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  • Looking at Tom with Nayland Blake -   On 27th September 2019, TOM House was honored to host an artist’s reception for a beloved Friend of Tom, Nayland Blake. For over 30 years, Blake - an influential artist, curator and teacher - has been a critical figure in American art, working between sculpture, drawing, performance and video. In this video created by… Continue Reading
  • Interview with Tom from 1987 - “If I don’t get a hard on while I’m working, then I know the drawing won’t be good.” - Tom of Finland The impact of Tom of Finland’s work throughout the last century has been worldwide and profound. It is especially illuminating to see documentation of how he formed his beliefs about erotic art and shared… Continue Reading
  • Learn to draw in this new year - Practice makes perfect and every stroke counts. 😉 We will be drawing from live models in a variety of classical poses and graphic depictions of homoeroticism and nudity. Continue Reading
  • Closing out #TOMs100 with his work on the World of TOM - In the second part of TOM’s Hall, Durk Dehner, president and cofounder of Tom of Finland Foundation, tells the viewer a great deal about the Tom of Finland drawings contained in the space. In this tour, Durk touches on Tom’s themes of humor and culture: His cheeky takes on elements from his Finnish heritage, his… Continue Reading
  • Virtual tour of “Made in Germany” -       Former Creative Director of Bruno Gmünder Books, Mischa Gawronski, joins Stonewall Executive Director Hunter O’Hanian for this virtual tour of the exhibition. Tom of Fin­land is a gay icon. His draw­ings of well-built men in rugged attire and his depic­tions of man-to-man lust, shaped a strong image of gay identity. He drew males… Continue Reading
  • Want more Tom of Finland? -   Of course you do, and the House of Illustration exhibition catalogue in ABRAMS Books biography is the place to get it. 2020 was due to be, among other things, a year of celebrations to mark the centenary of Tom of Finland. 2020, as we know, had other ideas, and we had to close the… Continue Reading
  • Tom of Finland Emerging Artist Competition 2020 Winners - We are proud to announce the winners of the 10th Tom of Finland Emerging Artist Competition, in celebration of both Tom of Finland’s 100 birth year and his Foundation’s 36th year in operation. Judges have made their decisions based, above all, on erotic content, taking into consideration all artistic criteria by which art is usually… Continue Reading
  • First to the Festival, then on to the World of TOM! - Miss some of the amazing events during the weekend of the Tom of Finland 25th Art and Culture Festival? Well don’t worry, they're on The World of TOM! Patreon members at the Hook-Up Date ($10) tier and higher get access to all the recorded talks. Recorded Talks Available on Patreon Include: Coming Out: Leather Fetish… Continue Reading
  • Pencil up, plugged in – Sunday 13th December -   MODELS: Gio @fitartmodel, Marquise @quise_time, Wayne @bulldogpunk and Chris @pschrisw  First hour is free to the public, after that you will have to purchase a ticket. $10 in addition for screenshots. Screenshots are to be used as reference to finish your drawings and may NOT be shared or posted. Screenshots of other artists is… Continue Reading
  • One week out from the Art & Culture Festival - We are one week away from the Tom of Finland Foundation 25th Art & Culture Festival! On 11th December, we will have a Festival preview for members, patrons, and special guests. Want to get in early? Become a member or a patron of ToFF. You will receive a code for Festival entrance via your email. … Continue Reading
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  • Fantasy becomes reality – 3D tour of exhibition - https://twitter.com/FinEmbTokyo/status/1330744581495861254   Continue Reading
  • The #tofARTfair Website is now LIVE! 🔌 - Inspired by the many historical ways in which we have logged on, tuned in, and booted up, this bespoke site was made especially for Festival participants to enjoy. ⚡DJ sets from DJ Kita and Lethal Amounts ⚡Spoken word by Steven Reigns ⚡Performances and video playlists featuring artists ¿La Pregunta?, Aimee Goguen, BlackManWhiteBaby, Brontez Purnell, Bruce… Continue Reading
  • World of TOM behind the scenes of the 2014 Art & Culture Festival - As we continue to build the virtual space for the 25th Annual Tom of Finland Art & Culture Festival, we are reminiscing on times spent in person with you all. This weekend, those who visit the World of TOM Patreon universe can enjoy nearly 50 select images and a behind the scenes video of the… Continue Reading
  • The World of TOM for the holidays - Give the gift of art, community, and inspiration for the holidays. Buy your loved ones in leather an invite to the #TheWorldOfTOM. Continue Reading
  • Plugged In at the World of TOM: Behind the Scenes at the ToF Art & Culture Festival  - As the Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF) continues celebrating Tom’s Centennial #TOMs100 by bringing the protection, preservation and promotion of art online for folks around the world to enjoy, ToFF is proud to be hosting its 25th Art & Culture Festival: Plugged In.  The Festival will be held online during the second weekend of December, … Continue Reading
  • Visualizing the ultimate gay fantasy -  scrolling="no">; An interview with Henning von Berg Made in Germany Huge muscles, massive bulges and monumental cocks. Tom of Finland is known for exaggerated primary and secondary male sex traits like no other. Tom has achieved world fame and a current exhibition in Berlin shows the artist’s early work.         https://kinkinsight.com/en/tof_germany-2/… Continue Reading
