… ... 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
It has begun - The contest is open to any artist with the exception of previous winners of this contest, or artists who are… ... View Article
In practice - SEE PREVIOUS TOM OF FINLAND EMERGING ARTIST COMPETITIONS ENTER THE 2020 CONTEST ... View Article
Stuart Sandford’s tribute to #TOMs100 -   The Polaroid portfolio edition comes in an embossed black leather pouch. "A suite of forty-two unique Polaroids taken whilst… ... 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
Tom of Finland: party and movie | 6th August | Prague -   Honored Officer Touko Laaksonen returns from World War II and very quickly discovers that life in a time of… ... View Article
The New Menswear Line That’s Helping LGBTQI+ Seniors - Queer outfit Homoco has reimagined Tom of Finland in its latest workwear drop Pride lasts more than a month. Somewhere… ... 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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More about artists

The Foundation has presented work created by other erotic artists through the decades.

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