Now in The World of TOM, we have another treat from the TOM House Archives: an interview with Tom of Finland from a 1983 issue of In Touch for Men magazine, written by Joshua Olivetti. In Touch was one of the early Gay male magazines. In 1973, it began publication in Los Angeles and had bi-monthly issues.
There are a few details that make this interview an interesting historical piece. First, Tom had begun exploring the LA Leather scene as a Finnish man, new to living in the United States. He even mentions a favorite spot, The Pits, a Gay Leather bar for which he also created their first promotional image (see above).
It’s interesting that very few of your men are ever completely nude.
Yes, that’s true. I think partial nudity is much more exciting. That’s one of the reasons I don’t like the baths or nude beaches. I find it much more stimulating to let my imagination get carried away.
This IT interview was also conducted in the early years of Tom and Durk working in LA together setting up Tom of Finland Foundation, so Tom’s responses provide a glimpse into Tom’s early years in the US, as well as the formative period of the Foundation.
Published: 5th March 2021Tags: In Touch for Men, Joshua Olivetti, The Pits