  • Today in the World of TOM: Tom’s Hall with Durk - “Here, we share life stories and it’s part of the way - the heritage, the culture - that elders like myself pass on the important stories about all sorts of our culture.” – Durk Dehner, President of Tom of Finland Foundation Each room in TOM House is special, and designated with its own title due… Continue Reading
  • TOM House Tours: A Teaser for Tom’s Hall with Durk - Each room in TOM House is special, and designated with its own name plaque: first stop, Tom’s Hall. This video is a teaser for the next video in the House Tour series with Durk Dehner, president of Tom of Finland Foundation. In this tour, Durk shows just some of the hundreds of binders of erotic… Continue Reading
  • 6 EPIC, HOMOEROTIC ARTWORKS BY WINNERS OF THE TOM OF FINLAND EMERGING ARTIST COMPETITION - Russell Tovey co-judges 2020 contest - which has just put out a final call for entries Who is the smouldering spiritual father of homoerotic art? Why, Tom of Finland of course. During his lifetime, the Finnish artist and gay icon became known for his absurdly hypermasculine depictions of denim/leather/uniform-clad men. (Handsome, hand drawn example below). Since dying… Continue Reading
  • Get plugged in - For 24 years Tom of Finland Foundation has brought you art fairs to help promote erotic artists and give them a platform to sell their works. In TOM's centennial year we are more than excited to bring you the Tom of Finland Art & Culture Festival: Plugged In.   Continue Reading
  • Get Ready for the 10th Tom of Finland Emerging Artist Competition - In celebration of the artist Tom of Finland’s 100th birth year and the Foundation’s 36th year in operation Tom of Finland Foundation presents the 2020 Competition. In 1993, the Foundation initiated this contest based on the principals and ethical codes of Tom of Finland. As an artist, mentor and activist for equality, Tom encouraged freedom… Continue Reading
  • Less than two weeks to submit to the Emerging Artist Competition! - There is a little less than two weeks to submit artwork to the Tom of Finland Emerging Artist Competition! Submissions must be received by 11:59p PDT 15th November. This is the 10th Tom of Finland Emerging Artist Competition. In celebration of TOM's centennial and the Foundation’s 36th year (est 1984), ToFF presents eight internationally renowned… Continue Reading
  • Let your pencil caress the page - Set aside some time to pleasure yourself. We will be drawing from live models in a variety of classical poses and graphic depictions of homoeroticism and nudity. Continue Reading
  • Celebrating Tom of Finland and his 100th birth year with an exhibition and party in Japan -   Many, many thanks to SivanS and their amazing staff for the video and live streaming, ComMunE bar for hosting, Tom of Finland Organic Vodka for the delicious drinks, the boys from FancyHim for the awesome music, Parco, The Container, Finnish Institute Japan and Finnish Embassy Tokyo for making it all happen. Continue Reading
  • From the Archives: Go Mishima in the World of TOM - Join us in the archives at TOM House this week, as we delve into the works of Go Mishima. See more works of the Japanese homoerotic fetish artist, who drew inspiration from Tom of Finland, as well as Japanese bondage, bodybuilding, & yakuza (gangmember) inspired irezumi tattoos on our Patreon. Continue Reading
  • Gregg talks with Durk and Sharp about Tom of Finland’s art and career -             Continue Reading
  • 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, as well as find imaginative ways to collaborate. So many connections have come from within these walls (and out in Pleasure Park!) This talk is one video in a series called "Tail Talks" by Bespoke… Continue Reading
  • “Flipping pages – Tom of Finland: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero” -           Works in the Reality & Fantasy exhibition seen in 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 Hooven III / Author, The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero, Palm Springs, USA… Continue Reading
  • TOM House Tours: Front Porch with Durk - “I discovered erotic art through Tom of Finland, and what a beautiful thing it is.” - Durk Dehner, President of Tom of Finland Foundation Today in the World of TOM: our first TOM House Tour with Durk on the Front Porch! If you’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting TOM House, then you know that Durk’s… Continue Reading
  • Take me as I am; drawn through your computer screen… -   We will be drawing from live models in a variety of classical poses and graphic depictions of homo eroticism and nudity.   Continue Reading
  • 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 of Finland Foundation Available today on the ToFF Patreon: Traveling the World of TOM: A Talk with Rachel Mason and Durk Dehner at Circus of Books  What are the spaces, both online and off, where… Continue Reading
  • A rooftop party commemorates Tom of Finland’s first solo exhibition in Japan and Tom of Finland’s 100th anniversary - On the occasion of Reality & Fantasy at GALLERY X in Shibuya PARCO WATCH THE PARTY (1 Hour)   Continue Reading
  • Spend your weekend at TOM House with Virtual CLAW 5 -   This weekend Tom of Finland Foundation is excited to be a part of Virtual CLAW 5. Join Durk Dehner, Tom's collaborator and partner, who will be giving a presentation on the life and works of Tom. This will be followed by a cigar social and raffle drawing with Marc Ransdell-Bellenger and Ralph Burneau. See… Continue Reading
