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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
21st Feb 2020 - 19th Jul 2020
All Day
"TOM OF FINLAND The Darkroom" REOPENED
Fotografiska Tallinn, 10412 Tallinn
8th May 2020 - 8th Jul 2020
All Day
"STUART SANDFORD 1421 Laveta Terrace" ONLINE
12th Jul 2020
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tom of Finland Foundation Drawing Session ONLINE
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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
There’s a Gay Porno Stashed in Your Wardrobe: The History Behind Pride 2020’s Best Collab -   As the corporate takeover of the Pride flag continues, JW Anderson's latest collab – and menswear – looks to… ... View Article
Out of the shadows: Remembering Tom of Finland - 8th May marked the 100th anniversary of Touko Laaksonen’s birth in the rural town of Kaarina, Finland, near the city of… ... View Article
Learn more about Tom from the letters he wrote - Suvi Jalli interviews Susanna Luoto from Tom of Finland Foundation [with English subtitles]. Tom of Finland is the artist name… ... View Article
None of us are free until we’re all free - Tom of Finland worked for decades to breakdown walls and establish equality for everyone. Tom wanted to help create a… ... View Article
It’s time - Five years after the US Supreme Court declared a fundamental right for same-sex couples to marry, the justices produced another landmark… ... 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
An artist-in-residence online exhibition - This online exhibition is an intimate collection of photographs and moving image works by British artist Stuart Sandford. Stuart Sandford… ... 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
Curator Berndt Arell on Tom’s photography and “The Darkroom” - Tom of Finland (born Touko Laaksonen, 1920-1991), had a long and international career. Today he's primarily known as a creator… ... 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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The Foundation has presented work created by other erotic artists through the decades.

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