TOM interview with Olaf Odegaard

13th February 2021, 11:21 am

Olaf Odegaard with Tom of Finland in this “Friends of TOM” presentation


Now we go into the archives for an exclusive 1986 interview with Tom of Finland, conducted by Olaf Odegaard. Olaf was a friend of Tom’s whose work was shown at TOM House starting in the mid-1980s. Some of Olaf’s work was featured on the World of TOM House Tour of TOM’s Hall. In 1996, Tom of Finland Foundation President and Cofounder Durk Dehner published the book Beasts and Beauties: The Erotic Art of Olaf with Richard Hawkins, featuring his photorealistic pencil drawings from the 1970s to the ’90s.


This interview has never been available for the public before, so it’s a special treat to have it for World of TOM patrons. Full video is available at the TOM’s Daddy Tier, and a short clip is offered to Peeping Tom and Hook-Up date patrons.



Louis Weingarten, Tom, Etienne, Durk Dehner, Stompers, 1978

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Published: 13th February 2021


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