  • All things Tom - The Finnish Institute in Japan works extensively in different fields of culture. The Institute produces an innovative and inspirational cultural program and creates interaction between different cultural and artistic actors in Finland and Japan. The Institute in has organized an auxiliary program in conjunction with the Tom of Finland exhibition, Reality & Fantasy: The World… Continue Reading
  • Drawing a blank? Draw with us! - We will be drawing from live models in a variety of classical poses and graphic depictions of homo eroticism and nudity. Continue Reading
  • 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 The WORLD of TOM Patreon page and gain access to behind the scenes footage of Tom of Finland Foundation, never seen before documents, ephemera and much more. Tom of Finland and his partner Durk Dehner… Continue Reading
  • Tom of Finland Virtual Exhibition Tour -                   A recorded presentation by one of the co-curators of TOM OF FINLAND: Love and Liberation. "We were so, so proud and excited to be showing the work of gay cultural icon Tom of Finland back in March... and so, so gutted when the coronavirus pandemic meant… Continue Reading
  • Drawing online with our friend Miguel - Artist Miguel Angel Reyes, who leads our personal drawing workshops, also has his own throughout the week. Below you can find links to some of his upcoming sessions! Continue Reading
  • An important video from a moment in William E. Jones’s career - "In the mid-1990s, I worked in a video store and saw the release of a wave of gay adult videos shot in Eastern Europe. They were products of a crude imperialist enterprise: cheap and nasty looking, with an atmosphere of coercion and cultural misunderstanding pervading them. Customers adored these videos, and expressed their breathless admiration… Continue Reading
  • At least we can draw together, online -         We will be drawing from live models in a variety classical poses and graphic depictions of homo eroticism and nudity. Continue Reading
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  • Lockdown learning -   The Word Association – All Change, Key Changes, House of Illustration, Lyrix Organix and Islington Library & Heritage Services – a collective of arts organisations and libraries working in partnership with local communities to celebrate original voices, share stories and connect communities. Word2020 is supported by Islington Council through the Community Festivals Fund and Islington Public… Continue Reading
  • Why Collect Now? - Year after year, art collectors from all over the world have made the early-summer pilgrimage to Switzerland to attend Art Basel, with some 93,000 visitors attending in June 2019. This year, as many of us are still staying at home to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, and while art fairs and galleries take… Continue Reading
  • Talking Tom on Zoom -   Continue Reading
  • 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 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… Continue Reading
  • Jordan Michael Green is back home - New web series “best life” - Stream now for free Former Artist-in-Residence Jordan Michael Green is back home at TOM House with a new mini web series. The series is filled with art, kink, and all the fun things it takes to navigate through the city of LA. Looking for love in all the wrong… Continue Reading
  • Listen to the concert that Tom’s hometown presented in his honor - The recorded concert debuted on Tom's birthday and is now on YouTube to enjoy below. Continue Reading
  • Get to know what ignited Tom -  Turku Museum Center operated by the City of Turku It's a 100 years since the birth of Tom of Finland (Touko Laaksonen) In honor of Tom's centennial, you are invited to watch and get to know the rural landscapes where he grew up and what inspired him. Tom was born in Kaarina, near Turku,… Continue Reading
  • Tom of Finland 100 Years – Celebrating the Internationally Renowned Finnish Artist and Liberator PODCAST - The Finnish Diplomatic Missions in the US produce a Suomi–Finland Podcast series in English. Tom of Finland (born Touko Laaksonen, 8th May 1920 – 7th November 1991) has long been recognized as one of the 20th century’s great visual innovators. His erotic art assumes a key role in the art historical discourse, as well as… Continue Reading
  • “TOM OF FINLAND The Darkroom” ONLINE TOUR - Special thanks goes to the tour guide Elo Aun, curator of the exhibition Berndt Arell, and the three guests asking their questions - Alvar Ameljushenko, Henna Mikkilä and Harry Liivrand. Thanks too, to the technical team who made it happen - Sander Allikmäe, Indrek Viiret & Erik Öösalu.   Continue Reading
  • Recon went to the House of Illustration in London - Tom of Finland Foundation president, Durk Dehner, guides us through the exhibition dedicated to gay cultural icon Tom of Finland on the centenary of his birth. Continue Reading
  • An inspiring journey - Tallinn photo gallery Fotografiska is hosting an exhibition of artwork by Tom of Finland, the noted homoerotic Finnish artist. The exhibition, entitled The Darkroom opens an unknown side of Tom of Finland's art, Fotografiska said in a press release Friday, showcasing his photography as well as his more well-known signature sketches, in what would have… Continue Reading
  • “The Body Is The Instrument” | Through 31st May | Online and TOM House - "Coming together with Evan Goldstein, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, was a natural fit as his focus at Bespoke Surgical is not only the intersection of sex and science, but also treating the ass as a work of art." -Stuart Sandford, Curator The exhibition focuses on the interconnection between art, sex, and science, and presents a… Continue Reading